React Native +=

Saturday Feburary 4th, 10-2, Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 2nd Floor

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, you will be guided through the process of building a personalized gif based curation app with data from everyone's favorite gif source — Giphy ! You will be implementing React Native to build the Interface (Views), Redux to handle the data flow, GIPHY API as your data source and integrate with Firebase as your persistent store to keep track of your likes and dislikes for the years to come.

The Workshop portion is designed to give you the foundations of mobile app development using exciting technologies like React Native, Redux, Firebase, Third Party APIs and more. The skills that you will learn in this workshop can help you pursue the app idea you’ve dreamt of building, stay up to date on the newest mobile technologies, or impress your tech friends by releasing IOS and Android app simultaneously with minimal effort.

The Instructors

Brandy is a developer, designer, and doer, that could out hustle Jay-Z. She is a full stack developer, with an enthusiasm for application development and learning the latest technologies. Brandy is currently an Engineer at Purple Rock Scissors, a leading creative digital agency in Orlando, Florida. If she isn't coding you can find her running laps around the beautiful lakes of Winter Park, FL or sipping espresso at the local coffee shops.

Josh is a builder of things, whether that is for his day to day job, freelance work, or side projects you’ll always find him trying to bring the non-existent into existence. He is fueled by lattes and passion to create great products and services. He is a senior full stack developer at Shoflo where he works with a distributed team to bring realtime software to the live event and production industry.


Phase 1 (30 Minutes)

  • Value of building mobile apps with React Native
  • Basics of React Native
  • Basics of Redux
  • Live coding intro
  • QA before workshop begins

Phase 2 (2 Hours)

  • Project Setup and Resources
  • Routing, Views, Styles
  • Implement Redux
  • Integrate with GIPHY API
  • Integrate Firebase

Phase 3 (30 Mins)

  • App store release
  • Final QA


  • Mac & Xcode (Latest version)
  • Basic Understanding of terminal
  • Understanding of JavaScript (Functions, Objects, Arrays)
  • Wifi & A Desk will be provided