conf.kde.in at Amritapuri on 17-18 April! REGISTRATION OPEN!

KDE is an international free software community dedicated to creating a free and user friendly graphical desktop interface and applications which run on Linux. CONF.KDE.IN is born out the simple idea – “Open Source for all”. The conference emphasizes on the promotion of FOSS and encourages students to involve in Open Source projects. This year conf.kde.in 2015 is to be held in Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, Kerala. It is going to be a blend of technology and unmatched beauty of the backwaters of Kerala. Amrita University is known for its enthusiastic FOSS club and active participation in diffusing the FOSS culture among the student community. It is indeed an ideal host for the event.

CONF.KDE.IN at amritapuri
CONF.KDE.IN at amritapuri

Some of the big take-away of the event will be talks on Qt (the popular cross platform application framework), KDE applications (like Kstar, Marble etc), exciting hand on sessions on building QT apps for android, general KDE contribution guidelines and so on. It is a great platform for Open Source enthusiasts to meet, share and grow. It is truly a “Never Miss” opportunity. To register for the event log on to http://conf.kde.in.

You can find the list of speakers and talk listed over here: https://conf.kde.org/en/india2015/public/speakers The schedule is yet to be finalized and will be updated in the website too soon.

The conference will be presided by the Founder of KDE_INDIA chapter and member of KDE-EV board, Mr.Pradeepto Bhattacharya. The Keynote will be delivered by Mr. Noufal Ibrahim, founder of Py-Con and PSF board member since 2012. You can find more information over here https://conf.kde.in/#speakers

[ Thanks to Pooja Prakash for the writeup ]

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International Women’s day @Amritapuri

March 08, the International Women’s day, and since the rest 364 days of the year, never were the Men day, we decided to celebrate it out. In this days of discrimination aninternational_womens_day_vectord abuse, when girls are getting assaulted irrespective of age, our spiritual head and Chancellor, Mata Amritanandamayi requested, we form a Human-Chain from Karunagappally to Vavvakkavu, about 6 Kms. in length. The sky was hot outside and many of us, didn’t felt like moving out, yet we went, considering it as a little service from our part to show the protest to the recent happenings to women abroad.

We left from our college, about 10:00 in the morning, and this time, it was the girls sitting and the guys standing, you know, ‘Its womens day, right ?’ The bus trip was awesome, like its always is, when a bunch of college youth gets into :). We re65538_625907117435282_2133510029_nached our spot by about 10:30, the Karunagappally town, got down and spread our hands forming the long chain. Lucky for me and some of my classmates, we found our shelter under one tree and it actually saved us from the intense heat of the sun. We stood there for about an hour enjoying for ourselves, with our classmates, and also keeping ourselves in the venture. Later by about 11:30, we returned in another bus, again we sang and howled a lot and the day became again a memorable one.

Today, the question is again, “Are our women safe ? “. I know I am not any huge writer with wit or wisdom, yet having a sister of age 21,  I know the risks. My view is different and I like to think that things happen wrong to us due to our own wrong doings to a certain extent. Seriously, I am not  a sadist, yet that’s my opinion. Small children getting raped, teenager molested and killed in the bus, all are of-course not at all due to their own fault, and I am at the point that the culprits should be punished severely and not hanged, you know hanging will make things too simple.

Sorry for the diversion in the topic again, like my each and every post, this too ends with an apology :D. Once again a Happy Women’s Day and I would support for more womens day in an year :D. How would that look like ?

FOSS MEET@NITC

NIT-Calicut was always my dream college, and this time, when our mentor told us about the the ‘ FOSS meet’ , we had little hope that things would turn out well, and above all that we would be going.To elaborate, we left from Amritapuri on 22/02/13 morning by the 7:00 a.m bus and it was nice too see all the long and tiresome meetings and speculations regarding the trip coming to an end .Yes, we were going at last !. Our team comprised of 21 members with about 9 boys and the rest of them girls, with our P.hd scholar- Giri and our sister Sowmya. Somehow, we managed to catch the Parasuram Express (or was it ? :\), the ladies made it into their compartment, and since there was no gents coach, we made it on our legs for a few hours. #giri was trending in the compartment and we never felt bored. Later, we arrived at Calicut at about 4:00 pm in the evening.  Little refreshments, and we set out to the prestigious NIT-C canteen and the college 😀 ;yes, we were damn hungry. The canteen was cool, yes.!

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