FOSSMeet 2018

FOSSMeet 2018

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 2018.

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 23, 2017
Proposal submission deadline: Jan 2, 2018
Proposal acceptance: Jan 18, 2018
Presentation upload: Feb 5, 2018

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

Pramode C.E


Embedded Systems Programming using Rust (workshop)

Submitted Dec 17, 2017

This hands-on workshop will provide a quick introduction to the Rust programming language and how it can be used to do “bare metal” programming of small ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers. Participants will get an opportunity to play with Rust on TI Launchpads (!

Code written in C/C++ forms the backbone of our computing infrastructure - Operating system kernels, compilers/interpreters, networking stacks, embedded systems, web browsers, ... However, both these languages have a lot of memory safety issues associated with them (like buffer overflows, use-after-free, null pointer dereferencing, dangling pointers) which results in programs being riddled with hard to track down bugs. Rust offers a solution: code written in “safe Rust” is guaranteed to be completely memory safe, and will have performance which is as good (or better) than equivalent C/C++ implementations. Rust achieves this combination of memory safety and high performance by utilizing cutting edge research in type theory. This workshop will provide the participants with a glimpse into the magic which makes it possible for us to write safe code using high level abstractions which gets compiled down to compact and highly efficient machine code running “bare-metal” on small ARM microcontrollers!


  1. Basic language syntax
  2. Tools: Cargo, rustup, clippy etc
  3. Idiomatic Rust: using iterator chains to solve problems
  4. Building a cross compilation toolchain for ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers
  5. GPIO programming basics
  6. Unsafe Rust
  7. Writing Rust code to control GPIO pins of an ARM Cortex-M microcontroller

Speaker bio

I am a Free Software enthusiast from Thrissur, Kerala. More details:


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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