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What Is Hacktoberfest?

October 4, 2022
October 5, 2022
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Hacktoberfest 2022 is upon us, the annual open-source centric event that rewards those that contribute during the month of October. This year coders, bloggers, video producers, podcasters, and more can contribute their works to participating repos on GitHub and GitLab. In this episode, Matt and Mike discuss what Hacktoberfest is, and why you should contribute if you can.


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  • What Is Hacktoberfest? | 00:02:08
    - Month-long annual event by Digital Ocean that promotes contributing to open-source projects
    - GitHub & GitLab
    - Get a T-shirt or tree planted in your name
    - Some projects have their own prizes for accepted PRs
    - PRs cannot be spammy and must be created during Hacktoberfest (October 1 - October 31)
  • Why should you participate in Octoberfest? | 00:34:00
    - Open-source projects need help
    - You'll get real-world experience with git and working with others
    - Your code will be reviewed, constructive feedback
  • How can you participate in Hacktoberfest? | 00:48:30
    - Search for the hacktoberfest tag/topic on GitHub
    - Curated lists such as this one
    - If you're a beginner there are issues marked as beginner or good first issue
    - No code contributions such as: documentation, design, blogs, videos, podcasts