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.

Utkarsh Mani Tripathi
Utkarsh is a maintainer of jiva project and has contributed in building both control and data plane of OpenEBS. He loves to learn about file-system, distributed systems and networking. Currently, he is mainly focusing on enhancing jiva and maya-exporter In his free time, he loves to write poems and make lip smacking dishes
Sagar Kumar
Sagar is a software engineer at Mayadata who loves coding and solving real-world problems. He has been playing with Kubernetes for the last couple of years. Currently, he is focused on building OpenEBS Director as the go-to solution for OpenEBS users. In his free time, he loves playing cricket and traveling.
Karthik Satchitanand
Karthik has been into Design and Development of tools for infrastructure as code, software testing performance & benchmarking & chaos engineering. Currently, he is one of the maintainers of the OpenEBS & Litmus opensource projects. In his free time, he learns about Indian classical music, philosophy & literature.