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 Metro Detroit 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 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 – JavaScript and Social Drinking

When: 7:00 pm | Where: Grand Circus Detroit – 1570 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI


craftsman guild DetroitJavascript: The Fun Parts is an intro level abstract talk about Javascript where we’ll examine the quirks, the community and the strengths of the omni-present language. The talk gets us away from the code for a bit and gets us talking about the spirit of what Javascript is all about.


We are an offshoot of the excellent Craftsman Guild in Ann Arbor, MI. Our goal is create a technology-agnostic user group for local Detroit software professionals who want to stay current in an industry in which there’s no way to stay totally current. The current plan is to have a healthy mix of hard and soft talks (tech vs. dev practices) as well as hands-on coding events from time to time.


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!


Wed, July 22 – Why the Workplace is the Millennial’s New Playground LIVE

When: 6:00 pm | Where: Skyline Club – 2000 Town Center #2800, Southfield, MI


detroit lean startup circleMillennials are now the nation’s largest workforce. Talented, bright, ambitious professionals – what do they expect from a work place? Is your company ready to hire and retain this talent pool? Join us for drinks, food, and a discussion from some of Metro Detroit’s experts in culture, hiring, and building a great workplace. This will be a fun, laid back conversation with plenty of insight into the Millennial’s mind on July 22nd.


The Detroit Lean Startup Circle is a group of smart and driven high-tech entrepreneurs that have learned how to discover customers and build products they want.


Wed, July 22 – Dev Happy Hour at Granite City

When: 5:00 – 6:30 pm | Where: Granite City – 699 West Big Beaver Road Troy, MI


great lakes area .net user groupGreat Lakes Area .NET Users Group (GANG) would like to invite you to DevLunch at Granite City  Food & Brewery (SW Corner of I-75 and Big Beaver Rd) on the 4th Wednesday of every month. Come meet up with other Developers in the area to talk tech, socialize and network over lunch. Please do tell your co-workers and friends. You can also tweet using the #DevLunch hash tag.


Fri, July 31 – Startup Grind Global Summer Party

EVENT UPDATE: This event is now on Fri, July 31. Most recent post here.


startup grindJoin the largest global party on the planet! Grinders from all around the globe are going to be letting off some steam and kicking back!


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.


Sat, July 25 – Intro to PHP (2-day workshop)

When: 1:00 pm | Where: Grand Circus – 1570 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI


GDILearn PHP and MySQL! The most popular database languages used today, they are integral to popular web content management systems, including Drupal and WordPress.


During the course, students will learn how to create a MySQL database, develop PHP code to interact with their database, integrate multiple content types including images, and integrate all of this into a webpage..


Sat, July 25 – Sun, July 26 – Maker Faire Detroit

When: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm | Where: The Henry Ford – Dearborn


maker faireOn July 25-26, 2015, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., in collaboration with our partners at Maker Media, will be the place to visit when Maker Faire Detroit returns to The Henry Ford for two days of unconventional ingenuity, unbridled creativity and a whole lot of forward thinking.


Hundreds of makers will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to this two-day festival offering everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds. Go to The Henry Ford, roll up your sleeves, and make something.


Tues, July 28 – A discussion on Android Security with Gilad Pagi

When: 6:45 pm | Where: Quicken Loans – Chase Building – 635 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI


As a popular open source operating system, Android faces a great security challenge. It must act as a secure platform while revealing its code to the public eyes. Therefore, Android implements various security concepts and mechanism.


GDG DetroitThe Detroit Chapter of the Google Developers Group (GDG) is a group interested in all things coming out of Mountainview, CA. Our members are users, developers, and enthusiasts located in the metro Detroit area of Michigan. The Detroit GDG meets monthly at the Quicken Loans Headquarters in downtown Detroit, Michigan.


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.



October 25 – 27 – 2015 Midwest Fall Technology Conference

When: TBA | Where: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center – 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI


2015 midwest fall technology conferenceDuring last year’s conference, almost 700 attendees joined the Midwest Fall Technology Conference (MFTC).  We invite you and your colleagues who are interested in participating in education sessions, learning about new technologies and networking with industry professionals as well as students, join us for this year’s event.