[Rubyforchange-talk] Fwd: [Fwd: Let's Find a Project]

Chad Fowler chad at chadfowler.com
Tue Aug 21 11:25:09 EDT 2007


Cool, Micah.  Can you give more specifics about the kind of stuff he
wants to do with it?  Who would it interact with, for example?

Thanks,
Chad

On 8/21/07, Micah Martin <Micah at 8thlight.com> wrote:
>
> Hello Everyone,
>
> Last week at the Agile2007 conference, we worked on a website for a group
> called Mano-a-Mano.  Perhaps it was already mentioned on this group,  It's a
> NPO helping impoverished people in Bolivia.  The president of the
> organization has a vivid vision for a website that will inform and interact
> with users in new and innovative ways. It's a fun project and we only
> finished a small portion of it during the conference.  Perhaps it's a good
> candidate for this group.
>
> Micah
>
>
> From: Chad Fowler <chad at chadfowler.com>
> Date: August 14, 2007 7:33:55 PM CDT
> To: Rubyforchange-talk at rubyforge.org
> Subject: [Rubyforchange-talk] Let's Find a Project
>
>
> Hello Friends!
>
> Now that we're a few days old here on the mailing list, I believe our
> first order of non-logistical business is to find a first project.  I
> don't know what the project is, nor do I have any great suggestions,
> but I'm hoping someone on the list will have some ideas or some
> friends who have ideas or some friends of friends....and so on.
>
> Here's what I think we need:
>
> * A 501(c)3 with a real application need which could have a
> significant impact (the level of significance, of course, to be
> determined)
> * A person from that non-profit who can serve as the authoritative
> customer for what the application should do
> * A commitment of consistent involvement from that customer to help
> drive feature requirements and provide feedback
> * A (preferably same-city) "project lead" from this community to
> serve as the point of developer continuity, so we're not trying to
> piece together a cohesive application from too many random people's
> hour-scraps on the weekends without someone who understands the full
> context of the app.
> * Hopefully a designer or two to help us make a decent UI.  Nobody
> wants to use a UI that, for example, I made.  Yuck.
>
> My suggestion is that we propose projects here and come to a
> consensus (assuming that's possible) on what the final choice is.
> I'd like to suggest a self-imposed deadline for us, but we have to go
> out and locate customers so I'm not sure how long that might take.
>
> If we're in agreement, then the obvious first step is to start
> scouring for non-profits in need.  Ask your friends to ask your
> friends for ideas.  DEFINITELY post on your weblog about it.  Let's
> get the word out that help is out there for the right project that
> needs it.
>
> That being said, getting the word out is a whole other deal.  I think
> we need a reasonable web presence and, hopefully at some point, a
> more automated system for connecting non-profits with developers.
> Let's save that for another thread.
>
> Thanks!
> Chad
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