FOSSMeet is the annual Free and Open source software meet at NIT Calicut. We are inviting proposals for talks and workshops at FOSSMeet 2016.
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.
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
For more information about speaking and proposals, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vipassana for Hackers
I will explain Vipassana meditation in the context of hacking with analogues of LISP (Clojure, in particular) and the hacker ethos. Attendees will come away with an understanding of the systematic methodology of Vipassana meditation, possibly/hopefully with their curiosity piqued.
The video and slides provided will be altered to target a more technical/FOSS audience.
Vipassana meditation has received a lot of press recently in new age spirituality and neuroscience circles. However, the mechanics of the meditation technique are rarely dissected. Books, articles, and presentations -- particularly from modern neuroscience -- usually focus on long term outcomes of meditation practice or high-level abstractions for describing human consciousness.
In this talk, I attempt to create relatable contexts and analogues to describe these mechanics with the objective of making the material accessible, even for those who have never tried meditating before.
The target audience is the broad categories of “hackers”: anyone who loves to satisfy their curiosity by taking things apart, applying active skepticism to processes, and trying things for themselves.
Steven has been a hacker for nearly two decades. His childhood was spent pulling apart electronics and learning to program on a loud and clunky 386. It was very much the hacker mentality -- a sense of unsatisfied curiosity which spurs exploration -- which caused him to begin experimenting with meditation 6 years ago. Practicing Vipassana meditation for 3 years (which albeit still means he’s a beginner) has been the most intriguing of these explorations of human consciousness.