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Apr 26
Atomic Design Systems
Seed Coworking

Discover the world of Atomic Design Systems and how to use them to create stronger user interface elements. Learn how to create designs physically or digitally and apply them to your own projects.

Alexander will walk the audience through the atomic methodology and show why systems are valuable by making your work:

  • Sustainable
  • Faster to Produce
  • Cohesive


Alexander is a designer at Spoke and will earn his BFA in Graphic Design from BGSU in May of 2018. He spends most of his time obsessing over grids and compulsively organizing his files. When he isn’t working, he can usually be found drinking impressive amounts of coffee

Mar 14
Best Practices for API-Driven React Applications with Scott Radcliff
Seed Coworking

React is on fire! Companies around the world are trying to take advantage of the way React makes web applications fast, responsive, and easier to develop. That said, what about the API? If your API is slow or not optimized, that could severely effect your cool new React app and end up as the choke point for negative customer experiences.

In this talk, we'll build a React app that is driven by an API written in Rails, though we'll cover a great deal of best practices, examples, and considerations that can be applied to a client-server architecture written in any language.

You'll leave this talk with an understanding of the APIs role in React applications, things to look for when working with or building an API, and practical knowledge to take back into your workplace or personal projects.

Speaker Bio: Scott Radcliff is an expert software developer in the Toledo area. He's built web applications using numerous programming languages and technology stacks accomplishing a variety of tasks from the very simple to enterprise-grade. He enjoys building applications that help people do things that they previously couldn't, and he loves Ruby.

Scott is a freelance developer and is currently taking on new customers.

Aug 8
Code + Brew at the Black Cloister
Black Cloister Brewing Company

Join us for after-work drinks and award-winning craft brewed delights at the Black Cloister for this month's Toledo Web Professionals meetup. Snack on pizza, talk shop, and take part in show & tell sessions in the taproom of Toledo's best craft brewery.

Show & Tell Sessions

We encourage attendees to engage in show & tell lightning talks. Got a neat project you're working on? Want to showcase a new library or technique you've picked up? This is the place to do it. If you have something to show on screen, please bring a computer and everything you need to present. Show & tell sessions are limited to five minutes each.

About the Black Cloister

Located at 619 Monroe St. in Downtown Toledo, the Black Cloister is serious about beer. With a team comprising over 50 years of brewing experience, their quality, taste, and ingredients are uncompromising. Their taproom features a full bar with wine and liquor, an unmatched selection of house beers on draught, as well as an incredible selection of rotating guest taps. Their tap room kitchen serves up delicious oven-baked pizzas to perfectly pair with their house beers.

About Toledo Web Professionals

Building tech talent in Toledo is what brings us together. We meet once per month, January through November, and discuss on topics ranging from digital marketing, design, and UX to programming and engineering. We are run by volunteers, we do not charge any membership fees, and our events are free to attend!

Attendees will be responsible for purchasing their own drinks and food, as well as imbibing responsibly.

Mar 12, 2015
Design at the Googz
Seed Coworking

We're very excited to host guest speaker, Rita DeRaedt this March. She is offering insight into what it’s really like to work at Google (a.k.a. "the Googz"). Rita will delve into what it means to design for a truly massive audience.

Rita DeRaedt is a User Experience designer with a freelance and agency background. Having spent her Summer interning at Google, Rita has gone on to teach kids how to design and code on a BBC television series, Technobabble.

Mar 8, 2017
Docker Talker
Seed Coworking

Launched in March 2013, Docker succeeded to win favor with its technology and awesome branding. Docker is an open platform for building, shipping and running distributed applications. It gives programmers, development teams and operations engineers the common toolbox they need to take advantage of the distributed and networked nature of modern applications.

Steve Newsted, our guest speaker, will give a comprehensive talk about Docker and Containers. We can't wait for this one!

Steve is a lifelong advocate for the proliferation of technology into our personal and professional lives. His life in and out of work has lead him through many areas of our high-tech world; including system administration, web design/development, carrier/transport networking, datacenter engineering, application development, and virtualization/cloud/managed enterprise and customer-facing services. Steve currently works for Oracle, building back-end infrastructure for cloud services, and is passionate about finding new and exciting ways to deliver services of all kinds.

