FOSSMeet 2017

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 2017.

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: Oct 27, 2016
Proposal submission deadline: Jan 15, 2017
Proposal acceptance: Jan 20, 2017
Presentation upload: Feb 15, 2017

Contact Us:

For more information about speaking and proposals, contact

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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

Anagha R


Getting started with Ruby on Rails

Submitted Dec 2, 2016

Ruby on Rails is not a coding language. It is a web development framework built on the Ruby programming language. Nearly every line of Rails source code is written in Ruby. When you are developing an application in Rails, you are writing Ruby.

Rails combines the Ruby programming language with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create a web application that runs on a web server. Because it runs on a web server,it is considered a ‘server-side’ or ‘back end’(the web browser is the “front end”). Rails which has a pool of open source software libraries (RubyGems, or “gems”) makes it possible to build complex sites easily.


Ruby on Rails is a web application framework built on the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architectural pattern in order to improve the maintainability of the application. The Model maintains the relations with the database, the View manages the display logic, while the Controller deals with the application flow.

The session is primarly focussed on newbies. The session starts with the basic introduction and installation of Rails followed by developing a simple application on the same. Rails is so fun for beginners is because it is really robust and it already has a built in structure with which you can develop your applications easily.


Anyone who is interested in learning a new framework is welcome. A laptop with linux based operating system is recommended.

Speaker bio

I am an undergraduate in Computer Science and Engineering from Amrita University,Amritapuri and an open source enthusiast. Being an active member of the FOSS club at the University, I was involved in organising several activities like hackathons, workshops and technical sessions. I have hands on experience in Ruby on Rails and have conducted a beginner level session on RoR as a part of the Rails Girls Summer of Code. I am a GHCI 2016 student scholar and a student advisor for #include fellowship programme by she++ community.


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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