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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Sonal Raj


Timeless Design for Modern Interfaces

Submitted Aug 11, 2018

Why do so many of us get fascinated with Apple devices? How do you think the ‘bokeh’ effect came into being? And ‘parallax’? How does one come up with image filter ideas for instagram? And anyone who thinks ‘Material UI’ just came up in the designer’s dreams? Was Bootstrap, that marked an era in web design, really needed? Inspiration is the bedrock of good design. It encompasses the fodder for the unlikely juxtapositions. But where does one go to find inspiration that educates?

Great design inspirations exist all around us. They may be in the form of eye-catching marvels around us, or they may be based on the intuitions that drive the need for a product like a music player. They may result from ideologies of nature, or they may be as simple as looking at shapes, colors and textures around you. However it may be, design needs to constantly evolve.


This talk will focus on the conventional and unconventional inpiration present all around us that modern designers can rely upon to come up with insanely great UI and UX. Key points include -

  • Modern Design Processes
  • Real World Inspirations
  • Nature inspired design
  • Beauty vs. Intuition
  • Timeless Design Quirks


The talk is intended for the creative, design-hungry audience who are interested to lay the foundation for nex-gen product interfaces, although you do not need knowledge of any specific packages, libraries or software. Just a creative mind is enough! The primary takeaway of this talk would be learning how to get started with ideating more intuitive and useful interfaces and discuss some cool design tips.

Speaker bio

Sonal Raj (@_sonalraj) has been an avid pythonista and design geek for 10 years. He spends a good part of his time tinkering with UI/UX and software design for major firms. Sonal holds a masters in Information Technology and has been a research fellow at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His domains of work included distributed systems and graph databases, and he loves to explore art, new gadgets and develop new technology. He is also the author of the book ‘Neo4j High Performance’.


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