Hacktoberfest 2018 - Celebrate Open Source!
Written by Nikos Vaggalis   
Monday, 15 October 2018

Hacktoberfest is an annual event sponsored by DigitalOcean in partnership with GitHub and Twilio and while "Hacktoberfest" might sound or give the impression of something doable only by very experienced hacker programmers, in essence, it's just a wrapper around having to submit 5 Pull Requests to any Github hosted repository and earn some swag in return. 

hackoctbanner

As such the aim is purely motivating people to contribute to open source rather than to run a lucrative competition.For the prize to be claimed, a limited edition t-shirt and a few stickers, you have to make five pull requests (PRs) between October 1–31 in any timezone and to any public repo on GitHub. The chances of winning are good as this year the first 50,000 to complete all 5 PR's win.

On the other side, that of repo maintainers, in order to attract attention and direct help to specific issues, they can label such issues as “Hacktoberfest”. For example, this is how Perl.com uses this scheme:


To search for open issues you can contribute to, you can do a global, or a repository-specific search by running the following query:

is:issue is:open label:"hacktoberfest"

Then you can refine the search by programming language and other more advanced criteria, but note that not just issues tagged as #Hacktoberfest count to the challenge; any pull request made to a public repository between October 1 and  31 will count. Yet another, even better, way of finding open requests is through the dedicated Issuehub portal.

In case you're new to the world of open source, Github, repos and pull requests, fear not as there are some good guides to get you started such as the Introduction to Open Source, or How To Create a Pull Request.

The guys from Lingonsaft have even made two very useful videos to get you started, How to pull request with git and github:

 

and How to solve git merge conflict, on Github or with terminal



They have also posted a list of projects which are beginner friendly.

Experienced Github contributors, of course, know where and what to look for.

So, if you ever wanted to start contributing to open source but were lacking motive, maybe Hacktoberfest is the push you've been waiting for.

 hackoctsq

 

 

More Information

Hacktoberfest on DigitalOcean

Related Articles

GitHub Learning Labs Now Open For Newbies 

What Attracts Devs To Open Source

Programming For Love or Money

To be informed about new articles on I Programmer, sign up for our weekly newsletter, subscribe to the RSS feed and follow us on, Twitter, FacebookGoogle+ or Linkedin.

 

Banner


Crowd Sourcing And GPUs Bring 3Km Weather Forecasts
12/01/2019

Weather forecasts are always wrong, but with more data they could be right. Not only more accurate, but also more specific. How to get the data and how to process it? The Weather Company might have an [ ... ]



The Job's Not Done Until Edge Don't Run
19/12/2018

In a recent news item we speculated on why Microsoft gave up on its own rendering engine and decided to adopt Chromium. Now we might have another clue as to why it happened.


More News

 

Python

 



 

Comments




or email your comment to: comments@i-programmer.info

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 October 2018 )