We’ve been so busy creating amazing things that we decided to update on weeks 2 and 3 at the same time. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed anything and we still have plenty of time for you to show off your great work.
Last week, we had a great livestream with Joseph, Vihar, and Ron to walk through the Hacktoberfest app and answer your questions about the event. The video is included in the app, but if you haven’t seen it, check it out now! It should answer any questions you may have about the app, how to contribute, and how to win prizes.
The theme for week one was “Startup Apps”. Remember that you can submit your contributions at any time and for any theme. These themes are just for us to group the contributions and give you more chances to win cool prizes.
For week two, the theme is UI Kits and Designs. While Appsmith is made by developers and for developers, we have made it super simple to build really great UIs without needing to write code. So, we are always looking for amazing and creative designs that push the boundaries of what our platform can do. So - go have fun! Drag, drop, design, and don’t worry about code.
For week three, the theme is App clones. Much of the functionality that you enjoy in your favorite applications can be replicated to a certain degree with our platform. We’ve seen people replicate desktop apps like notepad, and replicate online apps like e-commerce stores. We’ve even seen people replicate a basic music player that takes inspiration from one of the most popular streaming services!
So, let your creativity flow. Show us your functional apps, your amazing designs, and your fun clones.
There was a delay in getting the week two mini-quest activated in time, so we actually left the week one quest open for longer! To give everyone an equal chance, we actually have BOTH the week 2 and week 3 quests open. They are very simple and easy to accomplish. Some have suggested they are too easy… but at Appsmith, our goal is to make your life simpler and your work faster.
In the spirit of making things easy, we wanted to share a “legal cheat code” that will make it even easier for you to take part and contribute back to the community - adding existing apps!
Anyone who has been using Appsmith for a while has at least a few apps hanging around that they would love to show off. There is nothing in the rule book to stop you from taking your awesome, existing work and contributing… and we encrypted the rule book so the judges can’t change it!
All you need to do is duplicate the app, make any tweaks or changes to remove internal data or references, make it public, and then submit it! It's ridiculously easy to extend, remix, and reuse apps on our platform.
In fact, we will have another livestream video on Thursday that will show you exactly how to do this quickly and easily. In many cases, it will only take a few minutes. So, check out our livestream on our Youtube channel on Thursday and follow along at home.
It is so easy that you can probably get one or two submissions done before we even finish our stream. If you can, let us know on our Discord channel.
As you have seen, we love to joke about how our event is “too easy” and remind you that Appsmith is a great tool that works for everyone, but that is because our platform is powerful and user friendly. In other words, this contest is “easy” because Appsmith makes building internal apps easy.
However, let's remember that the purpose of Hacktoberfest is to contribute to open source projects and help everyone. Whether you contribute code or templates, all of these submissions will be shared with the community. That not only lets you pay it forward to the next person but encourages even more resources to be available for you.
This virtuous cycle is one of the reasons why open source projects continue to grow and drive innovation across the world.
At Appsmith, we like to do things a bit differently, and Hacktoberfest is no different. While we are looking for submissions all month, we will be announcing the 4 themes for the template contest each week.
Additionally, we will have a way *each* week to get “free” coins, which can be redeemed for prizes in our swag store! Check back each week to find out how to get these free prizes.
In order to encourage a broad range of submissions from a broad range of people, we have arranged the template contest across 4 themes:
For each theme, we will have 3 categories:
And, in each category, we will have 3 prizes:
A bit of multiplication (4 x 3 x 3) will reveal that we are giving out 36 prizes in total! Even better, all accepted submissions may be added to our community repository. So, not only can you win cool stuff, but you also may have your contribution immortalized in our community library. It’s a win-win scenario.
For the first theme, we want to focus on “Startup Apps”. In other words, we want to see cool, clever, and amazing apps that any new startup would find useful. Whether the startup is a pre-seed project being run out of a garage or is a Series B+ funded organization with millions to wisely spend.
All businesses need internal applications, and often you can see smaller organizations struggling to scale by trying to build or buy solutions to help them manage their growing business and team.
Appsmith makes this easier by allowing them to quickly build and implement internal apps as fast as they can be imagined, planned, and outlined. We can make it even easier by sharing community application templates that can inspire or provide a great starting point.
Who knows, the Startup App that you submit could be the thing that helps the next great open source company survive and thrive! It will at least be a great example of how people can use Appsmith to move faster and leverage the power of open source to do well.
While we hope that everyone contributes great stuff, and we would love to give everyone a prize, that's just not how it works. We have tried to find a balance between offering great prizes and giving awards to as many people as possible.
But, there is a bit of a loophole.
Each week, we will have a “mini-quest” that you can complete to win a free coin for our shop! All you have to do is visit our Hacktoberfest app, and click on the “Coins” menu item. Here, we will have a new quest each week that you can perform and redeem in order to win a bonus coin!
The only caveat is that you need to be registered to take part, AND you need to go check out the mini-quest each week. You should have plenty of time to do that in between writing code and building templates!
