FOSSMeet 2020

FOSSMeet is an annual event at NIT Calicut that brings together the Free and Open Source Community from around the country.

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Accepting submissions till 06 Mar 2020, 11:59 PM

National Institute of Technology, Calicut, Calicut

FOSSMeet is the annual Free and Open source software meet at NIT Calicut. We are inviting proposals for talks and workshops at FOSSMeet 2020.

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’20. Separate proposals will be taken for one-hour sessions by professionals and thirty-minute talks by students. 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. 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’20!

Note : Along with your proposal, you must send a 7-10 minute demo video (or a link to video) on any topic of your choice to us at Visit for more details.


Your audience (mostly) comprises of smart GNU/Linux aware individuals.

Important dates

Call for proposals opens: February 19, 2020
Proposal and video submission deadline: March 6, 2020
Proposal acceptance: March 10, 2020
Presentation upload and dry run: March 20, 2020

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Akshay S Dinesh


നിങ്ങള്‍ എന്നെ ഹാക്കര്‍ ആക്കി (You Made Me A Hacker) - The story of why a doctor codes free software in between consultations

Submitted Mar 3, 2020

In this talk I speak about why I am a “doctor-programmer”, and why we have to look at programming as a tool (like reading and writing) that people from very diverse backgrounds should be using to solve the challenges they face in their field of work. I talk about “appropriate technology” for our country’s healthcare needs.

People from outside traditional “programming” fields or jobs may find my experience valuable when making choices in their life.
People in traditional “programming” roles may find ways to write code that has meaning and purpose when listening to my story.
Of course, your mileage may vary. (And I do plan to talk a bit about “privilege” and how that influences mileage.)


Let’s probably start with the bold idea that programming should be a tool to change the world.

Then we can look at what kind of change we want to bring to the world.

Of course, I am the speaker. So I’ll talk about the problems I find most pressing - healthcare.

This is an interdisciplinary talk, and the core idea of the talk is that there should be a lot of interdisciplinary thinking in what we do. So I will talk a bit about what healthcare needs of our country are, what “primary health care” means in the broadest of its sense (cf. Alma Ata declaration, People’s Health Movement). I will talk about my experience working in South Karnataka in a taluq with very poor health indicators. I might choose to quote from Gandhi’s Talisman. I will talk about the products that people build in the hope of improving healthcare. If I’m feeling bad, I might talk with pessimism on how many of these products are not what “people” need. (That might digress to human-centered design.)

Someone in the audience might ask “what should we do then?”. I will probably say “I’m nobody to give answers”. I will definitely pitch a couple of things I’m doing. I will make a mention of Indic Project. Of Metastring Foundation. And various other free software projects that are working on problems that people (humans) face.

If I get to do it, I’ll make a rant on why blockchain based healthcare startups should die. I might be a bit more cautious when dissing “Aritificial Intelligence”, but I’ll definitely bring up the story of the tribals of Balle Haadi if someone presses me with AI algorithms that can detect tuberculosis in Chest X-rays.

I don’t know where exactly I should talk about privilege. I’ll probably talk about it in the beginning. I’ll list down my privilegs that I’m aware of. I think it is important that we acknowledge the role of privilege while talking about changing the world.

Those who listened carefully might figure out that I’m trying to make a point for FOSS. That FOSS is the best chance we have. I’ll take the specific examples of Electronic Medical Records. I’ll describe how we have the worst EMR systems in the world yet not a lot of people are trying to fix it because there is no money in it. The other side of that coin is that the Artificial Intelligence algorithm you were talking about 5 minutes ago need good quality data to train on. In the mad rush for profitability, nobody is building foundational technologies that are absolutely critical for the success of the newer ones.

I guess I would have made my point by then. So at this point I ask people to volunteer to build useful health related libraries and applications (AGPL, why not?) so that they can help change the world of healthcare.


Speaker needs a projector to show photos (for added effect).
Audience can interact, so wireless microphones would be useful.

Speaker bio

The speaker is a primary health care physician currently working in Bangalore. The speaker is the co-founder of Weavez Technologies, a developer at Metastring foundation, also programs for Paisool, and has data collection & analysis collaborations with public health researchers at Insitute of Public Health. He does traditional doctor consultations strictly based on appointments at PCMH Restore Health. He is the editor of Academy of Family Physicians of India Karnataka chapter newsletter (and not coincidentally, the webmaster of the same). He is an emergency care & life support trainer with the JeevaRaksha trust on some weekends. The speaker is a contributor to Swathanthra Malayalam Computing and Indic Project (and had been the community manager for Google Summer of Code when Indic Project was selected in 2016). The speaker is a distance scholar of National Law School under the Post-Graduate Diploma in Medical Law & Ethics program. The speaker is a passionate blogger (which you should have guessed by the way he writes talk proposals). He was previously Resident Medical Officer and Fellow in HIV Medicine at Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement’s rural hospital in Saraguru. The speaker can write idiomatic code in python, javascript, and since recently java. The speaker is positively narcissistic.



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Make a submission

Accepting submissions till 06 Mar 2020, 11:59 PM

National Institute of Technology, Calicut, Calicut

Hosted by

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