FOSSMeet ‘24 is the seventeenth edition of NIT Calicut’s Free and Open Source Software event aimed at creating awareness and encouraging the use of free and open source software. The event includes a wide array of workshops, talks, hackathons, tech competitions, discussions and a lot more.
Our call for proposals is open, inviting a broad spectrum of content formats: lectures, demos, tutorials, workshops, and discussions. We have slots for both experienced professionals and bright student minds.
But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill event; it’s where innovation intersects with inspiration. We’re not just looking for speakers; we’re on the hunt for visionaries. If you’ve got a fresh take on open source or a unique viewpoint, we want to hear your story.
While we applaud your creative flair, let’s ensure it orbits within the open-source universe. Proposals should revolve around open-source software, development, or related fields. While we value diversity, your topic should connect with the audience. Aim for the sweet spot—engaging yet comprehensible, unique but not excessively obscure. And here’s the deal: We won’t be counting upvotes in our selection process.
Join us at FOSSMeet’24, where innovation, inspiration, and open-source excellence converge. We eagerly await your proposals!
Why I can't say "I will only use libre/free CT scanner" and other issues bigger than software
In free software circles, there’s the so called “hardcore” free software people. Modeled after Saint IGNUcius, these people feel contempt for anyone who touches proprietary software.
On the other hand, within the FOSS circles there are many people who use open-source as a buzzword for helping them on their path to profit/control.
In this talk, I talk about an alternate ideology that is focused on human beings, social justice, equity, and other considerations which are arguably more important than software. And how we can move on from trivial debates about software licensing to larger debates about how the world should be restructured.
It expands on several blog posts I’ve written while evolving my thoughts on this topic as a doctor, software engineer, public health researcher, and a person deeply concerned about inequities in the society.