Past Meetup

Ben Ilegbodu: React sans Node; Guest Panel w/ Tom Occhino, Manager of React Team

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1. To expedite the check-in process, Eventbrite has asked that you also RSVP on their site:

2. To accommodate our guest panelists, we will be starting this meetup earlier than usual

3. Bike parking is available on the 7th floor so come on up. The talks will be recorded and published on the Eventbrite engineering blog after the event.

Food & Drinks provided by Eventbrite

5:30 - 6:30: Food & drinks

6:30 - 7:30: Talks

7:30 - 8:30: Guest Panel / Q&A

8:30: Community Announcements

Lightning Talk

Esther Weon: Becoming a Better Student By Becoming a Better Teacher: Lessons Learned from Teaching JavaScript

Esther teaches the React workshops at Girl Develop It. In this talk she discusses how developers can level-up their skills in non-traditional ways.

Featured Talk

Ben Ilegbodu: Isomorphic React Sans Node

React is JavaScript library for building user interfaces that has taken the web development industry by storm. Its declarative syntax and DOM abstraction for components not only make client-side development simple, but also enables server-side rendering of those same components, which enables improved SEO and initial browser load time. But how do you render JavaScript React components server-side if your backend doesn’t run on Node? Learn how Eventbrite successfully integrated React with their Python/Django backend so that you can do the same in yours.

About Ben
Ben is a Christian, a husband and a father with over 10 years of experience developing for the Web. He is currently a Senior UI Engineer on Eventbrite’s Frontend Platform team. On the side, Ben also enjoys playing basketball, watching movies, and blogging ( / tweeting (@benmvp) about his experiences with new web development technologies.

Special Guest Panel with Tom Occhino

Tom is the manager of the React team at Facebook. Come prepared with your best questions!

If you would like the panel moderator to ask your question for you, please submit it here:

Community Announcements
Working on a cool React project? Looking for a job? Inspired by Dave's "15 seconds of fame," make a quick announcement to the community on stage (time permitting).

Smile! We are recording this event with photography and videography. If you don't want appear in any photos or videos, you can watch this event from the comfort of your own home :)

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