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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Paras Chopra

Deconstructing - how do you gift a website to an unsuspecting wife

Submitted Dec 20, 2013

My talk is the story of how I kept my day job (as CEO of Wingify) and worked part time for 10 days developing a website with a real, hard, unchangeable deadline (my wife’s birthday), all the while living with my wife and making sure she doesn’t get a clue of what I was upto.

I used following methods, technologies and “hacks” to make this website a reality:

  • Straight HTML coding from paper prototypes (no time for photoshop)
  • Choice of Jekyll and making it work on OS X
  • Cross-platform HTML5 video
  • jQuery and jQuery plugins
  • Google Fonts for typography
  • Font Awesome for icons
  • CSS3 menus for navigation
  • Opacity hacks
  • Ninja tricks to “steal” work from her laptop
  • Rescuing her long-offline blogs from

I hope people will learn tricks for rapid web development and how it is possible to develop websites under real deadlines, right under the nose of unspuspecting wives.


What do you do when you suddenly remember that it is less than 10 days to your wife’s birthday and you don’t have a clue what to gift her?

Well, the standards are high. You’ve just been married two months back and the expectations from this first post-marriage birthday are beyond the world. A perfume or a handbag should be saved for later years. This birthday deserves a gift that shows that you haven’t stopped loving her after marriage :)

In such a confused, anxious state I got an epiphany: I should develop a website for my wife who paints, writes, clicks and does cool things. Her entire corpus of work is scattered all around and gifting her an online identity would really show how much you love her. With such child-like glitter in my eyes, I decided to develop and gift her the website 10 days leter.

I will talk about different methods, tips, tricks and “hacks” to that made this website a reality.


Knowledge of HTML, CSS and basic JavaScript. And love for interesting stories.

Speaker bio

Paras Chopra is CEO of Wingify, the company behind popular A/B testing tool: Visual Website Optimizer

He’s a Nihilist but believes in being happy. He blogs at and tweets as


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