Of all those who love to program — simply to solve a problem or fill a personal need — that would be one thing, but what if all the help you've poured into the online community paid you back in some way?
Let's say there was a startup bike company focused on the design and production of a unique product line — as seen by the aerospace industry — who loved the idea of an integrated bike computer that was open for all to modify and personalize. Let's also say this integrated system was tasked to perform an array of other functions outside of the typical. Lastly, let's say this startup company turned to the Arduino community and offered them a chance to contribute to something influential in the cycle industry. What might be the response from said community?
Without question, such a venture would require a few guidelines. To that, we would answer those questions as best as we could — while maintaining some discretion (for obvious reasons). To that, launch-day would reveal a new product line containing the efforts of those who contributed — hardcoded in the central display of every bike.
As a result, a sense of accomplishment will be had by those — knowing every bike going off the assembly line will display their name as a "thank you" for their passion in programming and for years of helping those with little more than "I tried it, but it didn't work..." : unsung no further.
For us, content in knowing we've tapped the minds of those who eat breath and sleep the Arduino platform — as an extended hand to a community predominantly ignored by the mainstream as too risky or simply not understood.
In either case, a win for the platform, the community, and the vision by those who value sustainable transportation with exotic style.
Let's tease the community no further and open the floor to questions.