Hacktoberfest is a well-known technical festival that encourages new open-source contributions. So what occasion can be more auspicious to kick-start your open source journey and get started with contributing to projects that can impact thousands or millions of people. In my previous post, I have shared a list of beginner-friendly issues so that you can get the ball rolling once the Hacktoberfest'21 kicks off.
Students and early contributors to open source often get lost in the hurdle of getting the right projects. Newbies are always curious about the following questions:
- As a beginner, how should I get started with GitHub? 🤔
- Where can I find beginner-friendly repositories/issues? 🧐
- Can someone mentor me to complete my Hacktoberfest challenge? 🥺
In my initial days, I have faced hurdles too. So, I don’t wish that for my juniors and early contributors. In an effort to make Hacktoberfest 2021 easy for novices, I along with a few of my pals have decided to start an initiative.
An informal initiative 🤝
We have started an informal initiative to address the above queries and mentor the beginners for a seamless experience.
- If you are a beginner, this blog will guide you on getting started with open source and finding the right mentor, and
- If you happen to be experienced in this field, we would be more than grateful to onboard you as a mentor.
39 people have already joined these quests to help beginners kickstart their open-source journey. We are compiling a list of beginner-friendly issues so that the Hacktoberfest enthusiasts can get their minds playful. We are starting this open-source celebration journey with an optimistic vision of hitting the following number:
- 100 Mentors
- 1000 Contributors
- 250 Repositories
- 500 Issues
- 50 Events
The aforementioned metrics are achievable if we become a workforce of approximately 100 mentors along with curious beginners and professionals. Currently, we’re 61 mentors short.
I salute all the amazing mentors who decided to trade away the hours that they could use to pursue their own career goals and spend them on guiding newbies in getting started with GitHub. 🙌
How can you get on board as a mentor? ✌️
Anyone who is willing to give back to the open-source community and is familiar with Git and GitHub can become a mentor to assist novices to get started on their open-source journey. To do so, please create a pull request to add your name to
Your job as a mentor will be:
- 🙏 to resolve beginner's doubts.
- 👍 share beginner-friendly issues (& repositories).
- 💬 engage with other community members.
- 🤝 welcome and help others to finish the Hacktoberfest challenge.
Join us in reaching the milestone of 100 mentors. Recommend anybody who is interested in making a difference. In case, you've missed the mentor's onboarding session, please watch the recording on YouTube.
Add your issues/repos 🙌
Are you a project maintainer? If so, please consider submitting a PR to have your issues/repos included in the list. As previously said, we're targeting 500 issues, with all your support we can easily hit that mark. For any queries, please reach out to me, Aman or Dev.
Worry not! I don't want you to be the only one without a Hacktoberfest Tee! The Hacktoberfest'21 repo has everything you need to get started with open-source. You may get a sneak peek at some of the good first issues by clicking here.
As a beginner, your duty is to:
- 👀 Keep an eye on the repo.
- 🙌 Find a mentor right here.
- 💬 Start a discussion here if you happen to face issues.
- 🤝 Join our community on Discord.
- 📨 Kindly submit your details to keep yourself updated.
- 🎙️ Follow us on Clubhouse to stay tuned!
Student communities ✨
Are you organizing an Open Source, Git & GitHub, or Hacktoberfest event and looking for speakers? We would be more than grateful to join you as a speaker. To request a mentor to join as a speaker, please create an issue here.
Happy Hacktoberfest 🎉
This October join me as a mentor to guide the beginners to open source enlightenment. To all the curious contributors, find a home to your queries and quest for potential issues to contribute.
My DMs are open on Twitter for any collaboration/suggestions.
Thank you :)
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