Food and beverages courtesy of our latest sponsor, Cycle and our event location by Seed Coworking!

Cycle is a Containers as a Service (CaaS) platform that integrates container-native features into a simple, yet powerful way to deploy and scale to bare-metal infrastructure around the world. Through one unified interface, Cycle's portal is the easiest way to manage cloud application deployments. The robust API provides a seamless way for developers to orchestrate their services with the platform.

Apr 11
Essential Skills for a Career in UX
BGSU Collab Lab, Jerome Library, 1st Floor

Join us for next week's discussion about user experience skills that will help you make software easier to use, web sites more enjoyable, and apps that solve business problems. Get a start on a new career in UX or just become a better front end designer.

Participate in debates about the pros and cons of:

  • Communication and storytelling
  • Observation and listening
  • Facilitation and collaboration
  • Research, critiquing, sketching

and more!

Experienced UX practitioners are also invited to join us to challenge the panelists and share their own stories of how they got into a career in UX.


  • Mike Osswald, VP, Experience Innovation, Hanson, Inc.
  • Rhonda Grimm, IT User Experience Lead, First Solar
  • Ron Shrewsbery, User Experience Design Lead, Owens Corning


  • Keith Instone, User Experience Consultant, Toledo Region Experience Planning
  • Jerry Schnepp, Assistant Professor, BGSU


What: Essential Skills for a Career in UX, panel discussion, Toledo Web Professionals meetup

Where: BGSU Collab Lab, first floor, Jerome Library (see map at for driving directions and parking information)

When: Wednesday, April 11, 7pm - 9pm

Free and open to the public. Pizza and soft drinks provided. Free and convenient parking (in Lot N).

Please RSVP at so we know how many people to expect.

Feb 21
Exploring Craft CMS with Rachel Rine and Madhouse
Seed Coworking

Created in the shadows by ExpressionEngine expats, Craft CMS is an ultra flexible content management system that makes designers, developers AND clients happy. From custom fields, to Twig templates, Craft makes no assumptions about what your content could or should look like. Craft CMS is eye-opening for Wordpress developers, sanity-restoring for Joomla and Drupal developers, and makes building websites fun again.

Rachel Rine, our guest speaker, will be walking us through getting started with Craft and showing off some incredible examples of implementation in both the backend and in templating.

About Rachel Rine: Rachel spends most of her time churning out code as an interactive designer/developer for Madhouse, where she enjoys optimizing performance, accessibility, and usable design. When she’s not grumbling about #serverstruggs, you can probably find her listening to econ podcasts, playing board games, and trying to keep her plants alive.

Feb 10, 2016
Finding Your Agile Tools and Processes
Owens Corning

Join TWP at Owens Corning for a presentation on finding your tools and processes for Agile teams. Not a member of an Agile team? No problem! You'll still see and hear about a lot of useful tools and processes to leverage for your own projects, big or small.

We're looking forward to this talk and hope to see you there. The networking event kicks off at 6:00 PM with the talk starting around 6:30 PM. Owens Corning is providing food and drink as well as the talk.

About Owens Corning

Owens Corning has touched your life and the world around you in more ways than you can imagine. We’ve been making products that play a role in thousands of ways worldwide—from composites that make your car lighter, stronger and more efficient, to innovative roofing products and energy-efficient insulation for over 75 years.

We have been a Fortune 500 company for the last 61 years, as our innovations continue to enhance lives and the communities in which we live, work and play.

Owens Corning ranked #7 of large companies in IDG Computerworld’s 2015 100 Best Places to Work in IT.

Aug 10, 2016
Game on at Reset!

Join Toledo Web Professionals friends at Reset & Bar 145 for a Geek Dinner of conversation, food and classic arcade games!

We will have quieter dining space at Reset with Bar 145's full menu and easy access to games. You and your drinks can flow from one place to the other too so hop over to Bar 145 for a little acoustic entertainment too.

