FITC Toronto 2016

2016-04-17 00:00:00 2016-04-20 00:00:00 America/Toronto FITC Toronto 2016 It's Time to Level Up. Your skills, your connections, your passion: take it all to the next level with FITC Toronto 2016 - a three-day professional celebration of the best the world has to offer in design, web dev, media and innovation in creative tech. Toronto FITC Toronto


Note: This workshop is on SATURDAY April 16, from 10am to 5pm, and requires a separate ticket purchase.

In this workshop, web developers will discover how they can leverage their existing web stack knowledge to interact with the good old analog world. They will learn how to use JavaScript to process data gathered by sensors and how to use that data to act upon the real, physical world.

Web developers have most of the knowledge and skills necessary to get into physical computing. The only things missing are a bit of software knowledge (NW.js & Johnny-Five) and a bit of hardware knowledge (microcontrollers & sensors). This is what this workshop will provide. In essence, the goal is to show web developers a cheap and easy path for them to get into physical computing.

At the end of the workshop, you will know enough to explore and use sensors (distance, movement, pressure, rotation, etc.) and actuators (motors, lights, etc.). Hopefully, this workshop will also reignite your passion for HTML, CSS and JavaScript by showing you exciting news ways in which these technologies can be used today.

Bonus: attendees get to keep all the workshop hardware so they can continue to experiment on their own. This starter kit includes an Arduino-compatible microcontroller, touch shield, piezo buzzer, distance sensor, buttons, LEDs and more (60$ value).

The time has finally come to break out of the browser’s security sandbox!


Learn to use HTML, CSS and JavaScript to interact with the physical world.

Target Audience

Web Developers (and anybody comfortable with HTML, CSS and JavaScript)

Assumed Audience Knowledge

Attendees must have a good knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. No electronics knowledge is required. You must bring your own Mac, Windows or Linux laptop with USB port.

Five things audience members will learn

  1. How to create a cross-platform desktop application from HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  2. How to leverage your JavaScript skills to interact with a microcontroller.
  3. How to gather information from the physical world.
  4. How to control external devices (such as lights or motors).
  5. How to bring back some excitement to your web development routine!