DATE CHANGE: Lantern Art Now During Open Streets!

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DATE CHANGE
w.a.v.e.s 2016 Festival Design Time: Lantern Art

NEW:  Sunday, July 17th: 11:00 – 1:00PM 
Fun for the whole family! Join us for a day of drawing art at Hackforge.

Your beautiful images will be used to create wooden lanterns which will be displayed at the WAVES festival in September. We will cut the best designs into wood using a laser cutting machine on a date after the workshop.

The City of Windsor’s Cultural Affairs Department is a partner on this initiative in anticipation of the w.a.v.e.s 2016 – Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 4-11 PM – FREE ENTRY, Rain or Shine! w.a.v.e.s. (Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) is a two-day festival connecting communities through waves of art, culture and technology.

Date changed to coincide with Open Streets! Come visit us while 8KM of Windsor streets close to traffic and open to the community.
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July At Hackforge

Windsor-Essex .Net Developers
Tuesday, July 5th, 6:30PM
Live coding demo using the Nancy Web Framework. Learn how to create MVC and Web API’s using Nancy and Owin/Katana. Feel free to bring your laptop if you want to follow along (will require Visual Studio 2013 or 2015) but not required.
More information here

Members Day Potluck
Saturday, July 9th: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Come by for the Hackforge Potluck! This is an opportunity for our members to get-together, talk shop, and meet and mingle. Interested in Hackforge? This is your chance to see what we’re all about!
More info here

Anita’s Network: Lunch and Learn
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Wednesday, July 13: 12:00 – 1:00PM
The networking group for women who work in tech invites you to the session of mentorship and professional development.

Board Game Night
Thursday, July 14: 6:00 – 10:00PM
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.
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Drone Build Night
Friday, July 15th: 6:00 – 9:00PM
Join Windsor Drone Corps for a night of drone building, drone videos and pizza. Bring down your machine to work on or to ask the pros some questions. Everyone welcome!
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DATE CHANGE
w.a.v.e.s 2016 Festival Design Time: Lantern Art

NEW:  Sunday, July 17th: 11:00 – 1:00PM 
Fun for the whole family! Join us for a day of drawing art at Hackforge.

Your beautiful images will be used to create wooden lanterns which will be displayed at the WAVES festival in September. We will cut the best designs into wood using a laser cutting machine on a date after the workshop.

The City of Windsor’s Cultural Affairs Department is a partner on this initiative in anticipation of the w.a.v.e.s 2016 – Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 4-11 PM – FREE ENTRY, Rain or Shine! w.a.v.e.s. (Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) is a two-day festival connecting communities through waves of art, culture and technology.

Date changed to coincide with Open Streets!
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Intro to HTML: Coding Class for Women
Wednesday, July 20: 6:00 – 8:00PM
Get the fundamentals down for this practical and simple coding language. This is a great introduction for anyone who wants to get started with code. Bring your laptop!

Computer Girls is coding classes for women by women. In partnership with Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.
Register Here

Open Coding Night
Thursday, July 21st: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Working on a project? Need to bounce ideas off other programmers? Want to just practice coding in a supportive environment? Bring your laptop and get coding! Tutorials are available for beginners looking to get started in programmer.
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Order of the Indie Game Developers
Monday, July 25: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Join likeminded designers and dreamers for an evening of demos and discussion on the world of game design. This group is for those interested in creating games both digital and tabletop.
Facebook event

Software Guild:
Wednesday, July 27: 7:00 – 9:00PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

Electronics Club Workshop: Connect Arduino to the Internet of Things 
Saturday, July 30: 1:00 – 3:00PM
Connect an Arduino to a Wifi network. This will allow you to try fun new things, such as using a smartphone to change the colour of groovy LED mood lighting. For the cost of admission, you will receive an Adafruit Feather M0 with Wifi to take home.
Hackforge Members get $10.00 off with the special offer code.
Register now!

 

* StartUp MeetUp is on hiatus for the summer!
** DIY Audio Electronics Group is on hiatus for the summer!

A Sad Goodbye to Terry McAlinden

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It’s with a heavy heart that we report Hackforger Terry McAlinden has passed away after a long fight with cancer.

Terry was so important to Hackforge and his influence will continue to shape the organization. He was a good friend to me, answering my tech questions and giving me guidance and words of wisdom as I grew into my role at Hackforge. I’m left with his humour, encouragement, and enthusiasm for Hackforge being a (tidy) community space for everyone.

Sarah Morris
Hackforge Managing Director

More on Terry’s life and information on visitation.

July Member Day: Hackforge Potluck

 

Drop by from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Saturday, July 9th for the Hackforge Potluck! This is an opportunity for our members to get-together, talk shop, and meet and mingle. Interested in Hackforge? This is your chance to see what we’re all about!

