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Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes ...

Project Phoenix expands to include Australia and New Zealand, more here.


NOTE: At least one developer and project will be selected every week for the remainder of 2010.


View the Awards to date here.


Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, over the next five months, twenty-four (24) unemployed or underemployed developers will be selected because of their non-profit project proposals. One eligible developer and deserving non-profit project will be selected each week to receive a valuable package of excellent software, development tools, training, and books. We are now calling this ‘Project Phoenix’ to celebrate these developers rising from the ashes of disrupted careers.


To recap, we are inviting unemployed or underemployed developers to propose a software project for a non-profit agency, school, or church. The idea is that we will provide a package of the latest software, tools, and training resources to help you improve your skills, get up to date with current technologies, gain practical experience, potentially earn a recommendation for your efforts, and in general, enjoy the feeling of accomplishing something useful for others. We are not giving out a ‘free lunch’, just supporting your efforts to personally gain from your own ‘sweat equity’. The award packages are provided with the support and generosity of the Microsoft MVP’s and vendors listed below.


Project Criteria:

  • Client is a USA IRS 503(c)3 non-profit, school, or church, OR a Canadian CRA registered charity,
  • Solves a problem or satisfies a need for the client,
  • Client desires the project and is supportive,
  • Uses any combination of .NET 4.0, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, or Windows Phone 7,
  • May be a new software solution, or an upgrade to an existing software solution,
  • Additional consideration given projects that will be posted on Codeplex with a GPL license.


All 24 selected developers will receive the following award benefits:


A few of the selected projects will also be awarded one or more of the following:


A few additional eligible projects may be selected and provided with one or more of the following:


Award timelines:


The Awards for the first two projects were announced here on Aug 3, 2010.


Every two weeks for the remainder of 2010, two (2) additional developers and projects will be selected. Once your proposal is submitted, it will be kept in the queue for consideration. The earlier you proposal is submitted, the more opportunities for selection. If your project is selected, you will be asked to affirm that you still have time, interest and dedication to take on the project.


You may view all Project Phoenix awards here. 


Projects Available:


If you are unable to locate a suitable project, you may be interested in one of these projects submitted by qualified agencies.


Feed My Sheep

We are a community feeding program, that originally started as a 3 month summer project, one night a week we would provide a free meal for anyone who wanted to attend. We are in desperate need of a website in which we could post updates, have a calendar of volunteers and groups that will be serving each month and list special events. (This project has been accepted by a developer.)


Our Oregon

Development of a mobile app that would allow Oregonians to upload info about foreclosed homes in their neighborhood. We're a non-profit that does advocacy work for policies that advance economic fairness, and one area we focus on is getting better legislation around foreclosures. We think that a mobile app accompanying it could be groundbreaking.


If you would like more information about these projects, please use the email link on the above right of this page.


An eligible developer may submit project proposal information here.


An eligible non-profit may submit a project proposal here. These will be posted here so that developers may choose to consider the project. A developer considering your project will contact you directly.

Supporting Microsoft MVPs:

For more background on this project, read this post, and this one.


As this project matures in coming weeks, any additional supporters, vendors, benefits, or criteria will be posted on this page. Set a bookmark to easily return.


See the latest awards here.


Published Friday, July 30, 2010 10:52 PM by ArnieRowland



Arnie Rowland: Ramblings of a Harried Technogeek said:

07/30/2010 UPDATE: Lastest News about the project is here . NEW: Project Criteria and Submission Here

July 31, 2010 1:02 AM

Arnie Rowland: Ramblings of a Harried Technogeek said:

07/30/2010 UPDATE: Lastest News about the project is here . UPDATE: Additional Microsoft MVPs have joined

July 31, 2010 1:03 AM

WesBrown said:

Wow, just awesome. I'm glad to see so many MVP's willing to help out.

August 2, 2010 10:00 AM

Melissa Fischer, Vice President, Feed My Sheep Inc. said:

Our organization was excited to learn that within <2 weeks of my posting a need for us to have a website developed, that we were selected for a project.

We never dreamed our organization would be so successful that we would need or want a website.

I work with a 4 different development groups so it will be VERY excitng to see what our website becomes.  Already the developer that chose are project, Arthur, has given us several different ideas on what else to include.  Our limited requirements were very minimal, a basic content management system that we can update a calendar, special events, post picture etc; has now turned into a Bing Map of our location and a Pay Pal link for donations.

Color schemes... we didn't care, we had basic 'branding' requirements, but that was it.  Arthur is going beyond what we expected.  And our last communication was that he'd have a prototype to us probably next week!

Thank you for thinking of developing such a giving program, I see this as a win win for everyone.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

August 6, 2010 5:52 PM

Justin Dearing said:

[quote]Additional consideration given projects that will be posted on Codeplex with a GPL license.[/quote]

Why just the GPL? What about apache/mit licensed code, or the AGPL/LGPL? Depending on the nature of the project, and who would reuse the code, the GPL might not be the most sensible license. Also, even if the GPL was most desirable would the BSD license not be more desirable than no source code release?

August 7, 2010 2:22 PM

ArnieRowland said:

Rather than make a comprehensive listing of licensing options, we wish to convey the idea that making the project code freely available for re-use would confer additional consideration.

August 7, 2010 2:39 PM

Justin Dearing said:

@ArnieRowland the words "such as" could have conveyed that and kept the desired brevity.

I am nitpicking, but you are attracting an audience of technical people that tend to be on the4 meticulous side.

Finally, despite my nitpicking, I really do think what you are doing is great for all parties involved. The extra consideration for open sourcing is a great idea because it will lead to a better infrastructure of free code to use, learn from, etc for a larger group of people, in addition to helping specific charities.

August 7, 2010 3:31 PM

Glenn Berry said:

It is great to see this program continue to get more visibility and have more impact. Good work, Arnie!

August 12, 2010 2:11 PM

Arnie Rowland: Ramblings of a Harried Technogeek said:

Two more eligible developers and deserving projects have been selected. Any proposals submitted but not

August 18, 2010 12:27 PM

Momodou Jarju said:

How can I join as a developer to help on the existing projects, not to submit a new project?

August 28, 2010 10:48 PM

Arnie Rowland: Ramblings of a Harried Technogeek said:

Two more eligible developers and deserving projects have been selected. Any proposals submitted but not

August 31, 2010 5:17 PM

Joe Feser said:

I am not wasting my time with GPL. If you change the rules to be Apache, MIT, BSD or MSPL I am open to creating a project on codeplex, otherwise it is a waste of time.

Joe Feser @joefeser

Joe: Any license that makes the project code freely available, changable, and useable by others without cost or undue obligation is acceptable. GPL was mentioned as an example -and I see that it is not clear, so I'll update the reference. Thanks -Arnie

September 4, 2010 12:44 PM

Arnie Rowland: Ramblings of a Harried Technogeek said:

A couple of months ago, many Microsoft MVPs received Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate MSDN subscriptions (retail

September 12, 2010 8:19 PM

Arnie Rowland: Ramblings of a Harried Technogeek said:

9/14/2010 Two more eligible developers and deserving projects have been selected. Any proposals submitted

September 15, 2010 2:28 AM

The Bit Bucket (Greg Low): IDisposable said:

Every so often, Microsoft sends MVPs a set of MSDN subscriptions that we can give to someone that would

September 27, 2010 12:50 AM
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