February Events

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Hackforge Member Meeting
Tuesday, February 2: 6-7PM
At this meeting, we will be discussing ongoing projects, desired programming, the space, volunteering opportunities, and more.
Hackforge Members Only.

Computer Girls: Intro to CSS
Monday, February 8: 6:30-8:30PM
Get stylin’ with CSS! This styling sheet language works with HTML to bring design, layout, and variation of display. This class is designed for professional women, created by and taught by women.
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w.a.v.e.s Festival Info Session for Makers and Artists
February 10: 4:30 – 6:30PM
Hackforge, in partnership with the City of Windsor, hosts a free drop-in information session for makers and artists applying to w.a.v.e.s Festival 2016.
The session will cover how to apply for funding for installations and projects, creative examples from w.a.v.e.s 2014 and questions and answers from the festival organizer. Deadline for application is March 31st.
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StartUp MeetUp
Tuesday, February 16: 6-8PM
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Check them out on Facebook

Board Game Night
Wednesday, February 17: 6-9PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games. This event is free and open to everyone.
If you’re new to board games, we can help get you started.
Facebook Event

Hack the Afternoon: Map the Riverfront
February 20: 2-5PM
How well do you know the Riverfront walk? This hacking workshop will have us re-imagining a map of the river.

SOLD OUT: Intro to Ardunio Workshop Encore
Sunday, Febraury 21: 2-5PM
Learn about this open-source electronic prototyping platform in a hands-on workshop. Registration cost includes an Intro to Arduino kit which you can take home!
No electronics or coding experience required. Please bring along a laptop.
REGISTER HERE

Computer Girls: Intro to JavaScript
Monday, February 22: 6:30-8:30PM
JavaScript is the language of the web. Get to know this practical computer programming language with this class for women by women.
Register Here

Software Guild
Wednesday, February 24: 7-9PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

Digital Logic Workshop
Saturday, February 27: 2-5PM

“Write Your First Line Of Code” Day

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On Saturday, January 30th, Hackforge (255 Ouellette) invites the people of Windsor to write their first line of code. From 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, people can drop into the space, sit with a programmer at a computer and type out a few instructions in a coding language. This event is free and family friendly event.

This event aims to expose those outside the tech industry to the vast world of computer science. The goal is to demystify coding, meet programmers, and give some insight into how programming helps builds the world around us. For those looking to learn more, the day will also offer an Intro to HTML class for women and Hands-on With Ruby on Rails class.

Schedule:

Drop In
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Throughout the day, come by Hackforge to write your first line of code! Sit with a professional computer programmer for 5 minutes and learn some basics before you write out your first command.

3D Printing Demonstration
9:30AM – 12:00PM
As you stop in, check out the demo of this exciting technology by our friends at Kelcom 3D Printing.

Software Guild’s Hands-on with Ruby on Rails Workshop
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bring your laptop down and start learning Ruby on Rails right from the beginning. We’ll take you through the process of creating an app like Twitter with one of the easiest platforms around for learning and getting a web-app up and running quickly.
Registration is required – Previous HTML knowledge preferred – Bring your own Laptop!

Free Face Painting
12:30PM – 3:
Bring the kids down so they can try out some kid-friendly coding exercises and get their face painted!

Computer Girls’ Free Intro to HTML Class for Women
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Ever wanted to learn to code? This free class will give you an intro to HTML, the basic language used to create web pages. Designed for working women and taught by professional female developers, this class will help you get started in the world of coding. This program is brought to you by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Registration is required – No previous coding experience needed – Bring your own laptop!

 

January: New Year, Great Events!

 

Hackforge Board Game Night
Thursday, January 14: 6-10PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games. This event is free and open to everyone.
If you’re new to board games, we can help get you started.
Facebook Event Here

StartUp MeetUp
Monday, January 18: 6-8PM
Get your idea off the ground in 2016!
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Check them out on Facebook

Maptime Windsor: Missing Maps
Thursday, January 21: 6-8PM
Maptime Windsor is looking at the Missing Maps project. The goal of this project is to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world, in order that international and local NGOs, and individuals can use the maps and data to better respond to crises affecting the areas.

