How To Sponsor an Open Source Sprint

Esther Schindler writes “Does your favorite open source project need just a little extra functionality? As Esther Schindler explains in this IT World article, your company can encourage the developers to add the features you’ve been yearning for — for far, far less money than you imagine. She interviews companies who have sponsored “code-a-thons” for Drupal, Plone, simwiddy, and a set of applications for British Telecom, and provides specific pointers.From the article,’To ensure that the event happens and that it meets its goals, you must connect with the right members of the community and motivate them to work with you. “It’s not like these people are paid to work for your interests,” points out Brightcove’s Whatcott. If your business already has project committers on its staff, then it’s just a matter of leveraging existing relationships. But, says Stahl, “Someone less ‘core’ in the community might well have a harder time.'”

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