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The How-To Geek Bounty Program

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Update: The Bounty Program has a new home page.

A common frustration of non-programmers is that you don’t often get to inspire new software programs that work the way you want them to, you simply have to wait and hope that somebody comes up with something…  until now.

We’re looking to solve this problem by introducing the How-To Geek Bounty Program – we’ll help connect you the reader with the brilliant programmers that can accomplish the actual task of writing the software that we want. By offering a bounty (a monetary reward) for open source or free software, we’ll have better luck in finding people willing to spend time working on the project.

How does it work, you ask?

  1. You come up with the ideas.
  2. We pick the best ideas and agree to help sponsor them.
  3. Brilliant programmers like Andreas write the software and then collect the bounty.
  4. We feature the software here on How-To Geek.
  5. Everybody wins!

Are there any rules?

  • The How-To Geek will donate $50 for each project we agree to sponsor. It will work best if you agree to help sponsor your idea as well. We might donate more for really great ideas.
  • We will only sponsor open source projects.
  • Readers can agree to sponsor closed-source projects as long as they are free.
  • Post your ideas on the Bounty Program forum.
  • We’ll work on the honor system… if you agree to donate some money, we’ll assume you’ll do it. Either way, the How-To Geek can be trusted to donate his share.

Now maybe we can finally get somebody to fix those annoyances in Windows Vista! We already got the Vista Taskbar previews enlarged with the last bounty, after all.

We’ll be posting the next bounty tomorrow.

Post your ideas on the How-To Geek Bounty Program Forum

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/26/07

Comments (3)

  1. Ryan Wagner

    Awesome! We’ve already seen one great thing come out of this so hopefully we’ll see some more.

  2. The Geek

    Yeah! I really hope that we can make a difference with this.

    Thanks for the link on your article today… glad to see people mentioning the bounty program… it’ll help everybody.

  3. Kevin Broadfield


    There are a lot of jigsaw programs out there, but none of them (as far as I know) allow you to
    design the pieces as rectangles.

    Why? you might ask.

    Well, for instance if you have a picture (say jpeg) of countries and their capitals and the program cuts
    this picture into rectangles – you have a ready-made drag and drop quiz.

    As each rectangle (country) is matched with its matching rectangle (capital) then the two rectangles merge as one . . and this continues for the remaining countries until the picture is complete.

    The BIG ADVANTAGE of this is that ANY PICTURE of lists or pictures can be used to aid learning.

    The only problem that I can see, is that you need to indicate to the program how large each rectangle must be ( as you can have any number of fonts for your lists or picture sizes).

    I hope you can give this idea some consideration and almost certainly suggest your own improvements.

    I do feel that this program would be incredibly helpful, especially for children.

    Best regards.

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