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June 2021 at Hackforge

June 9, 2021

by Lauren Hedges in Events

Border City Data Intro to SQL
Thursday, June 17th @ 7PM Facebook | Linkedin | Meetup | Register

Doug Sartori, Principal Consultant at Parallel 42 Systems, presents a practical introduction to querying databases with Structured Query Language, or SQL.

Aimed at beginners, this session will give you an overview of the basics you need to begin working with relational databases.

Admission is free and all are welcome!


Border City JavaScript: The People Side of Software
Tuesday, June 29th @ 7PM Facebook | Linkedin| Meetup | Register

This month BCJS will explore the People Side of Software, including but not limited to:
  • Team Dynamics
  • Building Relationships with Stakeholders
  • Pair Programming
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations
Join the discussion and bring any of your own burning questions!

Registration is free and everyone – regardless of skill level – is welcome to join.

May 2021 at Hackforge

May 17, 2021

by Lauren Hedges in Events

Project Manager to Project Leader – The Journey
Wednesday, May 26th @ 6:30pm  Facebook | Meetup | LinkedinRegister Now

Project managers are becoming more imperative to achieving organizational strategic goals. Project managers must seize this opportunity to justify the trust leadership has placed in them to prove their ability to manage and lead a project successfully and provide value to the organization.

This presentation will discuss the transformation from a good project manager to a highly regarded project leader. We will discuss the attributes and skill required to inspire and motivate project teams to be successful.

Presented by Mary Anne Striner, PMP, MBA, SA

An Introduction to Machine Learning with Emphasis on Deep Neural Networks
Thursday, May 27th @ 6pm Facebook | Meetup | Linkedin

What are Neural Networks? What is Deep Learning?

This free session provides a quick peek into the inner workings of the Machine Learning algorithms that have become all pervasive in the world we live in.

Border City JavaScript May Meetup
Monday, May 31st @ 7pm Facebook | Meetup | Linkedin | Register Now

Looking for help solving a JavaScript problem?

Just getting started with the language and interested in learning more?

Come be part of this month’s Border City JavaScript meetup! This informal discussion between colleagues, friends, and newbies is a great way to build your skill set – and your network.

Attendance is free for everyone, but advance registration is required.

April 2021 at Hackforge

April 19, 2021

by Lauren Hedges in Events

Border City Data: ETL with Python
Thursday, April 22nd @ 2pm  Facebook | Meetup | Linkedin

With the rise of machine learning, ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) skills are more relevant than ever. Doug Sartori of Mean, Median and Moose will talk about tools for different ETL use cases and demo a simple ETL process using Python.

Border City Javascript: April Meetup
Monday, April 26th @ 7pm Facebook | Meetup | Linkedin

Join local JavaScript developers for an informal round table discussion on current projects and puzzles, the JavaScript Ecosystem, and more.

Project Management Professionals: Introducing the Southern Ontario PMI Chapter
Wednesday, April 28th @ 6:30pm Facebook | Meetup | Linkedin

Presented by AJ (Ajit) Unnithan, PMP, this event is geared towards project managers in Windsor-Essex who have received, or are working towards, their Project Management Institute (PMI) certification.
In this free, 30-minute session, attendees will learn what the local PMI chapter offers, and can share their thoughts on how the Southern Ontario PMI Chapter can bring value to the Windsor-Essex project management community.
Everyone is welcome to attend, but advance registration is required. Please sign up, and an event link will be sent to you.

3/3 of this month’s events require advance registration. Register for two in one place!

March 2021 at Hackforge

March 12, 2021

by Lauren Hedges in Events

Windsor-Essex AWS User Group Meetup: AWS Certifications Tips and Tricks
Wednesday, March 24 @ 7pm  Linkedin | Facebook | Meetup

Our topic is Certifications Tips and Tricks presented by Rick Triana, Partner Solutions Architect at AWS.

We’ll kick off the meetup with a brief meet and greet session followed by Rick’s presentation on this hot topic. We have some awesome virtual gifts to pass out to our attendees from AWS credits for your certification labs to an awesome e-book on one of the hottest AWS services.

Border City Data: Using DeckGL and Observable to Build Powerful Maps Quickly
Sunday, March 28 @ 2pm  Facebook | Meetup

Attend this session to learn how to use Uber open source project, DeckGL to visualize geographic data using Javascript. We’ll also be using Observable javascript notebooks to run the demo. Notebooks are a powerful way to display data, it’s visualization, and the code to generate them all in one environment. Observable has a large community of people building visualizations you can learn from.

