Handshake Hactoberfest

Hacktoberfest Online Meetup

Saturday October 31, 2020
12:00am to 11:59pm PDT
Event is hosted online

Event Description

Hacktoberfest is a massive online event hosted by DigitalOcean every October to encourage Open Source Software development. DigitalOcean is giving out free Hacktoberfest t-shirts to the first 70,000 participants that make 4 pull requests in the month of October.

In order to encourage open source development on the decentralized Handshake blockchain, Namebase is working with the owner of the ".hacktoberfest/" Handshake top-level domain to give free subdomains on ".hacktoberfest/" (i.e. myproject.hacktoberfest/) to anyone who submits a pull request with the "Handshake" or "HNS" tags for Hacktoberfest. Free Handshake T-Shirts will also be given out to the first 50 participants who make 4 or more pull requests with the "Handshake" or "HNS" tags.

Handshake and Namebase

Handshake is a decentralized blockchain built to dismantle ICANN's monopoly on top-level domains (.com, .net, .org, .io are all ICANN top-level domains) and replace Certificate Authorities. $10.2 million was raised for the Handshake, all of which was donated to FOSS communities (source).

Namebase is an onramp for Handshake — we did not create Handshake but are big fans of Handshake and we built our platform to make it easy to buy and sell HNS as well as use, manage, purchase, sell, and bid on Handshake names.


Sign up for Hacktoberfest at hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com to qualify for the official Hacktoberfest shirt.

Join the Namer Community on Discord and DM the Community Manager, Johnny Wu, that you are participating to ensure we register your participation.

HNS Airdrop

In addition to the $10.2M donated to FOSS communities, a decentralized airdrop of 4,246.994314 HNS (~$700 value) each was also created for open source developers to claim (source). Only roughly 3% of total airdrops have been claimed, so you will want to confirm below whether you qualified for the airdrop.

"If you had 15 or more followers on github during the week of 2019-02-04, your github SSH & PGP keys are included in the merkle tree. Likewise, roughly 30,000 keys from the PGP WOT Strongset have also been included in the tree. As a final addition, Hacker News accounts which are linked with Keybase accounts are included in the tree provided they were ~1.5 years old during the crawl."

Who can attend?

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


[12:00] Welcome and Overview
Introduce DigitalOcean's Hacktoberfest and the Handshake Hacktoberfest along with rules regarding receiving their respective prizes.

[12:05] Handshake and Namebase Intro
Introduce what Handshake and Namebase is.

[12:10] Resources
Share relevant resources for building on Handshake.

[12:15] Airdrop Reminder
Reminder for qualifying developers to claim their Handshake airdrops.

[12:15 to 13:00] Mingling
Ask the organizers anything, meet other hackers, chat about Handshake!

Links & Resources


Chat platform where all the activities and fun happens.

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Hosted by

Johnny Wu

Namebase in an onramp for Handshake — we built our platform to make it easy to buy and sell HNS as well as use, manage, purchase, sell, and bid on Handshake names. Handshake is a decentralized blockchain built to expand the top-level domain space and replace Certificate Authorities.