A couple of months ago, many Microsoft MVPs received Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate MSDN subscriptions (retail value: ~$12,000) to distribute as we saw fit. I started Project Phoenix, encouraging unemployed or underemployed developers to engage with a non-profit to propose a software solution to a problem for the non-profit. I contacted a few vendors, asking them to supplement the MSDN subscription with additional items, such as books, training, and tools. Soon, other MVPs joined with me to broaden the reach and scope of the project. We are now giving out a package of software, books, training, and tools, valued at over $15,000 EVERY WEEK for the remainder of the year to eligible developers in the USA and Canada. So far, several excellent projects have been proposed to solve problems for non-profits, schools and churches. Proposals selected for awards can be viewed here.
I have been humbled by the amount of incredible and wonderful interest in this project, far more than I ever anticipated. See full details about Project Phoenix here.
Now I am happy to announce that a similar project is being established to support developers and non-profits in Australia and New Zealand. MVP Rod Colledge, joined by MVP Greg Low, and no doubt, soon to be joined by other MVPs and vendors, are establishing an ANZ edition of Project Phoenix to serve the Australia and New Zealand region.
Please help spread the word about this project to unemployed developers and non-profits in Australia and New Zealand. Details are available here.