Joining in

The Hackathon is a virtual event open to anyone who is interested in contributing code, documentation, translations, UX designs and more to GitLab. Prizes are awarded to participants for having Merge Requests (MRs) merged and there may also be special award categories at each Hackathon.

To get started:

  1. Block the dates on your calendar!
  2. An easy way to get started for first timers is contributing to documentation. Check out the curated documentation issues which are welcoming contributions.
  3. 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.
  4. Check out the Contribute page for additional ways of contributing.
  5. If you have decided to work on an issue, it helps if you leave a comment. That way it's less likely for multiple people to be working on the same issue.
  6. Join the tutorial/office hour sessions
  7. Share the MRs you are working on, get help or help others. Join the party at the contributors channel.

Hackathon Prizes

We are excited to offer the following categories of prizes for this Hackathon:

All qualifying MRs must be submitted on March 31st & April 1st in your local timezone and be merged by April 30th at 23:00 UTC.

Categories Eligibility Prizes Description
Grand Prize Individual(s) with the most MRs merged Grand prize A Hackathon special swag box
Second Place Individual(s) with the second most MRs merged Second prize Duffle Bag, GitLab socks, a charging multi port cable , collapsible straw
Merged MR Everyone with an MR merged Merged MRs GitLab socks and a charging multi port cable

All qualifying MRs must be submitted on March 31st & April 1st in your local timezone and be merged by April 30th at 23:00 UTC.

Hackathon Tutorial 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
March 31st 09:00 - 09:45 Hackathon Kickoff Zoom link Presentation Christos Bacharakis (@cbacharakis)
March 31st 14:00 - 14:50 Runner office hour Zoom link Darren Eastman (@DarrenEastman), Eliott Rushton (@erushton), Steve Azzopardi (@steveazz)
March 31st 16:00 - 16:50 Package group office hour (Package office hour issue) Zoom link Tim Rizzi (@trizzi)
April 1st 21:00 - 21:30 Hackathon wrap-up Zoom link Presentation Christos Bacharakis (@cbacharakis)

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 GitLab Contributors room in Gitter. This is a channel for community-related discussions 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 Contributors Gitter room!

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?

    While we generally encourage contribution to the GitLab project, MRs for any project under the gitlab-org group, Meltano, and www-gitlab-com qualify for the Hackathon. If you are in doubt about a project which is not on this list, please do ask us on the Contributors Gitter channel.

  1. What are the key dates for the current Hackathon?
  1. My Merge Request has been merged. What's next?

    After the 30th of April, the team will review all the qualifying MRs merged and reach out to contributors. Please expect an email by the 15th of May.