Fishing with Aliens and Animals: HackWE 3.0 is a Wrap!

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Sunday, October 26th, participants gathered for the final time for HackWE 3.0 at the Green Bean Cafe. They demonstrated their projects to judges and the public.

Two student teams and two professional teams competed. Students Meghan O’Donnell and Meagan Park discussed their work using endangered species data. Student Jason Ly talked about how he used data on the water quality of the Detroit River. Parallel 42, one of our professional teams, presented “What’s in the Water,” sports fishing consumption advisory, water quality information web app. Team Bison brought bison migration to life with the help of some alien friends in a real time visualization.

Judges were Bob Price, Analyst Programmer for the City of Windsor; Renee Pare, Sales Director for Next Dimension; Frank Abbruzzese, President of AlphaKOR Group; and Heather Pratt, Executive Director, Research & Innovation, University of Windsor.

Results:
Student Team Meghan O’Donnell & Meagan Park: Best Student Project
Pro Team Parallel 42: Best Professional Project and Best Use of Science Data
Pro Team Bison: Most Creative Project

Student team Jason Ly won the Smartwatch, sponsored by Next Dimension.

HackWE 3.0 is in partnership with the University of Windsor, EPICentre, St. Clair College, Open Data Windsor Essex, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and Next Dimension.

Click below for more details and pictures from the day:

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You’re Invited to the HackWE 3.0 Reveal

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In celebration of National Science and Technology Week, Hackforge and WEtech Alliance partnered for the third time with HackWE 3.0. This hackathon focused on working with scientific data and creating new projects and creatively solving problems.

The reveal is Sunday, October 26th, starting at 12PM at the Windsor Star Green Bean Cafe (300 Ouellette Ave). The afternoon is free and open to the public.

The hackathon kicked off on Friday, October 17th at the Windsor Public Library. Teams, both professional and student, have been working all week using science data and will demonstrate and present their projects to the public and judges.

Judges include Bob Price, Analyst Programmer for the City of Windsor; Renee Pare, Sales Director for Next Dimension; and Frank Abbruzzese, President of AlphaKOR Group.

Teams are competing for the titles of Best Professional Project, Best Student Project, Most Creative Project, and Best Use of Science Data.

HackWE 3.0 is in partnership with the University of Windsor, EPICentre, St. Clair College, Open Data Windsor Essex, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and Next Dimension.

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Tech Talk: The Steam Engine Revolution

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Since the mid-18th century, steam engines have fascinated young and old. Even though they are now obsolete, they fascinate still. Spend an evening with Hackforge member Paul Anderson and learn how these engines evolved, and the genius behind their development.

Nerd Level: Beginners welcome.
Interested parties: History, Industrial Revolution, mechanics, steam engines.

This Tech Talk takes place on Thursday, October 30th at 7PM at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave).

Paul Anderson is Hackforge’s resident polymath and facilities manager. He rarely finds a hobby he doesn’t like.

N.B Hackforge’s Meetup events have now been moved to Facebook

Dreamers, Coders, Designers Wanted: HackWE 3.0

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Celebrating National Science and Technology Week, Hackforge and WEtech Alliance are collaborating on HackWE 3.0, a hackathon focused on open data from the sciences. We’re looking for teams of tech students or professionals to compete, and science people to help competitors interpret the data and solve useful problems with it.

Artists and designers are also welcome to form or join a team – teams with cool visualizations will have a leg up.
Student teams are eligible for prizes. Professional teams are competing for bragging rights.

Participating teams will come together for the “draft” and a series of talks on science and technology on Friday, October 17th. The teams will present their completed projects on Sunday, October 26th.

This Hackathon is in partnership with St. Clair College, the University of Windsor, and Open Data Windsor Essex.

REGISTER NOW

KICK-OFF:        

Friday, October 17 @ 1pm to 5pm
Windsor Public Library – Central Library
850 Ouellette Avenue

MID-WEEK CHECK IN: 

Wednesday, October 22 @ 7PM to 9PM
Hackforge with the Software Craftsmen’s Guild
850 Ouellette Avenue

REVEAL:  

Sunday, October 26 @ 12PM – 5PM
Green Been Café @ Windsor Star
300 Ouellette Avenue

TOP PRIZES:    
Exclusive Dinner with Expert in the Commercialization of Apps
Admission to App Commercialization Seminar
Smartwatch sponsor by Next Dimension

CONTACT:
Irek Kusmierczyk, WEtech Alliance
ikusmierczyk@wetech-alliance.com
519.997.2848

Sarah Morris, Hackforge
Sarah@Hackf.org
519.996.4982

REGISTER:
www.hackwe3.eventbrite.com

Hackforge Weekend at W.A.V.E.S!