So - what is the week 1 mini-quest? It’s almost TOO EASY! All you have to do is register in our Hacktoberfest App and then visit the Coin page to redeem your coins. That's it - I told you it was too easy.
There is no denying that October is a great month. Whether it is Diwali, Halloween, Dios de Los Muertos, or other great events*, this is a great time to get together with friends and family and celebrate!
Of course, one of our favorite events isn’t just a day or a week… but the whole month! That’s right - Hacktoberfest! Appsmith has been a joyful participant in Hacktoberfest for many years, and 2022 is no different. As part of the open source community, we love the opportunity to celebrate how our community of “Smithys” comes together to help make awesome software.
This year we are doing things a bit differently to make it more fun and to ensure that everyone can take part. We will be diving into more details in future blog posts, but for now, lets cover the high points:
We have created a portal for this year’s event. This will make it so much easier for you to share and take part in the experience. We have loads of features like:
You can go to hacktoberfest.appsmith.com to register today. More of these features will be rolled out as the month progresses, so keep your eyes open.
Getting swag rewards is great, but do you know what’s even better? Getting to choose your own rewards! This year, we are building a swag shop with lots of options from shirts and hoodies to bluetooth speakers and lunch boxes.
Instead of winning some pre-determined prize based on your contribution, we will be awarding “coins” that can be redeemed and used in our store. This way, you get to choose the specific things that you want. It may not be your birthday*, but you should still be able to get what you want.
While we love to get code submissions (see below), not everyone is a coder or is comfortable working on a complex open-source project like Appsmith. That's ok - you can still take part by building a cool app with our low-code platform and submitting that to our Template Contest.
We will be awarding prizes across 4 themes with 3 categories and 3 prizes in each category. I did the math (and had my high schooler check it), and that comes out to 36 total prizes we will be handing out!
Keep in mind that there is no limit to the number of entries OR the number of prizes you can win. I wonder if anyone will be able to win enough prizes to get everything in the shop!
Of course, we are also still hoping to encourage contributions to the Appsmith codebase as well. Our main repo is tagged for Hacktoberfest, and we have selected a group of issues that would be great ones to start with while still providing value.
If there is another issue that you’d like to work on that is not on the Hacktoberfest list, let us know and we can see about adding it for you. Also, please note that only work that is posted in October and is accepted will be eligible.
See the portal for a full list of issues available for the event.
Stay tuned for more information as Hacktoberfest continues. We will be telling you more about our themes, how to get free coins, and revealing our store inventory!
If you have any questions or want to reach out, head over to our Hacktoberfest channel on Discord, and we will be happy to help you out! Finally, be sure to check out our Contributor Guidelines and Code of Conduct.
Happy Hacking! 🐱💻
Like my birthday in October. Want to get me a present?
Time indeed does fly because it feels just like yesterday when we hosted our first ever Hacktoberfest last year! And what a year it has been.
We started Appsmith because we wanted to create a developer-first product to make an engineer’s life easy. From being a small, little-known project on Github, we now have 5K stars. This wouldn’t have been possible without our community; apart from giving us incredible feedback, they also contributed immensely to our codebase, from contributing new integrations to helping solve bugs. We now have over 100 contributors, and we want to expand our community (that means you!), empowering them to contribute to a project that will always remain developer first.
And so, we’re back again this year for an exciting month-long virtual festival supporting open-source projects. We love it because it’s celebratory and community-oriented! At Appsmith, we genuinely believe open-source can take the way we build things to new heights. And our commitment to the community will never waver.
In that spirit, we are kicking off the Hacktoberfest 2021. In the run-up to the actual code-fest, there are going to be many talks! We will be bringing together folks from other awesome projects to talk about Hacktoberfest and Open Source. Be sure to check these out. You will definitely get to learn more about how to get involved in open-source projects. And yes! We’re ready to swag it out, too, for every valid PR! And contributors who submit more than 4 PRs and invite others to contribute to our repository will get a special prize. You are welcome to contribute to the issues on Appsmith’s repository on Github. Be sure to check contribution guidelines, review, and merge policies. Please note that not all pull requests will count towards Hacktoberfest 2021.
Contributing to open-source projects is an excellent way for users to become contributors. And it’s both a fun and rewarding experience. Sure, it can be scary to begin, and many think that only code that implements significant features matters. Well, I am here to tell you that it’s not true. We believe that no contribution is too small. Bug fixes, documentation updates, submitting articles are all fantastic ways of participating.
Hacktoberfest is open to all: Students, developers, anyone really. Background no bar. To this end, this year, we’ve included several newbie-friendly issues in the challenge to give a warm welcome to first-timers.
If you’ve still got some doubts about participating or need some queries answered, head over to our Hacktoberfest channel on Discord, and we will be happy to help you out! To know more about how you can participate in this event, take a look at our Contributor Guidelines and Code of Conduct.
Happy Hacking! 🐱💻