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LibrePlanet 2017: Liberating your open source experience

LibrePlanet is a yearly gathering of free software activists, users, and contributors—and, it's my favorite conference of the year. Here's why.
LibrePlanet is run by the Free Software Foundation, and has steadily evolved from a yearly members' meeting with presentations from staff and board members to a full blown two-day conference with speakers and attendees from all over the world. The event brings people who care about free software together to talk about the future of the movement, address current challenges, and celebrate successes.
Prelude I was invited to give a talk at LibrePlanet 2017 on 25th March at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts representing Mozilla as a Tech Speaker. I reached Boston on 25th early morning. Around 1 AM. The journey itself was awesome till I realized that you don't get Uber or Lyft at Boston Airport.

Not that the apps don't function there. They work! Just no driver will be ready to pick you up from Airport at that time. After trying t…
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Dreams, Expectations and Failures: A story of Geekonix, Geekalums and Edge in 2017

Give me fuel give me Fire give me that which I Desire-James Hetfield. That was the motto of Geekonix Association — was our motto. But let’s just take the time capsule back to the year 2006.
2006 was the year I got admitted to Techno India, a privately owned engineering college in the middle of Kolkata. Well, not exactly middle, it was situated at the Electronic Complex in Salt Lake Sector V — what now is the IT hub of Kolkata. Like every other student at that time, I was curious, excited, somewhat scared to start a new journey and above all doing that alone. Soon those feelings got mixed with the excitement of the new life and the pressure that comes with it. But like me, many of us over-enthusiastic college goers always felt like we were lacking something, there was this urge to bring about a change or make a difference. Most of us, at that time, didn’t know what that something or the difference was, let alone proposing one. Inception It all started with a Yahoo Group — a common chat…

SecurityPi@Embedded Linux Conference: One Device to Monitor Them All

Linux Foundation hosts a few very prestigious conferences throughout the year, Embedded Linux and OpenIoT conference are among them. I first had my talks accepted in OpenIoT Summit last year, and I ended up presenting two talks and one with Dietrich (yay!). You can read about it here.


This year again, I decided to give it a try and submitted one of my hobby projects. The project uses a Raspberry Pi and tries to take care of its security and conveniently named as…..SecurityPi (Brownie points to me for the Innovative nomenclature!). There are two parts of this post.
First, I'll explain about the background of the project - What is SecurityPi?How does it work?What is its purpose? And, how can you use it?
In the latter part of the post, I will talk about the conference, how the talk was received and a little about some future ideas that I am planning to work on as well as some suggestions that I got.  Inception ~ How it all began: The idea admittedly came to me on a journey through L…

DeveloperWeek 2017 and a trip among Bay Area developers

I recently had a chance to present at DeeveloperWeek conference in San Francisco. According to DeveloperWeek, it is the largest developer conference with 8000 attendees and hence I was pretty excited to represent and present Mozilla and talk about WebVR there.

The conference took place in Pier 27. I had never been to a pier before so it was little weird to find actually a full blown conference building in a pier. My talk was on the second day of the conference and at 9 A.M slot (I really hate morning slots). That gave me chance to go around the conference and look at other talks in the first day, also roam around the expo, talking to different people getting an idea of the audience. I couldn’t quite justify the 8000 developer claim, but the conference definitely was big, sprawled on two floors. They had it divided among topic categories, my talk was part of the VR & AR section. But in real physical location it did not seem to make much difference. The talk’s were being held in sp…

GeekXTalk: Connected Devices and some Techno Indians

It was back in 2006 when I first set foot in Techno India. That was supposed to be the college where I learn how to be an Engineer in Electrical engineering. That also was the college where I spent a good number of days of my life, shaping up to be what I am today. 
First, just a little preamble. The idea of a tech-fest (technical festival) was very new in 2006-07. Even the word was synonymous with the event IIT Bombay organized yearly. Techno India was a really new college on the block, mostly afraid of taking any new steps, but with students who wanted to reach the sky, push the envelope beyond Horizon. Some of them formed the science club Geekonix and started Edge, the annual tech-fest, against all odds. But today we are not going to talk about that.
Fast forward 10 years and those students, now in various stages of their lives, decide that it's again time to do something to kindle and guide the interest in students in new technologies. And hence GeekXtalks, a talk series was bor…