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

Sachin S. Kamath


OpenSource101 - I can code, but what now?

Submitted Dec 3, 2016

Open source is an exciting world but at the same time, is vast and often confusing. This talk will try to cover the 101’s or the very fundamentals of Open Source Contributions, the do’s and do-not’s and will also cover case-studies to understand the current scenario, using the publicly available user-data of The Fedora Project.


This will mostly be an interactive talk and can be adjusted to the level of audience. The basic outline is as follows :

  • Why FOSS? Why should I contribute? (2 minutes)
    -- A very brief introduction to the FOSS culture and introduction to the talk.

  • Getting Started (5 minutes)
    -- Choosing the right organisation and looking up the developmental status.

  • IRC, Mailing Lists and Getting Help (5-7 minutes)
    -- Getting IRC Help, setting up a stable communication medium and seeking help from the fellow organisation members/ mentors.

  • What Organisations expect (5-7 minutes)
    -- Making yourself visible. This part will cover the essentials of building a rapport with the organisation.

  • Platforms to get started (5 minutes)
    -- A brief overview of some contributor friendly websites and wikis.

  • Easyfixes (5 minutes)
    -- This part will talk about easy fix tickets, why they exist and how one should be tackling them.

  • Google Summer of Code and Outreachy (7-10 minutes)
    -- Introduction to GSoC and Outreachy, the various phases of it and writing a kick-ass proposal.

  • Case Study of The Fedora Project (15 minutes)
    -- A bird’s eye view of the Fedora Project, the workflow and the newcomer rates in Fedora visualised using data from datagrepper, a message aggregator of Fedora.

The case study will wrap up the entire talk and will give everyone a clear idea of how organisations work and split up its work, complete with visualisation and graphs to understand the workflow.


Interest to learn something new.

Speaker bio

Sachin is an open source and security enthusiast with a passion for learning something new every day. Sachin is a contributor at Fedora Project and completed his Google Summer of Code with the Community Operations Team of Fedora. He is also a core member of the OWASP OWTF Team.


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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