FOSSMeet is the annual Free and Open source software meet at NIT Calicut. We are inviting proposals for talks and workshops at FOSSMeet 2016.
What we are looking for
Through FOSSMeet, we intend to get the attendees, mostly students, get started with the development and usage of free software. You may propose to conduct a lecture, demo, tutorial, workshop, discussion or panel at FOSSMeet. If the contents of your session is the ‘I am feeling lucky’ result of some Google search, there is low probability that it’ll be accepted. Same applies to proposals titled ‘The absolute beginner introduction to X’ and others on a similar line. On the other hand, if your talk is on some obscure, albeit important, free software project that will go over most students head, this might not be the best platform to deliver that talk. There are always exceptions and we leave that to your judgement. If our audience wants it, we’ll try our best to accommodate it. Of course, if you find people interested in your proposal, you can always call a BoF. We are all for BoF’s! :)
Take the above with a pinch of salt. They are no s̶t̶r̶i̶c̶t̶ ̶r̶u̶l̶e̶s̶, only guidelines. All your proposals are welcome and we celebrate every single one that we receive! :D Looking forward to see you folks here.
Your audience (mostly) comprises of smart, above average, GNU/Linux aware students.
Call for proposals opens: Nov 19, 2015
Proposal submission deadline: D̶e̶c̶ ̶3̶0̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶1̶5̶ Jan 23, 2016
Proposal acceptance: J̶a̶n̶ ̶0̶7̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶1̶6̶ Jan 26, 2016
Presentation upload: J̶a̶n̶ ̶1̶4̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶1̶6̶ Feb 2, 2016
For more information about speaking and proposals, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building your own hackable keyboard
We all use keyboards. And not all of us care enough about them to ensure that, like our operating systems, they are hackable too. What could be better than to build your own keyboard using open hardware designs and components and then program it using free / open source software?
During the course of my talk, I would like to introduce the concept of building your own keyboard, the process and components involved and the sort of possibilities that the open source keyboard firmware opens up for you. I will have some of my recent keyboard assemblies on display for participants to check out.
I will open up one of my keyboards and then walk through the assembly process quickly.
Participants can walk away with pointers to how they can order the required components to build their own keyboard if they wish to do so.
Curiosity and openness.
I want them to walk away caring for their keyboards a little more. In the long run their productivity, fingers and wrists will thank them.
I have been working on Free Software exclusively since 1999 and also run a business building solutions around FOSS for customers. I’ve always been passionate about keyboards and have ordered quite a few over the last 5 years. However, for about a year now I’ve started building keyboard for myself and some friends too. I don’t think I’ve built my last or best keyboard yet and I believe there is room for so much innovation with keyboards themselves.