I do agree that having people power is more desirable than money power when it comes to OSS projects.
Let me offer a different perspective, however.
After TINS, amarillion and I chatted a bit about ways to incentivize more interest in the compo. This year's compo was really good, there was a lot of engagement, a lot of participation, a bunch of submissions. (#allegro IRC was very active, there were tons of logs, etc)
There's a lot of other things we could do to bring in more people, including consolidating social outreach. All of this is work, true, but some of it comes down to raw capital. I think competitions like this and Speedhack are a good way to let Allegro "live" longer, and increase interest, participation, and awareness.
During our discussion, the topic of offering prizes came up.
Like, take for example that we right now have a pledge for $100 from Edgar. Matched with GitHub that would be $200. I'm happy to pledge $100 too, and that would bring the a total to $400.
What could we do with $400? Run the next Speedhack, partially sponsored by Allegro, and offer prizes. Any combination of:
I think we would get a lot more people aware of and using Allegro with things like this.
I also recall a good portion of the last pile of Allegro funds went toward developing mobile ports (buying devices for testing) which I think was a great allocation of the money.
The important message is, I wouldn't cut short the possibility of leveraging capital as a way to bring good people in. . And, I think starting by opening channels like GitHub sponsors is the right place to start.