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Join the Social Impact Hacktoberfest Challenge

Hacktoberfest Social Impact Challenge

From October 1–31, we’re once again partnering with DigitalOcean and Twilio for Hacktoberfest—a month-long event celebrating the open source community by encouraging developers to contribute to open source projects. This year, we’re also partnering with and highlighting several projects using open source to make the world a better place. We hope you’ll join us in supporting this socially impactful work by contributing to these projects:


Alex makes sure your writing is considerate by catching potential insensitive phrasing.

Alex example output

Support needed:

  • Website and documentation help on, including new phrases to catch and improved messages for the words they already catch
  • Translation, including possibilities to translate the project into languages other than English or support HTML alongside Markdown and plain-text

Contributor level: Beginner to advanced

REFUGE Restrooms

REFUGE restrooms indexes and maps safe restroom locations for trans, intersex, and gender-nonconforming individuals.

Refuge restrooms website

Support needed:

  • Multiple areas. The team is looking for help with tasks of all sizes. As an all volunteer open source project, there are plenty of opportunities.

Contributor level: Beginner to advanced


The GliaX project is making health care accessible to everyone, everywhere. They use the newest in tech to make high-quality open source medical devices and increase availability to those who need them.

Support needed:

  • Usability improvements, including improvements to the stethoscope, otoscope, and tourniquet devices
  • Engineering and firmware, including help for the pulse oximeter and electrocardiogram devices

Contributor level: Advanced


HospitalRun aims to improve access to medical care for some of the most vulnerable patients in the world by improving the software tooling that hospital administrators in charitable hospitals use to facilitate care.

Support needed:

  • Bug fixes
  • Feature development in Ember.js

Contributor level: Intermediate to advanced with knowledge of Ember.js

if me

If me is an open source, not-for-profit mental health web app that encourages people to share their experiences with loved ones and trusted allies.

Support needed:
The team recently redesigned their app, so there are opportunities to refactor code and improve performance, usability, and accessibility.

  • Blog support
  • Community organization
  • App translation
  • Feature improvements

Contributor level: Beginner to advanced


Talk is an open source commenting platform focused on better conversation, brought to you by Mozilla, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Support needed:

  • Moderation features like new searching and filtering capabilities or custom moderation queues
  • Commenting features like new reactions, new badges, or adding translations
  • Features ranging from adding or changing CSS on the frontend to adding custom plugins and API/backend enhancements

Contributor level: Beginner to advanced

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap

Through local people, local tools, and open knowledge, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team works to provide open map data and tools to revolutionize disaster management, reduce risks, and address the world’s toughest challenges. When major disaster strikes anywhere in the world, thousands of volunteers come together online and on the ground to create open map data that enables disaster responders to reach those in need.

Support needed:

  • Documentation
  • User-experience improvements
  • Application performance improvements

Contributor level: Beginner to advanced


OptiKey is an on-screen keyboard designed to help Motor Neuron Disease (MND) patients interact with Windows computers. OptiKey seeks to allow anyone to use their computer fully with only head or eye movements. Never should someone with a disability have to pay for the ability to speak to their loved ones and stay in touch with the world around them.

Support needed:

  • Bug fixes
  • Technical support for extending OptiKey with new features

Contributor level: Beginner to advanced

Join the Community Forum Challenge

In addition to inviting you to contribute to these open source projects, we’re hosting a challenge in the GitHub Community Forum where you can get recognition for contributing to projects from the Social Impact Collection during Hacktoberfest. For more information on the challenge or to sign up today, please head over to the challenge home page.

Those who complete the challenge by 11:59pm PT on October 31 will receive a limited edition badge on their Community Forum profile in recognition of their achievement and to thank them for helping projects make a positive impact.

Open Jam is back

Join Open Jam 2018

Returning for its second year, Open Jam is an 80-hour game jam brought to you by @Jared-Sprague, @mwcz, and Game jams are focused on creating games with a few constraints, like adhering to a limited time frame in creating a game, staying within a theme, or using only a specific technology. Participants are encouraged to use open source game engines, libraries, tools, and Creative Commons assets.

Last year’s Open Jam theme ‘Leave a mark’ brought about a frenzy of fun games including Stellar Wrath, a game about solar system sabotage created with Godot.

