June 2011 Events in Metro Detroit Area

Since I’m involved with many web, social media and usability groups in the area, I often get asked about upcoming events. I’ve made a habit of announcing events at our Refresh Detroit meetings. We don’t have a calendar in our area that tracks all events (yes, Nick I’m giving serious thought to creating one.

I created a list of June events that you may want to attend. It’s a mix of the areas I’m interested in and many of the events are free. If you know of an event you would like added, please contact me.

June 1, 2011
D-New Tech Meetup
Detroit, Michigan
June 6, 2011
Mobile Monday Ann Arbor
App Promotion – Great, You Built It, Now What?
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor SPARK
June 7, 2011
Joomla! Detroit User Group
Detroit, Michigan
Quicken Loans
June 8, 2011
Social Media Club Detroit
Pleasant Ridge, Michigan
June 10, 2011
Small Business Tools Summit 2011
Northville, Michigan
Hampton Inn
June 13, 2011
Mobile Monday Detroit
Android Software Development
Detroit, Michigan
June 13, 2011
Ann Arbor Adobe User Group
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor SPARK
June 14, 2011
Michigan Usability Professionals’ Association
Pioneering the Agile UX Frontier
Ann Arbor, Michigan
June 16, 2011
Happy Hour
Utica, Michigan
Red Ox Tavern
June 22, 2011
Michigan Flex User Group
Mobile Workflow with Adobe Evangelist Ryan Stewart
SRT Solutions
June 30, 2011
Social Media Day Detroit 2011
Detroit, Michigan
MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board

Deborah Edwards-Onoro is a group leader of Refresh Detroit. She owns Lireo Designs, a web development company, is an officer of the Michigan Usability Professionals’ Association and host of Plymouth Tweetea. You can find her tweeting about web design, user experience, accessibility and higher education @redcrew.

May 26th meeting is about PhoneGap!

Thank you Erik Daniel for your great talk about PhoneGap Thursday night!


Please join Refresh Detroit and Erik Daniel for our May meeting.

PhoneGapFind out how to build your app once using HTML, Javascript and CSS, wrap it up in PhoneGap, and deploy it to multiple platforms – including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm, Symbian, and (soon) Windows devices. This talk aimed at providing developers with an introduction to Phonegap, and how it can be used to build cross-platform native mobile apps using web tech.

PhoneGap Only Open Source Mobile framework that supports 6 platforms. It is an HTML5 app platform that allows you to author native applications with web technologies and get access to APIs and app stores.

For more details and to pre-register for this free meeting visit:

November Meeting: Joomla! Why many web professionals love it and where does it fit in?

Two Joomla experts will be joining us for a special combined Joomla! Detroit and Refresh Detroit meeting November 3rd.

Joomla! is a free, open source and flexible content management system used to build and manage websites for small and large businesses and organizations.

Shane Sevo, leader of Joomla! Detroit, will discuss what makes the Joomla! Content Management System popular with many web designers and developers? How does it compare with other open source projects? Continue reading