Life in the Club
Here at amFOSS, seniors guide juniors on their way in the club. It is a learning and development partnership between someone with vast experience and someone who wants to learn. Mentoring others is one of the most important parts of being in a community - an experience and a skill which is difficult to gain in a typical classroom scenario. Mentors are responsible for tracking their progress, ensuring that they are doing what is best suited for them.
World of Opportunities
There are umpteen number of opportunities out there in the field of Computer Science, and through amFOSS, one can get the right exposure to these opportunities based on the individual’s skillset. Everything from internships, hackathons, conferences, higher study programs and summer school programs - all are right at the tip of your fingers.
Google Summer of Code is an annual program which provides a platform for students worldwide to contribute to Open Source Projects. Selected students have an opportunity to experience and learn the more practical aspects of software development like reading large code bases, programming using coding standards, using a Version Control System, communicating effectively via IRC & e-mail and following a deadline. At amFOSS, over the last 12 years, over 50+ students have been selected as GSoC scholars, with many selected as GSoC mentors. Students receive expert guidance from experienced developers in the open source world, right from basic email and IRC chat ethics to guidance in writing good proposals.
FOSS Talks is a regular club event with the aim of getting students used to public speaking and eliminating stage fear. Each week, 3 students are chosen to speak on a topic they choose, for 7 minutes.
amFOSS-bi0s Night is an annual cultural event hosted by the students of amFOSS and Team bi0s. This is an event where members get to show off their non-technical skills. Right from cooking food to making all the necessary arrangements, are all taken care by the members themselves. This is a great opportunity for learning to work as a team. The members orchestrate the cultural events with performances in dancing, singing, playing musical instruments, etc.
FOSS Play is a regular sports event in which the members go out and play. Physical exercise is an essential component of any student’s life and we here at amFOSS make sure we don’t miss out on that. Marathons, football, cricket, badminton - you name it, we play it!
Being part of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (under the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, an NGO with Special Consultative Status to the UN) we get valuable opportunities to lend hands in noble causes in times of dire adversities. During the Kerala floods (2018) which shook the entire state, Amrita University under the guidance of Mata Amritanandamayi set up a 24x7 Hour helpline for providing victim relief. Our students were able to lend a hand in the noble cause, along with the entire college, running shifts day in and day out. Under the ABC (Amala Bharatam Campaign) program by MAM, our students had the opportunity to serve as part of a Clean Up drive conducted in the nearby area.