• Jennifer Tong
  • Developer Advocate Google
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Jennifer Tong is a Developer Advocate on Cloud at Google. In this role she helps developers build cool stuff on all sorts of platforms. Previously she worked in a wide variety of software roles from robotics at NASA, to developer advocacy for Google Glass.

She is passionate about education, especially on the subjects of technology and science. If she's away from her laptop, she's probably skating around a roller derby track, or hanging from aerial silk.


  • Prototyping the Internet of Things with Firebase
  • Time: 11:15am - 12:00pm | Room: YBCA Forum
Everyone seems to be talking about the Internet of Things. From houseplants to ice machines, from fitness bracelets to fish tanks: everything seems to be fair game.

This is a whole new world of computing. It's a lot of fun, but it also comes with new challenges. Validating your idea early is critical. You need to be confident that your plan is going to work before you instruct your manufacturer to sandblast your molds.

In this talk Jenny Tong, a Developer Advocate on Google Cloud Platform, will show you how node.js, Firebase, the Johnny Five library, and boards like the Raspberry Pi come together to make your IoT project real. This talk will include live electronics hacking, and live coding.

By the time you leave, you'll learn:

  • A little bit about some common electronics development boards
  • Cool things you can do with that Raspberry Pi that's gathering dust on your shelf
  • What Johnny Five is, and why it's so awesome
  • How to use your existing JavaScript skills to get things moving, literally
The Firebase guest wifi password used to be, "Realtime all the things!" And we really do mean things