How to contribute to Hacktoberfest 2023 through ReactPlay?

How to contribute to Hacktoberfest 2023 through ReactPlay?

Our favorite month is here! And we have some amazing activities planned for our community 🤩

Yes, you are right. We are talking about Hacktoberfest! In this blog, we want to cover various ways you can participate in Hacktoberfest through the ReactPlay community.

What is Hacktoberfest?

Simply put, Hacktoberfest is an ode to open-source. It's a month-long event dedicated to everything open-source. The developer community celebrates open-source projects, its maintainers, and contributors and organizes various events and activities. The main purpose of Hacktoberfest is to embrace open-source projects and their maintainers, encourage new open-source contributors to participate, and foster collaboration, growth, and innovation in the developer community.

DigitalOcean and its partners organize Hacktoberfest every year in October. This year, DigitalOcean is organizing Hacktoberfest with ILLA Cloud and Appwrite. And this year, it's special. Why you ask? 2023 is the 10th anniversary of Hacktoberfest! For the last decade, DigitalOcean and its partners have been embracing open-source, and introducing it to more and more developers!

We wrote a blog last year that explains everything about Hacktoberfest in detail. If you are still curious, make sure you give it a read.

Hacktoberfest x ReactPlay

As an open-source community, we LOVE Hacktoberfest. We met so many amazing contributors through Hacktoberfest, that we could reach new heights and achieve great milestones because. Last year, we conducted our first edition of Hack-R-Play in Hacktoberfest.

We are (of course!) participating in Hacktoberfest 2023 as well. And this year, to make its 10th anniversary special, we have super-duper plans. In Hacktoberfest 2023, ReactPlay will also accept low-code and no-code participation as valid Hacktoberfest participation.

Our last year's blog dives deep into ReactPlay's Hacktoberfest participation and the different types of contributions we support.

In this blog, we want to cover every possible domain in which you can contribute to the ReactPlay community at Hacktoberfest.

How developers can participate in Hacktoberfest?

There are multiple ways to contribute to ReactPlay if you are a developer. We have a whole bunch of issues ready for you in two of our GitHub repositories. Here are four ways you can do so:

  • Create a new play: The easiest way to contribute is to create a new play. This guide will help you create your first play on ReactPlay.

  • Resolve a bug: You can check the opened issues in both repositories and search for bugs you can resolve. Alternatively, if you find any unnoticed bug, feel free to resolve it too.

  • Add a feature: Similar to the last one, if you come across any feature request in opened issues, or have a new feature that you want to implement by yourself, you can do that as well.

  • Enhance the existing codebase: Also, you can improve the existing project by working on existing modules that need an update.

Open issues in react-play

Open issues in docs

How writes can participate in Hacktoberfest?

If you are a writer you can contribute in two ways: blogs or documentation. ReactPlay blog is an initiative to encourage developers to get better at technical writing. You can write a blog about the web, open-source, technology, your experiences, and anything you want to share with the world. If you are not a skilled technical writer and still want to give it a shot, we can help you to get better by proofreading and editing your blog.

For the period of Hacktoberfest 2023, the blog you contribute with must be original, and should not have been published anywhere, including your personal blog.

The second way is documentation. You can write documentation on various areas related to ReactPlay. Feel free to check out opened issues or join the dedicated docs channel to get a better understanding of this.

How public speakers can participate in Hacktoberfest?

Public speaking is not everyone's cup of tea! It's amazing that you are into public speaking, or at least want to get into it. Don't worry, we have something for you...

Host an event

If you are a college student part of a college community, a BootCamp or course attendee, or active in any online or in-person communities, you can host an event. The event can be either in-person or online, that's totally up to you. The event can educate others about open-source and web dev through ReactPlay.

Organize a workshop/seminar

If you want to go one step further and get your (and attendees') hands dirty, you can organize a workshop as well. Just like the event, the workshop can be either online or in-person. The workshop can dive deep into open-source, web dev technologies and provide hands-on practical learnings to attendees. You can use ReactPlay as a tool to teach others how things work.

Nominate yourself for Open Mic

Open Mic is our initiative that brings out the inner public speaker of you. We host Open Mic on Fridays where you can talk about technical things you are good at. It's okay if you haven't given a talk or are afraid to do so. All you need is a good topic that you are interested in talking about, and a little courage to speak to the camera. Everything else will come on its own!

We have successfully hosted four Open Mic sessions until now. If you want to give a talk, you can nominate yourself in the following form:

Give a talk

Last but not least, if you are into public speaking, you can give a talk. The talk can be at a conference, seminar, workshop, event, online event, community meetup, or even Twitter (X) spaces as well. The talk can be about anything regarding open-source, web dev, and mention ReactPlay to some extent.

Publish a podcast

If you host a podcast or know someone who hosts podcasts and is interested in participating in Hacktoberfest, you can collaborate to record a podcast session. You can invite someone from the ReactPlay community as well. We would love to be a part of that.

A few things to remember

There are plenty of opportunities for you to participate in Hacktobefest whether or not you are a developer. However, there are some things that you must remember before contributing to any open-source project like ReactPlay during Hacktoberfest.

  • It's okay if you are a beginner, have little experience, or have no experience at all. Hacktoberfest is about embracing open-source and not about proving your skills.

  • Follow the rules, regulations, and guidelines of the community you are contributing to. In most cases, you can easily find them in community servers or landing pages. Don't hesitate to ping community managers if you don't find them.

  • Open-source is not just limited to Hacktoberfest. You can contribute to open-source projects, use them in day-to-day life, support maintainers, and do many more things to celebrate open-source in the other 11 months as well.

Last and the most important,

Hacktoberfest is about embracing open-source, not about rewards you get.

What next?

We hope you have an idea of several ways you can contribute to the ReactPlay. If you still have any doubts, need any clarification, or want any help, leave a DM on Twitter (X) or ask in our community.

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