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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Brajeshwar Oinam

Brajeshwar Oinam


The Design Superheroes who uses Modern Design Workflows

Submitted Nov 19, 2013

As a designer, while designing nice and beautiful interfaces, you should follow the “Don’t Repeat Yourself” principle by automating your task as much as possible. I’ll try my best to answer questions∗ that will help you become a much better designer.

I’ll take you through design workflows and tools that will make you a designer to be reckon with. I’ll introduce you to tools such as Yeoman, Bower, Grunt, Jekyll and make your life easier with processes such as CSS Linting, CSS compression, Javascript Uglification, Automatic Image optimization, complete with testing your design codes on the way.

∗ which you were afraid to ask.


A good designer can design nice, beautiful interfaces and can make the life of the users easy. A great designer will not only make it easy for the users but also for everyone involved, including the whole team - by writing production ready codes, which are easier to integrate with the developer environment and be ready to be shipped as part of the deployment process.

As a designer, you do not want to look at the final output and start hating your developers. You don’t want to be arguing with them - “that’s not how I designed it.” You should be able to own the design and be part of the process from the start to the end-result.

Let’s talk about;

  • A Command Line Tool - don’t be intimidated, we will just use few easy ones.
  • GUI Tools in lieu of the Command Line.
  • CSS Pre-processors - SASS, LESS
  • Yeoman, Bower, Grunt
  • Linting - CSSLint, JSLint

Finally, be friendly with the developers in your team, learn from them and steal their tools to make your life easier. It will not only make it easy for them, you can teach them a thing or two. In the end, everyone else will respect you for your work.


Visit the Site dedicated to this workshop -

Please be prepared and have the following;

  • Personal computer, running either Windows, Linux or Mac OS X.
  • Ruby installed and working.
  • Node installed and working.


Speaker bio

Brajeshwar believes in simplicity, pushes the envelop and envisions the betterment of usable and practical solutions.

Brajeshwar is a product manager/director and team leader with a deep appreciation of the relationship between meaningful design and powerful backend solutions. He’s been a backend developer, turned front-end designer, with a proven track record of building products.

He has a proven track record of creating products and managing teams in multiple environments, ranging from startups to well established companies. On his journey, Brajeshwar has worked with some of the brightest teams, clients and investors.



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