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

Sarah Masud


The Alice and Bob Problem of Open Source Licenses

Submitted Dec 3, 2016

When a developer(Alice) releases her code, she is automatically granted copyright over it(even if not mentioned explicitly). But simply releasing the code on the internet or Github DOES NOT guarantee that other developers(like Bob) have a right to modify or redistribute it. In the absence of any accompanying license, copyright alone can be messy. It throttles collaboration, and enhancement. Both of which are second nature to the ‘open source way.’ But, license work can be legally taxing and complex. This talk aims to demystify some of the complexity associated with open source licenses.


The aim of this talk is to cover the basic nitty gritties associated with the open source licenses.


  1. Explaining the concept of copyright and licensing using characters of Alice and Bob.
  2. A brief introduction and history about open source licenses: How GNU came about, and how the GNU/Linux followed.
  3. Current state of open source licenses: Which organizations maintain open source licenses, list of common licenses used today, license proliferation ‘Spoiled for choice is no choice at all’.
  4. The various attributes that make up an open source license: Using characters of Alice and Bob to question various permissions and conditions that can be associated with an open source license.(Eg. Commercial usage- Can Bob use Alice’s software for commercial use?)
  5. Introducing the concepts of copyleft, permissive and license compatibility based on the attributes that shall be discussed above.
  6. Concluding with a screenshot on how to add license to Github projects.

Key Take Aways:
Gain basic insights about open source licenses, their attributes,and usage. Help taking better responsibility of how you share your work.



Speaker bio

As an associate software engineer at Red Hat, I am currently working on an analytics project. My work under Dr. Tanvir Ahamd on Framework to Extract Context Vectors from Unstructured Data using Big Data Analytics was presented at Ninth International Conference on Contemporary Computing(Aug 2016). Currently I am envolved with IEEE WIE Stand project as mentor for the Data Science and Machine Learning track, and volunteer with Women Who Code, Lean In and Grace Hopper India. I am ever enthusiastic about Data Science, Women in STEM, and Open Source.


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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