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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Tapasweni Pathak


Getting Started with Contributing to Open Sources

Submitted Dec 7, 2015

This talk focuses on helping students to get started with contributing to open sources.


Contributing to open source projects comes up with a lot of exciting things with it.

Newbies usually have questions like :

  • Where to start?
  • What to choose?
  • How to find out a project which matches my skillset?
  • Is GitHub the only thing to get started with open source projects?
  • I don’t how to code, can I contribute to some open source project?
  • My doubt is stupid, I’m afraid no one will answer?
  • No one replied my mails how can I get answers of my question?
  • I’m stuck, how should I go on fixing it, will mentors reject me if I ask this doubt?
  • Why should I contribute to open source projects?
  • What will I get if I contribute to open source community?
  • Is it necessary to learn Git?
  • What is a bug tracker?
  • Are there any summer of code programs other than Google Summer of Code?

If you search you will not find a guide which has everything about getting started with contributing to open source. We want this talk to be that guide for the first time contributors.

The topics we aim to cover are

  • Introduction to Git and GitHub
  • Bug Trackers?
  • How to find Newbie friendly bugs
  • Introduction to IRC

Speaker bio

Tapasweni Pathak is working as a Developer Associate with SAP Labs, Bangalore. She is involved with open sources.

Vaishali Thakkar is working as a Linux Kernel engineer with Oracle, Bangalore. She worked as an Outreachy, Round 10 Linux Kernel intern on project Coccinelle. She was also selected as a Linux Foundation training scholarship winner under the Kernel Guru category, 2015. Her patches in the Linux kernel can be found here.


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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