Hackforge Board Game Night – July 9th

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Thursday, July 9th, come down to Hackforge (255 Ouellette Ave) for a night of board games and card games from 6-10PM.

We’ll have a games like Smash Up, Small World, The Resistance, and more. We encourage you to bring your favourite game (that can be played in less than four hours).

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.

Job Posting: Computer Girls Facilitator Assistant


Computer Girls Facilitator Assistant
Hours: Flexible part time
Computer Girls offers computer training to women and young women in the Windsor & Essex County area at no cost. These classes are made possible through a partnership between Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) and Hackforge, with support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Job description:
The two streams of classes teach computer coding and basic computer skills to women. The Computer Girls Facilitator Assistant will be helping the main Facilitator with program development, teaching, and outreach. This person will work both with Hackforge and Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc.


  • Assist in instructing coding and basic computer skills classes for women
  • Promote the classes in the community through social media
  • Seek out partners in the community
  • Help develop further curriculum for the program
  • Recruit women in the IT sector to instruct classes


  • Working knowledge of computer basics
  • Computer programming experience
  • Strong ability with HTML / CSS / Javascript are an important asset
  • Experience working in a team and taking initiative
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
  • Teaching experience is an asset

Please send a cover letter and résumé to info@hackf.org with the subject line “Computer Girls Facilitator Assistant” by midnight, Sunday, June 28th.


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Software Craftsman Guild: Beyond Code



Wednesday, June 24, 2015: 7-9PM
Hackforge (255 Ouellette)

The first meeting of the Software Craftsman Guild in the new Hackforge is Wednesday, June 24th. This meeting we’re talking about the computer programming profession. How do you improve your work and your team?

7:00 – 8:00PM – Hack n’ Hang
8:00 – 9:00PM – Talks for Techs

Decision Making for Developers
Join Derek Comartin as he discusses the process of approaching technical decisions. Learn to go beyond the tech, looking to your customers and business domain, to ensure you make the best decisions as a professional developer.

Updating the Joel Test
The test that tells programmers if their software team is up to snuff is almost fifteen years old. What criteria is important to you in 2015? Join Doug Sartori for an interactive discussion on what makes for an excellent workplace for developers today.

Rebooting Windsor: Windsor180 / Hackforge Tech Panel


Thursday, June 18th: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
@ NOW AT VENUE MUSIC HALL (255 Ouellette – upstairs from Hackforge)
7:00-8:00PM: Panel discussion
8:00-9:00PM: Networking

Windsor is lagging behind the provincial average for information and communication technology jobs. We are training new workers, but post-graduation, they leave town. How do we create a tech friendly city? How do we keep our young tech workers in Windsor?

As part of Windsor180 Week, join Hackforge for a frank conversation, panel discussion on the benefits and struggles of creating a tech hub in Windsor.

This event is open to the public, free, and all ages. There will be a bar open during the event.

Tanya Antoniw: Executive Director of Workforce WindsorEssex
Rino Bortolin: City of Windsor Councillor – Ward 3
Meghan O’Donnell: Full-Stack Developer at Alteris Group
Doug Sartori: Hackforge President



DIY Security System Workshop

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Thursday, June 11, 2015: 6PM – 8PM
Hackforge (255 Ouellette)

In this beginner-level workshop, Doug Sartori will walk through the hardware and software required to set up a low-cost DIY security camera system.

You will leave with a high-level understanding of the options available and the steps involved in building a security system using an old PC and Linux.

Part 1: Installation (6-7PM)
Part 2: Setup and configuration (7-8PM)

We’ll cover the following topics:

- The installation process for Ubuntu Linux
- The steps required to convert a new Ubuntu install into a ZoneMinder device
- Camera hardware options
- Setting up Zoneminder for remote access, motion detection and email alerts
- Disk space and performance considerations

This workshop is designed for beginners with step-by-step instructions.

Facebook Event Here.

Hackforge Swap Trade at the New Space!

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Hackforge has moved to 255 Ouellette Ave and need to stock our new home. This Saturday, June 6th from 11AM – 3PM, we’re asking you for donations of tools, equipment, and electronics. Past the donations to Hackforge, come swap your items for parts and equipment others have brought in. This is a free event.

BRING a few items to donate (list below)
DONATE the item(s) to Hackforge
SWAP your tool/equipment/electronic for a different tool/equipment/electronic



  • Small form-factor laptops (no desktop computers or printers, please!)
  • Toolboxes
  • Webcams
  • multimeters
  • Test equipment
  • Soldering Irons
  • Power-supplies
  • Hand tools (gently used)
  • Light Power Tools (great condition)

Any kind of small equipment, tools, and electronics to swap, similar to the list above. Please DO NOT bring household items, clothing, books. Equipment, tools, and electronics ONLY.

Please email info@hackf.org if you would like to donate any of these items

  • sturdy stools (for the workbenches)
  • small wheeled cart, similar to the AV projector carts
  • Shelving
  • Laser cutter

Welcome to the New Hackforge



After much anticipation, We are proud to announce that Hackforge’s new home is now 255 Ouellette Ave!

Our communal workspace, or makerspace, was located in the front of the Windsor Public Library – Central Branch for the last two years.  This new space will allow us to better serve the public through our workshop, programming, and events.