Missing Maps is a global initiative and everyone from beginners to experts can help map. Whether you are coming to contribute or just learn more, Maptime is for everyone!
Please bring along a laptop to participate.

Hackforge Electronics Club Presents: Intro to Arduino Workshop
Saturday, January 23: 2-5PM
Learn about this open-source electronic prototyping platform in a hands-on workshop. Registration cost includes an Intro to Arduino kit which you can take home!
No electronics or coding experience required. Please bring along a laptop.
Registration required! Space is limited!
Sign up here.

Software Guild: Ask a Rubyist
Wednesday, January 27: 7-9PM
This month we’ll get to see two different approaches to creating web-apps with Ruby, followed by a question and answer session with some of our resident Rubyists, Andrew and Corey.
Check out the event here

Write Your First Line of Code
Saturday, January 30: All Day
Let’s demystify computer programming one line at a time. We’re inviting all beginners to code to join us at Hackforge for a day of discovery and ‘hello world’s!

Video Game Career Day for Teens

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Do you love video games? Wonder what it’s like to create games? Can you imagine a career inspired by your love of gaming?

Monday, December 21st: 1-3PM
Hackforge (255 Ouellette, downtown Windsor)
Ages: 12-18

Monday, December 21st, Hackforge is inviting teens to a Career Day around video games. Each speaker will give a short presentation on their job, projects they’ve worked on, their education or experience, and how video games fit into their work. Some speakers work behind the scenes building video games and others have jobs that use the skills you can find in gaming, like robotics, 3D printing, and design.

You will hear from…

  • Video Game Music Composer
  • Digital Artist
  • Indie Game Developers
  • 3D Printing Specialists
  • Biomedical Illustrator/Communicator
  • Mobile Game Developers
  • Digital Artist

Facebook event here.

Our Presenters:

David Bergeron – Video Game Music Composer
Graduate of the University of Windsor’s Bachelor of Music program and is currently honing his skills as a teacher, performer and composer around Windsor Essex County. He has composed music for a variety of events and has had his work performed in both Windsor and Toronto. David is currently composing music for two games and hopes to see their release in 2016.

Presentation
Talk about what is means to be a composer. What skills do successful composers have?
How to get started writing/producing music.

 

Kevin Taylor – Kelcom 3D Division / Business Development.
25 year career in product development from mobile devices to internet servers.

Presentation
Using 3D Printing for video game development to generate ideas and enhance user experience

 

Doug Sartori – Indie Game Developer
Windsor professional software developer and an amateur game developer.

Presentation
He’ll talk about what he’s learned from success and failure in the effort to transition from making games for fun to making games for fun and profit.

 

Sean Liska – Digital Artist
Digital artist interested in 3D printing, VR and robotics. Sean is a Founding member of Nifty Studios and a member of the board for the Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg.

Presentation
A look into the life of a Digital Artist and all the outlets for these artists to use in order to express themselves. Involving everything from VR, 3D printing, Games and even customizing your cars paint job.
 

Lauren DiVito – Scientific Communicator and Illustrator
Lauren DiVito is a scientific communicator and illustrator, graduating from the University of Toronto in 2015 with a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications. Previous to that, she attended the University of Windsor where she was the first to graduate with a Bachelor of Science [honours] in chemistry and visual arts. She’s passionate about science education through visualization and has worked with the Smithsonian Institute, SickKids Hospital, and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Presentation
Lauren will talk about her lifelong search for a career that blends her love of both the arts and sciences.

 

Bios to come…
Jordan Cabral Marchand – Lead Game Artist
Evan Barnes – Lead Game Developer

‘Tis the Season: December is Video Game Month

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Throughout December, join Hackforge for Video Game Month! We are exploring video games from player to creator and everyone in between.

