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

SpokePOV Workshop & Build This Saturday!

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Join us in preparation for the w.a.v.e.s festival in assembling SpokePOV kits!

Lead by Hackforger Paul Anderson, learn how to build a persistence of vision kit which turns a bicycle wheel into a custom display. The assembled kits will light up the w.a.v.e.s on September 26th and 27th as the bikes ride around the festival.

Beginners welcome. Come to learn more about: electronics, LEDs, persistence of vision technology. Find out more about the workshop here.

Click here to see more cool POV projects!

Tech Talk: BioArt Residency / Technology as an Artist’s Aid (Chelsea Greenwell)

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Cultivamos Cultura, Portugal 2014, a BioArt residency & technology as an artist’s aid. This talk on Thursday, September 18th, will highlight Chelsea Greenwell’s recent BioArt camp and residency in Portugal, including her utilization of technology as an aid to her art practice; the interdisciplinary melding of Sculpture, BioArt, and Technology in her current body of work.

Chelsea Greenwell is currently finishing a double major in Visual Arts & English. As an aspiring BioArtist, her research explores the natural world through a digital platform, questioning humanities relationship with nature through themes of manipulation and homage. Her current research is 3D printing and digital rendering as a BioArt medium, offering a unique juxtaposition. Chelsea’s work has been shown in BioArt: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences, a collaborative show at the !dea Gallery in the Ontario Science Centre; as well as a collaboration piece, Occam’s Razor, a group exhibition at the Toronto Science Centre. She has a piece in an upcoming exhibition in Portugal, as well as a collaborative piece with fellow Windsor based media artist, Nicolas de Cosson, in the W.A.V.E.S festival, September 2014.

Nerd Level: Novices welcome. Free and open to the public.

Come to learn more about: BioArt, Portugal, artist residency, 3D printing, art and technology.

This Tech Talk takes place on Thursday, September 18th at 6PM.

 

The Meta Tech Talk Brainstorm

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After a great summer of talks, and as Hackforge continues to grow into its role as a community teaching and learning space, let’s take a pause to discuss the future direction of our tech talk series.

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 4th, we’ll hold a round-table style brainstorming session at 6PM. All ideas are welcome! Many of you have already come forward with suggestions ranging from recording and archival of talks, concepts for furthering discussion on the topics online, multi-talk series, panels, certifications, and more. Come participate in consolidating these great ideas into a form easily digestible by an implementation team, and help Hackforge’s tech talk series come of age!

Join us for the Tech Talk Brainstorm, Thursday, September 4th at 6PM at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave). Check out our Meetup page for more information.

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