FOSSMeet is the annual Free and Open source software meet at NIT Calicut. We are inviting proposals for talks and workshops at FOSSMeet 2017.
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: Oct 27, 2016
Proposal submission deadline: Jan 15, 2017
Proposal acceptance: Jan 20, 2017
Presentation upload: Feb 15, 2017
For more information about speaking and proposals, contact email@example.com.
Delving into Open Source
The main focus of this talk would be to help getting started with open source, covering various aspects and technologies required.
Everyone has to start but from where? I would answer all the questions peeping in one’s mind:
- Where to start? What organization/project to choose?
- Where to find projects?
- How to chose a project?
- What do I need to learn before contributing?
- I chose a project but what to do now? Who to contact and how?
- Where can I find bugs to fix?
- No one replies me on IRC, what should I do?
- How much git should I know before starting? Should I be proficient in it?
- Why should I contribute?
- I hesitate before asking as I feel my doubt is stupid.
- Winter and summer programs
All the above all questions will be answered thoroughly and extensively. The following concepts would also be covered:
- Version Control systems: What are they and why are they really required?
- Bug trackers, Phabricator on KDE
- IRC and mailing lists
I am working as a Software Developer in KDE and as a Season of KDE developer and have conducted various lectures on motivating students delving into the world of open source.