Meta Refresh 2015

The web in your pocket

##Meta Refresh 2015 edition: The web in your pocket

We’re already in a world where smartphones outnumber all the desktops and laptops put together. A sizeable portion of your existing user base could be accessing your website only through a handheld device. It is quite likely that future web users will never experience a site on a large screen.

Undeniably mobiles, be it phones or tablets, have become a critical channel for user acquisition and customer engagement. In fact, one can argue that mobiles are already the primary touch-point for reaching and experiencing the web in many cases.

For many web designers and developers, however, the constraints of a mobile device continue to be a beast — small screen, low resources, fickle networks and the (often false) assumption that the user is always on the move with limited time at hand.

Responsive design hasn’t been enough. Mobile-first was just a start. It takes a lot more to tame the beast and to create a great browsing experience for a mobile user.

Meta Refresh 2015 will focus on enhancing web experience on mobile devices.

We’re looking forward to proposals about:

  • Evolution of web design in your organisation: what is the context of your business and customers? Why and how did you evolve your UX strategy and practice for mobile devices?
  • In your experience and practice, how does the context of mobile user influence the design of your websites? How does the behavior of users accessing web through a mobile differ?
  • How do you take complex web applications beyond the desktop? Speak to us from your experience.
  • What are the common misconceptions / incorrect assumptions about the mobile context? How did you figure these in your practice?
  • How do you design content for mobile websites? What kind of detailing is involved here?

And oh, if you disagree with the theme, we’d like to hear about that as well.

We are accepting proposals under the following sections:

  • Design process outlining concrete steps.
  • Mobile website strategy.
  • Content design.
  • Design patterns.
  • User research and insights.
  • Performance and front-end tools – crisp talks only.
  • Maintainability challenges.

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.


The 2015 edition is a two-day single-track conference – 16 and 17 April. We invite proposals for:

  • Full-length 40 minute talks
  • A crisp 15-minute presentation
  • Sponsored sessions, 40 minute duration

Criteria to submit conference proposals

You must be a practising web developer or designer, 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.
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.

##Workshop proposals
If you are interested in teaching, sharing knowledge with the community and/or conducting professional trainings on CSS, front-end engineering and design, submit a proposal under workshop section. Specify past experience in teaching and conducting workshops. Even better if you share links to videos of workshops where you were an instructor.
We’ll host workshops starting October 2014 until April 2015.

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Souvik Basu


Practical problems with Responsive designs and how to approach them

Submitted Feb 27, 2015

To drill down on the major problems that a Front End developer faces while implementing a Responsive design


Today most of the websites are designed Responsive or even better with a Mobile First approach. We have devices ranging from a 2 inch display to 42 inches and every other dimension in between. Designing a UI that fits well with all or most device is a challenge. Even when we create an app with responsive design principles in mind we do stumble upon a lot of issues while trying to give the best User experience.

One such problem is with identifying high resolution devices with smaller screen sizes. In such devices it becomes even more difficult to identify the best strategy to take advantage of high resolution and yet be careful of not trying to stuff in more than the user can interact with. Another issue is with handling responsiveness on Single Page Apps. Most SPAs demand that the whole page be visible on the screen which becomes a challenge on Tablets due to smaller screen sizes. Adding scroll bars impacts UX in such cases.

In my talk I will talk from my experience of the various problem we face while desigining a responsive web app. We will spend some time on discussing approaches to solve issues with displaying an SPA page on different device screens. We will look at how we can take advantage of HTML5 features and try some smart code to solve a lot of concerns with responsive designs.


Basic knowledge of JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Understanding of what is a Responsive design.

Speaker bio

Souvik is working as a Front End dev and Technical lead with ecoInsight. He has worked on Windows and Web technologies for about 12 years. For the past few years Souvik has been spending a major time on HTML5 and UI development. He is passionate about Front End technologies. Souvik has worked with companies like ThoughtWorks, Avaya and Symantec in past. His daily work involves work on HTML5 and WPF front end. He has spoken on Silverlight and HTML5 technologies in various dev conferences before. When he is not coding he is outdoors chasing wildlife with his DSLR in the National Parks of Southern India.


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