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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omprakash visvanathan


Designing great UIs - A practitioner's approach

Submitted Jan 4, 2013

The aim of the lecture is to explain how to design great looking web applications and websites and how to make sense of the vast array of technologies/tools available to pick the right tool. Also details how different tools employ Ajax/Javascript to achieve good interaction. How user interface design differs between J2EE web applications and PHP/Ajax websites.


The session will explain good user interface design from a practitioner’s approach and contain screenshots/videos of stuff the presenter has been working on for past 8 years. Designing for both Java web application and a PHP website will be discussed. Various Rich internet application frameworks like GWT, IceFaces, JSF, Smart GWT, Wicket, Echo and how to pick what’s right for your application will be discussed. Designing great websites using PHP’s Joomla content management system will be briefly discussed.


A paper and pen or pencil to take notes will do.

Speaker bio

Omprakash Visvanathan, 40 years old, is a product designer and entrepreneur living in Chennai. He has worked with India and in the USA with several large companies including IBM, MCI, Covansys, IGate and Polaris. He has an M.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has developed other products including the Aatma XML IDE and XSLT debugger and the Raptor XML Rules engine. In his spare time, he is an avid reader, likes singing and dancing and social media.



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