Hacktoberfest Documentation Meetup - Doc sprint #3

Hacktoberfest Online Meetup

Saturday October 24, 2020
10:00am to 2:00pm EDT
Event is hosted online

Event Description

Event info

Atlanta Write the Docs Meetup Hacktoberfest Documentation Project, Session 4

October 24, 2020 10 AM to 2 PM EDT

Theme: Process Visualization

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. 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

What We'll Accomplish

This week's event is a doc sprint, where we work together or individually on open source documentation issues posted by project maintainers. We'll also review an easy method for capturing process information visually, and in a way that your business partners will want to own and maintain it.

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 10:30 AM - Six Simple Things You Need to Know to Model a Process, with Q&A. Speaker: Barbara Summerville

Complex process narratives can be expressed in a way that almost anyone can comprehend through the use of six symbols and a few simple modeling rules.

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Brief review of work, lessons learned.

Participants will have a chance to discuss issues they may have encountered since the last session, and share insights about the projects they tackled.

11:00 AM to 1:50 PM - Writing Session.

Participants will have time to work on open source projects either individually or in small groups. Individuals and teams are free to pull your own projects. We recommend the searches below as a starting point. Of course we'll assist if needed.

Hacktoberfest GitHub searches for documentation issues

Note - you have to have a GitHub account in order for these searches to work. Otherwise they will return a 404 page.

Hacktoberfest - labeled "documentation"

Hacktoberfest - labeled "documentation," "good first issue," "help wanted"

Hacktoberfest - all issues labeled "Hacktoberfest"

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 Topics for discussion
11:00 Doc sprints - team or individual
12:00 Coaching/assistance (ongoing)
13:30 Wrap up

Links & Resources


Chat platform where all the activities and fun happens.

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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.