JSFoo 2013

All about being creative with JavaScript

(Skip ahead to session proposals)

About JSFoo

JSFoo is India’s only national JavaScript conference. The first season of JSFoo featured editions in Bangalore, Pune and Chennai between Oct 2011 and Feb 2012. The second edition in Bangalore in Oct 2012 was based on the theme “JavaScript Everywhere” – featuring JavaScript on web servers, embedded in robots, as a cross-platform language for mobile, and in its original home, the browser.

##JSFoo 2013
The theme for JSFoo 2013 is original creations with JavaScript. Showcase innovative work done with JavaScript – if you have created something at work or outside your work commitments, with or without a business model in sight, something you’ve done for the love of seeing it come to life in front of your eyes, JSFoo is the place to talk about it!

Talks which demonstrate innovation at either a technical or “best practice” level will be given preference. Your creation does not necessarily have to be in production, but we will insist on it being something more significant than a cool ten-line function you came up with (unless that function allowed you to control sharks fitted with lasers or something).

We are also accepting high quality talk and workshop proposals on JS frameworks, libraries and tools. These proposals have to provide clear objectives and take-aways for practising JavaScript developers.

JSFoo 2013 is a single-track event. We invite proposals for:

  • full-length 40-minute proposal
  • a crisp 15-minute presentation
  • sponsored sessions, 40 minute duration
  • flash talks of 5 minutes duration. Submissions for flash talks will be opened one week before the event
  • Hands-on sessions ranging from two to six hours on JS libraries, frameworks and tools. These proposals will be categorized as workshops

Commitment to open source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a piece of technology, we’d like it to be available under a permissive open source license.

If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licenses (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognize 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.

Speaking submissions

You can submit a proposal to speak at JSFoo 2013 via the submission funnel below. Please describe your proposal in as much detail as possible. Detail is important if you’d like to be voted up into the schedule. In particular, we want to hear why you are the best person to be delivering a talk on your proposed topic. Provide links to previous talks and presentations you’ve done. This will help attendees and the programme committee in evaluating your proposal.
Making a funnel submission does not guarantee final selection.

##Selection Process
Voting is open to attendees who have purchased event tickets. If there is a proposal you find notable, please vote for it and leave a comment to initiate discussions. Your vote will be reflected immediately, but will be counted towards selections only if you purchase a ticket. Proposals will also be evaluated by a program committee consisting of:

Proposers must submit presentation drafts as part of the selection process to ensure that the talk is in line with the original proposal, and to help the program committee build a strong line-up for the event.

There is only one speaker per session. Attendance is free for selected speakers. HasGeek will cover your travel to and accommodation in Bangalore from anywhere in the world. As our budget is limited, we will prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. If you are able to raise support for your trip, we will count that as speaker travel sponsorship.

If your proposal is not accepted, you can buy a ticket at the same rate as was available on the day you proposed. We’ll send you a code.

Tickets: http://jsfoo.doattend.com

Website: https://jsfoo.in/2013


The program committee will announce the first round of selected proposals by 15th August and a second round by 2nd September. We will finalize the schedule by 7th September. The funnel will close on 25th August. The event is on 20th and 21st September 2013.

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Pankaj Bhageria


No Backend, Parse and Dodo

Submitted Aug 18, 2013

No Backend technology is going to be the next big revolution for building apps. Parse is a hosted solution for no backend technology which was recently acquired by Facebook.
I needed as self hosted drop in replacement of Parse, so I created Dodo.

This talk aims to.

  1. Introduction to “No Backend” technology and parse(parse.com)

  2. A faster way of building your apps, without bothering about the backend.

  3. You will be able to start building application using parse.

  4. You like parse(parse.com), but you want to host it on your server, you will learn how to do it.

  5. You will get an overview of the different options available in the market of the No Backend tech, and their pros and cons.


When I came across the NoBackend technology, I was thrilled. This was the thing I was thinking to build from so long and it was right there in front of me, as if speaking to me “You only thought and thought, but someone actually did it!!”.

After that I explored many NoBackend options, and Parse(parse.com) was my favorite.

Parse is a great service, but there are few things I did not like about parse.

  1. Its Costly.

  2. Vendor Lock in: For some reason I don’t like the hosting service of parse or I am getting a better service. Lets say I am getting a better hosting at a cheaper rate than parse. I cannot move away from parse. I would have to change my entire code base if I have to do so.

I was looking for something which is hosted on my own servers, so that I have more control and I could save on costs. This time I did not wait for some one else to build it, thus Dodo was born.

What does that mean?

You build your applications using parse, using the client side libraries which parse provides. And then whenever you want to host it on your server, you install dodo on your server, and point your code to your dodo server instead of Parse. Your app is up and running on your server, without a single line change. Now that is exciting, isn’t it!!

This talk would begin with an introduction to NoBackend technologies.
What are the pros of cons of using it. When should we use it and when should we not and what are the options available.

After that we would be building an example browser app(todo app) using parse.

Finally we would replace parse with our own self hosted version of it, without touching a single line of code....and our code would still work. But we would have all the data on our server and all the control :)

It would end with the various existing options to build no-backend applications, their pros-cons and a Q&A.


Basic understanding of Js
Understanding of Backbone would help, but not required.

Speaker bio

Name : Pankaj Bhageria, Lead at Sumeru Software Solutions.

Summary: RubyConf 2011 speaker, passionate about open source, created several libraries, developer, ROR, Nodejs, Meditator, loves to learn and teach.


Passionate about open source and JavaScript, I have been working on Node js and client side frameworks for more than a year now. Beginning with backbone, I have explored many MVC frameworks including ember, angular and knockout. I have also build few of my own libraries in JavaScript(see below).

I was a speaker at RubyConf2011((http://rubyconfindia.org/2011/talks.html). I have been working on open source since 2006 beginning with php, then Rails and now JS. I have worked on projects of various sizes, from one man army(from BA, to PM to developer to tester), to larger projects involving multiple people. I love teaching and have given multiple trainings on jQuery, Rails and Js(node, knockout). I believe that Spirituality and Technology can change the world and my dream is to create a software which will be used by the whole world. I am a regular Meditator and I love to help and meet new people, to learn and to teach.

Open Source Contributions

  1. wherejs(wherejs.org): Its a library to search(deep search) in javascript arrays with a mongodb like interface.

  2. selectjs(selectjs.org) : A javascript library to map and transfrom json object/arrays

  3. dharmajs(https://github.com/panbhag/dharmajs): A Javascript SPA framework built around Knockout and sammy

  4. naradjs(https://github.com/panbhag/narad): A pusher like nodejs implementation built on top of socket.io




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JSFoo is a forum for discussing UI engineering; fullstack development; web applications engineering, performance, security and design; accessibility; and latest developments in #JavaScript. Follow JSFoo on Twitter more