Goldelico Paid Developer Program
Become member of the paid Goldelico developer program!
Please subscribe to the mailing list to receive invitations to bid :
If you have proposals for projects or want to discuss before subscribing, please mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To look for current projects, scan the archives or check the Issues of projects, e.g.:
The idea is that there is the mailing list where we (the project leading team) regularily propose subtasks needing development (e.g. camera driver, fixing a specific bug etc.).
The rough idea is to resemble a permantently installed GSoC that is not limited to students and has a single "Mentoring Organization".
Where does the money come from? It will come from some % of the hardware sales of devices plus additional donations. Please note that you must be able to send us an invoice and international money transfer may cost some amount. You are responsible for paying your VAT and local taxes.
So the more devices are sold, the more money becomes available for the paid developer program. This makes the devices and software better and better and more attractive to new users who buy devices - closing the positive feedback loop.
This is just a start of the idea and the details may be refined in the future based on the experiences we make in this process.
Rationale for this program
The reasons why we do this is that we want to get more speed into some projects. If we look at the steadily growing number of applications in diverse application stores, there is some fundamental factor driving this.
Thousands of students and developers are participating there for one reason: it opens an opportunity to earn some money in addition to giving nice study objects. While pure FLOSS projects have no such direct return that can be converted into what you currently need.
Well, FLOSS is a lot of fun, gives reputation and knowledge, but if you can get some additional benefit somewhere else, the choice is obvious. Especially in times where it is no longer for sure that we have a paid full-time job + enough spare time for volunteer work.
Since money and freedom are not antagonists ("free as in "free speech" and not in "free beer"), we have tried to combine both to the benefit of our tinkerphones community.
Areas of Expertise
We are currently looking for expertise in these areas:
- ARM, TI OMAP
- Linux: Kernel, Drivers, low level hardware control
- languages: C, Objective-C
- mobile application design: with Qt, Cocoa, iOS, GNUstep
- bug hunting and fixing
- mechanical engineering and injection moulding
- marketing, open source community management, open source public relations
So if you think you can contribute to at least some of these areas, please register to the mailing network.
You are not a developer but find this a good initiative and want to support it by a donation? Please use http://shop.goldelico.com/wiki.php?page=GTA04%3ADonation