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May at Hackforge

May 13, 2019

by Rebecca Welbourn in News

Google Developers Group: Flutter and Firebase 
Like peanut butter and chocolate for mobile development
Wednesday, May 15 @ 6:30PM Facebook | Meetup

For the past month, Don Ward has been digging into integrating Flutter apps with all of the Firebase services available as he partakes in the #100DaysofCode challenge. During this event, you will learn how to build mobile apps using Flutter backed with Firebase services and how they work with Flutter mobile apps.

Introduction to 3D Printing: Part 2
Saturday, May 18 @ 12PM Facebook | Meetup

Come out and meet people interested in 3D Printing! We will be showing how to print something from the web. No prior experience is required.

Border City JavaScript
Monday, May 20 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup 

Following the free-form discussion at our April meetup, we’re having a more structured discussion for May’s meet-up that dives a bit deeper into some topics. Come prepared with a short list of 2-3 topics we talked about that really interested you. It’s even better if you have specific questions you’d like answered.

If you missed the April meetup, you can choose any topics related to web development or JavaScript that pique your interest.

We’ll all write our topics or questions down on sticky notes, and we’ll organize the topics into categories. Then we’ll process through the topics, talking about each as a group. This format, a structured discussion with no predetermined agenda, is called a Lean Coffee, and it’s really fun!

Project Management Professionals Meetup: Activity Management and How it Helps to Reach any Goal
Monday, May 27 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup 

This month’s guest speaker is Jules Champoux, CPCA. Jules is a licensed advisor since 2006 and Sales Manager for Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network since 2012. He is also the current Director of the Town of Tecumseh BIA and the past Chairman of Eldercare Life Guide Services. As Jules is very involved in the community and in his career, he will share his insights about using activity management daily to reach his goals.

Border City Data: Intro to SQL
Tuesday, May 28 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup
A practical introduction to SQL. The Structured Query Language is one of the most common ways that users interact with databases, and it’s an essential skill for all kinds of professionals who work with data.
WindsorEssex .NET Developers
Context is King: Finding Service Boundaries
Wednesday, May 29 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup
Are you having trouble defining service boundaries? We know there are benefits in splitting up a complex system, such as more focused models and modular deployments.

Defining the correct service boundaries is incredibly important but can be pretty tricky. When defined correctly, the model feels natural and cohesive. Defined wrong can make a system overly complex and end in disaster.

Join Derek as he explores the use of key terminology in real business systems. How dissecting simple words and asking the right questions led to insights that helped define the service boundaries in real business systems developed over the last decade.


April at Hackforge

April 14, 2019

by Rebecca Welbourn in News

Call for Organizers & Ideas

Did you know that Hackforge is entirely volunteer run?  Would you like to be more involved? Do you have ideas for Hackforge? We need your help! If you have ideas for new talks, meetups, workshops or groups, send us an email at info@hackf.org to let us know. We can help bring people together who are interested in the same topic and help you organize and promote your events!

Project Management Professionals: PMBOK & PRINCE II
Monday, April 15 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us for a high level talk on PMBOK & PRINCE II, two popular project management methodologies and how they can work for you. We’re pleased to be joined by Elana Freeman, a Senior Project Manager at Thyssenkrupp Materials NA.

​This group is for all professionals from any industry, and business owners to come together and exchange ideas and good practices ​ in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Makers Club: Introduction to 3D Printing
Saturday, April 27 @ 12PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us for an introduction to 3D printing! We expect to have a Delta printer and a Prusa MK3 to demonstrate and explain. Additionally, we will have a slide show from the Midwest RepRap Festival 2019.

Border City Javascript
Monday, April 29 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us for this month’s Border City Javascript meetup. Interested in doing a talk? Email us at info@hackf.org.

Border City Data: Connecting a web API to SQL Server with SSIS
Tuesday, April 30 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

This month, Doug Sartori leads a tutorial on using scripting in SSIS to consume data from a web-based REST API. This is a basic-level tutorial – beginners can benefit from it although the content is aimed at programmers and database professionals.


March at Hackforge

March 11, 2019

by Rebecca Welbourn in News

Hackforge Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, March 12 @ 7PM Facebook

At 7:00 pm on March 12, 2019, Windsor Hackforge will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at The Accelerator at 1501 Howard Ave, Unit 101, Windsor, Ontario.

