Trivandrum: International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), a nodal agency concentrating on free software development is shifting its workspace from Technopark, Trivandrum to the Sports Hub at Greenfield International Stadium, Karyavattom.
ICFOSS shall occupy an area of 30,000 sq. ft. which will house technology incubators, start-up space for entrepreneurs and shall focus free software along with unifying the hardware mission. The company aims to create more opportunity for new start-ups and entrepreneurs. The move is unique because the ICFOSS operations will be based out of the South Pavilion of the main stadium.
The agreement was exchanged between Ajay Padmanabhan, COO of Sports Hub and Jayasankar Prasad, Director of ICFOSS in the presence of Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan at a function held at the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram.
Built over 37 acres, the Sports Hub integrates sport, recreation and leisure. Developed by IL&FS group (in Public Private Partnership with Govt. of Kerala), the facility comprises of 50,000 capacity state-of-the-art cricket-cum-football stadium. The Sports Hub is also having facilities such as Travancore Gymkhana Club, Travancore International Convention Centre, Sports Hub Academy, Indoor Sports Arena, Olympic size Swimming Pool, Gym, Four-Star Guest Rooms and the Retail block is housed by a five-screen multiplex.
ICFOSS is the outcome of a decade of work by Free Software enthusiasts, advocates, developers and supporters in the state of Kerala and outside. ICFOSS today carries out a number of FOSS-related activities in a model that brings together Academia, Industry, Government and the FOSS Community. Activities of ICFOSS presently includes R & D; Support to FOSS software development; FOSS Pilot Programs; technology assistance to Government programs and institutions; Local Language computing; Student FOSS activities; Internet Governance; Studies on FOSS; Exploring FOSS Certification; and Capacity Building of students to enter the FOSS Community
Karyavattom Sports Facilities Limited is an SPV of IL&FS Township and Urban Assets that houses the Sports Hub.
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