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WWFS-FWD'2016 is an abbreviation of Workshop on Women in Free Software that is scheduled to be held on the 15th and 16th of July 2016. It is a Fedora event. Fedora Women's Day will be part of the workshop on the 15th.

Post Script

| Event report can be found here.


Netaji Subhash Engineering College Garia, Kolkata (Near Garia Station)


15.07.2016 and 16.07.2016

10:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs on each day.

Organizations involved

* Fedora (Specifically Fedora Women and Fedora Diversity)
* Ubuntu Women
* Netaji Subhash Engineering College

Workshop Chairwoman

* A. Mani

Organizing Committee

* A. Mani
* Rebeka Mukherjee

Local Committee (Tentative)

* Shikha Kumari 
* Seemanti Ghosh 
* Apeksha Priya 
* Swati Sneha 


  • To improve participation of women in Free and Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS),
  • To improve diversity within FLOSS communities,
  • To deliberate on issues facing women and other minorities who have the potential to participate in FLOSS,
  • To improve diversity within related academic and industrial sectors and
  • To introduce cutting edge free software.

Topics (Broadly)

1. Free(dom) software Development :
a. how to contribute
b. careers
c. diversity
2. Tutorials/Surveys/Technical hands-on sessions 
3. Issues faced by women in computing at work
4. How to make your organisation more inclusive
5. Improving participation of women in FOSS
6. How can GSM people use FOSS to empower themselves?

Eligibility for workshop participation

Only Women with interest in free software /computers and applied human rights. Queer women are encouraged to apply. Maximum of 30 from college and rest from outside. Total number of participants will be restricted to 50.

What will Participants Gain from this Workshop?

Ideally they would be

  • able to navigate their future workspaces in a seamless way,
  • able to create inclusive workspaces,
  • able to set discriminatory workspaces in order,
  • able to use new free software, understand FLOSS development environments and opportunities, and
  • specifically be able to contribute to Fedora and Ubuntu development without any apprehensions.

Speakers (Confirmed)

* A. Mani, C.U., Kolkata
* Priyanka Nag, R.H., Pune
* Rebeka Mukherjee, NSEC, Kolkata
* Swapna Agarwal, I.S.I, Kolkata
* Trupti Kini, FOSSEE, IIT Mumbai
* Priyanka Sinha, TCS, Kolkata
* Gunjan Gautam, ISM, Dhanbad               
* Trishna Guha, Fedora Project, Kolkata

List of Talks (Incomplete)

* Free Software, Women and Functional Feminism
* GNU/Linux - a Functional View
* LaTeX for Publishing
* Imposter Syndrome and other problems facing Women in FLOSS 
* How to Contribute to FLOSS?
* Python Scripting for System Administration
* GNU/Octave for Scientific Computing
* Drupal - a State-of-the-Art Content Management System 
* Introduction to GNU Image Manipulation (GIMP) and related Scripting
* What I do in Fedora & How can you get involved?

Time Table


Registration: 10:00 to 10:30 hrs (IST)

Speaker Time Topic
A Mani 10:30–11:30 Free Software, Women and Feminism
A Mani 11:35–12:30 GNU/Linux, Ubuntu
Trishna Guha 12:30–13:30 What I do in Fedora & How Can You Get Involved
Priyanka Nag 14:00 –15:00 Imposter Syndrome
Rebeka Mukherjee 15:05–16:05 Python Scripting
Trupti Kini 16:05–17:00 Drupal

Tea at 11:30, 15:00 & Lunch break: 13:30–14:00


Speaker Time Topic
Priyanka Sinha 10:30–11:30 TensorFlow
Gunjan Gautam 11:35–12:30 GIMP
Priyanka Nag 12:30 –13:30 How To Contribute to FLOSS?
A Mani 14:00–15:00 LATEX for Publishing
Swapna Agarwal 15:05–16:05 GNU/Octave
Open Session 16:05–17:00 Discussion

Event Budget

Event is substantially sponsored by Ubuntu Women Project

Ubuntu Page

Ubuntu Women Event Page

Number of Participants

50 (this is based on lab capacity)


Conference Harassment Policy

Standard AdaCamp policies shall be followed.

Registration Fee

Rs 300 Only

How To Participate

Only women with some interest in free software/computers or applied human rights may please send their details (name, address, affiliation, occupation, FOSS experience, age ) in a email with subject WWFS Participation to . Queer women are encouraged to apply. Seats are limited, so please hurry!

Certificate of Participation

All participants will be awarded certificates of participation.

Event Posters