07/30/2010 UPDATE: Lastest News about the project is here.
UPDATE: Additional Microsoft MVPs have joined the project and we will now be selecting at least
two (2) now three (3) qualifying projects each month. The selected first tier project will have the package listed below. The package for the selected second tier project is still being worked out -but will contain at least a MSDN Ultimate Subscription.
In a previous blog entry, I discussed making a package of software, tools, training, and books available to unemployed and underemployed software developers. You may review that post here.
Through the generosity of the following participating MVPs, as well as the listed Sponsors below, we will be offering this excellent package of software, tools, training, and books each month for the remainder of 2010 for a project submitted prior to the selection date.
- Glenn Berry, Denver, CO
- Colin Bowern, Toronto, ON, Canada
- Denny Cherry, Los Angeles, CA
- Louis Davidson, Nashville, TN
- Kalen Delaney, Poulsbo, WA
- Dan English, Minneapolis, MN
- Barry Gervin, Toronto, ON, Canada
- Bill Graziano, Kansas City, MO
- Larry Guger, Portland, OR
- Richard Hundhausen, Boise, ID
- Arian Kulp, Portland, OR
- Ted Malone, Colorado Springs, CO
- Sankar Reddy, San Ramon, CA
- Arnie Rowland, Portland, OR
- Bill Simser, Alberta, AB, Canada
- Steve St Jean, Providence, RI
- Jason Strate, Minneapolis, MN
- Chris Tacke, Dyer, IN
- Paul Turley, Portland, OR
- Michael Washington, Los Angeles, CA
To recap, we are inviting unemployed or underemployed developers to propose a software project for a non-profit agency, school, or church. The idea is that we will provide a package of the latest software, tools, and training resources to help you improve your skills, get up to date with current technologies, gain practical experience, potentially earn a recommendation for your efforts, and in general, enjoy the feeling of accomplishing something useful for others. We are not giving out a ‘free lunch’, just supporting your efforts to personally gain from your own ‘sweat equity’.
- Client is a USA IRS 503(c)3 non-profit, school, or church, OR a Canadian CRA registered charity
- Solves a problem or satisfies a need for the client
- Client desires the project and is supportive
- Uses any combination of .NET 4.0, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, or Windows Phone 7
- May be a new software solution, or an upgrade to an existing software solution.
Awarded for the Selected Projects:
· InnerWorkings: Enterprise subscription to the .NET training library
(These additional product offers will be available in the second tier packages. Second tier packages may not all contain the same products –but each month’s package will be specified in advance.)
An eligible developer may submit project proposal information here.
NEW: An eligible non-profit may submit a project proposal here. These will be posted so that developers may choose to consider the project.
Entries will carry forward, if your project is not selected one month, it may be selected the following month. We recognize that situations will change, so upon selection, you will be asked to verify that you are still unemployed and continue to have the time and dedication to complete the project.
IF you are excited about, and choose to complete the project prior to selection, and you are subsequently selected, you will still receive the package as outlined above.
The July selection will occur on July 30, the selected developer and project will be posted here.