Why

The Neon Guild is an association of technology professionals in Charlottesville/Albemarle and beyond. Established in 1996, we currently have over 450 members.

Our meetings are very casual and friendly. Newcomers are always welcome. It’s a great place to get info, help, ask questions and talk about what you do. Best place in town to get a tech job or hire a techie. Free pizza and beer, too.

With internet technologies changing at a dizzying pace, it’s hard to keep up. Sometimes it’s easier to simply ask someone about something you are trying to accomplish rather than poring through manuals, searching on the web, taking tutorials, etc. That’s what the Neon Guild is all about.

It’s also interesting to learn about what kinds of projects others are working on. The best thing about the Guild is forming relationships with others. If you know the other members and know what their skill sets are, often it’s just easier to sub-contract out a piece of your job to someone else who can do it better or faster than you can. It works the other way around, too. Once other members get to know what you can do, they can forward projects your way.

As a community, we’re also interested in helping others who want to explore this field. Many of our members do pro bono work, mentor high school kids, donate their equipment, teach, etc. If you’re interested in participating, we can put you in contact with people who would love to use your skills.

 When

Tuesday, October 23, 6-8pm

Once Upon A Time: Using Story Structure For Better Engagement

Stories form the connective tissue of our lives. They’re our experiences, our memories, and our entertainment. They have rhythms and structures that keep us engaged. In this talk, we’ll look at how those same rhythms and structures can help us enrich and enhance the user experience and connect with our customers, whether they are internal or external. 

Speaker: John Rhea. John is a storyteller with design and development skills. By day he designs and builds websites and mobile apps, by night he spins sci-fi stories at StoryLab and counts his words carefully at 8wordstories.com. He’s also a pineapple in disguise and writes zombie-themed web development books. He’s been lucky enough to collect a wife and eight kids along with six cats, four dogs, and a small army of fish. If he remembers to wear pants, it’s been a good day.

Most of our topics and speakers come from our group. We are actively seeking ideas for topics for the next several months. If you have a topic you’d like to hear about or one that you’d like to present, email Debra, the Guildmaster.

 Where

UVA Licensing and Ventures Group
722 Preston Ave #107
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(map + directions)

This is in the old Coca-Cola building on Preston. Near Reid's. Where Kardinal Hall is. You can park in the lot. The space is on the side facing the parking lot, toward the back.

 The List

Membership in the Neon Guild is free. No dues, no fees. No by-laws. No committees. Free pizza and beer and soft drinks at every meeting. We offer a fantastic resource for the tech community. We have only one rule.

If you want to get the benefits of our community, you have to give something. That something is YOU. In person. It’s all about connecting with others. To join, you need to physically show up to at least one meeting. That’s how you get on our super-secret private email list where a lot of action happens. We request that you attend in person at least once per quarter to stay on the list.

Just to make things perfectly clear, please don’t write the Guildmaster requesting to be added to the list. She will write back to you and invite you to come to a meeting.

 Donations

We ask that if something good happens to you because of The Guild, you throw some money into our donation bag. Here's the online version. Thanks!