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

Sasi Kumar


Introduction to LaTeX

Submitted Nov 9, 2016

LaTeX is a document preparation system. It is widely used in preparing technical documents, though it is convenient and effective in typesetting any document, especially technical ones. It is widely used for preparing publications in science and technology, especially research publications, reports and journals. As LaTeX is similar to a programming language in many ways, this will be only an introductory workshop.


LaTeX is a language for formatting documents. In a way it is similar to a programming language in that you prepare a document with commands included and then compile it to get a formatted document in pdf or postscript format. It is also similar to html in that you include tags within the document that specifies how to typeset that part of the document. LaTeX is actually a set of macros for the TeX programming language created by Prof. Donald Knuth. It can be used to create all kinds of documents like article, report, book, thesis or even presentations. Many journals, especially in mathematics are published using TeX, and some of them accept only papers prepared in TeX. Being similar to a programming language, it takes time to learn it and one never learns it completely, finding features as one goes along and according to need. So, this can be only an introduction to TeX.


Has to be in a computer lab except for the first hour or so. Will need multimedia projector and public address system.

Speaker bio

Have done workshops on LaTeX in several educational institutes in India, including several science colleges, engineering colleges, Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana, Pune and NITC, and in Asuncion, Paraguay.


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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