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, December 13, 6-8pm

Taming the Mobile Monster: AMPing Up Your Pages

AMP

Are your mobile pages as fast as a blob monster in winter? Are users running for their lives from your mobile site? Are you concerned the search engine beasts won’t spew your pages at mobile users?

AMP pages are the Van Helsing to your Dracula problem.

We’ll discuss the monstrous state of the mobile web, what accelerated mobile pages (AMP) are, what they do, and how to build your own. By the time this session’s over, we’ll have users fleeing your competition and screaming for more.

Speaker: John Rhea

Bio: John is a multi-level creative that works in design, film, apps, and storytelling. By day he designs and builds websites and mobile apps, by night he spins sci-fi stories on his story blog, StoryLab. He has a wife, five kids, five cats, four dogs, and a small army of fish. If he remembers to wear pants, it’s been a good day.

Where

Center for Open Science
210 Ridge McIntire Rd #500, Charlottesville, VA 22903
The Center for Open Science is in the Business Center downstairs at the Omni Hotel on the downtown mall.

You can park in the garage or find street parking.

If you have a topic you’d like to hear about or one that you’d like to present, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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.