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

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Pramode C.E


FPGA Hacking with Free Software tools

Submitted Jan 12, 2016

Demonstrate how to use a 100% Free Software based toolchain to program Field-Programmable Gate Arrays(FPGA’s). We will have fun describing simple logic circuits in software and finally running them on the IceStick evaluation board - without using any proprietary software!


FPGA’s are powerful tools for building digital systems. Unfortunately, most FPGA vendors are still living under a rock - the information required to program FPGA’s is kept secret with the result that you have to depend on vendor specific tools which are often hard to install and ridiculously bloated (think of downloading a few Gigabytes of software to implement a simple logic circuit). The end result: unlike microcontrollers, which can be programmed by school kids thanks to stuff like Arduino, FPGA’s are accessible only to specialists.

In March 2015, Clifford Wolf and Mathias Lasser succeeded in reverse engineering the “bitstream” format of the ICE40 FPGA’s manufactured by Lattice Semiconductor; they created a collection of Free Software tools which when combined with Free Software implementations of hardware-description languages like Verilog provided the world’s first completely Free Software based toolchain for designing FPGA based systems (“project IceStorm”)!

In this talk/demo, I will provide all the information needed by a beginner to get started with the exciting world of FPGA design based on 100% Free Software tools. You will learn how to describe simple digital circuits in a high level language and ultimately transform this description to the bitstream format of ICE40 FPGA’s using the tools provided by project IceStorm. All our experiments will be done on the IceStick evaluation board - so we will see some real hardware in action!


Basic knowledge of digital logic design. Particpants need NOT have any background in hardware description languages or FPGA based design.

Speaker bio

I am a programmer and Free Software enthusiast from Trichur, Kerala. More info:



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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