BONUS: We'll have limited seating on the "console wall" where you can run through tons of classic Super Nintendo games!

Always fun and something for everyone!

Apr 12, 2017
Geek Dinner - TWP
Carlos' Poco Loco

Join the Toledo Web Professionals for good food and good conversation at Carlos' Poco Loco, a new Mexi-Cuban cantina in the UpTown District!

Jan 13, 2016
Leaving Callback Hell with Promises and ES7 async/await
Root Inc.

Join TWP at Root Inc. for a talk about the new ES7 JavaScript features they have built into their workflow. The networking event kicks off at 6:00 PM with the talk starting around 6:30 PM. Root is providing food and drink as well as the talk. There may even be tours. :)

Root is a strategy execution company that helps organizations engage their people as the catalyst and driver for change. Based in Sylvania, Ohio, Root has been recognized as a 'Great Place to Work.'

The development team at Root creates deliverables to extend and sustain Root’s work with clients. Visit for more information about the Sylvania based company.

May 13, 2015
Life Lessons: What Dashboard Design Taught Me
Owens Corning

The May Toledo Web Professionals meetup.

Visiting Speaker: Selwyn J. Kancharla

In this talk, I will walk you through four lessons I learned when building RazorFlow and how they will help you in creating happiness for your users.


  • 6:00 PM - Networking & Food
  • 6:30 PM - Thank Sponsor, Introduction
  • 6:40 PM - Talk begins
  • 7:10 PM - Questions
Aug 16, 2017
Owens Corning: Building a Brand in Building Materials
Owens Corning

Ever wonder how a Fortune 500 company can create meaningful connections with its customers through strategic marketing?

Learn about the design, execution, and evaluation of a local marketing campaign with Assembly and Owens Corning. The marketing campaign that will be discussed leveraged Digital, radio, and billboard components for strategic growth.

Light appetizers and drinks will be provided by Owens Corning.

May 27, 2015
People Skills for UX
Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex (U. Toledo)

Individual tickets for the 3rd Toledo Region User Experience conference are now on sale.

Theme is People Skills for UX: Negotiation, Facilitation, Listening, and Leadership.

Cost: $30, includes breakfast, lunch, and LaunchPad Incubation collaboration spaces for the day.

To learn more about the conference format, topics, speakers and schedule:

To buy tickets:

We are still looking for more sponsors.

Nov 12, 2015
Pitch & Pour 4.0 (World Usability Day)
Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex (U. Toledo)

Save the date for the 4th Pitch and Pour.

Pitch & Pour is an innovative business pitch competition. Pitch and Pour 4.0 will be November 12, 2015, in celebration of World Usability Day.

Teams have five minutes to pitch their business concepts. Any early stage startup can apply, and selected entrepreneurs will be able to pitch their submitted ideas for a chance to win cash and prizes.

A panel of experienced judges will determine the winners.

In addition to the competition, Pitch & Pour is a way to connect startup companies, student entrepreneurs, area business leaders, and investors.

Mar 9, 2016
React Mini-Workshop

React has received exponential growth among its user base in the last couple years but the speed at which front-end development libraries change can be daunting.

At this meetup, join Ryan and Joel Lanciaux explain why React is a solid choice and how to get started without being overwhelmed. In addition to using React for the web, we will also look at React native and how once you learn React, you are ready to write native mobile applications (not a web view -- actually native).

Bring your laptop or be ready to pair-program with another TWP member as there will be some basic examples to go through.

About MaritzCX

MaritzCX started with the simple idea that businesses need more than scores and reports to meet their customer experience (CX) challenges in the 21st century – and that idea drove us to combine the deep expertise of a proven research leader with the speed and innovation of a modern tech startup. With MaritzCX, businesses constantly discover new insights about their customers. They always have instant access to the CX information and resources they need to drive organizational change. And they never have to guess about how to earn the loyalty of customers.

Come early to network and enjoy a light dinner.

