Hacktoberfest: Code, Contribute, Collaborate

Hi, my name is Alyssa Cooper and I’m an organizer on the HackWITus team. As a sophomore studying Computer Science, naturally, one of my favorite hobbies is coding. Coding serves as my creative outlet and lately I’ve been teaching myself Javascript. The past couple of months I’ve spent learning JS, I’ve been searching for new projects to sink my teeth into. I’ve been looking for ways to get more involved in open source work and to actually contribute. I kept pushing it off until fellow Hackathon Organizer, Ethan Arrowood, mentioned an easy and simple way to get involved: Hacktoberfest!

Hacktoberfest is a month long event by Digital Ocean, partnered with Github, that celebrates open source software. Hacktoberfest is an easy and fun way to get involved in open source — it also comes with a reward — a limited edition t-shirt. In order to earn the shirt, you have to make four pull requests on any public GitHub repository between October 1st and October 31st. You can find the exact rules and details here.

With the Hackathon approaching, Hacktoberfest is the perfect way to hone in your coding skills, contribute to open source, and begin to collaborate with others. I’m using Hacktoberfest as a way to continue to learn JavaScript and implement the new things I learn. It ends October 31st, so get hacking and get hyped!