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.

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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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Benjamin Lupton

@balupton Proposing

Q&A Panels

Submitted Dec 24, 2012

Would be cool to get multiple Q&A panels happening, one for each topic.

Use the comments to suggest topics, and the people best suited for those topics, as well as recommend questions for them.


Topic: Static Site Generators


  • Aniket Pant (Talk: Why Static Site Generators are so awesome?)
  • Benjamin Lupton (Author: DocPad)
  • Lakshan Perera (Author: Punch)


  • Which static site generator?
  • What are the differences? Including differences between Yeoman, Brunch, Grunt, etc.
  • ???

Topic: Design


  • Rajesh Shah (Talk: Beyond ‘Responsive Design’ - ‘Contextual Design’)
  • Avinasha Shastry (Talk: User Experience design of your web API)
  • Sunil Pai (Talk: Why can’t we be friends?)
  • Mariusz Cieśla (Talk: Beyond Lorem Ipsum: Why your UX team needs a copywriter)
  • Prem Nawaz Khan (Talk: Inclusive Design challenges with UI Widgets)
  • Naga Chokkanathan (Talk: User Experience @ Mobile Apps)


  • Web components, will they help?
  • Windows 8 Applications, the future?
  • ???

Topic: Tooling


  • Varvara Stepanova (Talk: BEM. Methodology, tools and libraries for building frontend)
  • Satyajeet Shaligram (Talk: Ext JS - A Comprehensive Design framework for the web)
  • Dhaval Trivedi (Talk: Front-end development in 2013)
  • Sudeep Agarwal (Talk: Simplifying HTML, CSS and JS with haml, less and coffeescript)
  • Benjamin Lupton (Talk: Why the next big thing sucks)


  • What would you use for mobile dev? (libraries, tools)
  • What would you use for responsive dev? (css frameworks, methodology, etc)
  • What tools do you use every day to build web projects?
  • Hints and tips
  • ???

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