We’ll be following up our introductory Celebrating Hacktoberfest session with drop-in sessions throughout October, so do join us if you’d like to get involved or learn more about open source!

Schedule for the rest of the month:

  • Tu Oct 10 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm University of Sheffield, Diamond Meeting room 1

  • Tu Oct 17 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm University of Sheffield, Information Commons Collaboratory 1 ‐ 1.26

  • Tu Oct 24 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm University of Sheffield, Diamond Meeting room 1

  • Tu Oct 31 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm University of Sheffield, Diamond Meeting room 1 - Halloween Hacktoberfest!

Hacktoberfest banner


It’s Hacktoberfest over on GitHub! a global celebration of open source intended to promote participation in open source projects.

So this month we’re taking a break from talks and booked some group hackspaces at the University throughout the month to get involved in some open source projects requiring some #rstats help.

Anyone can benefit from getting involved, regardless of coding skill. At the very least, you’ll learn more about open source and how to contribute through online collaborative coding platforms like GitHub. But you never know, you might end up stumbling across the perfect project for you and ending up joining a community.

You can choose to contribute as little or much as you like, from correcting typos, contributing ideas to discussions to building features! Make at least 4 contributions (pull requests) to any GitHub-hosted project between October 1 and October 31 to earn a limited edition Hacktoberfest T-shirt!

At today’s meetup:

We’ll take a look at Hacktoberfest R projects on GitHub (many rOpenSci packages requiring help!) and discuss how to use GitHub to contribute to projects e.g. how to make a pull request, best practice for contributing code etc.