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Announcing FOSS.IN/2012

From:  Atul Chitnis <>
Subject:  Announcing FOSS.IN/2012
Date:  Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:22:46 +0530
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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


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.


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 
desktop computers.


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


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DE +49 (30) 3276-5766

Atul Chitnis

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Announcing FOSS.IN/2012

Posted Jun 28, 2012 15:37 UTC (Thu) by gvy (guest, #11981) [Link]

Hey good luck! ;-)

We're slowly starting preparations for Kiev, Ukraine conference as well.

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