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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Sudhanshu Shekhar


Payments - Past, present and future

Submitted Nov 1, 2018

Learn how the current payments system evolved over the last 10,000 years. About what role UX plays in the adoption/rejection of an innovation. About the latest trends affecting the payments ecosystem.
This talk has no pre-requisites. The first 20-25 minutes will cover everything needed to understand the current ecosystem. We will be covering various innovations happening in this space, the impact of design in increasing this adoption and how you, as an individual, can contribute.



History and evolution of the payments ecosystem (25 minutes)

Learn how we evolved from the barter system to the modern day complex payments stack.
Includes: credit theory of money, first banks, first credit cards etc

Current state of the system (15 minutes)

How does the current ecosystem work?
What is an acquirer, issuer?
What’s the different between VISA/Mastercard/Paytm/Rupay/NPCI?

Upcoming Innovations (20 minutes)

What counts as in innovation in the payments landscape?
Why the next 10 years could change payments as we know it and the impact UX can have in influencing this trend.
Crypto - can it succeed?


Recommended reading.
Getting involved.



Speaker bio

I am an ex-software developer (WalmartLabs, Headout) and entrepreneur (Indoclinic, Learnharbour).
Currently working as a technical product manager with the banking team at Zeta (FinTech). I am deeply passionate about the impact UX and technology can have on the payments landscape. This talk is an attempt at sharing this passion with others.


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