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

Introducing New IT Outreach Coordinator: Shawn Daichendt

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Hackforge is pleased to introduce Shawn Daichendt as our new IT Outreach Coordinator. Shawn has been an active member of Hackforge for the past year. You might know him as the founder and host of StartUp Windsor, a group for entrepreneurs which meets monthly at Hackforge.

Shawn has worked as a software developer for eight years in a variety of business environments, from small mobile start ups to international development firms. He first got interested in IT while studying to be a paramedic; “the experience left me with wanting to use IT to help others.” He loves to learn and use bleeding-edge software tools and frameworks.

Interested in game studies and its application in society to solve today’s challenge problems, Shawn also loves music, pop culture, philosophy, alien conspiracies.

The IT Outreach Initiative helps non-profits access technology and employs up-and-coming tech workers in these small stipend projects. This is a project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The baton for this project has been passed by Derek Richard who is now working full-time at Cypher Systems.

 

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March Events at Hackforge

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Electronics Club Meeting
Saturday, March 5: 2:00 – 4:00PM
The first official meeting of Hackforge’s Electronics Club! Open to the public, come down and share your love of electronics and discuss what you would like to see the club become.
Facebook Event

Guild Kata Night:
Tuesday, March 8: 6:30 – 9:30PM
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!

Introducing… DIY Audio Electronics Club
Wednesday, March 9: 7:00 – 9:00PM
You’re invited to the first meeting of Hackforge’s DIY Audio Electronics Club! Open to members and the general public, the inaugural meetup will include:

  • First group project: headphone amplifier kit. Each participant will have the option to purchase and assemble the kit at a future meeting.
  • Demo of some DIY audio components

Facebook Event

Intro to HTML: Free Coding class for Women
Thursday, March 10: 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), these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.
Register here!

MEMBER DAY: Work Hard Play Hard
Saturday, March 12: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Every month, we invite our members to work together on a project. Our project for March is to help go through our 90s computer repair shop, otherwise known as the storage room. Together we’ll make the space a better place! Together we’ll eat some delicious pizza!

StartUp MeetUp
Tuesday, March 15: 6-8PM
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Facebook Event

Board Game Night
Wednesday, March 16: 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

Coding for Women: HTML & CSS
Thursday, March 24: 6:30-8:30PM
A match made in heaven! Come learn how to bring together these two programming languages into a functional, stylish way. Perfect for beginners. Bring your laptop to this free workshop.
Computer Girls is coding classes for women by women. In partnership with Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST), these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.
Register here!

Software Guild
Wednesday, March 30: 7-9PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

Hack the Afternoon: Map the River Walk with Photos

 

Saturday, February 27th, join Hackforge (255 Ouellette Ave) from 2-5PM for a Hack the Afternoon. A free workshop forbeginners to pros, learn how to map Windsor’s Riverfront Sculpture Park walk. We’re creating a map full of photos (personal and archival) that explore Windsor’s Detroit River walk in a visual, interactive way.

Beginners: Learn how to customize Google Maps with photo mapping for your future vacations or other projects.

Developers: Dig deeper with how to manipulate map data in different formats and use it in your project. We’ll be working with QGIS and moving mapping data between various platforms.

What to Bring: Laptop, any photos you have (digital or physical) of the Sculpture Park, riverfront trail or shoreline to contribute to put in on the map.

Share your photos electronically with Hackforge (@Hackforge).

Hack the Afternoon is in collaboration with the City of Windsor, in preparation for the 2016 w.a.v.e.s. Festival. This event is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation through Open Data Windsor Essex.

w.a.v.e.s. (Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) is a two-day festival connecting communities through waves

Facebook Event Here

 

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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.
More Information

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.
Facebook Event

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

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

Hack the Afternoon: Map the Riverfront
Rescheduled// February 27: 2-5PM
A digital maps tutorial for beginners based on mapping sites and photos along the Windsor waterfront using Google Maps.
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“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!

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