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Join us for Hacktoberfest! 🎃

At OpenSauced, we love open source just as much as pizza! That's why we are participating in Hacktoberfest! 🎃

What is Hacktoberfest?

From October 1st-31st, people around the globe do a challenge where they submit four pull requests participating projects. Here's how to join:

  1. Go to the official Hacktoberfest website
  2. Click on the Register Now! button
  3. Sign in with your GitHub and/or GitLab accounts.

Why Should I Participate in Hacktoberfest?

This event is a great way to jumpstart your journey in open source, to meet other people in the tech community, and build your skills. Curious to learn more about the value of contributing to open source? Check out these resources:

I want to join Hacktoberfest, but I have no idea what open source is

No problem! 😄 Here is a list of resources we recommend for first-time contributors:

  • Take our Intro to Open Source course to learn the history of open source, the tools to succeed in the community, and how to showcase your contributions.
  • Check out GitHub's introductory course to learn how to use the platform when making open source contributions.
  • Read our The Power of Git blog post to learn how to harness the power of Git, your trusty weapon in Hacktoberfest.

What should I expect during Hacktoberfest?

During Hacktoberfest, expect to feel excited and a bit competitive on your quest to submit your four pull requests. While those feelings are understandable, it's important to remember the following:

  • Think first, work later: It's best to share your ideas and/or request to work on an issue before submitting a pull request. It'll make it easier for maintainers to assess whether your suggestion fits in with their project. It will also help you develop your communication skills.
  • Be patient: Maintainers are people with lives outside of open source, so avoid constantly messaging them about when your pull request be reviewed and merged.
  • Try new things: While revising typos is helpful, it's best to diversify contributions. This would help expand your skills, which is very useful if you plan on using your Hacktoberfest contributions as samples for your portfolio.

I'm ready for Hacktoberfest

Great! 😄 If you're looking for a project to contribute to, check out this list of beginner-friendly projects for Hacktoberfest.

Happy Contributing! 😄