Stellar Wrath loading screen

Open Jam is a perfect excuse to experiment with building a game if you haven’t before. With so many tutorials online and a growing number of game engines, it’s easy to make an addictive Java-based text adventure or JavaScript-powered platformer.

The three top-rated games of Open Jam will have their playable demos featured at the All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC from October 21–23.

Stellar Wrath by DualWielding was one of last year’s winners on display at All Things Open.
Pictured: Stellar Wrath by DualWielding was one of last year’s winners on display at All Things Open.

The 2018 events kicks off on October 5, so keep refreshing the jam page for the theme announcement, tips, tutorials, and competition details. If you can’t participate in Open Jam, don’t worry—Game Off, GitHub’s very own month-long game jam, will return next month.

Join Open Jam 2018 now

Celebrate Hacktoberfest's 5th year - Amsterdam edition

Hacktoberfest Amsterdam

Join us at the GitHub office in Amsterdam for Hacktoberfest’s 5th anniversary! On Tuesday, October 2, from 19:00 to 22:00, we’re celebrating with food, drinks, learning, and great company.

Learn how to contribute to open source from local maintainers, get up to speed on how GitHub works, and make some pull requests. The evening will begin with presentations from local open source maintainers, an introduction to how open source works, and how you can contribute. Then we’ll help new and experienced folks get down to business. Don’t worry—we’ll have plenty of snacks and stickers to help fuel your ideas.

New to open source? We’ll help you along the way. Already an experienced contributor? Come and hack on your favorite project, and help mentor folks! No contribution is too small, and we’ll have lots of help on hand, including @DEGoodmanWilson (GitHub) and @floord (Phusion).

Register now

Date: Tuesday, October 2
Time: 19:00 - 22:00
Address: Spaces Vijzelstraat, Vijzelstraat 68-72, 1017 HL Amsterdam

Can’t make this event? It’s not too late to find another one nearby, or even organize your own event at your club, school, or workplace!

Events are kicking off all around the world:

…and more, coming to a city near you!

Check out the Hacktoberfest Event Kit for more information.

Hacktoberfest 2018 launch party

Hacktoberfest 2018 Launch Party

Join us at GitHub HQ in San Francisco for Hacktoberfest’s 5th anniversary! On Monday, October 1, 2018, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm we’re celebrating with food, drinks, learning, and great company.

We’re hosting a workshop on contributing to open source, plus we have some demos and lightning talks from a few guests speakers, including @KyleAMathews (Gatsby creator), @codebytere (Electron engineer), and @michael-watson (Apollo GraphQL engineer). See the Eventbrite page for the complete agenda.

Register now

Date: Monday, October 1
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Address: 88 Colin P Kelly Jr St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Can’t make this event? It’s not too late to find another one nearby, or even organize your own event at your club, school, or workplace.

Events are kicking off all around the world:

Check out the Hacktoberfest Event Kit for more information.

Hacktoberfest is back and celebrating its fifth year!

Hacktoberfest 2018

Join us this October by participating in the fifth annual Hacktoberfest, a month-long celebration of open source software. Along with welcoming back our friends at DigitalOcean, Twilio has joined our partnership for its first year in celebrating Hacktoberfest.

It’s easy to join in on the fun (and get a limited-edition shirt!), all you have to do is check the Hacktoberfest website for details on how to enter. Then, submit 5 pull requests to open source projects between October 1st and 31st. That’s it! The first 50,000 people to complete the challenge will earn a limited edition Hacktoberfest shirt. Terms and conditions will be posted on the website prior to the start of the contest.

Earn a limited-edition Hacktoberfest shirt

If you’ve never contributed to an open source project before, you don’t have to miss out on all the fun—check out our contributing to open source guide.

Want to share your love for Hacktoberfest? Tell the world with the #hacktoberfest hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Last year, 30,000+ people from over 100 countries (119 to be exact!) submitted almost 240,000 pull requests to all kinds of projects—everything from documentation tweaks and bug fixes, to new features and performance improvements. See their stories and (and selfies!) on Twitter with #hacktoberfest.

Hacktoberfest 2017 participants

Don’t miss out! Check the Hacktoberfest website and sign up to receive updates



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