Oct 19, 2016
Real-time Messaging to Webapps from a Production Database
Seed Coworking

Toledo Web Professionals present: Real-time Messaging to Webapps from a Production Database.

WebSockets are a fast and efficient way to push data from servers to browsers on both desktop computers and mobile devices. Well-known examples include stock tickers, chat rooms (e.g. Slack), social media updates, and online games. Learn how WebSockets are used at the Jeep Wrangler plant for messaging and notifications for critical production activities.

This talk will demonstrate Java servlets with CometD, front-end jQuery code, and webapps currently being used to support production of 250,000+ Jeep Wranglers per year. By attending this talk, you will gain a better understanding of the constraints of an automotive assembly line and real-time messaging.

Bio - David Johnson is a software developer at the Toledo South Assembly Plant, which produces the Jeep Wrangler. David splits his time between writing webapps, and automation. He uses Java, C#, C++, and Javascript. Ask him about barcodes!

This event is sponsored by OpenHack!

Jul 20, 2016
Ricardo Zea, web developer
Hanson Inc

The Toledo Web Professionals welcomes Ricardo Zea, a web designer and developer in Dayton, OH where he co-runs Dayton CodePen Meetup and is active in the Dayton Web Developer's Meetup. He is a Smashing Magazine author and co-author of two Packt Press books. We plan to offer his books as door prizes.

  • Mastering Responsive Web Design, August 2015
  • Web Developer's Reference Guide, April 2016

Our event hashtag is: #ricardoZeaTWP. Please use this to help promote the event.

Feb 20, 2016
Road trip to World IA Day (Ann Arbor)
Rackham Amphitheater (in the Rackham building)

Information Everywhere, Architects Everywhere

Please register at TWP Meetup so we know to expect you.

We'll be making our annual trip up North to attend World IA Day in Ann Arbor, MI. World IA Day will take place in 23 cities, 14 countries, 6 continents. Ann Arbor, MI is the location closest to us.

We'll meet at the Rackham Amphitheater

Travel Information

• North on US 23 (36 miles)

• Exit 35: West on I-94 (3 miles)

• Exit 177: North on S. State Street (3 miles)

• Left on Williams, Right on Maynard

• Arrive at Maynard Parking Structure, 324 Maynard Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

9:00AM - 9:30AM Arrive and meet our group


• 8:30 AM Registration / Coffee / Breakfast

• 9:40 AM Introduction & Welcome

• 9:40 AM The IA of I Am

• 10:30 AM Coffee break

• 11:00 AM Lightning Talks Round 1

• 11:30 AM Kaarin Hoff

• 12:00 PM Lunch Break (on our own)

• 1:15 PM Chaos, Order and Everything in Between

• 2:00 PM Lightning Talks Round 2

• 3:00 PM Break

• 3:20 PM Architecting Change in Agencies: Navigating Ambiguity, Uncertainty, and Volatility When Designing for Users

• 4:10 PM Closing remarks & raffle

• 5:00 PM Event ends After event party at Arbor Brewing

Jun 10, 2015
Security: Tales from the Field with Michael Hess
Hanson Inc

In this talk, we’re going to explore four compromised Drupal sites to learn:

• How they were exploited.

• The common configuration and coding errors that led to the compromise.

• How the site owners figured it out, and

• Best practices

Michael Hess, adjunct lecturer, Solution Architect Lead at the University of Michigan and lead of the Drupal Security Team. Drupal is an open source content management framework that underlies at least 2% of the world’s websites, including and

Hess works with the School of Information and the U-M Medical Center, teaching 3 courses on content management platform and overseeing the functionality of several campus websites. He also serves in a consulting and development role for many other University departments. Hess is a graduate of UMSI, with a master’s degree in information.

Jun 13
Simplifying Data Flow In React Applications
Seed Coworking

Redux is widely use for handling data in ReactJS applications, but at what point does the need outweigh the overhead? What if your application is not large enough to require Redux? What are some alternatives?

In this talk, we will discuss different methods for handling data based on the scope of the application and data involved.

