Hacktoberfest 2020


October has started, which means: Hacktoberfest!

Hacktoberfest is a worldwide, month-long celebration of open source. An event open to everyone. Whether you’re a developer, student learning to code, documenter, designer, you can help drive the growth of open source projects, like Home Assistant.

By participating in Hacktoberfest, and by contributing four GitHub pull requests, you will earn either a free t-shirt or, new this year, have a tree planted. All backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to complete the Hacktoberfest challenge.

Just like all other years, Home Assistant participates in Hacktoberfest.

What to work on?

So, you’ve decided to earn yourself that free Hacktoberfest t-shirt? Great! We’ve collected a bunch of tasks/suggestions/bugs that we’d love to get some help on. You can find those by filtering/searching for issues with the hacktoberfest label.

Or view all our Hacktoberfest issues across all Home Assistant projects.

Additionally, we recently held the month of “What the heck?!”. During this month a lot of suggestions and annoyances got reported by our community. While, those topic may not be approved as a change yet, it might be a great source of inspiration to contribute something the community wants. Check out the WTH community forum posts.

But, I’m not a developer?!

If you are not a developer, new to git, GitHub or open source in general, documentation can be a great way to get started. A relatively easy way to contribute, is by reviewing the documentation of integrations you use or are familiar with, checking if everything is still up to date and is free of spelling/grammar mistakes.

Every single documentation page on our website has a “Edit this page on GitHub”, on the top right corner. Using that link, you can change the text on that page and provide a suggestion for improvement.

On our Community forum, there is a good, step-by-step, guide on how this works: Editing the Documentation and Creating a Pull Request on GitHub.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign-up on the Hacktoberfest website and start hacking! If you have any questions, please, drop by on our Discord chat server. We have dedicated developer channels and are happy to assist you.

Happy Hacktoberfest 🎉