FOSSMeet 2018

FOSSMeet 2018

FOSSMeet is an annual event at NIT Calicut that brings together the Free and Open Source Community from around the country.

FOSSMeet is the annual Free and Open source software meet at NIT Calicut. We are inviting proposals for talks and workshops at FOSSMeet 2018.

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.

Audience

Your audience (mostly) comprises of smart, above average, GNU/Linux aware students.

Important dates

Call for proposals opens: Oct 23, 2017
Proposal submission deadline: Jan 2, 2018
Proposal acceptance: Jan 18, 2018
Presentation upload: Feb 5, 2018

Contact Us:

For more information about speaking and proposals, contact speakers@fossmeet.in.

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Shrayas Rajagopal

@shrayasr

Possibilities in the land of 1s and 0s

Submitted Dec 3, 2017

The field of Computer Science is challenging and vast. It is easy to get caught up in thinking if we took the right decision and if CS is a good place to be. As I was graduating, I found myself asking many questions about the career path I’d be able to take and the problems that I’d be working on through this path.

This talk aims to open graduates up to the possibilities that lie ahead as they venture out and start their careers in the world of Computer Science. We will start from the basics, trying to crack the real meaning behind what we try do in Computer Science. Building on these basics, we’ll understand why and what about the CS field opens up so many opportunities across domains. From there, we’ll move on to ways to learn CS better - including tips from mentors that I’ve had across the years, some of my own learning and general ideas to help set a sense of direction for oneself. In the same section, we’ll briefly touch on the world of open source and how indulging in it can help us grow better.

This talk will have no programming jargon or make any assumptions about the listener’s skill levels. It is a mere brain dump of thoughts and experiences.

Outline

  • Introduction
  • Agenda
  • What is Computer Science?
  • Why Computer Science?
    • Understand domains in which CS has a hold
    • Understand applications of CS in domains
    • Power of CS in today’s tech savy world
  • How (to learn) Computer Science?
    • Understanding and getting involved with Open Source
    • About 10 tips on how to go about learning CS better and being a better
      team player
  • Conclusion

Speaker bio

Shrayas Rajagopal is a Software Engineer with a passion for learning the internals of how things work. It is this passion that makes him jump in joy when he learns the wonders of programming languages. (psst: static typing for the win!)

At Logic Soft, he heads a small engineering team building the core framework and practices which will set the ground for the release of the company’s next set of products.

Previously at SAP Labs, he was instrumental in orchestrating and maintaining all parts of the team’s infrastructure while also building out the entire middleware into a clean, usable and pragmatic RESTful API.

He’s also the co-coordinator of Chennaipy - Chennai’s Python user group where he’s presented a number of talks and workshops.

If you can’t find him in front of a computer, chances are that he’ll either be trekking the mountains or running a trail.

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FOSSMeet is an annual event on Free and Open Source Software, conducted at National Institute of Technology, Calicut. The funnel is a space for proposals and voting on events. more