Fragments 2017

Fragments 2017

A conference on the mobile ecosystem in India

#About Fragments:

Fragments is a two-day, single track conference on the mobile ecosystem in India. The conference will feature talks – full-length and crisp – panel discussions, and Off-The-Record (OTR) sessions.

We are looking for proposals in the following topics:

  1. Modern Development Practices

    • How are modern development teams structured?
    • How do you achieve cross platform design/feature parity?
    • How do your collaboration, decision making, and development processes adapt to accommodate cross platform teams?
  2. Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery

    • How is your CI/CD pipeline designed to allow you to test, build and deploy to multiple platforms (Android,iOS,Web) simultaneously?
  3. Design

    • What tools and processes to designers follow when they have to design for multiple platforms simultaneously, given that each platform as it’s own guidelines/styles?
  4. Localisation and Accessibility

    • How do you handle localization and accessibility in modern mobile apps?
  5. Progressive Web Apps

    • Are progressive web apps the way forward?
    • Are progressive web apps a better way to solve cross platform development? What’s their future?
  6. On the ground case studies

    • Talks on how companies have changed their development workflows, processes, teams, app architecture, and tooling over time.
  7. Platform specific talks

    • We are also open to platform specific technology talks that are novel in their content or approach.

Commitment to open source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like for it to be available under a permissive open source licence. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licences (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognise that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a “sponsored session”.

Selection process

Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel.

** Make sure to add links to videos / slide decks when submitting proposals. We will not review proposals without detailed outlines or slide decks and preview videos.**

The first filter for every proposal is whether the technology or solution you are referring to is open source or not. If you are referring to a proprietary technology, consider picking up a sponsored session.

The criteria for selecting proposals, in the order of importance, are:

  1. Key insight or takeaway: what can you share with participants that will help them in their work and in thinking about the problem?
  2. Structure of the talk and flow of content: a detailed outline helps us understand the focus of the talk, and the clarity of your thought process.
  3. Ability to communicate succinctly, and how you engage with the audience. You must submit link to a two-minute preview video explaining what your talk is about, and what is the key takeaway for the audience.

No one submits the perfect proposal in the first instance. We therefore encourage you to:

  1. Submit your proposal early so that we have more time to iterate if the proposal has potential.
  2. Talk to us on our community Slack channel: if you want to discuss an idea for your proposal, and need help / advice on how to structure it.

Our editorial team also helps potential speakers in honing their speaking skills, and rehearsing at least twice - before the main conference - to sharpen the focus of talks.

Passes and honararium for selected speakers:

A speaker is NOT confirmed a slot unless we explicitly mention so in an email or over any other medium of communication.

Selected speakers get a pass to the conference and networking dinner. We do not provide free passes for speakers’ colleagues and spouses.

We also pay an honararium of Rs. 5,000 to each speaker, at the end of their talk.

Travel grants for outstation speakers:

Fragments 2017 is funded through ticket purchases and sponsorships.
We try to provide full or partial travel grants for at least two international and two domestic speakers.
First preference in awarding grants is given to women speakers, persons of non-binary genders, and speakers from Africa. If you require a travel grant, indicate this in the field where you add your location.

Important dates:

Deadline for submitting proposals: 30 July, 2017

**Conference date: ** 12-13 Sept, 2017


For more information about speaking proposals, contact
For tickets and sponsorships, contact or call +91-7676332020.

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Pratul Kalia


Effective and efficient mobile engineering

Submitted Jul 24, 2017

Unlike traditional software engineering, building mobile apps involves a whole new set of challenges that companies have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Apart from being new operating systems, these platforms and their users are unforgiving towards badly behaved apps. This requires teams to adopt strict engineering practices and stay on top of new developments.
In this talk, we discuss the pitfalls and challenges inherent in building mobile apps, as well as some potential solutions to those problems. The intended audience is project managers, engineering managers, or anyone else who finds themselves leading a mobile development team.


  • Significant reduction in speed in comparison to web development, because the trio of backend + mobile + design has to be highly coordinated.
  • No dynamic updates possible like a web service because of the closed app-store model.
  • Unlike the web, consistency in mobile UI design is an expectation.
  • Users have low tolerance towards jank and slow UIs.
  • Mobile systems have low tolerance towards badly behaved apps - memory and CPU availability is low.
  • Libraries and frameworks need constant updates for improvement in performance and efficiency.
  • Constant learning required because new APIs can change behaviour or improve existing systems.
  • git/hg is not a replacement for zip files!
  • Fake optimization is dangerous.
  • Security theatre is a problem.
  • Mobile devices have personal info that needs to be used or stored with care.
  • Team effort does not mean progress.
  • Documenting knowledge is critical - what is your bus factor?
  • Important to have tests so that refactoring are easy, regressions are removed.
  • Important to have useful monitoring that is actually being monitored by people!

Speaker bio

Pratul Kalia has been programming professionally for more than a decade — web backends and frontends, nix servers, and now Android. He has helped organizations like Ola Cabs, TCS, OML, Myntra and IIT Kanpur deal with a variety of engineering challenges on the mobile front. He believes in building uncomplicated, performant codebases and UIs, both of which are critical in the resource-starved mobile world. He leads engineering at Uncommon in Bangalore.



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