Speaker: Scott Sanzenbacher is a web and mobile application developer using many languages and frameworks. His current focus is React and React Native with a Node.js API.

Apr 25, 2015
TALUG: Installfest with UT's ACM and TWP
UT North Engineering Building

General Information

The Toledo Area Linux Users Group meets once a month to discuss and promote awareness and usage of Linux and other open-source software and hardware.

Meetings are (usually) held on the third Saturday of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. We currently meet at the University of Toledo in the North Engineering building, on the first floor in room NE 1022.

How do I get there?

See the attached map. Parking is in lot 19, just west of North Engineering. More details are available on our web site.

See also UT's page on department locations and facilities.

Meeting Notes

April is our yearly installfest event in cooperation with UT's ACM group and the Toledo Web Professionals. Together, we volunter to help new (and sometimes even experienced) users get set up with Linux and other open-source software distributions.

If you prefer a distribution (or even if you're not sure which one to pick), a volunteer will help you get the distribution installed and configured on your own machine, whether it be a desktop, laptop, or even an embedded platform, such as the Raspberry Pi.

We are also looking for volunteers to help out. If you're proficient in a particular distribution, please send an email to with your full name, email, and which distribution you'd like to volunteer to provide help with. Lists of distros and volunteers will be posted on our website and handed out at the event.

PGP Key-signing Party

We will also be having a PGP key-signing party at the installfest. If you currently use a PGP key and would like to get it digitally signed by others at the meeting, please email with your full name (as it appears on your key), any e-mail addresses associated with your key, your key fingerprint, and the full URL where your public key may be retrieved. Lists of keys will be handed out at the meeting for anyone participating.

Other Notes

Pizza and drinks will also be provided by TALUG for the event, and we will also be raffling off a few prizes: one (1) 256mb Raspberry Pi model B with case, and four (4) OpenPGP v2 smartcards. If you have something you'd like to donate to the group to be raffled off, please let us know.

Let's make this a big event! See you there!

Jun 15, 2016
The Architecture of Understanding
One SeaGate (Fifth Third Center)

Save the date for the June edition of the NorthWest Ohio SharePoint User Group meeting.

All meetings begin with networking from 10:30-11:00, presentation from 11:00-12:00 and lunch served at 12:00 for additional networking until 1:00 PM.

This quarter, NWSPUG branches out to feature Peter Morville, information architecture guru from Ann Arbor, for the Toledo stop on his "The Architecture of Understanding" world tour.

Overview of the talk: We think we're designing software, websites, and experiences. But we're not. We are agents of change. Our systems shape belief and behavior at scale. If we hope to be better, empathy for the user isn't enough. We must also wrangle with culture, governance, methods, metrics, and the false dichotomies of mind-body and plan-build, because the things we make are reflections of how we see and sort ourselves. In this spirited tour of information architecture, organizational strategy, and systems thinking, Peter Morville draws from his new book, Intertwingled, to reveal how everything is connected from code to culture.

The event will be FREE but we expect to sell out.

Jan 10
Toledo Web Professionals - The Cybersecurity Roadshow with Tom Germain
Seed Coworking

This traveling cybersecurity workshop seeks to bring cybersecurity awareness to creators, developers, and businesses.

You've read the headlines about the latest hack affecting millions of web users and/or credit card holders, but did you know that, possibly and unwittingly, your own website, router or web connected device could be part of a botnet used in attacks?

What never ceases to amaze is how many businesses and individuals fail to protect themselves from the hordes of hackers working in a multi-billion dollar a year illegal industry. This workshop aims to awaken you to the many dangers as well as to offer real solutions to defending yourself and your business from what could be a disastrous breach of security.

• Profile of a "black hat" hacker and what they target

• Types of attacks and how they're achieved

• Legal aspects (liability, etc.)

• Social engineering

• Sources of timely security alerts

• Basic prevention

• Penetration testing

• Web site and web server security

• Desktop and Mobile security

• Anti-virus products comparisons

Truthfully, everybody who connects to the Internet should know this stuff, so come on over, and become a more savvy, secure, and responsible Internet user!

