MapSwiperfest 2

Hacktoberfest Online Meetup

Saturday October 24, 2020
2:00pm to 5:00pm UTC
Event is hosted online

Event Description

Hacktoberfest is a good excuse to get started as an opensource contributor. You don't even need to be a developer! If you can write, design or anything else, come and join us!

With this event, we want to help you make your first contributions to humanitarian opensource, and show you how you can help lots of people even from your home.

Can't make it to this online meetup? Hacktoberfest is virtual and open to participants from around the globe. Sign up to participate today. You can also get in touch with us via email if you want to take part in the MapSwipe effort at any time.

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:


Absolute beginners are very welcome. One of the organizers of the session had never done a pull request 6 months ago. You too can learn very quickly and make a difference!

If you're keen on coding on the mobile app, we recommend that you setup the development environment prior to the session. It will take about an hour of your time, but will mean you can jump right into coding. Instructions are here If this looks scary, do not worry, you can also do it during the session and we'll happily provide support for it.

Here is a rough agenda for the session:
- Welcome 10 minutes
- Introductions 1 minute per participant, just to know how we can best use this time.
- About Hacktoberfest 5 minutes to explain what Hacktoberfest is about and what we are hoping to do with this meeting.
- OpenSource 5-10 minutes about opensource and why it's great for humanitarian work
- Let's hack together! 2 hours where you hack, learn and share what you know. We will adapt the session to everyone's skills and what you want to learn. We can't teach you programming in 2 hours, but we can give you some useful tips to start contributing to opensource (and MapSwipe in particular ;) in a meaningful way.

If English is not your best language, we will also be able to help you in French and German.

Links & Resources


Chat platform where all the activities and fun happens.

Open link →

Hosted by

Laurent Savaete

MapSwipe is part of the MissingMaps project. Since its start in 2015, MapSwipe has scaled to 30,000 users mapping over 1 million km2 (larger than the area of Kenya). MapSwipe is volunteer-driven and community-led. Any organization or mapping community can request to use MapSwipe to help with their activities on the ground.