Do you want to send news alerts, but don’t have an app? Join Hacks/Hackers NYC on Saturday, Jan. 28, to learn in just one day how to quickly build a web application that can send notifications to Chrome mobile web users (sorry, no Safari compatibility yet!). The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab and Google will walk you through creating a web notifications system and you’ll learn to push some notifications on your own.
The workshop will be led by Alastair Coote, Connor Jennings and Bret McGowen. Alastair and Connor are developers for the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab, and have launched many web notification projects for the mobile lab over the last year, for news events ranging from the Olympics to the US presidential primaries. Bret McGowen is a developer advocate at Google, focusing on Firebase implementation.
You’ll get the most from this workshop if you are a news developer interested in using notifications to deliver content to a wider audience, are already working with web technologies and have some experience with mobile. Journalists, designers, UX designers new to code are also welcome, and will be paired with developers to collaborate on any day-of developments, hacks, etc.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with light breakfast, juice and coffee. Snacks will be available throughtout the day. Lunch is on your own.
The workshop begins at 10 a.m.:
Firebase training on setting up your own notifications framework
Walk through the Push API and Notification API
Open coding & building
You WILL need:
A laptop capable of running the Chrome browser and whatever development tools you use to make web sites
A downloaded copy of the Chrome 56 beta browser if you want to experiment with adding images to notifications.
Preferably an Android mobile device to test with, though you can also use the Chrome desktop browser to test the functionality, if not the visuals.
To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the event. We cannot issue refunds after 9:30 a.m., Jan. 27.