Virtual Coffee Newsletter, October 2021
Hacktoberfest is here!
September was all about getting prepped and powered up for Hacktoberfest, and
now we're finally here! Time for some success in OSS!
💞 Community Kindness
Spotlighting some of the kindness happening in our community.
"I'm so grateful for everyone here, and I'm so happy to see everyone's
progression since I joined VC. Love my peeps!"
"I'm grateful for still nice weather, my family, Virtual Coffee, that I got
accepted in The Collab Lab cohort, and being part in the process of CodeLand
"Grateful for family, tech community, Virtual Coffee friends, my bootcamp
cohort, and current (good) health. Life is good."
📆 What's happening at Virtual Coffee
This month we have three tracks:
Maintainers - They provide issues labeled Hacktoberfest on their
repository(ies), review the PRs for these issues, and validate and merge
following the rules of the contest. They also answer the contributors'
Contributors - They find issues labeled Hacktoberfest they want to solve. The
goal of the contest is to have 4 PRs validated during the month of October.
Mentors - They will be paired with a mentee (contributor or maintainer). They
provide support either on Slack, during a 1:1, a pairing session, or whatever
works best for the team!
We also have a #hacktoberfest-co-working-room open in slack for all of our
members co-working needs. Special thanks to
Decentology for sponsoring our
We successfully finished season 3 of the podcast!
🥪 Member Events
These are members-only events that last for 45 - 90 minutes.
Member Blogpost Highlights
Some of our member posts we loved last month!
Ayu, Andrea, and Mandi will be joining the upcoming cohort of The
Cristien got a big shoutout from VP of Product at her company.
Ayu, Jono, Julia, and Dan all helped to make Codeland awesome this
What our members are up to
Brian creates amazing events with
Certified Fresh, which is a friendly online
meetup for developers. They meet at 1:00 p.m. EDT every other Friday and
bring access to a ton of high-quality speakers and presenters.
Shoutout to all our members who are working on Hacktoberfest submissions
this year as part of our
- Ray Deck is continuing his amazing work with CodeMentor!
Nick Taylor has been doing an amazing job streaming with
Open Source Projects We Love!
VirtualCoffee.io, an 11ty Web App for our community created by Dan Ott - Our very own site!
Protege.dev, a React Web App to help
junior devs find remote jobs by Drew Clements.
DRONE - a Continuous Delivery
system built on container technology.
Python Turtle Art Canvas
- The aim of this project is to create a collaborative piece of creative
coding using Python Turtle Graphics.
JESS CSS - a CSS pre-processor that
Stepzen SpaceX GraphQL
- This repository is a React app with a StepZen SpaceX endpoint consumed
using Apollo. It currently displays data from the SpaceX API.
Quarto - An implementation
of the Quarto boardgame using Elm and Netlify. An exploration of game
development, oss, build automation, accessiblity, and machine learning.
Classified Ads 48
- A lightweight classified-ads web-app with maps. NodeJS + Leaflet 🗺️ +
Forem - Forem is open source
software for building communities.
Open Sauced - Open
Sauced provides structured onboarding for new contributors to open source.
This structure provides a way to track your next contributions by leveraging
a unique dashboard built on top of the GitHub GraphQL API.
Postpartum Wellness App
- A React Native app to help moms monitor their well-being during the
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