August 2017 Meetup - All About Auth + JWTs

05 July 2017

The Seattle Node.js Meetup is pleased to announce our meetup on Tuesday, August 1st, with two talks discussing the finer points of authentication with JSON Web Tokens (JWTs).

As always, you can find all things Seattle Node.js-related at the group website: And you can reach out to us via email at or Twitter at @seattlenode.

See you soon!


  • 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Doors open, hang out with your fellow developers. Grab some snacks and beverages courtesy of Ookla.

  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm: Learn the in’s, out’s, up’s and down’s of Node.js authentication with JWTs.

  • 8:15pm - 8:30pm-ish: Mingle, mix, chat things Node.js-related and more as we wind down. We will need just a bit of help breaking down the event, so we would appreciate some volunteer assistance at the end by any attendees that can spare a little time and elbow grease.


JWTs Aren’t So Great

Randall Degges - Okta

JSON Web Tokens (JWTs) are all the rage in the security world. They’re becoming more and more ubiquitous in web authentication libraries, and are commonly used to store a user’s identity information.

Randall Degges, Developer Advocate at Okta, will walk you through web authentication from the ground up, explaining how it works both with and without JWTs. Along the way you’ll learn why JWTs aren’t as great as you might hear, and learn about better ways to speed up web authentication for your web applications.

Through this talk, you’ll learn:

  • How web authentication works
  • How HTTP sessions and cookies store information
  • How JWTs work
  • How JWTs are commonly used in authentication libraries and tools
  • Why JWTs are so popular
  • Why JWTs aren’t the right solution for most web applications

Why JWTs are Awesome!

Ado Kukic - Auth0

In this talk we’ll cover what JSON Web Tokens (JWTs) are and using JWTs in your applications when it comes to security is awesome. We’ll compare and contrast JWTs to the more traditional session based authentication, examine the ecosystem around JWTs including libraries for NodeJs, and show how you can use JWTs in your NodeJs applications.

Ado is a full-stack developer and technical writer at Auth0. Mixing his passion of programming and education, he creates tutorials, courses, and other educational content focusing on security, authentication, and much more. On the front-end, he prefers Angular 2, while on the backend he flip-flops between Node.js and Golang.

Venue / Sponsors

General Assembly has graciously agreed to host the event. General Assembly is located on the third floor at 1218 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101

Ookla is providing us with yummy food and beverages.


In addition to the normal meetup registration, please also RSVP with General Assembly so that they have your information to get you in through the door and into the event.

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