I work as a programmer in an IT company. My current contract prohibits me from working for other companies and doing any software development that results in additional income. It does not mention contributions to open source software. It does say that I can work "on the side" if management allows me to.
I am interested in breathing life into a few software ideas of mine. I want to work completely on my own, not borrow or steal any code from my employer. The end result I want is to publish one or two applications via some platform and see them get somewhat popular. I want to be allowed to have additional income this way.
I understand that negotiating for such contract changes will end badly in most situations. Let's assume I can risk doing this, and find an equal or better job easily.
I could only pull this off if management saw benefit. What possible points could I provide to increase my chances?