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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Kaustav Das Modak


Automated deployments of design and code for web developers and designers

Submitted Jan 7, 2014

This talk has a three stage objective:

  • To help web developers and designers set up continuous deployments for their projects.
  • Help web development and designing agencies deliver their products early and often, as soon as they commit their codes and designs.
  • Show various tools and resources available which will help them automate their deployments while keeping their costs low but quality high.


Continuous Deployment is the process of pushing your changes out as soon as you make them, and pushing them out every time. It is a part of the larger concept of Continuous Integration. This talk will focus on getting your design and code out to the world (or to your clients) as soon as you commit them to your version control systems. You get to see your changes immediately, with the least hassles taken.

In this talk I will explore how a web development and design firm can use existing continuous deployment tools and strategies to deploy their code, whether in PHP or Python or JavaScript or any other language. Moreover, by following an established version control strategy, those firms can ensure granular control of their code and the way it is deployed. For example, when they push to “develop” branch, their code will be automatically deployed to the staging server, and when they merge changes into “master” branch, the code is deployed to production.

This talk will highlight the what, why and how behind continuous deployment for a web development company.

Currently, with the rise of services like Travis CI and, it has become highly cost-effective to build and deploy our private or public projects straight to the servers on which the final products are hosted. In spite of that, many budding web developers still have to deploy their product manually to the servers and customers. This often leads to a slow process of deployment and needs very careful manual attention to avoid any error. As a result, often someone ends up uploading outdated files or, at times, a wrong file to the web server after making some changes.

So why not automate the entire procedure of deploying your product?

Some web developers think that the overhead taken does not provide enough return on investment. Getting equipped with the latest trends and technologies in continuous deployment will help developers to implement automated systems that can bear the load of the tiresome tasks. Time for web developers concentrate on web development and leave the boring aspects to an automated system.

Speaker bio

Kaustav is Developer Evangelist at FusionCharts and a Mozilla Representative. He is often seen speaking at public events. He loves automating things, but loves to retain control of the automation.

He has over two years of experience managing his own startup web development agency, CodeBinders, where he employed continuous integration as part of his regular workflow.

He blogs at


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