|| ||Atul Chitnis <atul-AT-foss.in> |
|| ||corbet-AT-lwn.net |
|| ||Announcing FOSS.IN/2012 |
|| ||Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:22:46 +0530|
|| ||Article, Thread
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOSS.IN RETURNS - ANNOUNCES 2012 EVENT DATES
Bangalore, 16-Jun-2012: FOSS.IN, one of India's oldest and best-known
annual international technology events, today announced its 2012
edition. The event will take place from November 29th to December 1st,
at the NIMHANS Convention Center in Bangalore, India. The event took a
hiatus in 2011 after a 10 year run, and is now back by huge public
demand. The Call for Participation is currently open till July 8th,
2012, and can be accessed at http://foss.in/cfp.
FOSS.IN is an annual technology event first organised in 2001 under the
title 'Linux Bangalore'. It quickly went on to become a landmark event
for die-hard supporters of both Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) and
other advanced software technologies.
Highly anticipated, and widely attended by Indian and global technology
professionals and enthusiasts, FOSS.IN has become the definitive
platform for Indian and international tech-community. The event has
earned the reputation of being the ultimate meeting point for people,
projects, developers and hard-core technology researchers.
A primary focus of the event is to increase the involvement of Indian
developers and technology enthusiasts in both Free & Open Source
Software as well as general technologies, through interaction with
technologies and developers from across India and the world.
A common misperception is that the difficult technology problems can
only be solved by engineers in the west. "FOSS.IN is not about easy
tasks - the low-hanging fruit," says Atul Chitnis, team lead of the
organising 'Team FOSS.IN'. "We get technically inclined people - of
which there is no shortage in India - involved in high-end technology
problem-solving and development".
FOSS.IN does this by bringing Indian and international developers and
technologists together on one platform, letting them interact and
explore technology problems, as well as each others' strengths.
PROJECTS & COLLABORATION
The event often sees different people and projects getting together to
spawn something completely new. Such collaborations benefit general
consumers in the long run, by providing more comprehensive and rounded
technology implementations. An example of this would be web developers
interacting with the core developers of PHP - the language that is used
to build many major web properties, including FaceBook, Yahoo and others.
FOSS.IN also sees what is probably the largest congregation of
international Linux kernel hackers in India. Linux is of course the
poster-child of the FOSS world, being the core of just about every
technology implementation today - whether mobile phones, web servers,
search engines like Google, wifi and other network devices, and even
THE HUMAN SIDE
FOSS.IN also has a very human angle. "FOSS.IN isn't just about the talks
and the tech, but also about people," says Kishore Bhargava of Team
FOSS.IN. "The event provides a chance for people who have collaborated
across the internet on projects to establish 'human contact' - right
here in India". This is important because almost all major technology
community events with international attendance take place abroad, out of
reach for most people from India.
Extending existing technologies beyond their known limits is also a big
item on the event's agenda. The scope of the event has been vastly
expanded to include telecom, security, multi-media, mobile development,
robotics, etc., all linked by open implementations.
Unlike commercial events, FOSS.IN is organised by volunteers - yet
retains the "big event" feel. Entry costs are kept low at Rs.2500/US$56
per head (Rs.1500/US$27 for students) to cover food and access to the
various activities on all three event days. This has made the event
accessible to a vast cross-section of the technology community. FOSS.IN
caters to technical topics, and marketing and product-related topics are
kept at bay.
The event is defined by world-class facilities, including free access to
internet and high-speed WiFi, conference halls and areas for individual
and teams to work on projects.
More information about the event can be found at the website http://foss.in.
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