Refresh Pittsburgh

A community of web designers & developers working to refresh the web design industry in Pittsburgh.

Next Meetup:

March 16 / 6:30pm

Left Field Meeting Space

“Enabling Collaboration”

Ben Callahan

“Let’s Work Together”

Brad Frost


September 2013 Meetup!

Please join us on Thursday, September 26 for the next Refresh Pittsburgh at Left Field Meeting Space on the North Shore.

We’ll be starting around 6:30 pm. When you get to the building, walk through the large, glass doors that say “Smith Brothers Agency” and take the elevator to the 4th floor. The front doors will automatically lock at 7:15!

To make sure we have enough space for everyone, please reserve your seat by grabbing a FREE ticket from our Eventbrite page:

We have two great presentations lined-up for the evening including Drew Parroccini from Elliance, and Jim Homme from Bender Accessible Technology Services.

Responsive Email: Bringing Your Email Newsletters Out of the Stone Age

Drew Parroccini, Front-end Web Developer, Elliance

We’ve beaten the responsive web to death, but what about your fixed-width email newsletters? Drew will show you how to build responsive email templates that look appealing on your mobile devices.

Drew is a graphic designer turned front-end developer, and has been in the war against bad code for nearly ten years. Currently with Elliance, he is responsible for building large responsive solutions for .edu websites. Drew is a lover of craft beer, rock climbing and cycling.

Web Accessibility For Everyone: It Ain’t Rocket Science

Jim Homme, Manager of Bender Accessible Technology Services

Web accessibility has something for everyone. What’s in it for you?

Jim has over 24 years of experience in information technology. He has worked on a wide-ranging variety of technologies, which include Java, Lotus Notes, HTML, JavaScript, PHP, MYSQL, Portable Document Format (PDF), Microsoft Office, multiple packaged development/technology toolkits, in addition to legacy mainframe technologies. Jim has served most recently as accessibility subject matter expert on a team that included Highmark, Inc. executives, management and staff and consultants from IBM.

In addition to many other clients, Jim has consulted with Bayer Corporation to roll out the introduction of JAWS as a remote Citrix server application on more than 20 servers, without any interference with the systems, so that a blind Oracle database administrator could administer critical databases. Jim was on the private beta team for JAWS including JAWS version 12. He is the first blind person in the world to receive a certification in Lotus Notes development. Jim speaks on the subject of technology accessibility to many audiences including private sector companies, community groups and academic institutions, including Duquesne University.

Check out the attendees list for this month’s meetup on Lanyrd!