At this meeting, all members deemed to be in good standing (up to date with member dues) as of March 1st, 2019 are welcome to attend.

This meeting will cover the current state of Hackforge, our plans for the coming year, as well as presenting our Interest Groups. If you want to work with Hackforge to bring something new to the community, come ready to proposal your ideas!

Border City Data: Building the Megahospital Challenge
Thursday, March 14 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us for the first Border City Data event at our new home: a talk about the Megahospital Challenge. The discussion will cover solution design, tech tools and what we learned from the launch and debate around megahospitalchallenge.com.

Project Management Professionals: PMBOK & Prince II
Monday, March 18 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us for a high level talk on PMBOK & PRINCE II, two popular project management methodologies and how they can work for you. We’re pleased to be joined by Elana Freeman, a Senior Project Manager at Thyssenkrupp Materials NA.

​This group is for all professionals from any industry, and business owners to come together and exchange ideas and good practices ​ in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Border City Javascript & .NET Developers: Lightning Talks! 
Wednesday, March 27 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

It’s time to get back into the swing of things at the new Hackforge location! Let’s get to know each other a little bit and talk about some cool tech-related stuff. This event is open to the general public, and we enthusiastically invite the rest of our new community at The Accelerator to join us either in the audience or as a speaker.

A lightning talk is a 5 to 10-minute talk on a topic of your choice (most likely tech related, but not necessarily!). You can share knowledge, showcase a project, get feedback on new ideas or gush about something that excites you. Slides are optional.

You do not need to present a lightning talk to attend! All are welcome as an audience to listen and take in all the content.

If you haven’t done a talk before, lightning talks are a great way to get started and practice public speaking. If you’re old hat, a lightning talk is a great opportunity to try out that talk idea you haven’t fully fleshed out yet.

If you’d like to deliver a talk at Hackforge’s Lightning Talks at 7PM on Wednesday March 27, 2019 at The Accelerator (1501 Howard Ave, at Shepherd), sign up below.

You may sign up to deliver more than one short talk, but any additional talks after the first are subject to time constraints at the event.

Signup: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwga688Jxy8pC-hjSSEfpSgDndZW7Pji7td4-hlxboIQ6ckw/viewform

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Saturday, March 30 11AM-5PM Facebook | Eventbrite

Hackforge, Arts Council Windsor & Region and the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor invite people of all gender identities to take part in Windsor, Ontario’s Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

Only 10% of Wikipedia editors identify as women. The Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is seeking to change that statistic by offering a a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others research and teaching session for editing and contributing to Wikipedia. Tutorials will be provided for those who are new to the editing process.


Notice of Annual General Meeting: March 12, 2019

February 15, 2019

by Rebecca Welbourn in Events, News

Notice of Annual General Meeting

At 7:00 pm on March 12, 2019, Windsor Hackforge will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 1501 Howard Ave Unit 101, Windsor, ON.

At this meeting, all members deemed to be in good standing (up to date with member dues) as of March 1st, 2019 are welcome to attend.

This meeting will cover the current state of Hackforge, our plans for the coming year, as well as presenting our Interest Groups. If you want to work with Hackforge to bring something new to the community, come ready to proposal your ideas!

The meeting agenda, and any other required materials, will be distributed to members at least 48 hours prior to the AGM.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Hackforge 3.1x Launch at The Accelerator

February 2, 2019

by Rebecca Welbourn in Events, News

Hackforge’s main mission is to provide a place where creative minds can come together to share ideas, learn together, find support and make friends.

Hackforge is thrilled to announce we are opening our doors at The Accelerator, Windsor’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with co-working space specifically designed to help accelerate the growth of start-ups and emerging businesses, featuring on-site training and mentoring programs in a truly collaborative environment.

Our partnership with the Accelerator will allow us access to a hot desk and access to their 3000 sq. ft event space. In return, we will extend our outstanding programming to their community of entrepreneurs and business owners.

Please join us on Thursday, February 7 for a launch event to see our new space, network with other Accelerator members and the technology community. Refreshments will be served.

When: Thursday, February 7 6PM – 8PM
Where: The Accelerator, 1501 Howard Avenue, Windsor, ON N8X 3T5
Parking: The parking lot is first-come-first-serve. There is also free street parking available.

Questions? Please email us at info@hackf.org.


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