Oct 26 • Siesta Cafe, Tamuning GU • 5-9PM
This year’s celebration of open source takes on a casual “coffee n code” format with a fun vapor wave theme… and glow sticks! Attendees are encouraged to bring and work on their coding and technology projects where they can share, mentor, or seek guidance from other attendees. Curious on-lookers are also encouraged to attend. Live digital audio and visuals will be showcased, and merchandise designed by local artists will be sold to raise funds for technology-centered scholarships.
Every year, several tech companies host a worldwide celebration of open source software for the whole month of October! Communities from around the world join in and host their own local events to raise awareness and encourage contributions to the many open source projects that shape our digital landscape. In 2018, Guam joined the celebration by hosting its first Hacktoberfest event!
This year, our celebration will be at the Siesta Cafe on Oct 26th, from 5 – 9pm. It’ll be a casual coffee & code mixer. We encourage you to bring your projects to work on and talk about! There will be live music and limited edition merch by local artists for sale with all proceeds benefitting the Code Fountain Institute’s tech scholarship fund!
The event is not all that Hacktoberfest is about though. Open source software has permeated every corner of technology, and what’s so great about it is, it’s all made out in the open where absolutely anybody is allowed to contribute and suggest changes! Hacktoberfest is about empowering you to do that–to contribute to your favorite software and get free swag along the way!
We’ve set up a Discord chat server for you to chat and ask questions in. Come join us and we’ll help you get started on those pull requests!
Last year, we asked you to buy tickets to attend our Hacktoberfest event. That helped us cover the costs and we absolutely loved your support and turnout!
This year, we’d like it to be more casual, so we’d like to invite everybody to come join the celebration for free! We do ask that you make at least one drink purchase per person to help support our lovely host, the Siesta Cafe!
Hacktoberfest was created to raise awareness and increase participation and contributions to open source software.
By signing up here after October 1st, and opening four pull requests (PRs) to any number of open source projects, you will receive a free limited-edition t-shirt and stickers from Digital Ocean and Dev.to!
Basically, contribute to the software you love and get free swag for it!
Open source software is software whose code is openly available to the public for inspection, distribution, and editing. This practice has created a thriving, passionate community that breeds collaboration and churns out software at an alarming rate! Here are a few OSS you might recognize: Linux, Android, Mozilla Firefox, Unreal Tournament, Gimp, Blender, WordPress, even the original Apollo 11 Guidance Computer is open source!
That’s alright! There are a ton of other ways you can contribute, from writing and editing documentation, to contributing art!
You don’t have to know how to code in order to contribute to open source, but if you do want to learn, the world of open source is definitely the place to start!
Over the years, Github has grown to be the home of millions of open source projects. It serves over 28 million users, the largest community of developers in the world! No wonder why it’s the de facto home for open source.
Learn how to join the party here–this will count as your first PR too!
Not ready or want more to learn more about Github? Read more about it here or check out this short video below:
Github runs on Git. If you’re a coder and you aren’t using Git yet, what are you waiting for! Jump in, we promise you’ll fall in love with it! ❤️
If you’re not a coder, don’t worry, you probably won’t have to touch git at all in order to make your Hacktoberfest PRs and start contributing to your favorite software!
A Pull Request (PR) is fancy tech jargon that just means “a request to add these changes to the project”. If you find a typo or think a button should be red instead of blue, open source software lets us suggests those changes. A PR is just that!
It’s a little easier this year. For this year’s Hacktoberfest, you will only need to make four Pull Requests in order to get your free limited edition t-shirt and stickers! Don’t drag your feet though, only the first 50,000 participants that complete the challenge will get a shirt!
You will need to open four pull requests by October 31st in order to get a free t-shirt from Digital Ocean and Dev.to. That doesn’t mean you have to leave empty-handed though!
A lot of open source projects and companies have been jumping on the bandwagon over the previous Hacktoberfests, offering their own prizes if you contribute one or more PRs to their projects. Even if you aren’t able to open the four PRs, you may still be eligible for t-shirts and stickers galore! Keep your eyes peeled for participating companies. As the announcements come in this year, we’ll likely be putting a list up here for your convenience.
Every year they have raised the maximum number of winners as well as the challenge difficulty. This year however, they’ve kept the maximum number of winners at 50,000 and made it easier to win a shirt by lowering the pull request requirement from 5 pull requests to 4. Although they have never run out of shirts in Hacktoberfest history, there is a very real chance they might run out this year, so get your pull requests in sooner rather than later! Remember, we have a Discord chat server you can ask for help in!
That’s ok! Your PRs don’t have to be merged for Hacktoberfest — as long as you open four of them, you’ll get a free t-shirt and stickers!
There are a lot of shirts to ship! DigitalOcean will send you an email when they start to ship it though. Once they do that, it may take up to five weeks for the shirt to come in.
The sooner you get your PRs done, the sooner you should get your goodies!
There are plenty of open issues to choose from, even tiny typos and grammar fixes in documentation counts!
Join our Guam Hacktoberfest events and workshops as we celebrate open source as an island! There will be plenty of opportunity for in-person help and hands-on workshops that will give you fresh new material for your PRs!
Code Fountain also has a Discord server that you can join to ask about PRs, chat about career-advancement opportunities, or just to say hi!
Hacktoberfest events are welcoming, open, and inclusive. This goes for all of our events here on Guam as well as all the Hacktoberfest events going on internationally. To keep our events safe and friendly, please read our Events Code of Conduct (http://do.co/hacktoberconduct) before attending. Happy Hacking!