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Hacktoberfest encourages participation in the open source community, which grows bigger every year. Complete the 2020 challenge and earn a limited edition T-shirt. Be the first to know when Hacktoberfest 2020 launches.

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Get involved

Hacktoberfest is open to everyone in our global community. Whether you’re new to development, a student, long-time contributor, event host, or company of any size, you can help drive growth of open source and make positive contributions to an ever-growing community. All backgrounds and skills levels are encouraged to complete the challenge.


Check out DigitalOcean’s best practices for maintainers video to learn how to encourage contributions and set yourself up for success this month.

Recommendations for creating a good Hacktoberfest issue in your project:

  • Apply the "Hacktoberfest" label to issues in your GitHub project that are ready for contributors to work on.
  • Add a file with contribution guidelines to your repository.
  • Choose issues that have a well-defined scope and are self-contained.
  • Adopt a code of conduct to foster a greater sense of inclusion and community.

Event organizers

Review DigitalOcean’s guide to creating Hacktoberfest online meetups.

Given the severe impact of the global pandemic on all of our communities, we encourage all Hacktoberfest meetups this year to happen online. And we’re here to help facilitate digital meetups!!

Organizing an online Hacktoberfest event is a great way to engage with and support the open source community despite the challenges we’re all facing.

Last year, 673 events were organized in 73 countries. This year, let’s work together to bring online celebrations to even more people around the world!

Explore the Hacktoberfest Event Organizer Kit to learn about successfully organizing an online gathering in your community.

To get started, you can create a meetup and get exposure for your event here


Hacktoberfest is a great resource for technology companies looking to increase participation in their open source projects.

Your company can participate by encouraging people to contribute to your repositories, organizing community events, or engaging internal employees.

Logos from participating companies are displayed on the official Hacktoberfest website to showcase your support of open source.

Our friends at Indeed had a lot of success getting their employees involved in Hacktoberfest. They’ve talked about this at DevRelCon and are creating a case study to help your company do the same [coming soon]!

SendGrid also wrote this guide outlining how they used Hacktoberfest to increase their open source contributions by 3,510%, and have spoken about their growth at DevRelCon.

*To qualify for the official Hacktoberfest swag options, you must register and make four pull requests between October 1-31. Pull requests can be made to any public repository on GitHub, not just the ones with issues labeled Hacktoberfest. If a maintainer reports your pull request as spam or behavior not in line with Hacktoberfest’s quality standards, you will be ineligible to participate.

Global stats for Hacktoberfest 2019


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