FOSS Overflow - Event

About FOSS Overflow:
FOSS Overflow is an open-source program hosted by OpenLake IIT Bhilai, designed for open-source enthusiasts and beginners eager to enhance their development skillsets through hands-on experience. This program is a Winter of Code initiative that not only nurtures talent but also prepares mentees for prestigious programs such as Google Summer of Code (GSoC), Linux Foundation Mentorship, and Outreachy. Over last 2 years, we have got more than 500+ applications and have selected around 25+ people for being a mentee at FOSS Overflow. Also over the past two years, FOSS Overflow has had the privilege of sending more than 10 mentees to participate in GSoC.

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Event Goals:

Learning & Skill Development: FOSS Overflow aims to provide a platform for aspiring developers to learn, grow, and gain hands-on experience in open-source software development.

Community Building: The program facilitates the establishment of connections with like-minded individuals who are passionate about open source, fostering a sense of camaraderie and collaboration.

Preparation for Prestigious Programs: FOSS Overflow mentors guide participants to become competitive candidates for programs such as GSoC, Linux Foundation Mentorship, and Outreachy, by imparting the necessary skills and knowledge.

Hands-On Experience: The projects undertaken during FOSS Overflow also mentees to work on actual code bases with a lot many people therefore learning the technical flows etc.

Collaboration and Mentoring: Participants receive mentorship from experienced contributors, including past GSoC students, in order to build sophisticated and high-quality open-source software.

Program Benefits for Participants:

Connections: Participants will have the opportunity to make new connections with like-minded individuals who share a passion for open source.

Perks: FOSS Overflow provides participants with a cash award of ₹10,000, along with exciting goodies and certificates to recognize their hard work and dedication.

Mentorship: Experienced mentors, including past GSoC students and regular open-source contributors, will guide and support participants throughout their open-source journey.

Preparedness for GSoC 2024: The program equips participants with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in programs like Google Summer of Code, Linux Foundation Mentorship, and Outreachy.

Real-life Projects: Participants will work on projects with practical applications, making a meaningful impact on real people and educational institutions.

Collaboration: FOSS Overflow emphasizes collaboration, helping participants learn how to work in a team and create sophisticated software under the guidance of experienced mentors.

Event Format:

Duration: The FOSS Overflow typically spans a month during the winter season between December and January.

Project Selection: Participants are assigned to open-source projects under the guidance of mentors, with a focus on projects that offer hands-on experience from OpenLake.

Regular Check-ins: Mentors and mentees engage in regular check-ins to track progress, provide guidance, and ensure that participants are on track to meet their project goals.

Mentorship: Participants are provided a one to one mentorship from talented students who have already excelled in this field.

Mid & Final Evals: At the end of the program, participants showcase their work to the open-source community and are evaluated whether they passed or not.

Collaboration Required from FOSS United

We look forward to include FOSS United in this journey and contribute with some goodies for the participants and the mentors.

The event usually sees around 15+ mentees and 10+ mentors .
Would love to have foss united onboard with some merch.


Requirement: Speakers for Inauguration - FOSS Overflow.

Brief Introduction To Event For Speakers
FOSS Overflow is a winter of code program akin to GSoC, specifically designed for enthusiastic beginners venturing into the field of development. The program starts with a period of 15 days during which potential candidates are encouraged to contribute submit proposals for projects within the selected repositories. Following a rigorous selection process, 12-15 mentees are chosen to work on their respective projects for a month, guided by experienced mentors with backgrounds in GSoC, LFX, MLH, and more. Additionally, mentees receive a decent stipend and a swag kit as tokens of appreciation. Over last 2 years, we have got more than 500+ applications and have selected around 25+ people for being a mentee at FOSS Overflow. Also over the past two years, FOSS Overflow has had the privilege of sending more than 10 mentees to participate in GSoC.

Talk Details

  • We are not limiting in terms of topic of the talk, could be anything dev related.
  • Talks should be somehow related to OpenSource.
  • Preferably talks should be beginner friendly considering the program
  • Duration of the talk shall be 25 minutes - 45 minutes.

When though?

  • Estimated Date : 16th December
  • Venue: Virtual

Already Onboard

We require only 1 more speaker right now.

UPD1:: We are full now! Thanks

What is the target audience and what might be there interests ?

The target audience includes primarily undergrads from 2-4th year, so can be termed as beginners.

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