Lightning Talks

Refresh Detroit
Refresh Detroit
Public group

Grand Circus

1570 Woodward Avenue · Detroit, MI

How to find us

Follow the signs in the elevator to the Balcony room

Location image of event venue


Join us for an exciting evening of lightning talks on a range of web topics in downtown Detroit.

Our members will present fun, useful, and enlightening talks about productivity, accessibility, augmented reality, user experience, and design.

The lightning talks might be a story, lessons learned, design problem solved, something our speakers are passionate about and want to share.


6:30 pm to 6:35 pm: Welcome
6:35 pm to 6:40 pm: Info about Grand Circus
6:40 pm to 6:55 pm: Introductions
7:00 pm to 7:50 pm: Lightning Talk presentations and Q & A
7:50 pm to 8:30 pm Networking

Our Talks

Getting Out of Your Own Way with Melanie Myers

Don't let your habits get in the way of you accomplishing your best work. Melanie will cover a few important, though not so easy, changes you can make to ramp up your productivity and set yourself apart.

Melanie Myers is a Software Developer at 365 Retail Markets in Troy. She is an alumna of Grand Circus' Java Bootcamp and also holds a B.S. in Accounting. Find her in Twitter-land as @thinkpinkcode (, especially if you like cat pictures.

Augmented Reality with Vuforia with Peter Guenther

Vuforia is the world's largest Augmented Reality platform, providing support for iOS and Android and developer tools within Unity. Peter will demonstrate core features and demonstrate the fundamental steps of creating a Vuforia app.

Peter is an instructor at Grand Circus (, currently teaching Java and .NET backend developer bootcamps. He's a co-founder of the Detroit Game Devs meetup and is developing Grand Circus' Unity3D Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality curriculum for 2018.

Accessible Content with Deborah Edwards-Onoro

Learn how you can make the web a more accessible place for everyone. Deborah will discuss why accessibility matters and the business case for accessibility. You'll walk away with actionable tips you can use today to improve the accessibility of your online content.

Deborah Edwards-Onoro has been creating websites for over 20 years, focusing on usability, accessibility, and WordPress. A former web developer in higher education, Deborah runs her own web design company, Lireo Designs ( In her free time, she enjoys bird watching, photography, and exploring the out-of-doors.

Transforming the University of Michigan Usability Testing Strategy with Mike Wojan

When you’re working on complex applications for tens of thousands of students, it can be difficult to implement a one-size-fits-all testing solution. Mike will be discuss new ideas and strategies for collecting useful user feedback from campus this fall.

Mike Wojan is a User Experience Designer at the University of Michigan ( working on many of the University's digital learning platforms. Focusing on user research, usability, and graphic design, Mike develops new technologies that improve the residential learning experience for students on campus.

Venue and parking

Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower ( near Grand Circus in downtown Detroit. The entrance is on Woodward, through two gold-colored doors.

Once inside, go to the end of the hall, and take the elevator to the fourth floor. Once you get off the elevator, proceed straight ahead to the end of the hall. We're meeting in the Balcony, which will be in front of you, (entrance slightly to the right) in the room facing Grand Circus Park.

Parking is available at the Detroit Opera House parking garage, located on Broadway. Parking is $10, cash only (if there's a special event that night, it may be more). There's also street parking on Washington Boulevard, one block west of Woodward ($1/hour after 6pm, pay by app or credit card).

The Detroit Opera House parking garage is a short walk up Broadway and around the corner from the Grand Circus space (cash only). Here's parking information from the Broderick Tower website (PDF) (


Special thanks to our sponsor Grand Circus ( for offering venue space for our Refresh Detroit meetups!