Meta Refresh 2018

Meta Refresh 2018

The web in your pocket

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NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore


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 or call +9107676332020

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Siddharth Kshetrapal

Siddharth Kshetrapal


Should developers design #clickbait

Submitted Oct 4, 2018

Developers get a bad rep when it comes to design. When something looks ugly, people say it’s designed by a developer :P
Unlike art, design can be learned and implemented with simple rules. Let’s look at some design theory along with easy practical tips that you can use to make your web pages and applications prettier ✨


Alt title: Design tips for developers

Talk summary:

Intented takeaway: Learn a bit of design theory so that you can discuss designers with your developers in more detail + take home some tips (almost cheat codes) that you can start applying to your web pages to make them instantly look better.

  1. Start with why: Design is not about aesthetics, design is about consumption
  2. Information architecture
  3. Spacing: whitespace + use the 8pt grid
  4. Typography: what’s the difference b/w sans and sans-serif. font pairing + line-height
  5. Colors: color theory: psychological implication of color + contrast + accents

Speaker bio

Siddharth works on Design systems at Auth0. He runs and on the side. Past: Frontend architect at Practo


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Sohan Maheshwar

Voice User Interfaces - How designing for the ear differs from designing for screens

This talk provides an overview of the history of design in technology, highlighting what we have learned over the years in developing for a screen. Designing for the ear is different from developing for the screen though. This talk establishes best practices for voice-first design using the Alexa Skills Kit contrasting them with GUI design principles. You will learn of the similarities and differ… more

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