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Mission report: Git Merge 2018


Last week, hundreds of Git fans met in Barcelona for Git Merge 2018—the conference dedicated to your favorite version control tool—and even more people joined the sessions from around the world on our live stream. The event brought together business leaders, source control teams, and developers for two days of Git-focused activities, promoting goodwill and dialogue between companies that have a vested interest in the progression of Git and that employ Git contributors.

We donate all proceeds from Git Merge tickets to the Software Freedom Conservancy to support their work in improving and defending free and open source software.


Git Merge kicked off with a full day of workshops led by experts from GitHub and Praqma about topics like Git aliases, scripting, and simulating Git workflows.

On the second day, Brett Smith of Software Freedom Conservancy delivered a thoughtful keynote about how free and accessible software is the key to building the future. Then speakers from Mozilla, Microsoft, and other leading technology companies took the stage to discuss refactoring, automation, and the future of Git over the course of the day.

Thank you

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Git Merge! And we couldn’t have done it without our sponsors who came together to support the Software Freedom Conservancy and open source software at this important event.


Save the date: GitHub Universe 2018

GitHub Universe 2018, October 16-17

GitHub Universe, our flagship product and community conference, is returning this year to a new location. Join us October 16-17 at the Palace of Fine Arts for more sessions, more demonstrations, and more chances to meet with the best developer community in the known universe. Secure your spot with an early bird ticket or submit a speaker proposal if you’d like to lead a session.

Pick up an early bird ticket

Early bird tickets are available now for $99. Super early bird pricing will be available until April 20, but don’t wait—tickets will sell out.

Get early bird tickets

Submit a speaker proposal

Want to share your story at Universe? We’re calling for speakers to share ideas about the tools, people, and businesses behind software during Universe breakout sessions.

Submit a proposal

Godot GDC Meetup: Thursday March 22, 2018

Godot GDC Meetup Poster

We’re excited to host the Godot GDC Meetup at GitHub HQ in San Francisco on Thursday, March 22. Juan Linietsky,Lead Developer at Godot Engine, will discuss Godot’s development process and how they work with a community of more than 500 developers.

Leaf Corcoran, Founder of, will talk about deploying Godot games to using command line tools and API endpoints for patching and quering all sorts of data.

Please bring yourselves and your laptops for a night of talks, demos, and conversation. Game developers of all levels are welcome!

Register now

Date: Thursday March 22, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm PT
Address: 88 Colin P Kelly Jr St, San Francisco, CA 94107

GitHub GDC Party: March 20

Heading to San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference (GDC) next week? Join us at GitHub HQ on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 pm for our annual GDC Party!

GitHub GDC Party

Our friends from the Global Game Jam will be there celebrating their 10-year anniversary and showcasing a collection of games for you to play. Feel free to bring your laptops and other devices, show off your work, and meet people who love games as much as you do. We’ll supply the drinks, wifi, and Octocat stickers.

Note: GDC badges or proof of registration are required for entry. All ages welcome, but please bring a valid photo ID if you’re over 21 and would like to drink. We recommend showing up early to avoid disappointment—it wouldn’t be the first GDC party to reach capacity quickly.

Date: Tuesday, March 20
Time: 7 pm - 12 am PT
Address: 88 Colin P Kelly Jr St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Patchwork Orlando

Patchwork is headed to Orlando! This event is open to beginners to Git and GitHub and mentors who want to help others learn. We’ll have stickers for everyone, and a little something extra for the mentors, so we hope to see you there.

Canvs Orlando

Special thanks to our partners for the event:

GitHubbers and community mentors will be on hand to walk the attendees through their choice of learning modules:

  • GitHub 101: Introduction to GitHub
  • GitHub 102: Using the GitHub Desktop
  • GitHub 103: Using the Command Line

No coding experience needed

Patchwork is a self-directed, hands-on workshop for learning Git and GitHub. The atmosphere is casual and informal—it’s not an event full of presented tutorials and copious note-taking. You will be able to go at your own pace with the help of a community mentor nearby in case you run into any trouble. Join us for a night of hacking and snacking and make some new friends while you’re at it!

Newcomers to Git and GitHub: you’ll leave with a merged pull request, a square on your contributions graph, and the confidence to get more involved in the open source community.

Mentors: if you’ve ever had a pull request merged, now is your chance to share the love and help someone else create magic. :sparkles:


For: Beginners to Git and GitHub
When? April 11, 2018 6:30-9:30 pm
Where? Canvs: Downtown Orlando, 101 S. Garland Avenue, Suite #108, Orlando, FL 32801 (This venue is wheelchair friendly, and provides gender-neutral restrooms)

If you do not yet have a GitHub account, we ask that you sign up at before you attend the event. It’s fast, easy, and of course, free. This way you’ll be ready to go right out of the gate.

We will provide food and refreshments. If you have any food allergies, please let us know during registration.



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