For the past 8 years, the days leading up to October have seen a flurry of activity in the open source community—2021 was no different.
It’s all in anticipation of the official start of Hacktoberfest—a month-long global celebration of open-source software. The event encourages giving back to the open source community by participating in donating effort, time, and funds to code-based events and projects.
At CodeSee, we’re passionate about this mission and committed to launching OSS Port just in time for Hacktoberfest 2021!
With OSS Port, we aim to connect projects to people and ease codebase onboarding for all. Maintainers are invited to provide contribution best practices, support guidance, and interactive visual walkthroughs of their codebase using CodeSee Maps. Using Maps, contributors can readily onboard to a new project, with features to understand how files are connected, see how a pull request fits into the larger architecture, and more.
Last Hacktoberfest saw more than 66,000 challenge completions, with a total of 387,052 pull requests opened across 116,361 repositories. And this year’s event is expected to deliver even stronger results!
All of us on Team CodeSee are eager to support maintainers and contributors alike, share our knowledge, and connect with members across the community to do what we can to help lower the barrier of entry to open source!
It all starts with the basic Hacktoberfest qualifications. Registered Hacktoberfest participants who are contributors must submit four quality pull requests to public GitHub or GitLab repositories in the month of October. Maintainers are also eligible to earn a reward for showing that they've completed 4 or more actions on unique pull requests.
To boost your impact (and swag haul), we invite you to take part in our OSS Port x Hacktoberfest Challenges. Head over to our landing page for complete details on how you can partake in the fun as a Maintainer, Contributor, or both!
Once you've completed our challenge(s), let us know by filling out this form. After the month of October is over, CodeSee will process and verify all submissions, then let you know how you can claim your limited edition OSS Port swag.
Hacktoberfest expects hundreds of thousands of participants in 2021. To fully immerse yourself in the festivities, be sure to stay tuned for all that we have planned at CodeSee. October will be packed with weekly streams on our Twitch channel, helpful tutorials on the blog, and even a series of weekly challenges in Port for some supremely wicked swag!
At CodeSee, we believe every level of developer can confidently contribute to open source and help the community. If you have any questions or require support, reach out to us on Twitter or the OSS Port Discord Server.
From all of us at CodeSee, happy hacking!