If you’re bringing something, post it in the Facebook event or email Sarah@Hackf.org!

Looking to join the fun and become a member? Click here!

More information here!

Anita’s Network: Women Working in Tech Night

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Join us for a night of community and collaboration, as we invite the women of Windsor who work in STEM to come together. Thursday, June 30th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, drop in to Hackforge (255 Ouellette) for an evening of networking and talking all things women in tech.

The goal of the night is to connect women who are working in science, technology, engineering and math fields, or related to them. We welcome everyone curious about the industry to come by.

This event is made possible by the Computer Girls program,coding classes for women by women. In partnership with Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.

Part of the Computer Girls initiative is to promote mentorship, networking, and support for women already working or looking to start tech careers in Windsor.

Anita’s Network is named after American computer scientist Dr. Anita Borg and her goal of 50% women in computer science. She was a researcher for Xerox PARC and founded the Institute for Women and Technology.

Are you a woman working in tech in Windsor? We want to hear from you! Check out this quick survey so we can help create programming that you want.

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June at Hackforge

.Net Get-Together
Tuesday, June 7: 6:00PM
Introduction to why this group was created and what our focus and goals are. Preview and discussion around .NET Core and ASP.NET Core. Explore the use of .NET for building and deploying applications on any platform. The focus will be on the various .NET Platforms (Full Framework, Core, Mono), OSS libraries and various development concepts.
Facebook Event Here

DIY Audio Electronics Group: Vacuum Tubes
Wednesday, June 8: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Join us for the last DIY Audio group meetup before the summer break and take a step back in time to when the vacuum tube was king. Host Rob Caruso will doing an introduction to tube theory and operation and HF member Randy Topliffe will be demoing his audio setup which includes a Raspberry Pi, a Schiit DAC & tube based head phone amplifier.
Bring an audio source (phone/tablet/etc) and earbuds or headphones to experience the tube amplifier for yourself.
Facebook Event Here

Open Code Night
Thursday, June 9: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Working on a project? Need to bounce ideas off other programmers? Bring your laptop and get coding!
Facebook Event Here

Board Game Night
Thursday, June 16: 6:00 – 10:00PM
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.
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Windsor Drone Corps: Drone Build
Friday, June 17: 6:00 – 8:00PM
Got a drone you’re working on? Come down to Hackforge and join the build. Meet some new drone friends and learn more about the exciting technology.

Intro to HTML: Coding Class for Women
Thursday, April 7th: 6:30-8:30PM
Get the fundamentals down for this practical and simple coding language. This is a great introduction for anyone who wants to get started with code. Bring your laptop!

Computer Girls is coding classes for women by women. In partnership with Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.
Register Here

Electronics Club
Saturday, June 25: 1-3PM
Join the club for those who love electronics and take part in an afternoon activity.

Order of the Indie Game Developers
Tuesday, June 28: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Join likeminded designers and dreamers for an evening of demos and discussion on the world of game design. This group is for those interested in creating games both digital and tabletop.

Software Guild:
Wednesday, June 29: 7:00 – 9:00PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

* StartUp MeetUp is on hiatus for the summer!

The IT Outreach Project is looking for you!

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Funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the IT Outreach Projects matches tech workers with community organizations in need of help. These are small projects (networking, web development, web content) are completed in 30 hours or less.

Experience:

  • Background, education or strong interest in technology
  • Experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, or MySQL
  • Experience with Worpress, Weebly, Squarespace, or some other CMS would be a plus

If you are interested in giving back to the community while getting more paid work experience, email the IT Outreach Coordinator, Shawn Daichendt [shawn.daichendt@gmail.com] with your resume.

 

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May Events at Hackforge

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May the Fourth: Drone Wars
Wednesday, May 4th: 6:00 – 10:00PM
In a galaxy not so far away, Windsor Drone Corps is coming to Hackforge…. on May the Fourth…. for Drone Wars! Come out and learn more about drones, meet actual rebel drone pilots, and destroy a Death Star. If you have a drone but can’t get it to fly, bring it in and get expert advice.
Facebook Event Here

DIY Audio Electronics Club
Wednesday, May 11: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Aaron Mavrinac will be demoing his analog synthesizer and Michal Janyst will be demoing his DIY Arduino-based audio input selector. Come check out the projects, ask questions, and see them in action.
Facebook Event here!

Guild Kata Night:
Thursday, May 12th: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Have a little code-slinging skill under your belt? Want to get better? Come out to kata night and challenge yourself to solve some puzzles while you learn to up your programming game with Test Driven Development and Pair Programming.
Facebook Event Here!

