I'm pondering about using a bounty to kickstart some kotlin open-source projects. There are many things I would like to see ported to Kotlin so I can start using Kotlin as my main development language. The biggest one would be a general purpose web framework. Play framework looks good, but I believe it needs at least at Kotlin plugin. I got excited with koolapp (and still excited about it), but right now this looks like an experimental framework on not quite production-ready.
If any koder out there are interesested, you can reply to me or this thread to get in touch with me. How I see it is that this is a double-win for a developer: they get to contribute open source software that will improve their career/job prospects, and they make some money in the meantime. My problem is I don’t have much time as I have a full-time job, but I’d be very happy to put up some of my own money and invest some time for coordinating this. I have used vWorker quite successfully over the last couple years, and I think vWorker could facilitate the transaction.
Also if anyone else has any thoughts/ideas about this topic please share them. I know there has been discussion out there about using bounties as open-source incentives (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1276672/what-bounty-sites-do-other-open-source-projects-use), yet I don’t know of a lot of stories of how it was done successfully. I think this is an exciting opportunity since I know there are smart programmers in this world who at the same time need some funding to support themselves. From my experience of using “micro labor” sites (i.e. vWorker) in the past, I feel the key to making this work is to set very specific goals/milestones/deliverables to make sure the project goes smoothly and advances quickly.