Celebrate Hacktoberfest 2018 with OpenEBS

The 5th edition of Hacktoberfest is around the corner, and it will be the second Hacktoberfest experience for the OpenEBS community. We are all excited and ready to go!

Celebrating Hacktoberfest with OpenEBSCelebrating Hacktoberfest with OpenEBS

In August 2017, the OpenEBS community began growing, building a strong foundation for an open source project. We were first introduced to Hacktoberfest by friends and peers at the DigitalOcean Bangalore Meetup, and were immediately interested in participating. We enlisted OpenEBS as one of the projects participating in Hacktoberfest 2017. We were pleasantly surprised with the participation and enthusiasm that Hacktoberfest attracts from developers around the world. The result was that the OpenEBS community brought in 20+ new contributors with ~100 PRs.

We are excited to announce that OpenEBS will be participating in Hacktoberfest 2018 as well! Look for latest updates here.

How do you get started with Hacktoberfest?

GitHub makes it simple for contributors to get started. Just search for the tag “hacktoberfest” at the GitHub level. Within a few minutes, you can filter several issues to start working on what best matches your interest. First-timers can look out for the “good first time” tag. Here are some quick steps to follow if you are interested in participating.

  1. Register at the DigitalOcean website and provide your mailing address so that their system knows you are participating and can send you a t-shirt and stickers later. [Well, we all want them, matter of pride :)]
  2. Next, filter the issues with hacktoberfest tag, and further filter out based on language, documentation, good first issue, etc.
  3. Pick up a few issues and let the author of the issues know that you want to fix them and start the interaction.
  4. Send a PR, and with the continued interaction, you will eventually be able to have your PR merged. After some time, your t-shirt and stickers will arrive. In the meantime, enjoy working on more issues that you enjoy solving.


Get Additional Awag from OpenEBS

OpenEBS swag for Hactoberfest 2018OpenEBS swag for Hactoberfest 2018

When your PR to any OpenEBS repositories is merged, we will get in touch with you to fill out a form to send a special edition t-shirt designed for Hacktoberfest.

We will also send some of our popular mule stickers along with your t-shirt. The best PR also will win a new laptop. Additional details can be found here.


Onsite workshops in Bangalore

Open Source Cafe at HSR Layout Bangalore

Open Source Cafe at HSR Layout Bangalore

We hope to have even greater success in this year’s edition of Hacktoberfest. With that intention, we are hosting onsite workshops on all Saturdays in October in our Open Source Cafe — Bangalore.

Schedule on the day of workshops

10:00–10:30 AM — GitHub 101

10:30–11:00 AM — Hacktoberfest 101

11:00–3:00 PM — Hacktoberfest Onsite Hackathon

11:00–12:00 PM — On-demand 30 minute sessions such as Kubernetes 101 / OpenEBS 101


Onsite Hacktoberfest workshops in Bangalore

Onsite Hacktoberfest workshops in Bangalore

To help the beginners start their open-source journey, there will be 101-level courses in the mornings. All workshop participants will receive help from our team in getting started, and they all get to win the special edition t-shirts. Bring your own hacking gear, such as laptops!

As you will be lost in code while you are at the open-source cafe, we will bring the lunch to your hacking table :) Submit a PR on those days at the venue, collect the hacktoberfest t-shirt from the OpenEBS team, and if you order a beverage, that beer is on us. Yes, bring it on! :)


This year our theme for Hacktoberfest is “MULE HAS FRIENDS”. OpenEBS collaborates contributions from cloud native storage and data management. We want to drive the hacktoberfest enthusiasm to additional projects such as Weave Scope, Rancher LongHorn and Heptio ARK. This October, we are looking to help and receive more contributions for these open-source projects as well.

Happy hacking!!

Quick links

Hacktoberfest 2018 - DigitalOcean

Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration of open source software.hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com

Build software better, together

GitHub is where people build software. More than 28 million people use GitHub to discover, fork, and contribute to over…github.com


OpenEBS is an open source storage platform that provides persistent and containerized block storage for DevOps and…openebs.io

- Thanks to Satyam Zode, Akash Srivastava, karthik satchitanand, and openebs.

This article was first published on Sep 27, 2018 on OpenEBS's Medium Account.

Kiran Mova
Kiran Mova is a Passionate Technologist with 17 years of extensive experience working for product companies like Cisco, Lucent, Novell. Kiran has led efforts in performance engineering, simplifying the products in terms of usability, operation and deployment complexities, introducing multi-tenancy and enabling SAAS services in domains like IP/Optical Networks, Storage and Access Management. At MayaData, Kiran leads overall architecture and is responsible for architecting, solution design and customer adoption of OpenEBS and related software. Kiran evangelizes open culture and open source execution models and is a lead maintainer and contributor to the OpenEBS project Passionate about Storage Orchestration. Contributor and Maintainer OpenEBS projects. Chief Architect MayaData Inc. Open Source Dreamer
Akhil Mohan
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Uma Mukkara
Umasankar Mukkara (Uma) has over 20 years of experience as a hands-on developer, architecting scalable products and building innovative teams. Uma led product development in the early days of MayaData (CloudByte). He has led multiple innovations in multi-tenant storage and has contributed to more than 10 patents. Prior to CloudByte, he has contributed significantly to the development of Access Management solutions and has a sound understanding of cloud storage and security architecture. Uma also spends significant time in building chaos engineering practices in OpenEBS development eco-system, community engagement, and partner eco-system development. Uma holds a Masters degree in Telecommunications and software engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from S.V.University, Tirupati, India. Contributor at openebs.io, Co-founder& COO@MayaData