Just added 63 new photos, all from day 2 of freed.in 2009. Please volunteer to add captions and details, and to further share these images. Good time to contribute your photos to the pool, too. Explore the photos here: freed.in flickr pool.
Dr. Gita Mathur and Dr. Promila Kumar have published their talk delivered at freed.in 209, here: Gita-Promila freed.in Presentation.
We’ve been inundated with requests from participants for the papers or slides of speakers. So please do publish your talk. This is just the beginning.
We finally got there together.
So many cameras clicking away at freed.in. Watch the event, and contribute your photos, to the freed.in flickr pool.
freed.in/2009 had a very unique inauguration ceremony. In any case, freed.in has never had a chief guest other than members of the community, but this year there was also no lighting of the lamp, I guess the economic slowdown, caused the tenting and venue arrangements guy to skip the lamp and save his oil/ghee!
Here’s a photo of the inauguration
This is the first freed.in to have the largest number of women speakers so far: five and counting. The final count may just be more, thanks to the community-speaks, and the Birds of a Feather (BoF) sub-events. All of them are speaking at freed.in for the first time, and almost all of them, for the first time, at any national FOSS event.
Even more impressively, we’ve noticed an electromagnetic pulse of a surge, in the number of women delegates registering at our site. The first volunteer-meet held on Tuesday also had a few women opting in and taking charge of tasks.
For the record: All of them are from India. Also, if we were not limited by the available time-slots and speaker-halls, these numbers would have been even higher.
Let’s just see how these numbers translate in the realworld, at freed.in over the next two days.
BoF: FOSS Survival Guide
|Ramakrishna Reddy Yekulla||FOSS Survival Guide|
|Abstract||Most of the Companies, due to strict economic budgeting, are moving towards opensource solutions. This BoF would like to bring about the general usage of Open technologies in the industry and acedemia . This main would focus on miminal FOSS skills a prospective employee/ developer / system administrator should know to survive or Can't ignore at work or at a foss project.
This year, we would be running a OSDD “unconference” along the main
conference, which incidently kicks off with a keynote on OSDD.
Our basic flow would be
 Discussion of the various work-plans, into which the OSDD project is divided
 Bat data generating methods against data analysis methods
Potential take-home: A list of experiments and data analysis
methods which would give us an idea of what equipment to build into
our virtual laboratory, and tools to build into our analysis workbench
units of the portal.
 Soft computing methods: We have invited many of the top soft
computing experts from across the country.
 Funding patterns required to build a community
 Open meeting with project leaders
Day 2 would focus on the grid tools and methods required to build an
All able bodies on this list in and around Delhi, are invited to come
over to JNU on the 20th and 21st, Feb, 2009. Please register at
http://freed.in/2009/delegate-registration in order for us to plan our
We would welcome ideas on how to include those who cannot make it physically.
The First Non-Technical College Makes its Debut at freed.in
Deen Dayal Upadhyay College (DDUC) has the distinction of being the first non-technical college to make a presentation at freed.in. An enthusiastic and passionate bunch of students and faculty from the English Department are eagerly looking forward to share their experiences, feel inspired, and inspire others, at freed.in.
This vibrant and buzzing college from Delhi University, has galvanized its students from just critical appreciation, to active contribution to English literature. You may discover their initiatives at DDUC
These students have been toiling since four months, mentored by an equally-inspired group of faculty: Dr Anubha Mukherjee, Dr. Pramesh Ratnakar, Dr Jayini Adhyapak, Dr. Garima, and Dr. Jyotsna.
Their talk is scheduled at 5 PM, Saturday, 21 February 2009. Please be there to witness this small historic moment in the continuing saga of freed.in.
More or less final, of course comes with the standard disclaimer “Subject to change, without notice…” but here is the schedule for freed.in/2009:
Schedule - Day 1, Friday 20th Feb, 2009
|10:00am - 10:30am||Welcome ceremony|
|10:30am - 11:15am||Andrew Lynn||OSDD|
|11:15am - Noon||Goldwyn Rodrigues||Free Internet access on paid Wifi networks|
|Noon - 12:45pm||Shantanu Choudhary||Offline Wikipedia|
|12:45pm - 1:30pm||Lunch|
|1:30pm - 2:15pm||Animesh Kumar et al||Learning through Open Source: Our experience with GNU/Linux-based clustering|
|2:15pm - 3:00pm||Senthil Kumaran||Lets develop a game using Pygame|
|3:00pm - 3:45pm||Krishnakant Mane||RPC for modular programming|
|3:45pm - 4:30 pm||Gagandeep Singh Sapra||Opensource Tools for Managing a Data Centre|
|4:30pm - 5:15pm||Rakesh Pandit||Gach: doing the grunt work|
|5:15pm - 6.00pm||Rahul Sundaram||Community metrics - Measuring free software activity|
Schedule - Day 2, Saturday 21st Feb, 2009
|10:00am - 10:45am||Anusha Kadambala||GNUKhata|
|10:45am - 11:30am||Savithri Singh||Wikieducator: towards freely accessible educational content|
|11:30am - 12:15am||Gita Mathur and Promila Kumar||Developing Open Educational Resources: WikiEducator-Gargi 2009 - A Step Forward|
|12:15am - 1:00pm||Sanjeev Singh||Educational Resource Planning (ERP): Transforming Higher Education through FOSS|
|1:00pm - 1:45pm||Lunch|
|1:45pm - 2:30pm||Pranava Swaroop||Live Demonstration of Apertium|
|2:30pm - 3:15pm||Supreet Sethi||Scaling Django databases|
|3:15pm - 4:00pm||Shashank Singh||The answer to Google Earth Universe and Everything Else|
|4:00pm - 4:45pm||Piyush Verma||Open Predictive Analytics|
|4:45pm - 5:15pm||Gurteshwar Singh||The Web, Open Source Software + Freedom of Expression: Tools for Social Transformation|
|5:15pm - 6:00 pm||Community Speak||Various LUGs and Communities talk|
|6:00pm - 6.15pm||Vote of thanks|
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