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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Raman Shalupau


Effective collaboration on a complex SPA in a fast paced environment.

Submitted Jan 11, 2014

This talk will focus on the human aspect of web development: organization of an effective workflow in teams; achieving team harmony and a high quality product through automation and other tools.


Issues that will be covered:

  • Ensuring common code standards (putting grunt & jshint into perspective)
  • Parallel feature development (clever use of git, CI, grunt, nginx routing and DNS)
  • 1 step deployment (shortening the gaps between dev/stage/prod environments)
  • Life in production (caching, grunt, version logging, multiple versions in prod, emergency rollbacks)
  • Engineering culture (git etiquette,, commenting, fridays, emotions)

…seems like there will be several talks on grunt/ci of above mentioned technologies. I’ll be putting them within a larger picture of individual and, mainly, collaborative team productivity.

Will talk about achieving symbiosis between git, git-flow, grunt, ci (e.g. jenkins) — how this tools should benefit each other and from each other, share information between each other.
How to make develop features on separate branches and make sure that these branches accessible with ease, and not only on your local machine.
Making apps context aware and work as intended in dev/stage/prod.
I might also cover SPA app structure (with Backnone), if no other talk covers that, and how that impacts team.
How to use git and CI to to revert to latest stable release, in case of emergency.
Devil is in details — ensuring engineering culture that knows what details to pay attention to.

Many examples will be based on experience gained and applied while building Redmart

Speaker bio

Raman is a Senior Frontend Developer at Redmart (#1 online grocery shop in Singapore). Covers everything related to javascript and automation on the frontend and backend. Squeezes milliseconds from Backbone and Node.js. Pragmatically gets things done and helps others in the company to do likewise. Also performs talent acquisition at times.

Previously been hacking in Sweden on an in-browser Lua code editor for Loadimpact;
in NYC for an touch-screen-info-kiosk company;
and in bunch of other places…

Co-organized JavaScript conference in Philippines 2013


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