Update: The auction is now live. Rather than auctioning just 3 hampers I decided to break it up into smaller items. This will give many more people a chance to participate. You can find the list of software up for auction here. If you are a .NET developer I'm sure you will find something here of interest.
I have decided to organize a charity auction of a number of licenses for .NET developer tools. All proceeds of the auction will be given to Wells for Zoë, a charity dedicated to increasing the availability of safe drinking water and water for irrigation in rural areas of Malawi. You can read more about the project on their website or blog.
One unusual thing about this charity is that all travel and admin expenses are paid by the charity's founders themselves. Therefore all donations go directly to sourcing the much needed equipment on the ground in Malawi. You can find out more about the equipment that is needed on the donation page here.
Each hamper will consist of at least:
- MSDN Premium Subscription with Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite
- SourceGear Vault
- TypeMock Enterprise
- TestDriven.NET Enterprise
- Shell MegaPack for ActiveX and .Net
- devExpress CodeRush/Refactor! Pro (new)
- Thycotic Secret Server (new)
I'm hoping that other ISVs will be will be willing to contribute their wares and make the hampers even better. If you are an ISV who would like to be involved please contact me. I'm also very interested to hear from any MVPs with unused MVP Invite cards they would be willing to donate.
You can see pictures of some of the work done in June 2006. I've also uploaded a video of well digging to YouTube. As you can see, hacking through the rock like ground is a serious undertaking! I'll be sure to post more links and pictures afterwards to show where the money went.
Watch this space for a link to the Ebay auction (hopefully by Tue/Wed next week).