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Virtual Coffee Newsletter, October 2022

Hacktoberfest is here! 💝

Hey friends!

It's time to get our open source on! Hacktoberfest is HERE.

💞 Community Kindness

Spotlighting some of the kindness happening in our community.

"Just wanted to say how much I love the folks here. All the good things in my life are better because of you all, either directly or indirectly. And this is where I've made the most friends in a long time."


"I love and appreciate you all and thank you for helping me as a person."


📆 What's happening at Virtual Coffee

September Recap

Monthly challenge -> Hacktoberfest Prep!

We spent September getting ready for Hacktoberfest contributions. Some folks are going to be hosting their own projects as maintainers, and have been making their repos as accessible as possible. Others are getting ready for their first time contributions or gearing up for more work in their favourite projects. Some people just want to help, and signed up to be mentors and supporters for the OSS contributors.

October -> Hacktober!

Virtual Coffee is tackling Hacktoberfest 2022 at full force and we want our Virtual Coffee members to join us!

Hacktoberfest is a month-long virtual event that encourages and supports open-source contributions. Open Source Software (OSS) is code that the public can view, contribute to, and use. Sponsored by Digital Ocean, a contributor can qualify for the official Hacktoberfest swag by registering and making four pull requests (PRs) between October 1-31.

Our plan is to harness the power in our community to help developers become excited about contributing to Open Source Software, and to contribute to some of our favourite Open Source repositories along the way.

Because not everyone will need the same level or type of support, we're working to accommodate as many needs as possible. This could include 1:1 mentorship, access to private Slack channels, a group coding session, a review of the project you're using for Hacktoberfest, or general community support. We're also here to cheer you on throughout the month, whether on social media, through our events, or Slack.

Whether you want to be a contributor, a project maintainer, or a mentor, we have a place for you! You can sign up with Virtual Coffee's Hacktoberfest initiative here.

☕🪑 Coffee Table Events

☕ Official Virtual Coffee Events

🍔 Lunch & Learn

Note: These are the currently scheduled times for these events at the time of this publication. Please check the official VC #announcements Slack channel, or other noted channels, for any updates and links to event rooms. For the full list of events, check out our events page.

Volunteering at VC

Over the last few months, we've been trying to improve our documentation and support here at VC. We're very excited to be opening up membership! All of our active volunteers have an invite to send out to someone interested in joining Virtual Coffee. If you're interested in joining the volunteer team, check out some the roles here!

Member Highlights


We're back with Season 6 of the podcast!


Here's some of the awesome articles our members wrote last month!

Member Wins

"Just merged my first PR at work, something I wrote, as a developer, for real life!"


"Win: at the Atlanta Developers Conference yesterday I met somebody who had seen my talk about accessibility last year, he came up and said he came in knowing nothing about accessibility but has been using the resources from my slides all year at his job and is getting better all the time."


"First PR made at my new job"


"WIN: I got featured in my local newspaper today."


Also, special mention to Ayu Adiati's amazing new github profile!

What our members are up to

Open Source Projects

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