2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Building Better Web Apps with Angular.js

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ATTENTION: You must signup in advance to attend this workshop. You will need to have a valid SXSW badge, and an activated SXsocial account. To reserve your seat, please go here: https://sup.sxsw.com/schedule/IAP20591

The best web apps handle dynamic data with grace and ease. But in order to get the job done, front-end developers often end up with a clunky DOM and spaghetti JavaScript. In this two and a half hour long workshop, we'll show you how to solve these problems using Angular.js. We'll show you the ropes of Angular.js and you'll leave our session with a working app that leverages real-time data updates and advanced JavaScript techniques for both desktop and mobile.

During this session you'll learn the basics of Angular.js through concepts like "bidirectional data binding" and "declarative programming", see demos and look at the code behind them, and receive some starter code to help dig into Angular.js during some hands-on work time to get your own app up and running. Since Angular.js has a bit of a learning curve, our goal is to make sure you leave the workshop with enough background to be able to continue learning and building with it on your own.

- This workshop is designed for web developers that have knowledge of HTML, CSS, and most importantly, JavaScript.
- Those with intermediate-level JavaScript skills or higher will get the most out of this workshop and should be comfortable with handling and manipulating JSON data and working with HTML5.

What to Bring:
- Please come to the workshop with a laptop with a plain text editor (or your preferred coding environment of choice) installed.
- The ability to run a local server (such as LAMP/MAMP, Node, or others) on your laptop is also a plus.



Ian MacDowell

Sr Open Standards Developer


Ian MacDowell, Sr. Open Standards Developer, R/GA Austin

Bringing more than 8 years of experience building custom technology products for leading brands, Ian specializes in implementing front-end responsive web solutions for a diverse portfolio of R/GA clients including MasterCard, Beats By Dr. Dre, Ameriprise, and Converse.

Prior to joining R/GA, Ian served as Tech Lead for Mobile and Interactive at Burton Snowboards for 3 years, leading a team of developers building multiple award-winning web sites as well as Burton’s own native iPhone app. Earlier in his career, he was the Sr. Flash developer at Dealer.com, creating flash assets that are still being used on over 8,000 car dealership websites across North America.

Ian has an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Burlington, Vermont’s Champlain College, where he has also taught aspiring young technologists how to program as an adjunct professor. When not writing code, you’ll find the Eagle Scout working on his Harley-Davidson, Pontiac Firebird, or beard.


Katrina Bekessy

Dir, Technology & Design


Part technologist, part designer, Katrina is a Parsons grad and interaction-design specialist at R/GA, a digital agency, handling technical strategy and implementation across channels--websites, social, mobile, and enterprise-level systems. She has worked on projects for clients such as Walmart, L'Oreal, and McCormick, and leads the technology department in R/GA’s Austin/Southwest region.

Winning awards and recognition for collaboration and leadership, as well as being listed in Forbes' "30 Under 30 in Advertising & Marketing", Katrina has pushed teams to approach work differently by making sure that technology is brought to the forefront to inspire others and challenge ideas so that work is technically interesting, relevant, and smart.

Prior to R/GA, Katrina worked on grant-based projects as well as pursuing her own research on ubiquitous computing. Outside of her "day job," Katrina is busy eating tacos, offsetting that with yoga workouts, and getting her hands dirty in lots of DIY projects.

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