Oct 23, 2018 - Ray Paik    

Get ready for the Q4'2018 GitLab Hackathon

The Q4 Hackathon for the GitLab community will take place on November 14-15.

Following the success of our inaugural event, the next quarterly Hackathon will take place on November 14-15. We're looking forward to another opportunity for collaboration and meeting with new community members!

What's the deal?

This is a virtual event where community members get together to work on merge requests (MRs) and also to welcome and help new contributors. We now have a new Hackathon landing page, where you will be able to find more details as we get closer to the event. Again, we will have an exciting prize for everyone who has MRs merged within 10 days of the Hackathon:

GitLab slippers GitLab slippers for everyone with merged MRs

The person with the most MRs merged during the Hackathon will be able to show off their grand prize around the neighborhood or at a nearby skate park!

GitLab skateboard GitLab skateboard for the grand prize winner

What else is taking place?

In addition to hacking, we plan to invite community experts for quick presentations plus Q&A sessions on various topics such as getting started as a new contributor, Meltano, issue triage, etc. over the two days. These sessions will also be recorded and available on GitLab YouTube channel. If you want to see materials/recordings from the last Hackathon, you can find them in the Q3 Hackathon wiki page.

Where can I find help during the Hackathon?

For communications during the Hackathon, we will use the GitLab Community room in Gitter. This is a channel designed to have community-related discussions and for community members to help each other as people have questions while contributing to GitLab. This is open to everyone, so please join the room if you are not part of it already.

How do I get started with contributing?

A good place to start is the Contributing to GitLab page, where you can learn how you can contribute to GitLab code, documentation, translation, and UX design.

If you have any questions, you are always welcome to reach me at rpaik@gitlab.com.

Cover image: "Gitlab application screengrab" by Pankaj Patel.

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