Gov Hack Week

Hacktoberfest Online Meetup

Monday October 12, 2020
9:00am to Oct 15, 6:00pm MDT
Event is hosted online

Event Description

Hacktoberfest — brought to you by DigitalOcean in partnership with Dev & Intel — is a month-long celebration of open source software. Maintainers are invited to guide would-be contributors towards issues that will help move the project forward, and contributors get the opportunity to give back to both projects they like and others they've just discovered. No contribution is too small — bug fixes and documentation updates are valid ways of participating.

Can't make it to this online meetup? Hacktoberfest is virtual and open to participants from around the globe. Sign up to participate today.

Rules and Rewards

First, sign up on the Hacktoberfest site at To qualify for the official limited edition Hacktoberfest shirt, you must register and make four pull requests between October 1-31. Pull requests can be to any public repo on GitHub, not just the ones with issues labeled Hacktoberfest. If a maintainer reports your pull request as spam or spammy behavior, or not in line with the project’s code of conduct, you will be ineligible to participate.

Connect with other Hacktoberfest participants by using @DigitalOcean, @hacktoberfest, #hacktoberfest on your social media platform of choice.

New to DigitalOcean? Receive USD $100 in infrastructure credit at

Event code of conduct

Hacktoberfest meetups are welcoming, open, and inclusive. Please read our Events Code of Conduct before attending. Happy hacking!

Who can attend?

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


First Day - 13 OCT

Welcome. Set a welcoming, open, and inclusive tone. Thank everyone for attending, tell them about yourself, give an overview of the programming, and remind them of the code of conduct.
Network. Get to know your attendees by breaking the ice. Set aside 5-10 minutes to allow people to talk among themselves. You can also use - Icebreaker, which offers a fun and engaging way to get to know each other.
Introduce Hacktoberfest, including the background of the celebration and its instructions. It's important to mention the key points of Hacktoberfest. For example: "This is all about encouraging meaningful contributions to the open-source ecosystem — for beginners and veterans alike."
Introduce open source. Here are some resources for inspiration.
Workshop. Explain how to contribute to open source. These resources can help.
Demos. Introduce 3- to 5-minute demos by anyone interested in sharing their open-source projects.
1100 EST Get hacking! Break out into Zoom break out rooms, and hack together.
15 OCT

1000 EST Show and tell. Share 5-minute demos by anyone interested in sharing what they learned or worked on during hack time.

Links & Resources


Chat platform where all the activities and fun happens.

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Hosted by

Britany Burnworth and Jason van Brackel

Government Platform as a Service (PaaS) team helping teams across the DoD accelerate through their DevSecOps Journey.