An uncle had come down from US yesterday, and we were having a long discussion over breakfast. One of the things that he raved about was GeekSquad.
GeekSquad is a company run entirely by college students. What do they do? They fix any kind of computer problem for you.
"Whether your laptop is dead, your network is down, your hard drive is crashing, your printer won't print, or you just need to get on to the Internet, we can help you."
It's interesting because I see a range of possibilities here.
Students meet real people who use computers not for programming. For example, I feel I have a warped sense about how computer users think because most of my friends I know are not average computer users. When you're designing some computer hardware or software, it helps immensely to know how users approach a computer.
You build your network right from an early age.
You earn money while you're in college. Need a better incentive than that?
You get an idea of what computer users want, which may eventually lead to your big idea.
Interested students can recommend FOSS to people who are willing to try them, provided there will be support. This would be an excellent way to get people to try FOSS, even with just Live CDs.
If you want to become a FOSS developer, you get first-hand feedback on what's wrong, and you can go fix it, which benefits your customer, the FOSS world and yourself all at once.
Uncle thought it was a good idea for someone to start a GeekSquad in Bangalore. Any takers?
What do you think?