What is Hacktoberfest?
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!
How do I participate?
What is WipperSnapper?
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.
WipperSnapper Boards -Do you have a favorite development board that isn’t on Adafruit.io WipperSnapper yet? We have a few open, tagged, requests for boards that are not yet supported by WipperSnapper but are available in the Adafruit Shop. If you have a suggestion for a board you’d like to add to WipperSnapper during Hacktoberfest, add it here and we’ll take a look.
WipperSnapper Firmware – For those who have familiarity with C++/Arduino. We have issues open in this repository for firmware enhancements and tooling! If you would like to work on something else, add it as an issue on this repository and we’ll take a look into it.
I have questions/comments/feedback/etc!
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.