FOSSMeet 2019

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 2019.

What we are looking for

At FOSSMeet, we allow the attendees(mostly students) to delve into the field of development and free software. We’re inviting proposals for lectures, demos, tutorials, workshops, discussions, and panels for FOSSMeet’19. Separate proposals will be taken for one-hour sessions by professionals and thirty-minute talks by students. This year, however, upvotes will not be considered in the selection procedure.

Fair warning - if the contents of your session is the ‘I am feeling lucky’ result of a Google search, there is little probability of it being accepted. Same applies to proposals titled ‘The absolute beginner introduction to X’ and others of the like. On the other hand, if your talk is on some obscure, albeit important, free software project that will go over the heads of most students, this might not be the best platform to deliver your talk. There are always exceptions and we leave that to your judgement.

However, we welcome and celebrate every single proposal we receive. Do treat the above as guidelines rather than rules. Looking forward to your suggestions and seeing you folks at FOSSMeet’19!


Your audience (mostly) comprises of smart, above average, GNU/Linux aware students.

Important dates

Call for proposals opens: Dec 4, 2018
Proposal submission deadline: Jan 18, 2019
Proposal acceptance: Jan 24, 2019
Presentation upload: Feb 3, 2019

Contact Us:

For more information about speaking and proposals, contact

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Kannan V M


Digital Activism; the need and you.

Submitted Jan 7, 2019

This talk is mostly about,

  • History and evolution of technology
  • Present day status of technology
  • Present day problems
  • The need of Knowledge Freedom, Guerilla Open Access Manifesto, wikimedia and copyleft.
  • The need of Free Software Philosophy and libre alternatives
  • Various aspects privacy at individual level and society level
  • Surveillance and censorship
  • Digital activism and forms of it
  • How to be a digital activist

and more.

detailed content is available here:


Technology is evolving with tremendous pace since the industrial revolution. Industries has changed, business has changed, our politics has changed. And this transition also has reflected on the issues the humankind face. The problems we face got more and more technical, same for the solutions. But unlike history these issues are mostly ignored, maily because of the complex and closed nature of technology.
This might be the critical time where we should give a political perspective to technology. Knowledge isn’t free, Aron shwartz had to give his life to share the knowledge he could access. Attempts to deny privacy to the citizen by both state and corporates. Cambridge analytica and examples set by China are ignored and forgotten.
We need digital activism, various forms of it. We need wikipedia editors to government representatives to advocate digital rights.

Speaker bio

A wikipedian, free software promoter, Privacy advocate, political activist.
Member of Freesoftware Community of India, Wikimedians of Kerala, FreeSoftware User Group Thrissur, Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad.
Working at Alpha Fork Technologies, a IT company with free software policies.


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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