Lightning Talks

Refresh Detroit
Refresh Detroit
Public group

Grand Circus

1570 Woodward Avenue · Detroit, MI

How to find us

Look for the signs in the elevator, we are in the Sun 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 10-minute talks about productivity, accessibility, video games, 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


* Al Puzzuoli ( will be talking about accessible gaming. Al will discuss the challenges of video gaming with assistive technology. He'll demo two video games: mainstream video game built without considering accessibility and a game built from the ground up with accessibility in mind.
* Devin Drake (https:// will be talking about "Design Thinking Unplugged". Devin will be discussing the term "design thinking" and its importance in creating work across multiple mediums and industries. Additionally, she'll be sharing insights into the application of this thinking to different kinds of work as design practice and strategy.
* More to be announced. RSVP to submit your talk.


Grand Circus is located in the Broderick Tower (, and you enter from the Woodward-facing doors.

Once inside, go to the end of the hall, and take the elevator on the right to the third floor. Exit the elevator, turn slightly right, and go through the door to the common room to our meeting space.

Street parking is available on Washington Boulevard ($1/hour, credit card only or use the Park Detroit app) as well as nearby Compuware and Detroit Opera House parking structures (cash only).


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