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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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

Abraham Raji


How I stopped worrying and love the fork bomb.

Submitted Dec 27, 2018

The ageless romantic-comedy of the inanimate text in specific order when transformed into electric signals help us recieve, store, interpret, process and create information, it’s creators, it’s users and their freedom.


  • Guy Fawkes
  • Alan Turing
  • Dennis Ritchie
  • Richard Mathew Stallman
  • Linus Torvalds
  • Bill Gates
  • Steve Jobs
  • Yours truely.

This talk will explain why a lot of things are the way they are in the Free software world. It intends to analyse the past to get a feel for the future.This talk aims to help people (geeks,nerds and common folk alike) connect to the Frees Software Movement and value their freedom and privacy.


  • The Talk begins with Guyfawkes and his act of terrorism.
  • Moves to the tragedy of Alan Turing, The Enigma and Christopher.
  • Transitions into the Hacker Culture, Unix and the under-rated genius behind it- Dennis Ritchie.
  • Pushes foreward into the wierd new printer at MIT and it’s implications.(This is where RMS enters).
  • The Gnu and The Penguin.
  • Wizards Of Silicon Valley.
  • Apache and rise of GNU/Linux.
  • Free Software Sucks.
  • Free Software Rocks.
  • My introduction to FOSS and being a Debian Maintainer.
  • Why the movement is as relevant as it was all those Years ago.


  • Open-Mind.
  • Curiosity.
  • A Heart.

Speaker bio

I’m an engineering student who spends most of his time editing his dotfiles or advocating for free software. I’m a Debian Maintainer and the lead of The Nexus, SJCET (Github) which is a club that focusses on hardware and software freedom and aims to spread awareness regarding the same.


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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