FOSSMeet 2016

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 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.

Important dates

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

Contact Us:

For more information about speaking and proposals, contact

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Ramya Ragupathy


Designing the next generation of maps using OpenStreetMap data

Submitted Jan 22, 2016

Participants will be introduced to the basics of leveraging open source geospatial (GIS) data from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project, design custom maps with this data, add interactivity and quickly publish it on the web with Mapbox Studio.


Geodata is exponentially stacking up and the tremendous challenge is to transform this into something impactful and understandable for the common man. This is where maps come to play! Digital maps drive the location based services - from looking for driving directions, getting restaurant recommendations, to hailing a cab, our reliance on location-based data is growing. The next generation of digital maps is being led by a revolution in open source alternatives like the fast growing OpenStreetMap project.

Openstreetmap, with its community of more than 2 million contributors, is the wikipedia of maps. If you find your favorite store missing on the map, you can directly add it to OpenStreetMap. It’s for everyone, and anyone interested can create their own maps using the data. If needed the whole world data can be downloaded offline!

This workshop will focus on how you can deploy OpenStreetMap data and create beautiful maps with platforms like Mapbox Studio. Everyone can try their hand at mapmaking and visualizing geodata on the web to tell powerful stories. Create map data, design maps with your own fonts and colors, and share them with the world! The range of possibilities is limited only by your creativity.

In this workshop we will:

  • Introduce people to OpenStreetMap
  • Create data with OpenStreetMap
  • Provide a full tour of the Studio interface from ground up
  • Cover basic map styling conventions using OpenStreetMap data, and
  • Walk through the steps for publishing your very own map on your web


Participants interested in attending this workshop should be open minded, eager to learn something new, and bring their own laptop.

Participants will need to signup for a free account on OpenStreetMap and Mapbox prior to the workshop.

Speaker bio

Ramya works on improving OpenStreetMap data, and creating interesting data visualisations with maps. She likes taking GPS traces, and photographic records of her travels and translates them into useful geodata on OpenStreetMap and Mapillary.

Before Mapbox, she built installers using open source tools while working as a build engineer. She takes an active interest in the Tamil language, and spent a few years translating technical articles to tamil. She’d enjoy a conversation about Tamil literature and fun maps.


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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