Hacktoberfest – Open source celebration with free swag

11 July 2021

By: Mayank Choudhary
Every year in October we celebrate Hacktoberfest which is an open-source celebration for our global community. This fest is open to everyone worldwide whether you're a student starting to learn code, developers, event host, or even a company of any size. Hacktoberfest is gaining popularity every year and in 2020 around the first 70,000 participants were eligible to get the limited-edition T-shirt and cool stickers. This fest is playing a vital role in generating awareness and helping to drive the growth of open-source contributions for an ever-growing community. People from all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to complete the challenge. • Occur every year between 1st — 31th October • Hacktober is a global event and anyone can participate irrespective of their background and skill levels • First, 70,000 participants who successfully complete the challenge will be eligible to receive a limited-edition T-shirt👕and lots of cool stickers👨‍💻from Hacktoberfest sponsors like Dev, Github, Digitalocean, and intel. • Four pull requests must be submitted to public Github repositories with ‘hacktoberfest’ tag OR the maintainer can accept your PullRequest by merging it, adding the “hacktoberfest-accepted” label to it, or approving it.

What is open source?

Open source is a term that refers to open source software (OSS). Open-source software is code that is designed to be accessible publicly — anyone can see, modify, and distribute it. Github is one of the Open-source platform where anyone can contribute or modify. Open-source software is often cheaper, easy to use, more flexible, and has more longevity because it is developed by communities rather than a single author or company which can be modified several times.

Open source has become a popular movement and a way of working that reaches beyond software production where everyone is free to contribute. The open-source movement uses the values and decentralized production model of open-source software to find new ways to solve problems in their communities and industries.

Github - Open source platform


GitHub is a code hosting platform that helps developers store and manage their code, as well as track and control their work. GitHub lets you (and others) work together on projects.

To earn your Hacktoberfest tee reward, you must register and make four valid pull requests (PRs) between October 1–31 (in any time zone). PRs can be made to any public repository on GitHub.

How to make your first pull request :

To make your first contribution, it’s required to familiarize yourself with how to create a pull request. Check this elaborated video on how to make a pull request — https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/details

New update :

For completing the task of receiving a T-shirt 👕or planting a tree, you need to send the pull requests only to ‘hacktoberfest-accepted’ labeled repository only or submitted in a repository classified with the hacktoberfest’ topic. These pull requests also need to be successfully merged, approved by a maintainer, or labeled as ‘hacktoberfest-accepted’ in order to qualify. These merging, labeling, and approving needs to be completed before the deadline of November 1.

In order to classify your repository valid for the challenge you need to label it hacktoberfest like shown below or to make your PR valid for challenge you need to send PR on a repository with hacktoberfest tag :

Labeling a pull request ‘hacktoberfest-accepted’ -

After all your four pull requests are accepted by the repositories maintainers (you may send PR’s to different repositories or can also send 4 PR’s on the same repository) you will receive a mail from hacktoberfest for your completion of the event challenge and it will enclose a link where you will need to fill your details and address. Also this year you can choose between picking the limited edition T-shirt or planting a tree instead due to coronavirus, well the choice is yours but I will prefer you to go with the cool T-shirt and stickers.