Hacktoberfest Documentation Meetup - Kick-off event

Hacktoberfest Online Meetup

Saturday October 3, 2020
10:00am to 2:00pm EDT
Event is hosted online

Event Description

Event info

Atlanta Write the Docs Meetup Hacktoberfest Documentation Project Kickoff

October 3, 2020, 10AM to 2PM EDT

Theme: Getting Started

The Atlanta Write the Docs Meetup is hosting events throughout the month of Hacktoberfest in order to help open source projects with their documentation. Our events are open and welcoming to anyone who wants to contribute to the documentation for open source projects, no matter where you're located.

What We'll Accomplish

Our first event is a kick-off, where we'll go over what's needed to contribute and look at some interesting projects. More information on that is below.

The next events will be doc sprints, where we work together or individually on open source documentation issues posted by project maintainers. These will be held on October 10th, 17th, and 24th. On the 31st we'll gather to celebrate and go over any lessons learned and accomplishments.

You can participate as little or as much as you want. Everyone is welcome, and everyone is here to learn and enjoy themselves.

More information on Hacktoberfest here: Hacktoberfest home

Rules of the Road

This event is covered by the Write the Docs Code of Conduct, which states that "we are dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, welcoming, and harassment-free space and experience for all community participants." You can find more information at the link above.


10:00 AM to 10:15 AM - Welcome and Overview

During this session we’ll introduce Atlanta Write the Docs’ Hacktoberfest goals and program.

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM - Getting Familiar with Git and Git Hub.

The purpose of the kick-off event is to help everyone get up to speed on what you need to be successful for Hacktoberfest. We'll go over tools and look at a few projects. Everyone will have a chance to get set up to work in Git and GitHub, and feels comfortable navigating the applications.

Make sure to review the Hacktoberfest Beginner Resources.

You will need to sign up for Hacktoberfest after the event opens on October 1st.

You'll need the following:

11:15 AM to 1:50 PM - Forming Working Teams and Getting Work.

We’ll show how to find documentation projects and let others know we’re working on them. Participants will be able to choose whether they want to work independently or team up with others.

1:50 PM to 2:00 PM - Review and Next Steps.

We’ll end the session by quickly reviewing what we learned and the expectations for the next session.

Who can attend?

Locations have different requirements for who can attend. This location is open to the following:


[10:00] Kickoff session - code of conduct reminder
[10:30] Intro to open source
[11:00] Getting setup to use Git/GitHub
[12:30] Overview of available projects
[13:30] Wrap up

Links & Resources


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Hosted by

Alan Bowman and Barbara Summerville

We are people who care about making the reader experience awesome by delivering excellent documentation. We're writers, developers, designers, learning professionals, and documentation enthusiasts.