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how to get a sponsor for an open source project

 
serge masse
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How would you go about looking for a sponsor for an open source project dealing with J2ME?
 
Ben Hui
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what would this sponsor does? fund the project?? I don't know why would a company does that unless there is some business advantage to them. and in that case, i guess you just sell your open source project as if you sell a product...
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Hi Ben,
The main idea of *sponsoring* is that the sponsor uses the object being sponsored as a vehicule for advertising itself, the sponsor.
For example, FreeBSD is *sponsored* by many commercial companies. see http://www.freebsd.org/commercial/commercial.html although they don't call it sponsoring in the traditional sense.
Two other examples:
Vodafone sponsors http://www.shannondolphins.ie/
NTT sponsors http://www.orca-live.com/
although the above two are not open-source projects.
Any more ideas out there?
serge
 
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Serge,I do not have an immediate answer.
However for my ShiftFP2D j2me lgpl library I am using Sourceforge's new donation/sponsor program when I release the library in jan 2004.
 
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Thanks a lot Fred, I do appreciate your post.
One of my 3 open source projects is hosted at SourceForge and I just read about their new donation program yesterday. It looks great and I hope that java.net also sets up such a feature of their web portal.
With the new SourceForge on-line donation features using PayPal, it looks like all one has to do now is advertise one's project everywhere one can. I believe that one feature of the SF donation functions is to show the names of the donors so this provides good publicity for donors.
my project on sf is http://sf.net/projects/c2h/
now I have to update my web pages and documentation. For the latest release of LeafySeadragon application, please download it from http://leafy.dev.java.net/
Leafy is the generic API and it also offers LeafySeadragon has a client app.
LeafySeadragon is produced by project c2h and is a Cetacean-Human Network.
I will visit your ShiftFP2D project hopefully today, Fred. SF is down for maintenance at this time.
tx
 
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Does anyone knows if it is ok to sell on eBay sponsorship for a project?
 
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I doubt whether you can get enough money to pay your bills from the "donation" model. All the software I wrote are open source but I am in it for the fun and for the fame, not for the money.
I think it is a good idea to find some corporate sponsor for your project. But you would have to prove the value of your project by gathering a critical mass in the market first. That requires you to absorb the inital risks.
 
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I wish to thank the hands who gave me clear advice: Ben, Fred, and Michael. Thanks men.
I was busy with my latest release and now I can participate again in this discussion.
This brief but informative thread was instrumental in improving my decisions for my strategy for Leafy and LeafySeadragon. Here's a summary of my current strategy:
- keep the software free or almost free: the MIDlet may be sold for a low price, between $1 and $10, in order to pay for the rest of the software, the non-mobile backbone. The MIDlet requires a backbone to be of any use. Partners may share a portion of the income from the sales of the MIDlet.
- keep my day job: independent Java consultant.
- start an active marketing campaign: send emails daily to potential partners and sponsor. The partners are for hosting a backbone network, testing, and maybe coding, and the sponsor is for making sure that version 1.0 will be released as soon as possible (I'm getting impatient). I think that version 0.4 of the demo is good enough to show to the big guys.
- continue to improve the code. Priorities: nail those concurrency issues (use JSR 166, adapt some to J2ME if needed); try to integrate socket-Jxta; improve the simulation features to make a backbone demo more attractive.
How does that look? Cooments are more than welcome.
thanks
I'll buy you a drink at the saloon,
[ December 23, 2003: Message edited by: serge masse ]
 
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