Start Contributing to Open Source for Hacktoberfest With a Github Pull Request

Ahmad Awais ⚡️
2 min readOct 1, 2019

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As a full-time #OpenSourcerer — October is one of my favorite months. And it’s October already. Today’s #OneDevMinute is about #Hacktoberfest — it’s a month-long online event where you signup at and Hacktoberfest to celebrate Open Source by contributing at least four times between the October 1–31. Let me help you get started.

Good folks from DigitalOcean, GitHub, and this time the team will track your open source contributions, help you stay motivated, and upon four successful GitHub pull-requests — you’ll receive swag items like a limited edition T-Shirt, stickers, and maybe a few discount codes.

Create a GitHub Pull Request

Learn to create a GitHub Pull Request and contribute to Open Source.

😇 Open source is for everyone, it’s not just code — developers, designers, marketers, and content writers, basically anyone can participate. Improve an open-source project’s documentation, refactor code, gift that project a new logo design — just participate and celebrate open source in October.

# Step #0: Create an account on 
# Step #0: Signup at
# Step #1: Fork any open source GitHub repo.
# Step #2: Clone that repo in your PC. E.g.

git clone

# Step #3: Make changes and commit/push these changes.

git add .
git commit -m " NEW: Resource for learning Git"
git push

# Step #4: Go to your fork, click open `Pull Request` link and create a PR.

Learn to write good and useful git commit messages using the emoji-log project. Star the repo and read the docs on Emoji Log.

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P.S. I have 190+ FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) GitHub repos where you can contribute and earn your #Hacktoberfest swag. Check it out →

Use your code for good.
Peace! ✌️

Originally published at on October 1, 2019.



Ahmad Awais ⚡️

Award-winning DevRel Eng. ❯ ❯ Google Developers Expert ❯ Node.js Community Committee ❯ WordPress Core ❯ Self-confessed tech comedian!