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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Souvik Basu


Let's have a Conversation about Conversational UI

Submitted Oct 11, 2017

For decades GUI has been the de facto standard of user interface to computer and mobile applications. But with developments in Wearable devices, AI, Machine Learning, Natural Language Understanding and Speech technologies, Conversational UI is changing the way users interact with the system. It makes way for a more natural and fluid way of communicating user intents to the system and receiving responses back from it. Imagine your users being able to “talk” to your application. Yes, creating J.A.R.V.I.S. of Tony Stark is quite a possibility today. The Apps integrating themselves to a Conversational UI will get the leading edge in this competitive market. I am totally invested in this technology these days and have hosted India’s first Conversational UI meetup group in Bangalore to play around with the technology and its supported devices. In this talk, I will explain what is Conversational UI, why does it matter, it’s design principles and how most ecosystems created by Google, Apple, Amazon, IBM and others are moving towards it.


  • What is Conversational UI and why does it matter
  • Live examples in market
  • How does it work
  • What are the companies invested in it
  • What are the good practices and design principles of a Conversational UI
  • My experience of working with Conversational UI

Speaker bio

Souvik is a full stack JavaScript developer with over 14 years experience in the industry. He is currently working with Tesco Bengaluru where he is helping ramp up teams on React ecosystem. He has worked with ThoughtWorks and Symantec Corporation in past. He is totally invested in Conversational UI these days and talks in meetup groups and dev conferences on the subject.


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