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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Varvara Stepanova


Maintainable frontend development with BEM

Submitted Dec 13, 2012

I am not sure for a section. I have chosen “Patterns”, but maybe "Tooling also suits.
BEM is very famous in Russia and the neighboring countries. But absolutely new for others. We have just started to share our technologies with English speaking developers.
The topic is very promising. On one hand it is new for people of India. On the other hand the solution is already checked, many big companies in Russia use it inside. Giants Yandex, Mail.Ru, Rambler and many smaller companies as well.
You can see video of presentation here (40 min). And, of course, it can be shorten or changed if your require this.


BEM is a methodology, a way of thinking when developing web interfaces. Besides, BEM is a toolkit to develop faster and better. And also BEM is a range of reusable code libraries. All of them are hosted on GitHub ( and are completely Open Source.
Created by Yandex, a local search giant, BEM came to be a standard of developing frontend in Russia and the neighboring countries.
This presentation is going to share with you our cutting edge technologies and methods to make web projects fast-to-develop, easy-to-maintain in the long run, write reusable code and build scalable teams.


I need to be able to show my presentation using my own computer (Macbook).

Speaker bio

I am a front-end developer working for Yandex since 2008. Now being a team-leader of development an UI framework (CSS/HTML/JavaScript + templates) for building Yandex-style sites, I’m also pushing some internal front-end technical solutions into Open Source.



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