[NBLUG/talk] Regarding a recent hackfest I attended
zzatkin at gmail.com
Mon Nov 19 10:39:58 PST 2012
Thanks for the reply guys. There wasn't any sort of agreement we had to sign, and they were in fact asking for feedback a little bit (more on a one-on-one basis) here and there.
On Nov 19, 2012, at 10:07, "Steve S." <northbaygeek at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM, Jordan Erickson
> <jerickson at logicalnetworking.net> wrote:
>> I dunno b/c IANAP, but did they have you sign any kind of agreement? If
>> so, what were the details? My first thought is that they want ideas on
>> the next killer app..but you may be right as well, maybe they're just
>> trying to generate buzz around their APIs/network.
> I tend to think there may have been multiple objectives...
> Did they ask for any feedback, or have any "focus group" style
> observers who could have helped them improve their API or programming
> environment, based upon the experiences of the codemonkeys there? If
> so, there's one motivation there (if not, then... well, not).
> Mainly, though, I think it was PR-oriented. Create buzz &
> word-of-mouth: "the hackfest at ..." and just "we're cool enough to
> /have/ a hackfest" and so forth. Plus, it just gives them
> talking-points, a reason to make a press-announcement (you recall the
> old entertainment maxim, "no publicity is bad publicity"? I'd
> corporatize that to "having no publicity IS bad publicity") & a way to
> pad the corporate resume' (aka "annual report") with
> "productivity-oriented" events.
> Maybe also a foray into crowd-sourcing and/or exploring a way to tap
> the FLOSS-programmers' zeitgeist... Even if they end up with zero
> usable app's, they get a sense of what sorts of things the coders
> would pursue...
> "When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of
> childishness and the desire to be very grown up." -CS Lewis
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