Thanks to the generosity of Mark Boscariol, we’ve been able to acquire our new home at 255 Ouellette Ave. We would also like to thank MNSi Internet for providing Hackforge internet at no cost to us. Also, we appreciate the support of Bull Rush Studios for their donation of an overhead projector for the space.

We would also like to thank all the volunteers who have been instrumental and supportive during this period of relocation. Let’s start the next Hackforge chapter!

Join Us for June:

we will be setting up the new space and we invite you to come along for the ride. We are hosting events designed to get the new space off the ground and teach you in the process. We will be having regular drop-in hours as of July.


Move Out / Move In
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 10AM – 3PM
Help us move to the new space!
We need all hands on deck to bring over our equipment from the Library to 255 Ouellette.
If you’re able to help out by moving or driving, please let us know: info@hackf.org.

Equipment Swap
Saturday, June 6, 2015 – 11AM – 3PM
We need equipment and you need to clean out your garage!
We are looking for working equipment and parts to stock up our new space.
All extra parts and pieces will be up for grabs. Bring something, swap it!
We will be providing a suggested equipment list – stay tuned.

DIY Security System Talk and Workshop
Thursday, June 11, 2015 – 6PM – 8PM
Learn along with us as Hackforge sets up our security system.
This practical workshop, hosted by Doug Sartori, will walk you through
the DIY security camera setup based on ZoneMinder.

3D Print the Future!
Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 11AM – 3PM
Wonder how 3D printers print? Bring along the whole family to see the machines at work,
ask questions to Hackforge members, and interact with 3D creations.
This open house will include activities and crafts for kids.

Software Craftsman Guild
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – 7PM – 9PM
The group for computer programmers is coming home to the new Hackforge.
Join them for an hour of coding and socializing from 7-8PM
and then watch two technical talks on the finer points of programming for the last hour.


Check out below for more details on how the launch went!


Hackforge Brings the Noise (and 3D Printer and SpokePOV)

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Hackforge has been out in the community bringing tech to the world!

Science Rendezvous:
Saturday, May 9th Hackforge presented at the University of Windsor’s Science Rendezvous. In collaboration with Acoustic Zoo, we presented the SpokePOV bike and member Nik Steel’s cymatic rig. Big thanks to Derek Richard and Nik Steel for helping at the booth. Also thanks to City Cyclery for letting us borrow the bike stand the Sartori family for letting us borrow the bike.

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Essex Public Library Open House:
Hackforge went out to the LaSalle Public Library on Thursday, May 7th for an Open House where we presented 3D printing. Big thanks to Kevin Roy, Paul Anderson, and Chris Deschamps for bringing the power of the print!

Math and Science Night:
Hackforge was invited to take part in Queen Victoria Public School’s Math and Science Night. Member Nik Steel brought his Acoustic Zoo to the school, helping kids visualize sound with his cymatics rig.

Software Guild Returns May 20th

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Revamped and renewed for Spring, the Craftsman Software Guild is back and ready to go. Join the group for computer programmers on Wednesday, May 20th from 7-9PM. The Guild is meeting at a new location, upstairs at Cafe March 21 Bean n Leaf at 480 Pelissier Street, downtown Windsor.

7:00 – 8:00PM – Hack n’ Hang
8:00 – 9:00PM – Talks for Techs

Randy Topliffe Presents “Cat.gif: How to Make Your Cat Internet Famous”
Walk through the programming steps of converting video into awesome gifs by using VLC to take screenshots and working with subtitle files to add text. Randy will be your guide to understanding the process of creating the next viral .gif sensation.
Nerd Meter: Intermediate

Anthony Garreffa Presents “JavaScript: The Fun Parts”
This will be a beginner to intermediate talk about the JavaScript language. It will be a discussion on the parts of the language that defy intuition, but lend to the expressiveness of JavaScript.
Nerd Meter: Beginner – Intermediate

Introducing IT Outreach Coordinator, Derek Richard


Hackforge is proud to introduce our new IT Outreach Coordinator, Derek Richard. He’s currently wrapping up his final semester in Computer Systems Technology: Networking at St. Clair College. Derek will be helping local non-profit organizations with their tech needs and help match new IT workers to these projects. This is part of the IT Outreach Program funded by The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

How did you first get into tech?

As a kid, my father use to let me assist him around the house with odd jobs. One day, we sat down with an old Windows 95 PC. This computer, for the time, was a pretty big deal to me since it was also the first real computer in our house. He told me if I could fix it up, I could play on it for as much as I liked. This act alone brought upon my joy for tinkering and creation with tech.

What non-profits have you been involved with in Windsor?
I have been involved with Hackforge prior to being taken on. We did a small job refurbishing computers for the Teen Center in Ford City.
Though the first non-profit I worked with was Computers for Kids, I sat in and assisted with refurbishing some of the computers.

What is your favorite thing about Windsor?
The community, people here are always willing to help each-other and branch out. Many organizations don’t mind working with each-other and assisting one another in a time of need and that’s something I think that is unique in Windsor.


Stay tuned for more from Derek and the IT Outreach Program. You can reach him at Derek@hackf.org.



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