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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Chirag Narula


Everybody's a designer. Especially you!

Submitted May 30, 2018

“Amazon does it like that, WHY can’t we?”, “I don’t think our app is difficult to use at all”, “I showed my app to my partner.. He/she didn’t like it.”

  • These are of some well meaning words coming together to form no meaning; or worse, they provide an adverse value. But, how do you avoid saying or listening to these words?

This talk helps in understanding what design really is, the real role of a designer, basics of design, giving & taking feedback and how you can fill a designer’s shoes and bring design values to your product.

The talk is intended for engineers, freelancers and entrepreneurs with knack for design. This talks doesn’t romanticize with the idea of design; instead we will communicate about designing and shipping in the real time sensitive world.


  • Roles of a designer. What makes a designer.
  • UX and UI basics.
  • Design processes.
  • Don’t romanticise with design. Do it.
  • Product & Design Value: WHO is your product: “Don’t fall in love with your product. Fall in love with the problem.”

Speaker bio

A graduate from NID, I am an engineer turned designer who loves art, design and pizzas. The computer engineering background enabled me to make products, launch, fail fast and learn.

As Founding designer at Grofers, Chirag has built products from scratch to bring technology to solve operational issues, designed products for semi-literate delivery executives, crafted mobile and web products for our customers and built one of the best design team in the country. Chirag have been successful at bringing a design culture in other wise operation based company.


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