I heard this at a presentation about Mule (an enterprise service bus) at BJUG tonight. The presenter, Rich Remington, at the end of the talk, put up a slide detailing a contest. Anyone who emailed him with a use case that Mule might be able to help with won a chance at a free lunch and 1-2 hours of free consulting about the use case. You have to email him within 48 hours of the talk.
What a great idea! Not only does he get to pick a use case that Mule can help with, he also gets a chance to pitch his services, and show his value to the client. And he gets a list of possible clients–people who know about something about Mule and think they might have a problem Mule can solve.
The contest winner gets more than a free lunch out of it too–the chance to pick an expert’s brain for free for a couple of hours can be worth quite a bit.
Win-win, for sure. What a great idea for anyone consulting in a specialized field!