Hacktoberfest 2023: Incredible community contributions, digital rewards & a healthier planet

Hacktoberfest 2023 is officially in the books, and we couldn’t be more excited about how the most amazing hackathon of the year shaped up!

Altogether, 80 individuals from around the world contributed to Mattermost this year, merging 159 pull requests across several different developer pathways, including:

  • Writing code
  • QA testing
  • Translating Mattermost into new languages
  • Improving Mattermost documentation

Huge thanks to everyone in our community for their great work during Hacktoberfest. In particular, we want to call out:

This year’s monthlong event marked the 10th anniversary of Hacktoberfest, and we think it was the best one yet. 

A greener Hacktoberfest

Instead of giving out T-shirts to folks from all over the planet, hackathon organizers opted to give participants exclusive digital rewards while planting trees on behalf of the first 50,000 individuals who completed a PR/MR. 

We thought this was a great idea, so we followed suit. 

Everyone who contributed to Mattermost during Hacktoberfest got an awesome digital badge, and we also planted 100 Avicennia marina trees in Madagascar on behalf of our community. 🌲 🌳 🌴

Mattermost plants trees for Hacktoberfest.

It was an unforgettable experience, and we already can’t wait for Hacktoberfest 2024!

Just because this year’s Hacktoberfest might be over doesn’t mean you have to wait until next October to join the Mattermost community.

From submitting code and localizing the user interface to improving documentation and extending Mattermost with integrations and plugins, there’s no shortage of ways to help build Mattermost all year long.

Ready to take the next step in your open source journey?
Get involved with the Mattermost community today.

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Andrew Zigler is a developer advocate at Mattermost and public speaker at the intersection of AI and open source technologies. After studying Classics at The University of Texas at Austin and later teaching English in Japan, he continues to champion career and technical education for his audience.