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Hacktoberfest is Done and Dusted for 2020

Hacktoberfest -- the month-long celebration of all things open source -- is now a wrap for 2020 and the Telnyx team is excited to share an update.

Christie Wragg
October is over, and so is DigitalOcean’s month-long celebration of open source software. Hacktoberfest is a global virtual festival, open to developers, students learning to code, and companies of all sizes. Created with the idea that open source is changing the world one pull request at a time -- participants are encouraged to make positive contributions to open source, and earn the coveted free t-shirt in the process!
Here at Telnyx, our engineers rely on open source software every day to build amazing next-gen products and features. We strongly believe in the importance of giving back to open source, and we’re super excited to be involved in welcoming the next generation of open source developers to the community.
Watch this quick video to see what a couple of members of the Telnyx team had to say about how Hacktoberfest 2020 played out for them:

Prefer it in writing? Read the Hacktoberfest video transcript.

Here’s what Telnyx team members Risa - Product Marketing Manager, Luiz - Software Engineer, Ary - Infrastructure Engineer, and David - Product Support Engineer had to say about Hacktoberfest 2020.

What made you decide to participate in Hacktoberfest 2020?

Risa: I was excited to participate in Hacktoberfest because I wanted to learn more about open source and how to use GitHub.
Luiz: This is something I’ve tried to accomplish every year, but time is always a constraint. This year, I was more organized and I was supported by Telnyx - which helped. It’s a great professional opportunity to grow and learn new things. Not only this, it’s a chance to give back to the open source community and society itself.
Ary: I decided to participate in Hacktoberfest for a couple of reasons. It’s fun to meet new people, get more involved with the technologies we use every day, and it’s a way to give back to the open source community.

What's one open-source library that Telnyx uses?

Risa: One thing that we’re doing here at Telnyx using open source libraries is using pandas to handle our data for pricing and our rate decks.
Luiz: I could spend a whole day talking about this but in a nutshell - I work as a Python engineer, so that’s a good start, Python is an open source language. But we use open source across the board. Our main Postgres database is open source, we use Prometheus for metrics, we use Kubernetes for deployments. We use open source everywhere.
Ary: I work for the infrastructure team, so I wouldn’t say we use many open source libraries, we use mainly open source technologies or projects like Kubernetes, Ansible, Terraform. We use most of them throughout the process of deploying Telnyx services to production.

What are you working on for Hacktoberfest 2020?

Risa: For Hacktoberfest I’m working on updating the documentation for our PHP SMS quickstart tutorials.
Luiz: I created an open source project from scratch called django-telnyx which is a Django-plugin for people to spin up new projects. It facilitates communication -- which is especially important during the pandemic -- so it’ll be useful to help people catch up and keep in touch. I hope the community checks it out and makes it grow in whatever way they want it to.
Ary: Last week, we were working on a proof of concept with Kubernetes and Terraform, we found that one of the modules was outdated so we decided to contribute to the community, upgrading this module to make it work.
David: Several Telnyx clients have reached out about specific ways to use our TeXML product, so I decided I’d make some scripts to handle inbound calls with TeXML and set them up in GitHub so our customers can download them. There are three scripts -- a simple IVR with two options, a multi-dial, and a voicemail feature. These are all things you can build relatively easily using our TeXML product.
Take a look at the Telnyx githb repos and reach out with any questions via our developer slack channel.
Here’s to a successful Hacktoberfest 2020!
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