Hacktoberfest Post-Event Survey Results

We wanted to hear from you, the community, about what you love about Hacktoberfest and what could be improved as we plan 2024’s event. We sent a survey to everyone who signed up to participate in Hacktoberfest 2023 in an effort to gather direct, transparent feedback from the people who make Hacktoberfest what it is. We introduced the significant change this year of not offering a Hacktoberfest t-shirt to people who completed the challenge, and many of you had strong opinions about it. The results demonstrate some clear trends across all participants. Throughout our survey, respondents expressed genuine appreciation for Hacktoberfest because of its learning, connection, career, and project development opportunities. We also heard that without the t-shirt, folks aren’t as motivated to take time out of their busy schedules to contribute.

In the words of one survey respondent:

“This year’s Hacktoberfest was an incredible experience for me, as it marked my first time contributing to an open-source event. I was initially nervous, but the supportive community and abundance of resources quickly put me at ease. I ended up making [sizable] contributions to different projects, and I learned so much along the way. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of Hacktoberfest this year, and I’m already looking forward to participating again next year!”

How did you feel about Hacktoberfest this year?

How did folks participate?

What would motivate folks to contribute?

Should we hold a small in-person conference?