Startup 101: Building Communities Around Open Source, Hacktoberfest Edition

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About this Event

Join us as we learn about building developer communities with Daniel Zaltsman, DigitalOcean's developer advocate behind Hacktoberfest!

What does it take to create sustainable, global events that unify, delight, and excite your community? Daniel Zaltsman, passionate community leader and developer advocate at DigitalOcean, will share how he helped create Hacktoberfest — an online and offline community event that encourages open-source contributions from people of all experience levels around the world.


As we launch our sixth Hacktoberfest event, We'll explore how Hacktoberfest grew from an idea to a sustained, global program, and explore how you can apply the lessons we learned building Hacktoberfest to developing your own community programs and reach hundreds of thousands of software creators.



6:00 - Doors Open/Registration

6:30 - Welcome by Kevin Wei, Startup Associate

6:35 - Talk by Daniel Zaltsman (Developer Relations, DigitalOcean)

7:00 - Q & A

7:15 - Reception/Networking

8:00 - Goodnight

This event is brought to you by DigitalOcean's global event series, Hatch Startup 101 Sessions, featuring curated talks, panels, and fireside chats designed for entrepreneurs and developers looking to build impactful software. We bring together the best in various regional startup ecosystems, to share stories from founders, builders, and creators.


About Daniel

Daniel Zaltsman is a passionate community leader and developer advocate who serves the developer community at DigitalOcean. He helped create and continues to manage Hacktoberfest, a community event that encourages open-source contributions from people of all experience levels. In his spare time he runs a typewriter haiku company and loves pronouncing toasts at any occasion possible.


About Hatch

Hatch is DigitalOcean's global startup program that helps you grow your business. Spend less time worrying about cloud infrastructure and more time building great things. Explore, and follow the community on Twitter: #ItsHatchening


About Hacktoberfest

Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration of open source software run by DigitalOcean and DEV. It's open to everyone in our global community of any background or skill level! You can sign up anytime between October 1 and October 31 to complete the 2019 challenge and earn a limited edition T-shirt. Learn more at


Preparing for the event

  • Light food & drink will be served.
  • All participants are asked to uphold DigitalOcean’s Events Code of Conduct to support a welcoming and inclusive environment.
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When & Where

GSVlabs Boston

2 Avenue de Lafayette Boston, MA 02111, Boston, US





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