Board Game Night
Thursday, May 19th: 6:00PM – 10:00PM
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.
Facebook Event Here!

Software Guild: Stava Data
Bits & Bikes Event
Wednesday, May 25th: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Learn about how to use crowd sourced data, specifically from fitness tracking apps.
Stay up to date here

Biking across Canada with a DIY camera
Bits & Bikes Event
Thursday, May 26: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
In 2005, Mike Beauchamp rode his bicycle across Canada and made a documentary film about the trip using a DIY bike-mounted camera. Learn how Mike designed and fabricated the audio and video system able to withstand the 7000KM trip. Stay for a free screening of the 60 minute film followed by a small Q&A session.
Facebook Event Here

Electronics Club: Teardown Day
Saturday, May 28th from 1:00 -3:00 PM
Teardown Day is inviting you to tear apart equipment in the name of part salvaging, electronics education, and stress relief. Bring your own items to break down or take apart something from Hackforge.
Facebook Event Here!

Order of the Indie Game Developers
Monday, May 30th: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Join us for a night of discussion of game development and projects in action. Perfect for designers, artists, developers of both tabletop and video games.
Facebook Event Here!

StartUp MeetUp
Tuesday, May 31: 6:00 – 9:00PM
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
More info here!

Design Time: Snapchat Geofilter Neighbourhood Challenge

From Downtown Windsor to Remington Park to Sandwich, we’re calling on the community to describe and design the neighbourhoods that define us – through text, symbols and creative illustration.

In partnership with the Cultural Affair’s Department at the City of Windsor, Hackforge will host FREE artist-led Design Time starting Tuesday, April 19 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at 255 Ouellette Ave.

 

Design: Bring along your laptop and design a Snapchat Geofilter for a Windsor neighbourhood! We will help with submission specifications and inspiration. Hackforge will highlight all design submissions on our website after the event.

Inspire: Come to Hackforge to share your neighbourhood identity! We will have craft supplies for anyone to contribute ideas of what their area means to them.

 

This event will encourage attendees to think about their neighbourhoods in a creative way – exploring heritage symbols, colours and design elements that represent our region.

For those new to the digital design, guest illustrators and designers will provide mentorship and instruction on how to design, map and submit their Geofilter creation to Snapchat.

Whether it’s for family, friends, farmer’s markets or a city-wide event, Geofilters make it easy for Snapchatters to share visual identities of people, places and things.

 

The City of Windsor’s Cultural Affairs Department is a partner on this initiative in anticipation of the w.a.v.e.s 2016 – Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 4-11 PM – FREE ENTRY, Rain or Shine! w.a.v.e.s. (Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) is a two-day festival connecting communities through waves of art, culture and technology.

 

April Events at Hackforge

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Intro to HTML: Coding Class for Women
Thursday, April 7th: 6:30-8:30PM
Get the fundamentals down for this practical and simple coding language. This is a great introduction for anyone who wants to get started with code. Bring your laptop!

Computer Girls is coding classes for women by women. In partnership with Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.
Register Here

Electronics Club: Ask An Electronics Nerd
Sunday, April 10: 1-2PM
Wondering how to get started with electronics? How to get your project to actually work? Where to order parts? How to make your killer robot obey you?

Join the Electronics Club for a question and answer with experienced electronics hobbyists. This event is great for anyone who wants to get started with electronics, like artists, hobbyists, cosplayers.
Facebook Event Here

DIY Audio Electronics Club: Making Noise!
Wednesday, April 13: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Join us for an evening of DIY audio demos! First up will be Nik Steel presenting his homemade microphone, then we have Shawn Wilson and his equipment he uses to record live band performances.
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Guild Kata Night
Thursday, April 14: 7-9PM
Practice makes perfect. Find a partner and pair up to solve programming problems together. Learn new patterns, techniques and problem solving skills that you can apply every day. Bring along your laptop!
Meetup Event here

Member Day: Work Benches & Pizza
Saturday, April 16: 3:00 – 5:00PM
This month’s Member Day is tackling the work benches! We always want to make our space better for our membership and organized, clear workbenches are essential. We will be thanking anyone helping with this project with some delicious, delicious pizza.

Design Time: Neighbourhood Challenge
Tuesday, April 19: 5:00 – 7:00PM
Stay tuned to hear more about this exciting new event!

Board Game Night:
Thursday, April 21: 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!

Order of the Indie Game Developers
Monday, April 25th: 7-9PM
Join likeminded designers and dreamers for an evening of demos and discussion on the world of game design. This group is for those interested in creating games both digital and tabletop.
Facebook Event Here!

StartUp Windsor
Tuesday, April 26th
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Facebook Event

Software Guild
Wednesday, April 27: 7-9PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

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