Hacktoberfest events are happening all month long so you can join your friends day or night, from dusk to dawn, as you work to complete your pull/merge requests.
Here are all the resources you need to plan and host a successful Hacktoberfest event. We encourage virtual events and have included a collection of tips and tricks that will help you keep participants engaged.
Here’s an example agenda to inspire your own:
Welcome. Set a welcoming, open, and inclusive tone. Thank everyone for attending, tell them about yourself, give an overview of the programming, and remind them of the Code of Conduct.
Network. Get to know your attendees. Set aside 5-10 minutes to allow people to talk among themselves. You can also use Gatheround, which offers a fun and engaging way to get to know each other.
Introduce Hacktoberfest. Read the Hacktoberfest values.
Introduce open source. Check out this intro to GitHub and Open-Source Projects for inspiration.
Workshop. Explain how to contribute to open source. These resources can help.
Demos. Introduce 3- to 5-minute demos by anyone interested in sharing their open-source projects.
Get hacking. Facilitate the formation of groups by interest and hack together.
Show and Tell. Share 2-3 minute demos by anyone interested in sharing what they learned or worked on during hack time.
We recommend events are completed in the first half of October to give participants time to complete 4 pull requests.
To make your virtual accessible for global participants aim for between 9–11am US Eastern Time (UTC-05:00).
Invite anyone interested in learning about, or contributing to open source. Hacktoberfest events are a way of bringing members of the open source community even closer together in a group setting, and events should be open to all!
Hacktoberfest is primarily online, but we encourage people to run in-person events—just be sure to abide by local health and safety regulations.
Submit an official event request.
Remind your attendees to RSVP on the Hacktoberfest events page
Share the event via email, social networks, and events websites. Consider posting on channels that are popular with developers and open source enthusiasts in your area, such as Meetup, Eventbrite, Twitter, etc…
Tag @digitalocean, @hacktoberfest, #hacktoberfest, #hacktoberfest2022
Use these example posts for inspiration:
Open source experts and community leaders are all in on Hacktoberfest. Find them helping contributors complete their pull/merge requests all month long in events throughout October.
If you plan to use the Hacktoberfest brand in promotional material, you’ll need to abide by our brand use guidelines. Access them here and dive in.