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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Sarup Banskota


Building the online designer office: GlitterGallery

Submitted Dec 9, 2013

Get introduced to GlitterGallery, an open source GitHub for designers. In this talk, I will be discussing the objectives behind a collaboration tool for designers, and the benefits it can have for a community. After interacting with interesting designers, I’ve been trying to understand the kind of social experience that would benefit them - I’ll share my observations.

The talk itself will be interactive, as I’d like to understand problems designers face, and improve the product.


At Fedora project, as part of a Google Summer of Code project, I co-authored a GitHub for designers, aimed at improving designer collaboration. Currently, it’s based around the fork/pull design project model, and is beginning to be used by small open source design teams as an experiment.

Soon, we’re going to be facilitating meetings, screen recordings and we’re looking at other ways to reflect a designer’s thought process. I’d like the talk to be interactive, where we discuss how we digitize a designer’s thought process, and how we can offer a complete office for designers.


Just bring along a list of design problems you’ve faced this far ;)

And just to get the context, you may want to read these two blogposts - I would add them to the links section, but it’s fetching the entire content and looks ugly.
GSoC Wrapup: Introducing GlitterGallery

How it started

Speaker bio

I’m 19, and I love designers. I’ve co-authored GlitterGallery over the summer of 2013 as my Google Summer of Code project with Fedora.

At college, I help run the tech{know}logy club in college where I help juniors catch up with web awesomeness and spread design love! Currently, I’m interning at Cleartrip with the Product Design team.


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