After a very successful night of hosting the Seattle Scalability Meetup few weeks back, we decided to host another one! This time, we hosted the Seattle JS Meetup. Just like last time, we had an incredible turnout from the Seattle community, with more than 100(!!) attendees sitting in our newly renovated office.
Next we had Ryan Eastridge, who created Glowstick, a cool API that allows you to control LEDs on a custom made Arduino board. He created this in part to introduce kids and young adults to the world of computer science and programming. Using simple syntax and APIs, kids can go from creating simple light patterns to making intricate moving rainbow lights (note: cat not included).
Ryan actually brought in two custom-made light boards to the meetup for the attendees to try. The board was connect to our local network and anyone could access it through the network. All they had to do was open up a web browser and navigate to the board. Next, open the console on the browser, and start programming LED light patterns. During the presentation someone actually made a semi-working game of Pong using the Glowstick API. Redfin engineers also created a Redfin Logo using the Glowstick API.
After the talks people mingled while some continued to program cool lights into the light board. Overall it was a great experience meeting other developers in the Seattle area and hearing all the cool projects people are working on.
We’ll be hosting more awesome events in the future. Until next time!