Siesta Cafe • Oct 26 • 5-9PM

What is Hacktoberfest?

Hacktoberfest is a month long celebration of open source software, and we want Guam to join!
Support your favorite open source software and earn a limited edition T-shirt along the way!

  • Anyone can join

    Regardless of your programming background, anyone can participate! Even making grammar corrections or enhancing documentation is appreciated. Every contribution counts!

  • How to participate

    Sign up for Hacktoberfest anytime between Oct. 1 – 31 and make 4 pull requests (PRs) to any public Github-hosted repository. Your PRs do not have to be merged to count! Learn more about pull requests.

  • When to start

    Make your PRs between Oct. 1 – 31. To help new recruits along, we hosted a Guam Hacktoberfest 2018 seminar on Oct. 13 at the Westin Resort Guam and will be hosting another event this coming October!

Sign up for updates on Guam Hacktoberfest 2019!

FAQs

Why participate in Hacktoberfest?
What is open source software (OSS)?
What if I have never programmed before?
What is Github and how do I use it?
What is a Pull Request (PR)?
How many pull requests do I have to make?
What if I don't finish my 4 PRs before October ends?
What if my pull request isn't merged?
When will I get my shirt/swag/prizes?
What if I can't find any PRs for beginners?
Are there any rules?
Why participate in Hacktoberfest?

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!

Guam Hacktoberfest 2018 shirt
What is open source software (OSS)?

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!

What if I have never programmed before?

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!

What is Github and how do I use it?

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!

What is a Pull Request (PR)?

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!

How many pull requests do I have to make?

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!

What if I don't finish my 4 PRs before October ends?

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.

What if my pull request isn't merged?

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!

When will I get my shirt/swag/prizes?

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!

What if I can't find any PRs for beginners?

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!

Are there any rules?

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!

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