Hacktoberfest has come to an end. As one contributor put it, “[i]t was a great opportunity to give back to the software I use and depend on.”
Thank you to all contributors for choosing to work on SendGrid’s open source projects.
Global T-Shirt Cannon
We are always astonished by the enthusiasm of the open source community around the world. Especially, when T-shirts are on the line. From Spain, to Romania, Australia to India, Finland to Mauritius, we are sending T-shirts to almost 200 contributors across to globe.
This year’s results have been incredible. We had over 1,500 pull requests from the community and Gridders. Among our documentation repository, libraries, and other repositories, we had 343 contributors.
Since we allocate difficulty levels for issues and PRs, we use story points to convert effort into statistics. The community contributed over 3,200 story points, which more than doubled per contributor from 2017. Our documentation repo also made it into the leaderboard on the official Hacktoberfest site.
Festing In Real Life
We also want to thank those teams that hosted Hacktoberfest meetups. A few highlights include a Write The Docs meetup hosted at SendGrid HQ, our very own beer club (yes that’s a thing here), and Caddy Code in India.
Delivering the Value to Our Customers
All of this work ultimately benefits our customers. A few examples we think will add value for our customers from this year’s Hacktoberfest include:
- Updates to our DX Automator to use the GitHub v4 API. This will make it faster for our DX team to find and respond to issues.
- Changelogs are now generated automatically, which will help us release libraries faster (there are similar ones for the other repos).
- Publishing library releases into language package managers like this C# library contribution.
- For Java lovers, you can take advantage of this new concurrent class for sending email more efficiently.
What Else Do You Want to See?
We tried a new thing this year to spur innovation in our community by creating a dedicated Hacktoberfest repo. And, the community generated new ideas here. Because of you, customers can now take advantage of sending email via PowerShell and R.
Looking beyond Hacktoberfest 2018, we plan to rename and re-purpose this repo as a general purpose SendGrid open source repository. We hope the community will continue to share great ideas with each other there.