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We had a great time this weekend at the w.a.v.e.s festival at the Detroit River. Friday and Saturday evening, the riverfront was lit up from Janette Ave to the Ambassador Bridge with displays, booths, art, food, and music. Hackforge had nonstop visitors to our booth which featured a hand-crank SpokePOV bike, our Makerbot 3D printer, and a cymatics rig. Our highly interactive booth was the source of lots of noise, questions, and discussion on the future of technology.

We also brought together electronic nerds and bike nerds with SpokePOVs. On Friday night, we stopped by Bike Friendly Windsor Essex‘s AGM at City Cyclery and attached the custom display LEDs to three bikes  before their Night Lights Ride.

Big props to Chris Deschamps, Nik Steel, Paul Anderson, AmberJoy Kouvalis, Aaron Mavrinac, and Phil Aylesworth for helping out during the festival.

Click below for a Storified breakdown of the weekend!

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Octopus Attack at Nerd Nite!

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Hackforge attended Nerd Nite at Phog Lounge last Thursday, September 18th! We talked about the who, what, why of Hackforge and demonstrated SpokePOV and 3D printing! We also 3D printed this lil’ guy. Big thanks to AmberJoy Kouvalis for bringing her 3D printer for the night and Paul Anderson for helping with the demonstrations.

If you’d like to see 3D printing and SpokePovs for yourself, come check out Hackforge’s booth at this weekend’s w.a.v.e.s festival!

 

SpokePOV Workshop Gets Ready to Light Up w.a.v.e.s

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Saturday, September 20th, Hackforge got together to assemble SpokePOV kits for this weekend’s w.a.v.e.s. festival. The programmed LED lights will be attached to bicycle spokes and ridden around the festival on September 26th and 27th.

We had a dozen people come to the event, including a handful of beginners to soldering. Our Program Coordinator Sarah was on Team Newbie and learned to work on a circuit board. Big thanks to everyone who attended and to those who brought their soldering irons!

We’re excited to show off our hard work this weekend at w.a.v.e.s. Keep an eye out for us – we’ll be so bright, it will be hard to miss us!

Click below for more pictures! Thanks to Hannah Rose for the great shots of the afternoon.

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Looking for Science Mentors for October Hackathon!

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Hackforge and WETech are hosting a hackathon to celebrate National Science and Technology Week and we need science mentors!

As this hackathon is focusing on science and technology, we’re looking for mentors who know their stuff to help developers decipher data and work on a project or solve a problem. We encourage potential scientific mentors to bring a data set from their own work that they are willing to make public.

Participating teams will come together for the “draft” and a series of talks on science and technology on Friday, October 17t at the Windsor Public Library. The teams will present their completed projects on Sunday, October 26th after a week of work.

If you work or study in a scientific field and are up to the challenge, become a mentor! Send us an email: info@hackf.org.

Tech Talk: Interactive Fiction w/ Undum for JavaScript Beginners (Doug Sartori)

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Undum is a set of Javascript libraries that make it easy to create your own “Choose your own Adventure” or “Fighting Fantasy” style piece of interactive fiction. It’s a great way to learn the basics of computer programming (and JavaScript) because there is almost no new code required to create a game. Doug Sartori will give a brief introduction to computer programming and JavaScript, then create a simple game, workshop style. Bring a laptop if you’d like to follow along and create your own!

This Tech Talk takes place on Thursday, October 2nd at 7PM at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave).

Nerd Level: Perfect for beginners.

Doug Sartori is a Hackforge board member and partner in the Southwestern Ontario software consultancy Parallel 42 Systems. He has been a software professional since 2000. He has worked as a consultant, developer, and product manager for companies large and small.

Hackforge Software Guild Goes Weekly

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The Hackforge Software Guild is getting together more often! Going forward, we’ll be gathering every Wednesday evening in the Hackforge space. Every second week will continue as previously: you’ll pair up with a partner and solve a programming puzzle in various ways, improving your skills and workflow as a programmer. On the opposite weeks, however, we’re introducing Social Coding Night: bring your laptop, hang out with the Hackforge Software Guild and work on whatever programming project you’d like!

Social Coding Night starts tonight – Wednesday, September 17th – and continues every second Wednesday thereafter.
Social Coding Nights: 6-9PM September 17October 1, 15, 29
Katas & Formal Discussion: 6-9PM September 24October 8, 22
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