IT Events in Detroit

The tech scene in Metro-Detroit is bustling with startups, meetups, user-groups and talented IT professionals. To help techies stay in the loop, Brightwing announces IT events in the area every Monday. Such events include networking meetups, tech workshops, and informational seminars. Have an event you’d like us to promote? Contact Us.


Mon, July 13 – Ann Arbor FlashFocused User Group

When: 6:15 – 9:00 pm | Where: Ann Arbor, MI


Provide a helpful and supportive environment for individuals who want to learn about the web and multimedia design/development using products that are a part of the Flash Platform. To provide opportunities for Adobe users to share information, tips and tricks. To provide networking opportunities for web and multimedia professionals in the Ann Arbor, MI area.


Mon, July 13 – 2015 WordPress Networking Event

When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Where: Firebird Tavern – 419 Monroe St, Detroit, MI


metro detroit wordpressJoin us for our first annual networking event! Enjoy great conversation with your fellow Meetup members. No agenda, come when you can, leave when you want.


Attendees will enjoy appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, and a small main course. We’ll be meeting on the second floor of Firebird which overlooks Greektown, where our group will have the space to ourselves.


Tues, July 14 – Unix / Linux Users in Farmington Hills

When: 6:30 – 8:45 pm | Where: Farmington Library – 32737 West 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI


linux farmington hillsWe’ve all heard about systemd. Whatever your feelings about it the majority of Linux Distributions have adopted it in some fashion. Scott Tobias will walk us through systemd, including what it is, who is adopting it, and why Linux Administrators need to know systemd (even if they don’t care for it). And if you’re not fully up to speed on System  V initialization he’ll also cover some of the differences between the two. You’ll also learn about Service Units – the  “basic” unit type,  Unit file configurationi, Systemctl – systemd’s Swiss Army Knife, and Journald / journalctl. It’s a presentation you won’t want to miss!


Wed, July 15 – Developer’s Guide to Penetration Testing

When: 6:00 pm | Where: Microsoft Building – 1000 Town Center Dr., Suite 1930, Southfield, MI


great lakes area .net user groupFor the last several years, Bill Sempf has taken his twenty years of web development experience to application pentesting. Although he didn’t have a televised event to announce ‘the decision,’ he has gathered a vast collection of the real problems he has discovered in the majority of applications that he has tested. Reflected XSS, injection of all types, and privilege escalation are rampant, and that is only the beginning. What’s more, he hasn’t tested an application yet that had sufficient protection to keep him from breaking in and causing havoc. Come hear what they are, how they intersect with the OWASP Top 10, and what you can say to your developers to make the problems go away.


Thurs, July 16 – Grand Blanc .NET User Group Monthly Meetup

When: 5:30 pm | Where: Spud Software – 9468 S Saginaw Rd, Grand Blanc, MI


grand blanc transparantFor our July meetup, Brian Korzynski, Lead Developer at UseTech Design will go in depth about Microsoft’s .NET Compiler Platform, also known as Roslyn. Brian will discuss what Roslyn is and why it’s resourceful, what components Roslyn includes, and how we can use Roslyn in our everyday code. He will also create an example utilizing the code analyzers to show how you can do some cool things to your code!


As always, we will start off with complementary food/beer(soda,water) and socializing, followed by a professional presentation.


The Grand Blanc .NET Users Group is for developers working in and around the Microsoft .NET framework. If you are interested in learning more about .NET and related technologies from talented like-minded developers, this group is for you


Thurs, July 16 – Maker Faire Build Competition – Pitch Session

When: 6:30 – 8:30 pm | Where: TechShop Detroit – 800 Republic , Allen Park, MI


maker faire What would you build on a 40″ X 49″ trailer? Pitch your idea to your TechShop peers on July 16 and you could be selected for the 48-hour Make-a-Thon running at the shop the weekend before Maker Faire Detroit. Six people will be given a trailer and 48 hours to construct their mobile dream project. All projects will be exhibited at Maker Faire Detroit at the TechShop zone where the public will vote for their favorites. Results will be announced at TechShop Detroit’s post-Maker Faire open house on Saturday, August 1st.


Mon, July 20 – Fri, July 24 – Automated Vehicles Symposium 2015

When: Times Vary | Where: Ann Arbor Marriott – 1275 S Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI


automated vehicles symposiumThe Automated Vehicles Symposium 2015 will be a multidisciplinary forum designed to advance the deployment of automated vehicles. Each day will kick off with high-level presentations by some of the brightest minds in the field. Network over lunch, and then in the afternoon, choose from interactive breakout sessions where you can go in-depth with your colleagues, share perspectives and have an open dialogue on the industry’s most pressing issues.


Tues, July 21 – Ann Arbor New Tech Meetup

When: 6:30 pm | Where: U of M Law School, South Hall (Room 1225) – 701 S. State St, Ann Arbor, MI


ann arbor new tech meetupFive presenters this month take the stage for ten minutes each, five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions, followed by open announcements and community networking. E-mail organizers at if you’d like to present!


Future Tech Events


September 25 – 27 – Mythicapps 2015

When: Arrive around dinner on Friday | Where: Lansing Center – 333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI


mythicapps 2015Come and spend the weekend with the City of Lansing’s first hackathon! Hosted at the luxurious Lansing Center, MythicApps will take over the charming downtown of Lansing, Michigan. We’€™ll provide all the tools necessary for a fun, rewarding, and free weekend in the Capital City.

Make friends that will last a lifetime and meet representatives from amazing companies. Chase the dream of building an app that changes the world and learn a brand new skill. Pick the brains of our mentors and try out some new hardware. MythicApps is the place to take the seasoned veteran, or the eager beginner, to the next level.