Hackforge Movie Night: The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters (2007)  CANCELLED
Thursday, December 10th – 8PM
In the cutthroat world of Donkey Kong, only one can rule. Join us for the documentary about die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Hackforge movie nights help raise funds for our programming and space. These nights are free for members and $10 for everyone else. Pop and snacks included! Rated PG-13.
Facebook Event

Learn HTML – Free Coding Class for Women
Tuesday, December 15, 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Ever wanted to learn to code? This free class will give you the basics of HTML, the basic language used to create web pages. No preview coding experience needed. Please bring your own laptop!

Designed for working women and taught by professional developers, this class is a preview to the coding series for women we’re relaunching in January.

Hackforge’s free coding classes for women are supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Register here: http://codehackforge.eventbrite.ca
Facebook Event

Video Game Career Day for Teens
Monday, December 21 – 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Do you love video games? Wonder what it’s like to create games? Can you imagine a career inspired by your love of gaming?

During the Christmas break, Hackforge is inviting teens to a Career Day around video games. Each speaker will give a short presentation on their job, projects they’ve worked on, education/experience needed, and how video games fit into their work. Some speakers work behind the scenes building video games and others have jobs that use the skills you can find in gaming, like robotics and design.

Facebook Event 

LAN Party
Sunday, December 27
Gamers unite! Join Hackforge for an all-day multiplayer event to help you escape holiday cabin fever.

More information soon!

A look into the life of a Digital Artist and all the outlets for these artists to use in order to express themselves. Involving everything from VR, 3D printing, Games and even customizing your cars paint job.

 

November Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Game Night
Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 6-10PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games from 6-10PM. This event is free and open to everyone. If you’re new to board games, we encourage you to come by as we will have trusty Hackforgers there to help get you started. We’ll have a games like Smash Up, Small World, The Resistance, and more. Bring your favourite game (that can be played in less than four hours)!
Facebook Event

Hackforge Movie Fundraiser: RoboCop (1987)
Monday, November 16, 2015 – 8PM
Set directly across the river from Hackforge, RoboCop is part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement. Join us for this classic dystopian sci-fi film, directed by Paul Verhoeven.
Rated: R
$10 admission with popcorn and pop. Members get in free! I’d buy that for a dollar!
Facebook Event

StartUp MeetUp
Wednesday, November 18 – 6-9PM
Come on out to the 4th StartUp Windsor monthly meetup! Meet some new people and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas. Pizza provided by our friends at WEtech!
Facebook Group

November Maptime
Thursday, November 19 – 7PM
Maptime is an open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge, offering intentional educational support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for mapping tutorials, workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time. Beginners most welcome! Topic TBA.
Facebook Event

Software Guild
Wednesday, November 25 – 7PM
The group for programmers meets again at the end of the month, delivering a workshop or talk to help with professional and skill development. Topic TBA.
Facebook Event

October Maptime: Mapping Politics, Mapping Policy

 

Thursday, October 29th at 7PM, Hackforge (255 Ouellette): Join Maptime for a practical examination of open data and it’s value in evaluating public policy. Using open data, Doug Sartori will lead a demonstration of the use of QGIS to visualize public data on a map. Learn how to overlay voter turnout data on a map of Windsor and then plot public amenities on the map as well.

Great for political and data nerds!

Maptime is an open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge, offering intentional educational support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for mapping tutorials, workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time.

Facebook event here!

Maptime is part of Open Data Windsor Essex, supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

 

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Be a Part of Open Data Windsor Essex

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Tuesday, September 29th, Hackforge launched the Open Data Windsor-Essex community open data portal with the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Visit and explore the portal at ODWE.ca.

Open Data is data that can be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone. Governments of all levels have embraced open data in recent years to further transparency and accountability. Open Data Windsor Essex is introducing community open data through its new portal featuring data by the community, for the community.

We are inviting the community to take part in the portal.

Community Organizations:
Do you have data to share? We are looking for relevant community data that can be made publicly available (no sensitive or personal data). We can take archival data, on-going projects, or help in the development of future initiatives. Raw data is best, but we can work with data at any stage. Be ready for others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially!

