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.


Thursday June 13, 2018 | 6-8 pm

Topic: Road Map to Security Enhancements: What to do right now

Speaker: Tim Baker, Trend Micro
Last December, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a four volume publication: Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients.
We will review how this industry-led effort can be used in all industries as a road map to plan next step security enhancements.

About our speaker:

As a Security Professional working for Trend Micro, Tim Baker helps his customers navigate through the threat landscape by providing innovative security solutions, education, and technical support. Prior to joining Trend Micro, Tim spent 15 years with one of the world’s largest Clinical Research Organizations where his global team focused on delivering highly available systems, message hygiene, regulatory compliance, data loss prevention and application security. As a system architect with over 25 years in the Information Systems industry, he has worked in a broad range of industries including health care, manufacturing, energy production, and financial services. He started in the technology field while serving in the US Army where he attended Fayetteville Technical Institute.

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.


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.

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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.


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!