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Polymer Polytechnic (Part 1): Concepts & Code Walkthrough


5:30 pm:  Doors Open

6:00 pm:  Polymer & Web Components (Tech Talk. Speaker: Jeffrey Posnick, Google)

7:00 pm: Q & A with Rob Dodson, Google Developer Advocate (Polymer), over Hangout.

7:30 pm:  Polymer Tutorial (Nitya/Gabriel)

Will cover at least Polymer Basics, and perhaps the Maps Codelab based on time.

8:30 pm: Doors Close

**** IMPORTANT ****


The second half of this event is an interactive code lab. Please bring your laptops (fully-charged would be ideal) to work through the code labs. 

All CodeLabs will be run using the Chrome Dev Editor (browser IDE). Please install this extension prior to attending this meetup for optimal benefit.

A good grasp of HTML, JS and CSS is desirable. More details on setup/requirements will be listed here closer to the event.

This is a Polymer Polytechnic event, part of the ItsHackademic series being held worldwide.


Web Components are a new set of web platform features that enable developers to build applications in declarative, composable ways.

Polymer is a (Google-developed) library that polyfills Web Component support on modern browsers, and builds on those features to simplify and enhance their usage for rapid development.

Come see what the buzz about Polymer is all about. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I am psyched about web-components and Polymer. But two things were apparent from the presentation and Q&A: (1) There seems to be a lot of under-appreciated overlap with "the other" mark-up centric world (XML). Specific examples that came up in the Q&A include self-closing tags and namespaces (which will become painfully necessary in the very near future) references:



    (2) There is a lack of some sort of "Flow"-like theory for Polymer -- I understand the idea of using attributes as buses across components, but that's not an organizing principle! As somebody who has been bitten by two-way data-binding, e.g. in Firebase, I worry about the apparent lack of a big-picture -- this is true for web-components in general not just Polymer. reference:

    October 28, 2014

  • Neville S.

    Interesting talk from Jeff and good Q&A from Rob. I'm still super skeptical that a polyfill is reasonable enough to use this stuff outside of the latest Chrome, but I'll definitely be tinkering with Polymer on some personal projects...

    2 · October 28, 2014

  • Brian M.

    Great meet up very interesting night. I would love to attend on Saturday.

    1 · October 28, 2014

  • Joseluis L.


    1 · October 28, 2014

  • Nitya N.

    Thanks you all so very much for showing up, asking great questions, staying right through to the end, and signing up for Part 2!! Our thanks to Jeff Posnick (main talk), Rob Dodson (Q&A) and Gabriel Jones (Maps codelab).

    Jeff shared a great bunch of resources on G+ -- check out his post here:

    Also don't forget that all the slides, codelabs and other resources are available on

    Can't wait for our Saturday DevFest event -- and again, an open call for any Polymer experts to leave a comment here if they are willing to come out on Saturday and help us as we run the mini-hack and codelabs sessions.

    2 · October 27, 2014

  • Damon D.

    Thank you for such a great series of talks. I can't wait for Saturday.

    1 · October 27, 2014

  • Elijah L.

    This was pretty good, wish I could make the Saturday event (part 2) but I am out of town. Hopefully there will be another all day event (part 3)!

    1 · October 27, 2014

  • Jonathan B.

    Hacker News clone done during the google maps tutorial.

    3 · October 27, 2014

  • Matheus Cassiano C.

    Everything was great!

    1 · October 27, 2014

  • Nitya N.

    Anne -- it didn't let me reply to your comment (don't know why) but the answer to your question is that we are actually going to be doing the codelabs listed under Resources in the itshackademic site -- see

    3 · October 27, 2014

  • Jack M.

    I was really looking forward to this, but i got stuck working late in Brooklyn. Should have opened a slot. I hope there's a video i can check out later!

    October 27, 2014

    • Jack M.

      Slot opened.

      October 27, 2014

    • Nitya N.

      No worries. Show up on Saturday for Part 2 and we'll catch you up..

      October 27, 2014

  • Anne M.

    Is this the tutorial you'll walk through?

    October 27, 2014

  • Nitya N.

    Appreciate everyone who has pro actively updated RSVPs for this. Hope we see you at part 2 if u can't make this one.

    October 27, 2014

  • Saurabh K.

    Unable to make it - just released my spot.

    October 27, 2014

  • Sharad

    Sorry, Can't make it. Have released my spot.

    October 27, 2014

    • Katherine M.

      Is there a way to get this spot? Says RSVP is closed

      October 27, 2014

  • Anne M.

    So we can click easier :)
    Part 1 = Mon. Oct. 27
    Part 2 = Sat. Nov. 1

    1 · October 26, 2014

  • Paul Sungkyu S.

    will snacks be provided?

    October 26, 2014

    • Nitya N.

      Hi Paul -- thanks to Google, yes there are usually snacks and drinks.

      3 · October 26, 2014

  • Natasha L.

    Can't make it, so someone can have my spot

    October 26, 2014

  • Tommy H.

    Hey guys,

    What is the process of attending if on the waiting list? Can my coworker and I show up and wait to see if there is any capacity?

    October 24, 2014

    • Nitya N.

      The wait list is fairly short right now which means you have a good shot at being moved up since we usually see folks updating their RSVPs closer to the event (if they can't make it at the last minute). Have your co-worker RSVP separately though - that will help.

      October 24, 2014

  • Andrew P.

    woot woot Polymer FTW

    1 · October 20, 2014

  • Nitya N.

    Hi everyone - note that we just announced a Part 2 to this event ( -- an all day "DevFest" at Google NYC that happens on the weekend following this event (Part 1)

    Each event is stand-alone - but I encourage you to attend both. This is a rare opportunity to not just hear a tech talk on an emerging technology, but to then jump in and learn all its nuances to become a productive coder and user of that technology within a fairly short window. Learn first hand why Web Components and Polymer may very well change the way you think about building your next web application.

    1 · October 20, 2014

  • Martin B.

    Just freed a spot won't be able to make it. Thx

    October 17, 2014

  • Joanne

    You should move this to Tue since empire node conference is on the same day

    October 13, 2014

    • Nitya N.

      Unfortunately venues get booked early so this is not easy to do. However as we mentioned we are working on running a Polymer themed all-day DevFest in early November so definitely keep an eye out for that.

      1 · October 13, 2014

  • Dario L.

    Please note that RSVPs open two weeks before each event

    October 9, 2014

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