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.

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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 http://metarefresh.doattend.com/

Dates

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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Avinasha Shastry

@avishastry

User (Developer) Experience design of your web API

Submitted Dec 17, 2012

A discussion on improving the developer experience of consuming an API by making it as easy as possible to consume

Outline

The web is becoming more and more interconnected thanks to APIs. Today, with the advent of frontend javascript frameworks for the web and native platforms for the mobile, the servers have become just API servers ; which is great.

The downside; every web/mobile app, now has an API. Many of them are poorly designed. Consuming even a well designed API takes a lot of developer’s time. Most of them quit right after they see the documentation.

What can we do to make our API’s easily consumable and help us build a developer community?

Building a REST based API is not enough any more. Consumption of an API must be abstracted the to a click of a button or a few lines of code.
I want to share the techniques we used while

  1. designing an API for SupportBee which is a single page application (using backbone)
  2. building a hosted app platform on the designed API

We will have look at services like Zapier and IFTTT which are abstracting consumption of API’s all over the web.

Speaker bio

I have been working with Ruby and Ruby on Rails for the last 3 years. I am the backend hacker at SupportBee since its blueprint days. I have been a part of designing its API from the scratch and its evolution into a app platform.

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