October, the 10th month of the year. Its mention usually strikes up an image of Halloween in our minds. Times have changed; Nowadays developers await its arrival for a different reason: Hacktoberfest.

Last year's limited edition shirt and stickers.

What is Hacktoberfest and why should I care?

Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration of open source software run by DigitalOcean in partnership with GitHub and Twilio.

The aim of the event is to incentivise people to contribute to open source software in hopes that they'll stick around. It's a good time for busy project maintainers too; petty bugs on their projects will have high chances of getting squashed. I highly recommend you try it out :)

Here's how it works:
  • You sign up for Hacktoberfest at any time during October.
  • You contribute to open source software (software with source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance) on Github.
  • If you make 5 pull requests by the end of October, you get a free limited edition Hacktoberfest t-shirt.
  • You also get $100 credits on DigitalOcean if you're a new customer. These are valid for 60 days and you'll need a credit card to redeem them. This can be used to host your site via Droplets, or any other DigitalOcean infrastructure service.

Sign up for Hacktoberfest here.

Redeem your DigitalOcean credit here.