This year Hacktoberfest is encouraging participants to support projects financially.
The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping and, for those of us in the northern hemisphere, things are feeling decidedly autumnal… which can mean only one thing. Hacktoberfest.
Hacktoberfest is Digital Ocean’s annual campaign to support open source software, to contribute to projects that interest them, and for maintainers to encourage developers to become the next generation of open source leaders.
But this year Hacktoberfest is broadening its definition of ‘contributing to open source’, to encourage participants to contribute to projects financially as well as with their time. The site includes a donation drive featuring participating projects on Open Collective and GitHub Sponsors. Projects on Open Collective that want to participate in Hacktoberfest can read more about doing so over in our update for maintainers.
Hacktoberfest is now in its 8th year and is continuing to evolve the format. It’s great to see Hacktoberfest including financial contributions as a part of their campaign as more open source projects begin to think about how to sustain their work financially, and that doing so has become a more common and accepted way to support open source.