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.


For queries about proposals / submissions, write to

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rajan chandi


Building Products People Want

Submitted Dec 30, 2013

This workshop is designed for people who are programmers, designers or people running technology companies and seek to launch their own web or mobile product. This workshop walks you through the key steps to creating a product for real people, starting from Idea generation to start getting a few thousand monthly active users.

Workshop Benefits:

  • Come up with a great product idea with idea generation techniques.

  • Define your product purpose and prioritize features for real people.

  • Come up with the best logo and domain name for your product.

  • Market your product for free and get some users before you build it.

  • Learn design and product hacks that will help to get your product out fast.


Idea Generation and Validation (45 minutes session)

Product Definition and Design (45 minutes session)

Getting users/customers for your Product (45 minutes session)

Product Development Hacks (45 minutes session)


Participants needs to have basic knowledge of design and ideally programming.
Prior knowledge of basic html and css is must.
Willingness to build and launch a product for real people.
Some start-up experience is ideal but not necessary.
Participant must carry their laptops with Internet connection.

Speaker bio

Mr Rajan Chandi did his engineering in Information Technology with distinction throughout. His father bought him his first computer in 12th science vacation and has been building software since then. He was in USA for 4 years in various roles from web developer to senior technical architect. Has conceptualized, designed, programmed, marketed and sold software products. Rajan has a track-record of building products that are used by thousands of monthly active users -,, and now

** Hireplug - Social Recruitment Platform **

  • Paying customers in India and UK

  • In Alexa 100k with a total team of 3

  • Acquisition interests from 3 major players

  • 5000+ monthly active users

** ( - Group video chat service **

  • Built and launched alone.

  • 5000+ monthly active users

  • One of the top 10 rock bands (papa roach) used it.

  • Football team of Spain wrote to

** - Open Lesson Library **

  • Built and launched alone.

  • 3000+ monthly active users

  • Users created lessons, Study Notes, Q & A etc.

** - Create & Share Interactive Study Notes **

  • Built with a total team of 2

  • 8000-10,000 monthly active users as of now.

  • Used by 100+ reputed schools around the globe.

  • Teachers keep tweeting about Classmint all the time.

  • Covered by major EdTech blogs and teacher blogs.

Rajan also hosts meet-up for Product Startups in Bangalore:



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