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.
High on Design
As creators of products we are torn between focussing resources on core product functionality vs. user interface enhancements. In this discussion we will learn how the two are not isolated and explore various processes and tools that make these decisions easier.
The session will focus on ideas and techniques that enable the creation of user interfaces that engage and empower users and eventually create product advocates.
We will chat about:
- Showcase of some products to learn from
- Design thinking for ideation
- Rapid prototyping techniques
- Guerilla testing & other UX testing methods
- Why spending time on Design now will increase the ROI in the future
Speaker bio #
Tulsi Dharmarajan has more than 17 years of experience in design, engineering, UX, and analytics at both startup and enterprise companies. Most recently, she has been involved with using the lean startup model for creating software. She believes that lean, alongside agile development & agile UX holds the key to creating software for the future.
She is passionate about creating software that helps her customers reduce their workload, feel happier while doing so, and inspire them to become product advocates!
Over the past few years, I have spoken about design at Product Camps, MeetUps, and User Groups in the US. I recently moved back to India and would like to engage with the community here.
- LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tulsid/
- Blog: http://tulsid.wordpress.com
- Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/tulsid