What is Hacktoberfest?

Have questions? These are the most Frequently Asked Questions about Hacktoberfest.

I completed 5 PRs. When will I receive my t-shirt?

We have started sending emails to all participants. The emails are going out gradually in batches. If you don't receive one by November 6, please let us know at hacktoberfest@digitalocean.com.

I have filled out my mailing address. When will my t-shirt be shipped?

You will receive another email once your t-shirt is shipped. Following the shipment notification email, it can take up to 1-2 weeks for orders within the U.S. or 3-5 weeks for international orders to be delivered.

General

What is Hacktoberfest?

Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration of open source software run by DigitalOcean in partnership with GitHub and Twilio.

  • Hacktoberfest is open to everyone in our global community!
  • Five quality pull requests must be submitted to public GitHub repositories.
  • You can sign up anytime between October 1 and October 31.

How do I get started?

Register at https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/ Submit a PR to any public GitHub repository. Quality contributions are encouraged! You can look for open issues labeled "Hacktoberfest" for inspiration.

Maintaining a repo?

Create issues labeled or label existing ones “Hacktoberfest” on your GitHub projects to help new contributors know what to work on. Tag any spam or irrelevant PRs with the "invalid" label to disqualify them.

How do I track my progress?

Log in with your GitHub account at https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/ to check your progress and stats.

I completed 5 PRs. When will I receive my t-shirt?

We have started sending emails to all participants. The emails are going out gradually in batches. If you don't receive one by November 6, please let us know at hacktoberfest@digitalocean.com.

How do I get stickers?

Stickers are included with your t-shirt, once you complete 5 PRs.

What happens if I complete fewer than 5 PRs by the end of the month?

Unfortunately you will have to submit at least 5 PRs in order to get a T-shirt.

Rules

Do contributions made outside of GitHub count?

No, PRs must be made on the GitHub platform.

Do issues/commits count?

No, only PRs count.

I signed up for Hacktoberfest mid-October. Will PRs that I created earlier in October count?

Yes, all pull requests created between Oct 1 and Oct 31 will count, regardless of when you register for Hacktoberfest. Pull requests created before Oct 1 but merged after do not count.

Do issues have to be tagged #Hacktoberfest to count?

No, any pull request made on a public repository counts, whether it's attached to a #Hacktoberfest issue or not.

Do PRs made on my own repos count?

Yes, but we strongly encourage you to make quality contributions to other repositories.

Can I make PRs to issues/repos that are not listed on the homepage?

Yes! Any public GitHub repo is good for Hacktoberfest.

Do multiple PRs to the same repo count?

Yes, every one of them will count separately.

Do PRs have to be accepted/merged?

No. They will still count unless they are spam, irrelevant, or tagged as invalid.

Shipping

Will I have to pay anything to receive my t-shirt/stickers?

T-shirts are free of charge for participants. We are covering shipping costs as well.

I didn't receive my Hacktoberfest 2017 T-shirt/Swag!

We are no longer printing 2017 T-shirts. If you did not receive your T-shirt, this means we tried multiple times and they did not make it. We are working hard on improving the shipping process this year so that everyone receives their T-shirts. Thank you for your understanding.

Will I have to pay anything/custom tax/duty for the t-shirt?

We write down a $ value on the mailed packages low enough that we don't expect any issues with custom tax, but we cannot guarantee that—you might have to pay a small fee depending on your country's import policies.

When will my t-shirt be shipped? (Intl)

You will receive an email once your t-shirt is shipped. It can take up to 3-5 weeks after shipment for international orders to be delivered.

When will my t-shirt be shipped? (US)

You will receive an email once your t-shirt is shipped. It can take up to 1-2 weeks after shipment for orders within the U.S. to be delivered.

How do I return or exchange an item?

If you believe your order was mis-shipped, contact us with the order # in the subject line and an explanation of the incorrect item you received. Otherwise, within 30 days of original purchase, follow the instructions at https://kwf.kotisdesign.com/order_returns/search. You will be responsible for shipping the item back to us.

My tracking is not active - is my tracking number correct?

You may receive a tracking email 2-3 days before tracking becomes active on DHL's website.

My international order is delayed. What can I do?

We recommend contacting DHL in your country for help with clearing the package: http://www.dhl.com/en/contact_center/contact_parcel_ecommerce.html

What countries do you ship to?

We are able to ship to all countries with the exception of the following: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Sierra Leone, Libya, Somalia, Yemen.

Events

How can I host a Hacktoberfest event?

Check out the Hacktoberfest Event Organizer Kit: http://do.co/hacktoberfest18eventkit

How can I donate my venue to a Hacktoberfest event?

Submit your information here: http://do.co/venue

Can you help me promote my Hacktoberfest event?

Tell us about your event: http://do.co/hacktoberfest18event (google form) and we’ll add it to hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com!

Will Hacktoberfest t-shirts be given out at events?

No. A Hacktoberfest t-shirt will be mailed — after the end of Hacktoberfest — to participants who make five successful pull requests on GitHub between October 1 and October 31.

I’d like some credits for my Hacktoberfest meetup/event attendees. Can you give me some?

Feel free to share the following link with your attendees and use this wording:

“New to DigitalOcean? Receive USD $100 in infrastructure credit at do.co/hacktoberfest2018.”

Note that the free credit only applies to users who are new to DigitalOcean, and requires a valid credit card.

I’d like to speak/demo at a Hacktoberfest event. Can you give me free infrastructure credit?

Great! Please tell us more about your demo at https://www.digitalocean.com/droplets-for-demos/ and we'll get back to you soon!

If your questions weren't answered, please send us an email at hacktoberfest@digitalocean.com.