About Stuart Budden Stuart Budden is an IT professional, co-owner and CEO of Nivsys Inc, and a professor teaching cyber security at Fanshawe College, in London, Ontario.

About Tom Germain Tom Germain is CEO of Coder Scoop Inc., a web and mobile development company in London, who has long concerned himself with security on behalf of his clients and started this workshop in May of 2017.

Apr 8, 2015
Toledo Web Professionals Geek Dinner
Attic on Adams

We'll be getting together for an evening networking and socializing.

May 11, 2016
Toledo Web Professionals Geek Dinner
Granite City Brewery

We're bringing it back to the Granite City Brewery in Maumee this month!

Come join new and old Toledo area webbies, techies, and all other folks for good food, craft beers, and great conversation! We're looking forward to having a little more time to talk about some of the recent React talks we've enjoyed as well as April 12th's UX talk on User Insights for the Whole Team.

Granite City Brewery has always been popular and accommodating and had a good response from our members so we expect a fun time again!

Aug 8, 2015
TWP Family Picnic
Wildwood Preserve

Please come to the Toledo Web Professionals summer picnic/potluck for Toledo's tech community. This is a family event so bring your spouse, kids and enjoy the park!

Working with other Tech Toledo groups such as The Nerd Summit, TALUG, Toledo UX-Design, and Toledo Region, we're excited to bring you this meetup opportunity.

We're providing a shelter, pre-heated charcoal fire grills, plates, utensils, condiments and buns. Please sign up to attend, bring games, a side dish and or dessert. Also please bring a form of protein to cook on the grill plus your own non-alcoholic beverages.

We're promoting this as a summer version of Tech Toledo's Holiday Mixer. Please spread the word and bring your friends! This is a great way to meet interesting new people, play games and have fun. We are very excited to offer this event.

Download Park & Shelter Map:

Oct 14, 2015
TWP Geek Dinner
The Stones Throw Tavern & Grill

Join the Toledo Web Professionals for an evening of tech talk and general socializing at The Stones Throw Irish Tavern & Grill in Bowling Green!

If the weather is nice, join us on the patio. Otherwise, meet us inside. Their food is spectacular and the beer, divine.

Jul 8, 2015
TWP Tour: LaunchPad Incubator
Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex (U. Toledo)

Save the date for the July Toledo Web Professionals meetup.

To avoid UT parking tickets, park in the Parking Area 20 on campus immediately in front of the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex at 1510 N. Westwood Ave. Have your license plate number ready and there will be ample signage in the building to direct you where to sign in your vehicle and how to get to the event inside the building.

Find a parking map here:

Apr 12, 2016
User Insights for the Whole Team
BGSU Overman Hall

Registration is now open for "User Insights for the Whole Team: Stop guessing what users need". Seats are limited, so be sure to register if you plan to attend!

Lean, agile, and startup processes emphasis creating customer value and satisfying user needs, both expressed an unexpressed. How do you get valid customer and user insights to guide decision making?

On April 12th, Darren Kall, a user experience design and strategy expert based in Dayton, will show us the value of direct contact with real users.

  • Learn the personal and corporate value of direct contact with real users
  • Recognize opportunities to connect with users and learn how to engage with them
  • Become empowered to put these techniques into practice and be confident you can do them well
  • Get resources about where to learn more so you can continue to get insights from users

These user experience techniques work for all varieties of products and services. You can apply them if your users are consumers, employees (for enterprise applications), residents (for government services), patrons (for a library), donors (for non-profits), and for many other audiences. It does not matter if the product or service is a website, mobile app, complex enterprise dashboard, or museum exhibit.

This talk will be useful for all members of a product team, not just for user experience specialists. Software developers, visual designers, project managers, business analysts, marketing leads and other members of IT/product teams are encouraged to attend. The whole team should be empowered with these techniques and have the opportunity to learn as much as they can about users. The better the team’s insights are about users, the more successful the product will be.

This event is a being organized BGSU ACM & Tech Toledo. Attending groups include Toledo Web Professionals & PMI WLEC.