Hacktoberfest is Digitalocean’s annual event that encourages people to contribute to open source throughout October. Much of modern tech infrastructure—including some of digitalocean’s own products—relies on open-source projects built and maintained by passionate people who often don’t have the staff or budgets to do much more than keep the project alive. Hacktoberfest is all about giving back to those projects, sharpening skills, and celebrating all things open source, especially the people that make open source so special!
WipperSnapper is a firmware designed to turn any WiFi-capable board into an Internet-of-Things device without programming a single line of code. WipperSnapper connects to Adafruit IO, a web platform designed (by Adafruit!) to display, respond, and interact with your project’s data.
Simply load the WipperSnapper firmware onto your board, add credentials, and plug it into power. Your board will automatically register itself with your Adafruit IO account.
From there, you can add components to your board such as buttons, switches, potentiometers, sensors, and more!
Which repositories for WipperSnapper can I contribute to?
This depends on what you’d like to add! WipperSnapper has three core GitHub Repositories and we’ve assigned tagged issues for Hacktoberfest to each. Additionally, if you have a suggestion for something you’d like to do during Hacktoberfest – add an issue to any of these repositories and we’ll take a look at it!
WipperSnapper Components – Do you have a favorite sensor or actuator? Do you want to add support for sensors we don’t yet have on Adafruit.io WipperSnapper? This repository holds definitions (think – “digital twins”) for all the components we support so far.
The best place for questions about this is on the Adafruit Discord. We’ll answer any questions you may have in the #help-with-adafruit-io channel.
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.