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:
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.
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.
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Hacktoberfest is a monthlong celebration of open source software organized by DigitalOcean.