GitHub Community AMA: State of the Octoverse Report

There is a flag in developer profile called “available for hire”. Do we know if it’s being taken seriously by devs? Any stats on that?
GH is not showing it anywhere in the profile. It’s only available via API.


I’m curious, do you have any data on funding development work for open source projects, whether through Sponsors or otherwise? Anything about which approaches work well, or which don’t?


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I was SO happy to see Colombia :colombia: the country I’m from in the top ten countries and regions percentage growth in contributions!

So encouraging to see growing tech communities making a mark and improving Open Source for the :earth_americas:


Over the longer term, definitely! Though I do not have those numbers on hand. I just quickly looked at last year compared to this year for the six languages in the chart you linked and here are the numbers:

  • Last year: 83.30%
  • This year: 83.37%

So very, very small increase. Hopefully we will have some more thorough answers in the State of the Octoverse report for 2021!


Derek, just to confirm, do you count the open source usage by open source or did you include the private repos hosted by GH? The private usage stats would be super interesting.

Hi :wave:

Could you tell us a little more about what you mean by “approaches that work well” ?

Like, if someone’s looking to make their work on an open source project their job (or at least part-time), what are good ways to go about it?


Hi @airtower-luna, that’s a great question! We do touch a little bit on Sponsors in the Community-specific report on We have a few really awesome success stories where developers make a full-time living based on Sponsors!


I guess USAGE vs SPONSORSHIP would be a good metric. I used to sponsor GitHub - vuejs/vue-apollo: 🚀 Apollo/GraphQL integration for VueJS via patreon when we were using his repo and it looked very very sad. I’m very happy to see the numbers are up via GH sponsorships there. It is still dismal compared to the value delivered.


We only include open source repos, not private repos.

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Well, being newly vaccinated I am excited to go out and experience the world and be social again. :slight_smile:

Beyond that, I am really excited about a lot of the work the Data Science team is doing. One of which is Project Good Day. Developer/personal productivity has always been near and dear to my heart so I am really excited to see GitHub really digging into that and I can’t wait to see what might be next!

I have a bit of vested interest here since most of my work these days is in the Security space - I am really excited about all of the work happing in the GitHub security product space!

Working on the analysis for the State of the Octoverse report was certainly quite challenging, both from an analysis point of view and from a project management point of view (we have to consolidate so you only see the tip of the iceberg in the report). I actually really enjoyed the project management perspective of it as it’s a muscle I’m not used to exercising quite as much as the analysis muscle. :smiley:

Well I just started Cal Newport’s new book, A World Without Email, so I will plug anything by him. Deep Work and So Good They Can’t Ignore You are two of my favorites but I really love anything from him.

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I wish I had a great answer for you but unfortunately, this is not something we have really dug into all that much. I think somebody who has made that successful transition to making open source their job would be able to give much better advice than I would. :smiley: Caleb Porzio has a great blog post on the topic.


That was an interesting read, thank you! :cat: