[Council] incenting e2e development

Ian Paterson ian.paterson at clientside.co.uk
Mon Mar 12 11:29:45 CDT 2007

Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> Project leaders on the foundations list and elsewhere feel that 
> "payment in kind" schemes are more successful than bounties. This 
> might include things like equipment, but for our purposes a better 
> example would be payment to attend a conference. So we might incent 
> developers to work on end-to-end encryption by holding a special 
> devcon. Unlike our talk-heavy "XMPP Summit", an e2e devcon would focus 
> on coding sprints and interop testing. Projects would need to get to a 
> certain point of viability in their e2e code before being invited to 
> the devcon (this could even be based on self-reports, given the high 
> level of trust in our community). One approach would be to hold two 
> such events, or to hold an online sprint (e.g., in April or May) 
> followed by an in-person devcon for those who complete the sprint.

This seems like a good approach.

I'm not sure how well the Summer of Code model works. Although different 
people are often motivated in very different ways. So perhaps we should 
be prepared to be flexible too?

- Ian

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