SUBMIT YOUR DATA PROJECT HERE.

Developers:
We invite programmers to help the community data initiative by taking on an Open Data Windsor Essex dataset project, assist in the development of the ODWE Portal, report errors or problems, and use the data in their own work. If you are interested in helping as a developer, contact info@hackf.org.

Community Members:
We encourage the community to get involved in open data! Use the data in research, advocacy, education, journalism. Take part in hackathons. Support open data projects and keep Open Data in mind while creating.

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See more about the ODWE Launch below:

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Freelancer October Brings Celebration and Support

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Continuing the Rebooting Windsor series, Hackforge and WEtech Alliance are hosting two events in October to highlight and support the work of freelancers in Windsor.

First, “Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Panel” on October 21st will discuss on how self-employment is changing our local economy. This discussion will be held at the downtown Green Bean Cafe from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Then, October 27th at Hackforge, a night of practical advice with “Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer.

The panelists for the October 21st Freelancer Panel include Ward 4 Councillor, Chris Holt; WEtech President and CEO, Yvonne Pilon; and local visual artist Greg Maxwell. The panel will be moderated by Hackforge President, Doug Sartori. They will be discussing self-employment, the advent of the Gig Economy, and how Windsor can better support this type of worker.

Tuesday, October 27th, Hackforge, in partnership with WEtech, will be hosting a companion event, “Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer” from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Hackforge (255 Ouellette). For the first hour, Beth Anne Turnovan, Manager of Counselling & Employee Assistance Program from Family Services Windsor Essex, will be hosting a talk on stress management and work/life balance for self-employed workers. The next hour will feature an informal “Ask a Freelancer” session, where a group of seasoned freelancers will answer practical questions from the audience and Twitter about the challenges of Freelancing.

The Rebooting Windsor series aims to highlight the changing Windsor economy and culture with a special emphasis on technology. While these events are great for tech based workers, they are general in topic.

The October 21st “Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Panel” is free to the public. Light snacks will be provided thanks to the support of WEtech. ““Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer” will be $10 admission or free for Hackforge or WEtech members.

 

Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Panel
Downtown Green Bean Cafe (300 Ouellette Ave)
Wednesday, October 21: 7-9PM
Facebook Event

Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer’
Hackforge (255 Ouellette)
Tuesday, October 27: 6-8PM
Facebook Event
GET YOUR TICKET HERE!

 

 

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Monthly Game Night: Horror Themed Board Games!
Wednesday, October 14 – 6PM – 10PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games from 6-10PM. This event is free and open to everyone. If you’re new to board games, we encourage you to come by as we will have trusty Hackforgers there to help get you started. We’ll have a games like Smash Up, Small World, The Resistance, and more. Bring your favourite game (that can be played in less than four hours)!
Facebook Event

Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Roundtable
Wednesday, Oct 21 – 7PM
How is freelancing changing Windsor’s economy? What challenges and opportunities do freelancers face? Join this roundtable conversation with folks who’ve paid the rent freelancing, continuing our Rebooting Windsor series.
Facebook Event

Hackforge Movie Night: The Thing (1982)
Thursday, October 22 – 8PM
For October’s Movie Night, we’re showing the classic horror film about the dangers of a career in STEM. Directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell, The Thing takes place in a frozen research facility being slowly taken over by an alien terror.
$10 admission with popcorn and pop. Members get in free!
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Software Guild: Lightning Talks – Sign Up!
Wednesday, October 28 – 7PM
A Lightning Talk is a very short presentation – just five minutes – in which you’ll tell a story, share an idea, or teach us something. Want to give a Lightning Talk related to hacking, making, or working as a technical professional? Sign up here! You don’t have to be an expert – in fact, it’s common to share something you JUST learned!
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Spooky Scary October Maptime
Thursday, October 29 – 7PM
Maptime is an open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge, offering intentional educational support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for mapping tutorials, workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time. Beginners most welcome!
Facebook Event

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