Meta Refresh 2014

On the construction of user interface on the web

Criteria for proposing sessions: You must be a practising web designer/developer, and must be able to show how your own work has advanced the state of the web in the past year. You are expected to present original work that your peers — this event’s audience — recognise as being notable enough to deserve a stage.

About Meta Refresh: Meta Refresh is a conference where Design and UI development converge. A beautiful experience on the web is a result of a deep understanding of your user and the nuances of the medium. Meta Refresh aims to be the platform where designers and UI developers exchange ideas and skills and learn from each other.

Format: This year’s edition spans four days, with two days of workshops and two days of conference. All days feature a single track.

We are accepting talks on:

  1. Front-end implementations, mainly workflow, processes, tools and automation,
  2. CSS, animation, UX, trends, and typography, and
  3. Short, crisp talks on front-end tricks.

Talks on implementation have to be about original work. While covering scalability and productivity aspects to explain implementation details, proposers must also explain who is the user and what is the context in which their product is being used. Therefore, how content and design were tailored in each specific instance.

We also invite workshop proposals on:

  1. Build systems such as Grunt
  2. CSS frameworks such as Bootstrap 3 and Foundation
  3. MVC/JS frameworks such as Angular
  4. Animations/UX

Workshops will be held on 12th and 13th February at the TERI auditorium in Domlur, Bangalore.

If you are excited about someone’s work and believe it deserves wider recognition, we recommend you contact them and ask them to submit a proposal.

Last date for submissions: 12 January 2014.
Confirmations: 15 January 2014 onwards.

There is only one speaker per session. Attendance is free for selected speakers. HasGeek will offer a grant to cover your travel to and accommodation in Bangalore from anywhere in the world for speakers delivering full sessions (30 minutes or longer). 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 as a speaker travel sponsorship.

Travel grants are reimbursed at the end of the conference. You are expected to make your own travel and stay arrangements. We will assist with hotel recommendations, visa letters and general advice on travel.

Commitment to open source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like it to be available under a permissive open source license. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licenses (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognize that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a sponsored session.

Non Accepted Proposals

If your proposal is accepted for a session > 30 minutes long, we will cover your event ticket. If your proposal is not accepted, you can buy a ticket at the same rate as was available on the day you proposed. We’ll send you a code.


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Aseem Agarwal


A template system for your front-end code

Submitted Nov 19, 2013

The main agenda of the talk is to dig deep into using a template engine for your front end code.
The talk will cover many important things

  1. Why do you need a template system ?
  2. How it helps in increasing performance.?
  3. The different template engines and how they are used?
  4. How to design a system according to your needs.?


With the widespread use of MVC architecture and a shift of presentation logic from server to client, more emphasis is now given towards separating presentation markup from the actual logic. There are two direct benefits to such an approach

  1. Code reusability: You are essentially creating patterns for the data being used repetitively.
  2. A clear interface between the designers and the developers: Designers have a set of fixed and clearly mentioned conventions which are more easy to follow and are intuitive.
    The main challenges while designing a template system is how to keep it separate from the data model logic and at the same time make it flexible to use for the designer.

The talk is going to cover those challenges by exploring example of companies like tumblr,shopify who are already using it since that is the best place to learn. Template engines like handlebars, liquid, mustache will be discussed in brief in terms of what important features they provide over others.

Speaker bio

Iam a senior software engineer at Genwi. At genwi we are developing hybrid apps (IOS, Android, HTML5) targeted towards publishing world where design (written in HTML,CSS,JS) is decoupled from the actual code to run the apps. As such we are regularly making optimisations to improve the structure of our front end code so that we can have a more smooth and quick turnaround of new apps.
Also, Iam a blogger and I blog regularly to keep my writing skills in good shape and an aspiring speaker towards sharing my thoughts,ideas and experiences.


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