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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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

Sucheta Ghoshal


Your webapps should talk not just in English, but in español, Kiswahili, 廣州話 and অসমীয়া too.

Submitted Aug 24, 2013

To help web developers understand what localization is and why it is important. In this talk I will:

  • Explain how MediaWiki / Wikipedia - arguably the biggest and most localized projects on the internet - handles internationalization

  • Explain how you can do it for your own apps, via jQuery.i18n (or other frameworks)

  • Explain TranslateWiki.net, a place for Free and Open Source projects to get their strings translated


Imagine being plopped in the middle of a busy Rome, 2000 years ago (or Beijing, 1000 years from now). Everyone is busy, there are a lot of things happening around you - except, you have no idea what. The signs make no sense to you. You are lost - you do not understand the language, and hence can not do much.

That is how the internet is to people who do not understand English.

As web developers, we can make this better. By localizing our application to multiple languages, and offering users a way to pick their preferred language. This used to be the realm of gettext and .po files and asking translators to understand svn - but not anymore! There are plenty of i18n libraries for JavaScript to choose from, and plenty of support systems too.

This talk will cover i18n systems by picking a popular one - jquery.i18n + TranslateWiki.net, which is used by Wikipedia (and all other Wikimedia sites). We’ll pick up a trivial JS application and i18nize it.

The talk will start by covering the basics - messages in different languages and loading the appropriate one when your application is running. Then some other things that people don’t notice at first - plurals, genders, number formatting. Also talk about how i18n is something you should bake into your app from day 0, not something you can ‘bolt on’ as a layer of polish.

You probably know just a few languages, and people would need to translate your UI messages to other languages. translatewiki.net is a service for Open Source Projects that will do this for free. We’ll talk about how you can get your project up on translatewiki.net - or if it is not open source, what other ways you can use to get them translated.


Understanding of basic JavaScript and jQuery.

Speaker bio

Sucheta Ghoshal has been engaged with MediaWiki development for a long time now - writes code for Wikipedia mostly in JavaScript and PHP. She was also an OPW intern with Wikimedia Foundation and worked on developing a collaborative editor for our beloved Wikipedia. She recently got more involved with the Language Engineering Team of Wikimedia Foundation - volunteering, writing code and getting inspired, everyday, a little bit more.

Sucheta is doing her graduation in Computer Science and Technology in West Bengal University of Technology. She has been an Open Source enthusiast since high school. Loves to do a lot of stuff. Loves to feel the power that one learner has right now. There are a fair number of people who have already risked their lives and let her talk at their conferences and workshops - GNUnify, Open Source Bridge 2013 being the recent ones. They have survived well and good.


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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