Maxim Tsvetkov
Sep 25 · 3 min read

October is a time not only for Octoberfest 🍺 but also for Hacktoberfest, a great initiative to encourage more people to participate in the open-source community.

In this very short post, I would like to shine a light about Hacktoberfest and how it can be helpful for you, no matter either you are new in the open-source or you are a maintainer of the open-source project.

How it works?

That’s very simple.

During the month of October, you need to open four pull requests to any open repositories on Github.

Once you did that, you get a nice limited-edition T-shirt.

Why participate?

Not only to get a cool free T-shirt 🙂

If you are new in the open-source community, Hacktoberfest is a good start for contributing. This kind of challenge motivates you to do the first simple steps in the open-source community.

If you contribute from time to time but have no time for the regular contributions, Hacktoberfest is a nice time to go back to do some helpful things.

Even if you maintain your own open-source project, Hacktoberfest is great time to celebrate the open-source and share your project with more people.


No contribution is too small 🚀

Any pull request is welcome. It can be an update of documentation, writing tests, small bugfix, setting up continuous integration, migrating the project to a new language version (e.g. Swift 5) and many other quality things.

Don’t cheat 🤓

It will work as well if you create four dumb pull requests in your own empty repository. But please don’t do that. There are a lot of quality things you can contribute to.

The labels in GitHub Issues 💡

Don’t know where to start to contribute or don’t know how to attract contributors to your open-source project?

There is a special “Hacktoberfest” label for that.

This one as well as “good first issue” and “help wanted” let you find where to start to contribute or let you bring new people to your open-source project.

Local events 👩‍💻👨‍💻

You can join or host special Hacktoberfest meetups where people can present their open-source project, find like-minded people or get ideas where to contribute.


Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration of the open-source as for those who are just thinking to join the open-source community as well as for those who contribute actively or maintain their own open-source projects.

Check out their website and have fun!

Happy Hacktoberfest! 🍻

Feel free to contact me on Twitter If you wanna share your #hacktoberfest experience or ask me any additional questions.

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