Border City JavaScript March Meetup
Monday, March 29 @ 7pm  Facebook | Meetup

Join us in this virtual chat to meet fellow JavaScript developers from the Windsor-Essex area for a freeform discussion.

We’ll kick off with a handful of Lightning Talks to get our thoughts churning.

  • Randy will talk about controlling application flow with state.
  • Shawn will talk about using jQuery in 2021.
  • Meghan will tell us about volunteering with Canada Learning Code and Black Girls Code.
  • Jeff will talk about killing your darlings in a programming project.

After ours brains warm up, we’ll have an open discussion with the whole group about the state of the JavaScript ecosystem today.

2/3 of this month’s events require advance registration. Register for both in one place!

August 17, 2020

by Jeff Szusz in News

Hackforge News – August 2020

Hey folks, I hope this finds most of you well. I also hope that it finds you excited to find something to do, even if it’s yet another few hours in front of your favourite LCD screen.

Too Long, Didn’t Read: We’re having an AGM and PayPal is back up, if you’re interested in supporting us and getting involved in organizational politics. We’ll be organizing a video Happy Hour, and you can join us on Discord to discuss.


Hackforge has always been a membership-driven organization. What we have learned over the years is that membership in the Hackforge community means many things to different people.

Being a member of our community is as free as friendship and good conversation. Our video meetups and chat rooms on Discord are open to everyone. It may not be common knowledge, but it doesn’t cost money to “join Hackforge.”

If you are interested in supporting us by pledging a monthly donation, we fixed PayPal and now have Patronage levels of $5, $10 and $20. As before, the $20 monthly commitment does include a Voting Membership which – in addition to supporting us monetarily – confers eligibility for getting involved in organizational politics.

We hope many of you will volunteer to plan and run virtual events, moderate the Discord chat and video meetups, join in on discussions and have a lot of fun with us. We want you to help shape the community, the way the earliest Hackforge pioneers did when we first started out in a room in the Library. That’s what being a member of Hackforge really means.


An Annual General Meeting is where Voting Members get to decide who will replace exiting board members and run Hackforge for the next few years, and get caught up on current organizational status. We almost had an AGM in June, but postponed to leave oxygen for other, more pressing social concerns at the time.

I’m happy to deliver official notice to all of you now. We have several board positions opening, so I hope we will have lots of interested candidates.

Note that to be a “Voting Member in good standing”, you just have to go to our website and get a Voting Membership subscription with our new PayPal account before the day of the AGM. If you weren’t a member before, you can get on board in time for this AGM.



All Voting Members of Windsor Hackforge in good standing are invited to join us for a virtual Annual General Meeting on Friday, September 11 at 7pm. Voting Members in good standing have paid their monthly memberships dues at the time of the AGM. Please RSVP with a free Eventbrite ticket to reserve a spot in the video call and check your email on the day of the AGM for a message sent through Eventbrite with a video conference link.


To renew your membership or to join as a member to be eligible to vote at the AGM, go to https://hackf.org/join-us/ and make a monthly or annual pledge at the $20 Voting Member level before the AGM.


If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors of Windsor Hackforge, send an email with your expression of interest, relevant personal and/or professional information, and any questions to Jeff Szusz, Chair, Board of Directors jeff@hackf.org by September 1st.

Members who submit their names for election will be added to the slate to be voted on by the membership. The Board of Directors are responsible for managing the activities and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the articles and conditions set out in the by-laws. Executive positions will be determined at the next Board of Directors meeting following the AGM.


If any members are not able to attend the AGM, you can submit a proxy vote by September 8th to Jeff Szusz, Chair, Board of Directors jeff@hackf.org who will vote on your behalf.


If you would like to add an item to the agenda please send it to Jeff Szusz, Chair, Board of Directors jeff@hackf.org by September 1st.


1. Call to Order – Chair, Board of Directors
2. Approval of Agenda
3. Approval of 2019 AGM Minutes
4. Report from Chair and Program Updates
5. Report from Treasurer and Approval of 2019 Financial Statements
6. Updates to Bylaws
7. Election of Directors
8. Adjournment

The AGM package will be emailed to members one week prior.


We’ll be organizing a video call to hang out and chat and catch up in the next week or two, prior to the AGM. There’s no agenda, just bring your coffee, beer, soda, etc. with you to a video call and have a chat. If you want to get in on that discussion, head over to our Discord chat and we’ll figure out date and time together. First download the client and then click this invite link.

Thanks for all your support! I hope to see many of you soon!

Jeff Szusz, Hackforge Board President

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