Making things as a college student is hard when you're pulled in every direction by academic and social obligations. Breaks are a great time to do it—but getting started can be difficult.
Shortly after Purdue's winter break began, we proposed a challenge for the Purdue Hackers community: for the last 10 days of 2022, push to GitHub at least once every day and share an update in the #⛵️sail channel in our Discord. If they made it all 10 days, we'd give them stickers and a custom laser-cut badge that will never be made or distributed again.
Of the 42 people who reacted to our announcement, 20 shared at least one update.
Of the 20 people who shared at least one update, 9 shared an update for all ten days.
We're proud of this turnout—Commit Overflow was announced two days before it began, and it generated more excitement, energy, and consistent activity in the community than any event we ran this Fall. It gave participants an excuse or motivation to code outside of school, learning something new or continuing an ongoing project. It's proof that a vibrant Purdue Hackers community is already here; we just need to cultivate it.
As always, there's room for improvement, especially since this was the first Commit Overflow we've run. In the future, we're hoping for more discussion and cross-pollination of ideas.