Joining in

RSVP to our event.
The Hackathon is a virtual event open to anyone who is interested in contributing code, translations, UX designs and more to GitLab. By participating in GitLab's Hackathon, you have the opportunity to work on issues that matter to you and advance your skills/experience while joining a global, diverse and inclusive team of contributors and GitLab team members.

To get started:

Prior the Hackathon

  1. Block the dates on your calendar, or subscribe to the GitLab Developer Evangelism calendar that includes the Hackathon dates and calls.
  2. RSVP to our event.
  3. Identify an issue and leave a comment indicating your interest in working on it. That way it's less likely for multiple people to be working on the same issue.

During the Hackathon

  1. Join the sessions to find more about the hackathon or watch the recording that will be posted afterwards.
  2. In case you don't want to work on the issues described in the contribute area below:
    - To get started with code, check out the curated list of issues to contribute to, based on the project you are interested in contributing to.
  3. Leave a comment on the issue(s) you are working on. For help, you can ask directly in the issue or at the contributors channel.

Hackathon Prizes

We are excited to offer the following prizes for this Hackathon.

All qualifying MRs must be submitted between April 23rd 00:00 UTC & April 30th 00:00 UTC and be merged by May 30th at 00:00 UTC.

Categories Eligibility Description
Grand Prize Individual(s) with the most issues closed A coupon to select swag with a value up to $75 from our Community Store
Second Place Individual(s) with the second most issues closed A coupon to select swag with a value up to $50 from our Community Store
Merged MR Everyone with an MR merged A coupon to select swag with a value up to $25 from our Community Store

Hackathon Tutorials & office hour sessions

Tutorial sessions during the Hackathon help you get kickstarted with contributing and to learn more about GitLab development. More sessions/speakers may be added as they are confirmed.

Date Time in UTC
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Topic Session Speakers
April 23rd TBC Hackathon Kickoff - Learn all about our new Hackathon format, and get ready to start contributing Zoom link to Join TBC. Lee Tickett (@leetickett-gitlab)

If you miss any of the sessions, you will find the recordings in the Hackathon Playlist.

Getting help

For communications during the Hackathon, we will use the #hackathon and #contribute channels in Discord. These are channels for hackathon- and contribution-related discussions respectively and for community members to help each other as people have questions when contributing to GitLab.

It's open to everyone, so please join us at the Discord Community Server!

Hackathon Guidelines

Hackathon organizers and GitLab team members reserve the rights to:

1. not consider a merge request part of the hackathon if it's spam or could be part of a larger merge request, etc. If a GitLab team member decides to reject an MR, they should leave a comment informing the contributing and the thinking behind their decision.

2. to block and ban a user that is not following GitLab's Code of Conduct

3. block and ban a user that is using two or more accounts for participating in the Hackathon

Past events

To learn more about previous Hackathon events, visit the past GitLab Hackathons page.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Which GitLab projects qualify for the Hackathon?

    Contributions to all projects under the gitlab-org and gitlab-com groups qualify for the Hackathon.

  1. How are the points being calculated?

    We award 5 points for every merged merge request closing an issue, and 1 point for every merged merge request which does not close an issue.

  1. My merge request has been merged. What's next?

    After the 30th of May, the team will review all the qualifying issues closed and reach out to contributors. Results will be made public in the second week of June 2023.