My idea from this weekend which was further influenced by: A Hackers Auction, in the style of a Charity Bachelor Auction. Bid on a top hacker, money goes to a charity (perhaps of said hacker's choice as incentive) and he or she will come work on your project (Open Source only?) for a period of time (a week or a weekend probably makes the most sense).
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- Could work well.Jul 18, 2011
- The hackers should definitely post stackoverflow CVs, as well as a list of projects they'd like to work on. If I had the cash and needed 2 improvements to OSS projects, one which the hacker wanted to do, and one the hacker was indifferent about, I'd rather pay to have him do the one he wanted to so, so it would get done better.Jul 18, 2011
- Awesome as long as they're paying market value for the hackers and it's not just cheap workJul 18, 2011
- Could put some sort of minimum bid on things. In fact, that's probably a good idea.
There's also a slight hang-up with the locality issue. This idea really makes the most sense if the hacker (or team of hackers) can actually come in and do some on-premise triage (Hashrocket-style). That aspect might work great in New York or San Francisco, not so well in Milwaukee or Chicago.
In any case, I still think this could be a really neat idea. The company in question gets some (potentially) much-needed short term attack bonuses on their code base, the charity in question gets a nice influx of cash, and the hackers in question get to work on a (hopefully challenging) project side-by-side with the best in the business (not to mention consume double their weight in caffeine). I don't know about you guys, but there are folks in the community who I have always wanted to work with. This would be an opportunity to do just that without going through any sort of career move.
There are probably some legal questions to be resolved though. I would imagine everyone would need to get permission from their employers, and of course there would be the requisite NDAs for any closed-source projects worked upon. Still, I think it's doable.Jul 18, 2011