We are pleased to inform you that National Institute of Technology,
Calicut will be hosting its annual free and open source software
conference, namely FOSS Meet @ NITC 2008, on 28th, 29th and 30th of
March 2008. This time the focus of the event is to get more students
actively involved in FOSS. As usual, there will be talks, BOFs,
workshops etc. - details of which will soon be put up on our website –
In addition to that, this year, we are starting a contest called
FOSSDev, to promote student participation in and contribution to FOSS.
Basically, a team wishing to participate has to find a mentor who will
help them contribute to a project of the participant's choice. FOSSDev
is a year long event. There will be three "checkpoints" at which
progress will be evaluated and prizes will be given accordingly. Total
prize money is Rs. 23,500. You can read more about FOSSDev at
This meet is organized by the GNU/Linux Users Group Calicut(GLUGC) in
association with Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
Student Branch NIT Calicut [IEEE], Computer Society of India, Calicut
Chapter [CSI], Computer Science and Engineering Association [CSEA] and
all the volunteers from various walks of life.
Listen to people who already experienced the FOSS Meet spirit.
* [...] NITC's FOSS event has grown in stature, and is quickly
becoming one of the recognized FOSS events in India, along with
Gnunify, Freedel and of course FOSS.IN. [...] - Atul Chitnis
* [...]The organization of FOSS @ NITC surprised me, compared to
what I'd seen at other similar conferences. Compared to what went on
at GNUnify, these guys are a lot more decentralized in organization
and had quite a feel of a student run tech fest. I hardly saw any
faculty running around, except for Amarjeet. The faculty was more of
facilitiating the event rather than running the event and their pulls
on the event was not quite obvious, if any. Quite heartening indeed
from my point of view.[...] - Gopal V
* [...] Right. All around good experience, the event, the place,
the hosts and not to mention the food. College set near a nice
jungle/hill kinda place. Appams rocked! Beach was fun as well, just in
time for the sunset. Lots of good talks from Philip, Gopal, Shyam,
Shreyas and so many many more people. [...] - Pradeepto in this same
* [...] I was at the meet up last year along with Pradeepto and
many other people. It's quite a nice experience. You should go if you
can. [...] - Philip Tellis again in this same mailing list
Looking forward to meeting you at FOSSMeet@NITC 2008.
Note: Please register yourself on the website as soon as possible.
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