Tvm: Satish Babu, President of Technopark based InApp Information Technologies, has been appointed by the Government of Kerala as the Director of the International Centre for Free and Open Source software (ICFOSS). ICFOSS, which will come up in Technopark Trivandrum, was officially inaugurated by Chief Minister Shri V S Achuthanandan on February 24, 2011.
According to Satish Babu, the vision of ICFOSS is to become a leading research organisation in Free and Open Source model thus contributing towards sustainable development of society and stimulate economic development in the region. He hopes that ICFOSS will act as a converging point of experts, students, officials and the public.
Satish Babu is the promoter and currently the President of InApp, an IT Services company based out of the US, Japan and India. Recently, he has been elected as the Vice President-cum-President Elect of the Computer Society of India for 2011-12. He has been an IT consultant, designer, developer and trainer for nearly two decades. He is an active proponent of Open Source Technologies and is the Convenor, Special Interest Group of CSI on Free and Open Source Software (SIG-FOSS). He is currently the Chair of IEEE Kerala Section, the Asia-Pacific Coordinator for the Geographic Unit Operations Committee, IEEE Computer Society (2009, 2010, 2011) and Co-ordinator, Distinguished Visitor Programme of IEEE Computer Society (2011). He has been a Visiting Professor at several institutions including the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K) and the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K). He is a co-founder and Executive Secretary of the Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing and Employment (SPACE), an inter-disciplinary society with participation from the Government of Kerala.
ICFOSS was formed with a view to provide technical assistance for implementing FOSS in government projects in Kerala. ICFOSS will also focus in promoting the use of Open Source Software in the national and international levels.
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