Git & GitHub for hackathons

Virtual Hackathon

November 5, 2021, 11:30 PM UTC – November 6, 2021, 1:00 AM UTC


About this event

This event will teach you the basics of git and GitHub so that you can work with your hackathon team effectively.  

Prerequisite Installations

Before this session, you must:

  • Install git on your computer
  • Create a GitHub account and set up SSH
  • Install an Integrated Development Environment (IDE such as VSCode)

Not sure how? Join us at the Install-athon 2 days earlier on November 3rd!


  • Before this session, you must be able to navigate directories using the command line (cd, pwd, mkdir, and ls in unix shell)

If you are unfamiliar, make your way through pwd, cd, mkdir, ls from this tutorial:

If you are not familiar with the Command Line, here are a few basic tips to be successful:

  • Don’t panic! This can be a scary interface for the first time. Take a deep breath and recognize that it’s a new way of interacting with a computer. Over time, you’ll get accustomed to the interfaces and conventions.
  • Read the errors. When something goes wrong, it can be scary. The truth is that installations can be super hard and cumbersome, because everybody’s machine has a different setup. Versions and compatibility get crazy! Part of your success will depend on you slowly reading through the long errors that get output and figuring out how to understand them. If you get stuck, take a deep breath and read the error out loud. Then try to Google for answers by just pasting in different parts of the error. Chances are lots of other people have had the same problem and someone might already have found the solution!
  • Feel the power. With your new command line skills, you will have more power over your computer than you ever had before. “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
    • Be careful what you paste into your terminal, especially if it says “sudo”. People on the internet are mostly nice, but not always so if you don’t know what something does, check out which tells you what commands do, or over the hackathon, ask a volunteer!


The GDI mission is focused on providing opportunities for women & non-binary adults to learn web and software development, but our classes and events are open to all genders and identities. We are dedicated to providing a welcoming and comfortable environment for all to learn to code and every attendee is expected to uphold our Code of Conduct (