Hacktoberfest runs Oct 1–31st. I first heard about Hacktoberfest from Women Who Code — Atlanta chapter. I went to the Hacktoberfest kickoff event hosted by WWCAtl that was Monday, October 1st at Atlanta Tech Village. One of the directors, Erica Stanley, gave a nice presentation on what Hacktoberfest is and how we can participate in the challenge, put on by DigitalOcean. More info: https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/ . Basically, if you create 5 pull requests (PR’s) on GitHub, and are of the first 50k people to do it, you get a free t-shirt at the end of the challenge.
I was not sure what to expect since I never made a pull request on GitHub before. Yesterday, I started dabbling in GitHub repos and made my first PR…before I knew it, I had created the 5 PR’s that was needed to complete the challenge! I am not sure if I am one of the first 50k people to complete the challenge, but hopefully I will find out soon!
One of the PR’s I did was for the Social Impact Collection Challenge by GitHub, if you do a PR for one of their selected repos, you get a special badge for your GitHub profile. More info here: https://github.community/t5/Social-Impact-Collection/con-p/SocialImpactCollectionChallenge .
Now, I love the feeling of contributing to open source projects on GitHub, and it gave my mind a lot of clarity and confidence that I can contribute to software projects, no matter how big or small of a PR.
I want to thank Women Who Code Atlanta for participating in this challenge and making more developers aware that you CAN do it!
More info about the Atlanta Hacktoberfest challenge here: https://hacktoberfestatl.tech/