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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Sagar Ganatra


HTML5 and CSS3 for building rich applications

Submitted Jan 28, 2013

The objective of this session is to introduce the audience to various HTML5 APIs and enhancements in CSS3. These features will help them design and build rich applications for the web.


HTML5 is all about building rich applications for the web. It brings several new APIs which can be leveraged by the developers to build modern applications. The enhancements in CSS3 allows designers and developers to build great experiences for the web. This session will explain several new APIs for the web like - CSS Regions, CSS transitions, CSS transforms, CSS gradients, CSS Filter effects, HTML5 PageVisibility API and also on the WebRTC (Real Time Communication) which allows developers to build applications that can interact with the video and audio devices.


HTML, CSS and very little JavaScript knowledge.

Speaker bio

My name is Sagar Ganatra and I’m from Bangalore, India. I’m currently employed with Myntra - India’s largest online fashion store. I work here as a Senior UI developer. Prior to Myntra I was employed with Adobe and Keane. At Adobe, I was part of ColdFusion Engineer team. I’m very much passionate of web technologies and have a very good understanding of JavaScript, jQuery, Flex, HTML5, CSS, Java and ColdFusion.

My blog posts have been featured in various technical magazines like, and I’ve also written technical articles for Adobe and Microsoft.

  • I blog about HTML5, CSS and JavaScript at Please take a look at the work that I’ve done on my blog.


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