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

Joice Joseph


Introduction to Platform Cooperativism: Where people own their platform

Submitted Jan 2, 2018

Wikipedia says,
“A platform cooperative, or platform co-op, is a cooperatively-owned, democratically-governed business that uses a protocol, website or mobile app to facilitate the sale of goods and services. Platform cooperatives are an alternative to venture capital funded platforms insofar as they are owned and governed by those who depend on them most—workers, users, and other relevant stakeholders. Proponents of platform cooperativism claim that, by ensuring the financial and social value of a platform circulate among these participants, platform cooperatives will bring about a more equitable and fair digitally-mediated economy in contrast with the extractive models of corporate intermediaries. Platform cooperatives differ from traditional cooperatives not only due to their use of digital technologies, but also by their contribution to the commons for the purpose of fostering an equitable social and economic landscape.”


Platform Cooperativism is the idea of people owning thier own thier workspace (platform).
After the financial crisis of 2008, the global financial sector changed their mode of operation.
The massive growth of shared economy is killing the spirit of workers.
Airbnb, uber, Alibaba, Ola are examples for Shared economy platforms where their business model is by owning nothing but platforms and governing, discriminating them. So, The idea of platform cooperativim is to own and operate the platform and get benefited.

Outline will be like

  • Introduction
  • Vector class and hacker class ( McKenzie Wark )
  • Precariates and need for precariate movement ( Guy standing )
  • Shared economy
  • Trebor Scholz and introduction to Platform cooprativism
  • Platform cooperatives in different nation states
  • possibility of paltform cooperativism in indian context
  • developers, unite for a cooperative future


Nothing !
But, it is nice to have some background on foss ideology

Speaker bio

Joice - Final year UG student from Government Engineering College, Wayanad,
Arun Kumar - Software designer and developer for 20 years.
We are working for centre for social computing and information society.
Tried to develop a platform for auto rickshaw cooperatives; Failed.



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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