FOSSMeet 2020

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 2020.

What we are looking for

At FOSSMeet, we allow the attendees(mostly students) to delve into the field of development and free software. We’re inviting proposals for lectures, demos, tutorials, workshops, discussions, and panels for FOSSMeet‘20. Separate proposals will be taken for one-hour sessions by professionals and thirty-minute talks by students. Upvotes will not be considered in the selection procedure.

Fair warning - if the contents of your session is the ‘I am feeling lucky’ result of a Google search, there is little probability of it being accepted. However, we welcome and celebrate every single proposal we receive. Do treat the above as guidelines rather than rules. Looking forward to your suggestions and seeing you folks at FOSSMeet‘20!

Note : Along with your proposal, you must send a 7-10 minute demo video (or a link to video) on any topic of your choice to us at Visit for more details.


Your audience (mostly) comprises of smart GNU/Linux aware individuals.

Important dates

Call for proposals opens: February 19, 2020
Proposal and video submission deadline: March 6, 2020
Proposal acceptance: March 10, 2020
Presentation upload and dry run: March 20, 2020

Contact Us:

For more information about proposals, contact

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Subin Siby


The curious case of Manglish Button

Submitted Mar 4, 2020

How & Why I made the Manglish app, a free software app to convert Malayalam text to Manglish. It’s the story of this app, how it’s helping 2000+ users and the benefits obtained by making it free software and publishing on F-Droid.

  • Why I made it free software.
  • Donations; Sustaining development
  • Contributions from people across the world !
  • F-Droid

Target audience: People who want to get into FOSS development, FOSS enthusiasts, Malayalees who can’t read Malayalam.


  • Manglish & a brief on evolution of Malayalam language
  • Why FOSS matters in apps like these
    1. Fork of a fork of a fork
    2. Not reinventing the wheel
    3. Licensing
  • Publishing to F-Droid
    1. F-Droid
    2. How packaging works in F-Droid
    3. How to contribute to F-Droid
    4. Automating Android App publishing & version updates
  • Marketing FOSS Apps


A curious mind. A laptop/phone would be handy to check the links and references out.

Speaker bio

I’ve been a contributor to FOSS since I was 13. I’ve played with many things, from web to sysadmin to PyQt to Android. I’ve only recently started contributing to SMC. I’m a student and I can relate to the majority of students in the audience. I’m currentlty the Malayalam localization maintainer of KDE. I’ve contributed to many software including Mediawiki, Ubuntu, Drupal and WordPress.

I’m the only person to make a Manglish to Malayalam Android app. Many has did Manglish->Malayalam, but nobody much has catered to the minority Manglish audience. So, this is something new :)




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Mujeeb Rahman k

Media Self-reliance and FOSS

The story of how newspaper organisation in Kerala( Janayugom) completely switched their work flow to FOSS including pre press works and accountings. Building a Kubuntu based custom distro Janayugom GNU/ Linux as their main OS and Scribus for layouting purpose. more

04 Mar 2020