How to Hacktoberfest — A guide for open source project maintainers, part 2 [Hacktoberfest 2019]

“Maintaining isn’t easy and don’t feel like you need to be perfect.” – Jess Lee from DEV shares how you can drive contributions to your open source project through DEV and Hacktoberfest.

[00:39] Project awareness + spreading the word
[7:42] Setting up a friendly & informative repo
[13:25] Developing goodwill

Jess Lee (@jessleenyc)
Co-Founder, DEV Community


Hacktoberfest ( is a monthlong celebration of open source software. It was started at DigitalOcean as a way to foster a sense of community and encourage more participation in open source projects. The program is open to both beginners and veterans, and we welcome all communities. We value learning, being respectful of those before and after us, and prioritizing quality over quantity.

To reward Hacktoberfest contributors, we’ve designed a limited edition T-shirt for those who complete the challenge each year. This year, the first 50,000 participants will be eligible to receive the limited edition shirt.

Duration: 24:46
Publisher: DigitalOcean
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