Craig Porteous [t|w] and I are running a Hacktoberfest workshop on Saturday the 27th of October at the Incremental Group in Glasgow!

Who is it for?

If you’ve never used version control before, played around with it a little or you’re a seasoned Pro, come along and earn some free swag! It doesn’t matter what programming language you know, or if you know any at all! Everyone can get involved in Open Source projects! From contributions as small as a spelling error to adding functionality to an application!

It’s totally free so come along and have some fun!!

What is Hacktoberfest?

Hacktoberfest, brought to you by DigitalOcean in partnership with GitHub and Twilio, is a month-long celebration of Open Source software. Maintainers are invited to guide would-be contributors towards issues that will help move the project forward, and contributors get the opportunity to give back to both projects they like, and ones they’ve just discovered. No contribution is too small - bug fixes and documentation updates are valid ways of participating.

Can’t make it to this event? Hacktoberfest is virtual and open to participants from around the globe. Sign up to participate today.

What’s happening?

We’ll kick off at 1.30pm and aim to head out for a beer and some burgers by 5.30pm.

You can find the Incremental Group on the 5th floor of the Garment Factory, 10 Montrose Street, Glasgow, G1 1RE. NOTE: Google Maps is showing Incremental Group as near the Trongate which is incorrect. Search for the address and not Incremental Group.



Montrose street is just off of George Square and equi-distant of Queen Street and High Street train stations with a 5 minute walk. Glasgow Central and Argyle Street are around a 10 minute walk. When you get there press the buzzer on the small door to the left of the main doors.

Git Fundamentals

We’ll open the afternoon with Paul’s talk on Git Fundamentals, giving you an overview on what Git version control is and why you should contribute to Open Source projects. Any of these words confuse you, Paul’s session will clear it all up to get you started!

Hack time!

Then we’ll put it into practice! Get you set up with a Github account and make your first pull request!

If you have projects you already know you want to contribute to or have suggested fixes for others to try, bring the details along with you on the day.

Community effort

We’ll be there with other Git users to help find projects to contribute to and get you.

We’re not providing any lunch so if you get peckish bring something along or there’s plenty choice nearby! We may have some German themed treats though…

This is all about encouraging meaningful contributions to the open source ecosystem, for beginners and veterans alike.

The Incentives!

Rules and Prizes

First sign up on the Hacktoberfest site. If you open up five pull requests between October 1 and October 31, you’ll win a free, limited edition Hacktoberfest T-shirt. (Pull requests do not have to be merged and accepted; as long as they’ve been opened between the very start of October 1 and the very end of October 31, they count towards a free T-shirt).

Connect with other Hacktoberfest participants (Hacktobefestants?) by using the hashtag, #hacktoberfest, on your social media platform of choice.

DOUBLE INCENTIVE!

Contribute just 1 pull request to a Microsoft repository and you’ll earn a unique free t-shirt designed by Ashley McNamara.

Where do I sign up?

Sign up on our Eventbrite page. Make sure to read the Hacktoberfest Code Of Conduct.

What will I need to bring?

You’re going to need a laptop and yourself. Then join in with the community and learn some git!

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Paul Broadwith

Paul is a Senior Technology Engineer with 25 years experience in finance, government, manufacturing and services industries. He is a father, Microsoft professional, coder and loves to automate everything.

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