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👩‍💻 Everything you need to know about Hacktoberfest 2023 (and what's happening with the free tee shirts?) ➡️

Hey friends 👋

The open-source holidays are just around the corner!

With this in mind, we have been cooking something pretty cool at that many of you will be happy to hear about. We will release this at the start of Hacktoberfest! 🔥

Whether this is your first or 10th Hacktoberfest rodeo, let's look into the 2023 edition! 🎉🎁

🎒 What is Hacktoberfest?

Hacktoberfest is a month-long challenge happening every year in October.

The goal is to invite people to make contributions to open-source.

It invites both coders and non-coders to make a minimum of 4 contributions and receive cool rewards. 🎁

This year is special as it celebrates its 10th anniversary!

👾 How to participate?

  • Register on anytime between September 26 and October 31
  • Contributions (known as Pull requests or PRs) can be made in either GitHub or GitLab → to find cool projects to contribute to, you can use the free “Contribute” tool on (click on Contribute after signing up).

Special tip: If you never contributed or you are looking to make your first Hacktoberfest contribution, you can contribute in less than 10 min here.

🏆 Prizes

Prizes are a key component of the challenge.

This year's rule remains the same: have 4 successful contributions and you are eligible for cool prizes.

However, the 2023 edition has... no t-shirts 😭

They explained that the logistics for this are becoming increasingly difficult as the event gets bigger.

However, you will still receive some cool presents!

In this edition, you will receive a digital reward kit and the first 50,000 participants to have their first PR accepted will have a tree planted in their name through Tree Nation (that’s pretty neat 🌱🌎).

👾 Low-code & no-code

This year, there is a full website section focused on Low-code and no-code!

This means there is a growing interest in having low-code/non-code join the movement 🔥

Here’s their list of what would be considered valuable contributions and what you could possibly do in October:

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I think starting with low-code or even no-code contributions is an essential part of getting into the ecosystem. In this, I am super happy to see that this year we speak more about this.

If you are interested in this, here's a really cool article on the mechanics behind contributing towards documentation!

You can also read about GitHub’s ReadMe Project here.

📚 The Rules you need to know about

  • Pull Requests to your own account do count, even if it is on the same repository.
  • Contributions need to be done in a project with the hacktoberfest topic opt-in. If you make a PR to a non-Hacktoberfest repo, you can kindly ask the maintainer to add the hacktoberfest-accepted label.

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  • To claim your reward, you will receive a notification in your Hacktoberfest profile.
  • Your PR/MRs must be created between October 1 and October 31 (in any time zone, UTC-12 thru UTC+14).

Now that you know everything about this year's edition, we can't wait to let you in on our release for this Hacktoberfest (keep an eye out 👀).

You can keep this article as a condensed guide as well as use the various resources to make your first contributions for Hacktoberfest!

In this, I strongly advise you to save and share it with your friends who are also interested in participating.

Remember, not only is it fun to participate and you can win cool gifts, this is also a great opportunity to increase your skills and gain relevant experience (something you could showcase to future employers). 😉🔥

I hope this brought you some value and wish you a kickass start to Hacktoberfest 💪👾

Your buddy,


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Top comments (2)

riberryf profile image

To participate in Hacktoberfest, developers need to register on the official Hacktoberfest website and then make a minimum of four pull requests to any public GitHub repository best sellers between October 1st and October 31st.

sahiri9495 profile image

Hacktoberfest 2023 is a celebration of open-source contributions, encouraging developers to participate and earn a free T-shirt. Engage in meaningful contributions to open-source projects on platforms like GitHub to qualify. As for "Men's dress shirts," this keyword seems unrelated to Hacktoberfest, but if you have specific queries about men's dress shirts, feel free to ask!