Hacktoberfest is coming

I got an email this morning from Digital Ocean about their upcoming Hacktoberfest event. This is a thing they run every October to get people to contribute to open source projects. Last year, if you registered with them then made at least four non-spammy pull requests to open source projects on GitHub, you qualified for a free T-shirt and sticker pack. Last year, I qualified by making contributions to the Hackaday Supercon badge repos, so they definitely considered embedded work to be valuable.

Given the awesome number of open source projects in the Arduboy world, it seems like a natural fit for developers working on games in the open to help each other and get some nice swag.

Details are up at https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/ … in September, they’re looking for project owners who want contributions to tag open issues on their projects with #hacktoberfest so attract developers looking for things to hack on.

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I got the email that registration is open. If you’ve got an Arduboy-related project that’s open for pull requests, please post it here. You need to submit PRs on October 1st or later to qualify, but it’s a good time to start looking for bugs to fix and start working on changes.

I’m happy to review (and maybe accept) PRs for both of my games that I’ve done so far.


The organizers just had a rules update – in order for a pull request to qualify, the repository needs to have the “hacktoberfest” tag on it. I’ve marked my Arduboy games with that, but if you want to submit a PR to another repo, you’ll need to check with the owner first to get them to update it. The PR will also need to be tagged with ‘hacktoberfest-accepted’ by the maintainer.

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Another perspective:

Yeah, it definitely looks like it’s gotten too much attention from spammy actors, but that doesn’t mean we can’t curate our own contributions. I also think this year’s t-shirt design is really pixel arty goodness.