Meta Refresh 2013

The design and engineering of user interface on the web

Meta Refresh is a conference on the construction of the user experience on the web. The 2013 edition is about letting go. It’s about learning the skills necessary to build experiences which cannot possibly exist on any medium apart from the internet. It will showcase people who have a deep understanding of what the internet is, and what it can be; people who have built experiences and who can recount their experiences doing so.

The details

Meta Refresh 2013 is a single-track event over two days. All proposals will be evaluated by the program committee consisting of:

The program committee will not consider public voting when making selections, as the current form of voting has a weak correlation to relevance, but will instead look at the discussion each proposal generates. If there is a proposal you find notable, please leave a comment.

For this year’s event, we are seeking original presentations from practising designers and frontend engineers on why something should be done the way you say, rather than how. The conference stage is a place to convince the audience to your point of view. Howto guides go on the website.

As a single track event, you will have the full audience in the room with you, and we expect you to keep it engaged. Please submit examples of prior speaking experience, or a video introducing yourself and your topic, plus proof that you practice what you preach.

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 towards an event sponsorship.

There are no sponsored sessions at Meta Refresh. Your speaking opportunity is at the discretion of the program committee alone.

If your proposal is not accepted, you can buy a ticket at the same rate as was available on the day of your proposal.

Discounted tickets are available from


We will make the first round of confirmations by late December, a second round by mid-January, and will finalize the schedule in early February. More specific dates as they get closer. The event is on Feb 22-23.

Commitment to open source

HasGeek believes in open source as the foundation of the internet. Our aim is to strengthen these foundations for future generations. If your talk describes a codebase for developers to work with, we require that it is available under a permissive open source license, a license that does not impose itself on subsequent work.

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Anand Samuel Edwin


Building the next generation Apps for modern devices

Submitted Jan 25, 2013

Modern devices and HTML5 provides new capabilities that allow product designers/developers new ways to enhance the user experience and workflows of a product.

This is an important topic for s/w development in general, that takes care of usability and user workflow in the context of new devices. The talk will cover some common UI/UX change required for an App as it transforms to Modern devices. Demo of the “Multi-personality” capability of a prototype of Wireframing/Prototyping App developed in HTML will be shown.


With the launch of iPad, a new generation of applications centred around finger touch input emerged. It redefined the way we interact with machines for creating things like sketches or editing things like photos. With new innovations coming in from Microsoft with Metro (called “Modern UI”) and further innovations expected around using Pen and other input devices, our applications need to not only just utilize these new innovations to improve usability better but also come up with new ideas of how to take use of the modern hardware like Tablets, Tablet/Ultrabook convertibles, Ultrathin etc and provide better usability and new workflows to customers which were not possible before.

This presentation is about the general capabilities of new devices and how we can take a tablet App to a Desktop environment handling more user workflows and providing more usability with the new capabilities of the device. This presentation covers what are the challenges to achieve this using HTML as the development platform for next generation Apps.

As an example, this talk will use a prototype of a Wireframing / Prototyping App as an App that takes this route towards a Modern App from the traditional Tablet or Desktop App.

Speaker bio

Anand Samuel Edwin is a Senior Engineering Manager at Adobe focussed on Adobe Proto, a new Touch App on iOS and Android. Prior to that he was with the Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Contribute teams and brings in more than 7 years of expertise in Web Design and Web Content Authoring tools. His passion and research includes user interaction and touch based workflows for web design tools.

Prior to Adobe, he was with a start-up developing CORBA/SOAP distributed object middleware for embedded systems, and has rich experience in working with leading RTOS and compiler/debugger tools for embedded systems.


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