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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Steven Deobald


The Software Co-operative: Creating a Corporation in the Commons

Submitted Jan 19, 2016

Many of the attendees will be business owners or future business owners. The principles represented by worker and consumer co-operatives hold up well with the solid foundation of a truly co-operative business, much like a well-written software license. However, even if these principles are approached and applied piecemeal, they still retain much of their inherent value; and that value can ensure businesses growing from the industrial age to the information age remain resilient.

The slides listed are an example of some topics which will be approached during this talk and will not be the slides used for this specific talk.


Using the example of nilenso (a sustainable software co-operative in operation for the past 3 years), we will walk through the web of guiding principles governing a corporate co-operative and compare them to the guiding principles which make open source possible: transparency, resiliency, meritocracy. We’ll also look at specific documentation released by nilenso into the Commons which can help new technology co-operatives get started.

Speaker bio

Steven has run a number of startups and small businesses, starting in high school when the entrepreneur bug first bit him along with the first wave of small web development companies struggling with CSS 1.0 and optional Javascript. After a 10-year career which found him in National Defence, oil companies, consultancies, national government agencies, high-frequency trading firms, and startups, he has finally found a home at nilenso: India’s first technology co-operative.



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