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:
- Sunit Singh, design at Cleartrip
- Angad Kingra, design at Zomato
- Rahul Gonsalves, design at Pixelogue
- Kiran Jonnalagadda, design and code at HasGeek
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 http://metarefresh.doattend.com/
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.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler
To have a discussion on what makes simplicity compelling
Simplicity is a good goal to have in UX. And it is often measurable in the traditional sense of ‘conversion rates’. But it remains nebulous at best, and counterproductive at worst.
In spite of using multiple frameworks, we still often reinvent the wheel, wanting to begin with the fundamentals (think checkout flows, payment flows) in the hope of achieving simplicity, only to end up achieving a local maxima.
While doing this, we sacrifice clarity on our central product/objective and solve the wrong problems to get good enough at a bunch of things, but master of none.
Yet, the essential simplicity of Lego blocks, Raspberry Pis, YouTube videos and, now, Stripe widgets is strangely compelling. This talk is about what makes simplicity compelling and why it may be foolhardy to get any simpler.
A venue that encourages broader interaction would be great.
Speaker bio #
I’ve worked on small and large websites as well as platforms, simple and complex. I’ve become more aware of user experience as I’ve become more aware of myself - of what I like and what I don’t. Some of this is simply “soft”, reflected in behavior and attitude. But a lot is “hard”, manifested by skill and hard work. Hope to share some of this learning, and learn from other practitioners as well.