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 email@example.com.
Free Software community health check
Analyze why we are not creating more passionate Free Software advocates and make plans to fix the situation
Arun M (Free Software Foundation of India) wrote to a few Free Software advocates,
Yesterday, after a long time had a chance to meet with a group of
college students and few school teachers. Impression I get is that
free software movement is loosing its ground in Kerala. Schools have
gone back into routine, colleges moving more to proprietary. Students
not aware of free software. Till last minute no one raised alarm on
KTU. (Thanks to some people in this loop, we got involved last minute)
Understanding of software freedom is rather low, even when use is
increasing(read Ubuntu). With major shifts in technology, issue of
freedom is threatened more than ever. This makes battle forward much
What should we be doing ? sit ideal and watch ? Is there something we
can do about it ? Despite having grown is size why are we moving
I feel something must be done and what ever is happening is because of
our failure. If you feel we should do something abt it. Let us meet
We should sit and discuss how we want to take the Free Software community in Kerala forward.
Passion for Free Software, willing to share time and effort to spred the Free Software philosophy
This will be a panel discussion. If you want to be in the panel please comment below.