Celebrating open source with Hacktoberfest

The skies are getting darker, the air is getting colder. It’s October! To counter the winter blues, we had a celebration of open source with Hacktoberfest.


Hacktoberfest is a month-long event from DigitalOcean, GitHub, and Twilio. It’s real simple: contribute to 5 open-source projects over the month, and receive a free limited edition T-shirt. At Codemate, we love open source, and also love t-shirts; it made perfect sense for us to get involved and help organise the Hacktoberfest Open Hack Night from Oulu’s local Web Dev meetup.

Joonas and Thibaud, standing on each side of the big screen, present Hacktoberfest to the audience. They look happy.

Thibaud and Joonas introduce Hacktoberfest before the workshop.

Supporting open source

Open source contributions don’t have to be complicated to be meaningful. Anyone can contribute to an effort they care about. It’s a great way to give back to projects we benefit from, and also to learn new things. During the workshop, participants made pull requests to various projects like Joonas’ LunchWatch.

Screenshot of the GitHub interface for pull request reviews, showing a contribution to LunchWatch

A pull request sent during the event to LunchWatch, to add new metadata to it

We hope to help organise more of those events in the future. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about Codemate and open source check out what we have shared on GitHub – for example FlutterMates.