I’ve already filled the speaker nomination form. But would like to nominate here as well:
I’d like to nominate Atharva Raykar as a speaker for FOSS Hack 2021
A “little” (:p) bit about him -
Atharva has been one of the most relentless advocates for student run FOSS communities in India. Seeing a lack of Foss culture in general amongst students in India, Atharva decided to (re-)start PES Open Source with the goal being to provide a safe and inclusive space for folks to discuss and hack on all things foss, together: https://pesos.github.io/
After a few years of planning and tweaking the way PESOS ran and was structured, the success of the this community structure was evident - student run open source projects were starting to get external contributions and some of these projects were being invited to be part of conferences such as PyCon India as well to be part of the DevSprint and help people contribute (browser-history)
After seeing the success of this, Atharva decided that we can provide a minimal structure that worked for us, to any other student run communities as well and help them succeed from the learnings gathered while running pesos, and as a result of which UniFOSS was born - a fully decentralised community with minimal governance (mainly to enforce CoC) to try and get student communities together and collaborate - https://unifoss.github.io/index.html
You also might’ve seen Atharva hanging around the FOSS United India telegram group! Atharva is a perfect fit as a speaker for this event, especially to try and refresh the idea of what FOSS culture means to students currently and what can students do about it.