October is our favorite month of the year because it brings with it Hacktoberfest, the largest celebration of open source in the world! And this year, we returned to support DigitalOcean and Hacktoberfest 2023 as a sponsor to invest in the upliftment of the open-source world and to rejoice the 10th anniversary of this wonderful initiative. Hacktoberfest brought moments of nostalgia seeing developers from different walks of life join in to take their first steps in the open-source world.
We had an absolute blast interacting with all the new contributors and hosting all the events throughout the month! Our Discord server was full of AMAs and PR Review parties, which enabled us to demonstrate our PR review workflow and allowed the community to really appreciate the work that goes into maintaining open-source projects. We were also able to educate new contributors on various facets of open source, usage of tools like Git and GitHub, the process of submitting a PR, communication best practices, and so much more!
Not only did we see multiple virtual events, but we also hosted an in-person Hacktoberfest Kickoff meetup in collaboration with DigitalOcean in Bengaluru, India. Overall, this Hacktoberfest was one of the most wholesome and fulfilling experiences for our team, and we cannot wait to share our highlights from this edition.
Our history with Hacktoberfest
Before we jump into some amazing open-source contributions from Hacktoberfest this year, we would love to share why our participation in Hacktoberfest matters far more to us than we can express. Appwrite was first released back in September 2019 with one mission, to make software development accessible and enjoyable for all. Hacktoberfest 2019 was truly a game-changer for us, as we saw over 200 contributions from some lovely members of the open-source fraternity that October. The stars on our project doubled that month and entered the 4-digit range for the very first time.
That one month truly enabled us to lay the foundations of a budding organization with the sole purpose of helping developers build faster and better. And for that, no thank-yous will ever be enough to express our gratitude for this amazing open source community that chose to carry us on their shoulders at our inception. This year, as a sponsor of Hacktoberfest, we set out with the mission to uplift the ever-growing open-source community and enable more newcomers to step in and grow in this ecosystem.
Some of our favorite contributions
This Hacktoberfest, we focused on collaborating with our contributors to make impactful contributions. Some of them really stood out to us, and we thought to share them here for you to check out too!
The Appwrite team also participated in a number of livestreams throughout the month.
Open Source Friday with Appwrite by GitHub
Learn healthy contribution practices with Aditya Oberai! by GitHub Education
Building Appwrite Functions by MLH
Milestones achieved so far
Together, we made a lot of noise during Hacktoberfest, leading to some amazing results for the Appwrite community!
135+ Hacktoberfest issues
65+ accepted Pull Requests
30+ new GitHub contributors
8 Hacktoberfest PR Review Parties
All these achievements were made possible through the strong collaboration and active participation of the community through a variety of contributions, spanning adapters, function templates, and more!
What’s next for Appwrite
We have a lot of exciting features that we’re working towards as we gear up to make Appwrite Cloud generally available. Appwrite Cloud is the hosted Appwrite solution managed by our team, so developers like you can focus on building their applications. We’re currently running Appwrite Cloud in Public Beta, so sign up and start building as soon as you can!
Besides that, this Hacktoberfest, one new product that we saw a number of folks contribute to is Appwrite Messaging. Stay tuned for more information on the same.
How can you contribute after Hacktoberfest?
Hacktoberfest may be over, but you don’t have to stop contributing! We have lots of open issues that you can find on our GitHub repos. You can also write articles, create tutorials, or build demo apps and add them to our Awesome Appwrite repo and the Built With Appwrite website. There are always new ways to support the community, and we truly love all the contributions you make. If you need help with Appwrite or would like to explore some interesting ways to contribute, join us on our Discord server and connect with the Appwrite community.
Thank you so much once again for joining us during Hacktoberfest. We hope you enjoyed contributing to open source as much as we do, and we can’t wait to have you all with us next year!