The Web Platform
March 7–8, 2016: Training
March 8–10, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA

Getting physical with the beacon-enabled Web

Jen Looper (Telerik)
12:00pm–12:30pm Wednesday, 03/09/2016
Hardware Salon 1/2
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 8 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

No experience is needed, but participants will benefit from experience in hardware hacking, beacons, and mobile web development.


Are you a web developer who has heard of beacons but hasn’t used them because the thought of building a native app makes you hide in a particularly dark corner? Well, hide no more.

Previously, you needed to develop a mobile app to interface with beacons, as they primarily broadcast their UUID, which you need to pair with content within the app. With Eddystone, Google’s beacon protocol, however, web developers have a completely new and exciting technique to enhance the ways with which people interact with their surroundings.

Pairing beacons with a beautiful website lets us experience the world around us in a great new way, bridging the web, mobile, and physical realms. Jen Looper explains how to use your web skills to build innovative sites that answer a beacon’s broadcast. Jen will demo a full-featured use case for enhancing a visit to a museum that will pick up a beacon signal, open a URL, and unlock both web content and a treasure box installed in the museum containing a token for the visitor.

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Jen Looper


Jen Looper is a Boston-based web and mobile developer specializing in cross-platform educational and fitness apps for iOS, Android, Nook, Kindle, and Windows Phone. As a developer advocate at Telerik, Jen enjoys meeting other developers to talk about innovations in frontend technologies. You can view her portfolio at Jen is passionate about hardware hacking and has launched to teach kids about science and programming by means of the internet of things.

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Jen Looper
03/11/2016 4:00am PST

Thank you for your feedback and for attending the talk! I’m sorry my voice was a little faint, probably due in part to having a bad head cold :). Here’s the link to the talk: