Meta Refresh 2018

Meta Refresh 2018

The web in your pocket


Meta Refresh 2018 will cover four primary topics:

  1. User research and design -- how user research is carried out and translated into design (whether engineering or designing user interactions).
  2. Design systems -- how collaborations are being enabled between engineers and designers. Here, we are looking for case studies.
  3. Tooling for design systems -- share your experiences (and evaluations) of open source tools for design systems.
  4. Why the boundaries between UI and UX are not the way to proceed for design and designers.

Criteria to submit a conference proposal

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.

Guidelines for submission

Every proposal MUST be accompanied by:

  • A two minute preview video where the proposer gives an elevator pitch about the talk.
  • Detailed outline of the talk – either in the form of draft slides, mind map and/or textual description.
  • If you are proposing to speak on a topic where the code is not open-sourced yet, the editorial panel will consider your proposal only if the code is made open-source at least three weeks before the conference.

Without the above information, your proposal will not be considered for review.

If you are submitting a Workshop Proposal, you must clearly state:

  • Background knowledge that participants must possess in order to attend your workshop.
  • Details and links to software / packages which participants must install before coming to the workshop.
  • Laptop configuration.
  • Links to background reading material and GitHub repos.
  • Duration of the workshop.
  • Maximum number of participants who can attend your workshop.
  • Instructor’s past experience with conducting workshops.

There is only one speaker per session. Workshops can have more two or more instructors.

Entry is free for confirmed speakers.

If you are an outstation speaker, HasGeek will do its best to provide a grant that covers part of your travel and accommodation expenses in Bangalore, subject to budgetary constraints.


The 2018 edition is a multi-track event with the following session formats:

  1. Full length talks of 40 minutes
  2. Crisp talk of 15 minutes
  3. Workshops of 3-6 hours
  4. Off the Record sessions (OTR)

Important Dates

Deadline for submitting proposals: TBD
Conference date: 26-27 October, 2018


Meta Refresh will be held at the NIMHANS Convention Center, Bangalore


For more information about speaking proposals, tickets and sponsorships, write to [](mail or call +9107676332020

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Aparna Ashok


Applying ethics to technology (Type: Bird of Feather)

Submitted Oct 20, 2018

What do we mean by ethics when we speak about technology? Applied Tech Ethics is a framework that approaches ethics from a human perspective and breaks it down to privacy, security, inclusivity, authenticity, behaviour modification, control and bias.

The question has shifted from ‘why’ ethics to ‘how’ ethics in technology. This session is an invitation for designers and developers to dive deeper into into the risks and opportunities that ‘inclusion’ implies - and share examples or real-life instances of difficult choices or uncomfortable decisions made while designing technology.

Takeaways: This will give you a language to discuss ethics and help you advocate better for the user.


The session will start with a brief overview of the Applied Tech Ethics framework. It would be preferable if the framework can be beamed up on the wall.

The context

  • A third of India is coming online for the first time between 2016 -2021
    -40% of the poorest population of the country will use digital services to access healthcare

The guiding questions for the discussion will be:

  • What are the instances or examples when technology is built to include underserved or marginalised communities?
  • What opportunities do you see in embracing inclusion?
  • What challenges does it raise? (implications on data ownership, how the data will be used, how to prevent misuse or manipulation)


Any examples or instances of inclusion (or lack of it) or privacy that stood out, shocked you or made you uncomfortable.

Speaker bio

Aparna is a tech anthropologist with a background in design strategy and social entrepreneurship. She studies the interaction between people and digital solutions, the changing nature of technology and its impacts on society. Applied Tech Ethics framework is an output of industry research as part of MA Digital Experience Design at Hyper Island.


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