Product Development Talk: How The Sausage Is Made


Tuesday, July 28 @ 7-8PM
Hackforge (255 Ouellette)

“There are many paths, staying aware of which one you chose and why, will give the foresight you need.”

Does your product have what it takes? On Tuesday, July 28th, Kevin Taylor will be sharing insights gained on the product development process from over 20 years in the global electronics industry. Learn the steps of getting your product off the ground from a pro.

Doors open at 6PM and the talk goes from 7-8PM. Hackforge is located at 255 Ouellette.

Software Guild: Programming in the Wild (July 22)


Get your hands dirty with the Software Craftsman Guild on Wednesday, July 22nd with a night of practical programming talks. Learn about one of the most popular programming languages and one of the most important software projects. Hang out and hack, starting at 7PM. From 8-9PM, join Jeff Szusz and Anthony Garreffa for their talks.

Software Guild
July 22nd – 7-9PM
@ Hackforge (255 Ouellette)


Learn You Some Programming With Python. An intro to basic programming concepts using Python.

Jeff Szusz will be introducing us to the wonderful world of Python. Developers and developers-to-be will leave with the knowledge of how to get rolling in one of the most popular and loved programming languages around.

This is a great talk to attend as a beginner!

Extreme Programming Explained: The birth of modern development practices.

Join the discussion of how a small team of developers changed how we build software forever. Anthony Garreffa gives a talk about one of the most important projects and pieces of literature in professional software development.

Don’t miss out on this talk! It will be a great primer for an upcoming event that we will be announcing that night.


Facebook event here!

Hackforge Events in July


Board Game Night – Thursday, July 9 @ 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.

More infoFacebook event

Tron (1982) – Monday, July 13 @ 8PM
Trapped inside an electronic arena, where love and escape do not compute!
The first on our movie fundraisers, join us for the classic sci-fi flick, Tron. Admission is 10$ going directly to Hackforge programming and community workshop.

Software Craftsman Guild – Wednesday, July 22 @ 7-9PM
The group for programmers meets again at the end of July.
We are still looking for Guild speakers. If you’re interested in giving a technical talk, contact

Product Development: How The Sausage Is Made – Tuesday, July 28 @ 7-8PM
Does your product have what it takes? Kevin Taylor will be sharing insights gained on the product development process from over 20 years in the global electronics industry.

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 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 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:

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!


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