I have been participating in hacktoberfest for 3 years now and I just want to share a super short explanation of why I get so excited every year for this event. In one word it's:
The first year I was trying to get into open source. So I joined hacktoberfest and started rifling thought
#hacktoberfest tagged issues. To my surprise it felt way more fulfilling to know that what I was doing was adding value to so many other peoples lives. The code that I was writing wasn't for me, it was for everyone and that was so empowering!
The second year I was now running a React Meetup and we had the chance to host an event. It was inspiring to see all the people who were interested in similar things in one room - coding!
I also started my own repo last year to play around with the text-to-speech api in browsers https://github.com/ericadamski/alphabet-keys. It led me to write something I thought my kids would have fun with. Now it excites me every time I see a new comment on an issue or a new pull request. Just knowing that someone gets to leave a part of who they are in this code - it makes me giddy!
Also free T-Shirt! 🤤 I cannot leave this out! The shirts are amazing.
Hacktoberfest is such an amazing event that makes the global coding community feel like a tight group of like minded individuals trying to make the world a better place. I ❤️ Hacktoberfest!