JSFoo 2014

JavaScript as the centerpiece of a complex web stack

In 2011, Node.js put JavaScript firmly in the backend, making JavaScript developers productive at both ends of the stack, and making it possible for business logic to finally be moved into JavaScript.

In 2012, AngularJS made us think about moving business logic completely into the client-side as an actually sensible idea. Meteor give that idea two thumbs up.

In 2013, we went wild thinking of all the possibilities. JavaScript phones! Robots!

In 2014, it’s time for some sobering up. The backends we built over a decade in Ruby and Python aren’t going away. New languages like Go and Hack are tantalising us with new possibilities. Our applications are increasingly distributed, often involving third party APIs. In such a scenario, where does your business logic reside?

In 2014, JavaScript is no longer a toothless child or a rebellious teenager that wants to do everything itself. JSFoo 2014 is about working with JavaScript as the centerpiece of a complex web stack.


This year’s edition spans four days, with two days of workshops and two days of conference. All days feature a single track. We invite proposals for:

  • Full-length 40 minute talks
  • A crisp 15-minute presentation
  • Sponsored sessions, 40 minute duration
  • Flash talks of 5 minutes duration. Submissions for flash talks will be accepted during the event
  • Three hour workshops where everybody gets their laptop out and follows along

Criteria to submit

You must be a practising web developer or designer, and must be able to show how your own work has advanced the state of the web in the past year. You are expected to present original work that your peers — this event’s audience — recognise as being notable enough to deserve a stage.

If you are excited about someone’s work and believe it deserves wider recognition, we recommend you contact them and ask them to submit a proposal.

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.

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 editorial panel build a strong line-up for the event.

There is only one speaker per session. Entry is free for selected speakers. HasGeek will cover your travel to and accommodation in Bangalore from anywhere in the world for speakers delivering full sessions (30 minutes or longer). 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.

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 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.

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Gaurav Ramanan


From Photoshop to your Refrigerator : JS Everywhere!

Submitted Sep 1, 2014

JavaScript is now one of the most used programming languages ever. Its reach is permeating far beyond the front end of the web. This talk is a guide for JS developers to see how vast the opportunities are for them cutting across technologies and even industries.


The talk begins with a short history of Javascript, little interesting tidbits on the browser wars, the demise of Netscape & ReBirth as firefox. The birth and evolution of JS and how JS has been reinvented by Google and others. And just how popular JS is today (Github Stats etc.)?

The 2nd part is a really quick take on where we can use Javascript. The following will be covered really quickly with stunning examples!

Front End with jQuery etc, Advanced front end with Dojo / Closure Library, HTML5 Applications like 3D (WebGL), Audio API, SVG, Realtime communication with WebRTC, Plugins Inside Adobe Products (Illustrator, Photoshop, After effects etc.), Plugins inside Word 2013, Google Apps Script used within Docs, Spreadsheet, Gmail, Graph Api from Facebook, JS as a compiler (Less, Stylusetc.) PhoneGap Mobile Apps, Firefox OS & Chrome OS (OSes made out of JS), Art Installations with JS! (by Google). System utilities with JS, Servers & Realtime (Node.js) Indian Elections with d3 and socket.io! Controlling Robots with Node.js (and active research by my company), Fridges with Android (JavaScript) and finally Super Computers with JS.

The last portion is a small intro to my company and how we are using JS to help the world.


An active interest in JavaScript and an overactive imagination to know what to do with it!

Speaker bio

Gaurav Ramanan serves as the CEO of RCorp.
His first job came at the age of 8 as designer of a popular local infotainment magazine, The Victory Voyage. After Engineering having gotten admission for MBA and Job Offers at hand, he said no to both to start Ramanan Corporation with an ideal to help serve India. RCorp is now a 4 year young successful startup having delivered solutions in the fields of Online Advertising, Website Designing, IT Integration, Hardware Design, Social Media Marketing, E-Commerce Development, Graphic Design, Social Network Development, Mobile Application Development, Print & Digital Design, Recruitment, Publishing, Cloud Computing Consulting, Requirements Gathering, Contract Consulting, Tendering & Proposal Consulting to a wide portfolio comprising of Startups, Multi National Companies, International Governments, NonProfits, Institutions, Indian Government, Embassies. RCorp will now launch ASPIRE. An amazing platform that enables us to create technology easily for a variety of Industries.

A designer by experience, engineer by education, manager by profession and marketer by skill, Gaurav has mentored over a 100 people from over 3000 applications in the fields of Computer Science, Electronics, Mathematics, Design, Operations, Sales, Marketing, Animation, Human Resource, Strategy etc. He has gotten awards throughout his academic life from IIT, Amity and Lingayas, to name a few. He has also been interviewed on National TV at Zee Business at the age of 21. Gaurav has given talks at a variety of places most importantly IEEE and Manav Rachna. He is very active in many open source technology communities like PHP, WordPress, jQuery, AngularJS, Facebook Developers, Node.js, Grunt, PhoneGap, impress.js, YUI, jmpress.js and is also a core contributor to Dojo, one of the most advanced and oldest Javascript Frameworks. He is the co creator of the proprietary Aspire Platform built on top of Node.js and the open source project DijitX.


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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