Introducing Computer Girls: IT Classes for Women

logo-v5Through the support of Ontario Trillium Foundation, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) in partnership with Hackforge presents Computer Girls. Computer Girls offers computer training to women and young women in the Windsor & Essex County area. Classes are held at WEST’s offices downtown Windsor (647 Ouellette Avenue Suite 201).

Basic Computer Literacy:
This course is designed for women with very basic computer knowledge. Participants will gain
practical computer knowledge in Microsoft Office, the internet, computer security, etc.

Classes offered:
Computer Basics (Feb. 11: 6-8PM)
The Internet, Cloud Services, and World Wide Web (Feb. 25: 6-8PM)
Word, Spreadsheet, and Presentation Programs (Mar. 11: 6-8PM)
Computer Security and Privacy (Mar. 25: 6-8PM)

Intro to Coding:
This course is designed to provide individuals with practical skills employers are looking for. If you want to
pursue a career in computer science, or if you enjoy working with computers….this program is for you!
Participants will learn about Coding, Web Animation, Photo Editing, etc.

Classes offered:
Introduction to HTML (Feb. 18: 6-8PM)
Introduction to CSS (Mar 4: 6-8PM)
Introduction to JavaScript (Mar 18: 6-8PM)
Intermediate HTML/CSS (Apr 1: 6-8PM)


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Hackforge 3D Printing at Remington Park Library


Saturday, January 17th, Hackforge will be visiting Remington Park Library for an all-ages 3D printing demonstration. From 2-4PM, we invite the public to stop by and view our 3D printer in action and interact with 3D printed objects. Come see how you can bring items from your imagination to life with this exciting new technology.

Remington Park Library is located at 2710 Lillian Ave in South Windsor.

Software Craftsman Guild Back from Vacation


After a two week vacation, the Software Craftsman Guild is back on Wednesday, January 7th from 6-9PM. Join the weekly group for computer programmers at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave). Bring your laptop, hang out with the Hackforge Software Guild and work on whatever programming project you’d like!

Line Between Art and Tech Blurs with Hackforge


Monday, December 29th, Hackforge hosted Art in Tech / Tech in Art, bringing together various projects and creators. We had an exciting turn out of more than fifty people to the space, including many families.

Learners from all ages were encouraged to try out many of the demonstrations presented, like Nik Steel’s two cymatic rigs using water to make sound visible and Nifty Studio’s immersive Elevator Horror game. Hackforge members brought their projects, like Rob Caruso’s Magic Eye Color Organ and Terry McAlinden’s LED Matrix. From the community, we had artists like Jude Abu Zaineh, Veronica Samek, and Sherry Campeau.

Big thanks to all who presented (full list of artists and projects below). Also thanks to Paul Anderson for assisting with various projects, like 3D printing.

Projects presented:
3D printed artwork by Chelsea Greenwell
Video game concept art by Sean Liska
Cymatics rig (sound made visible) by Nik Steel
LED-ification of model trains by Shane McCarthy
Magic Eye Colour Organ by Rob Caruso
Modular Sequencer Prototype by Aaron Mavrinac and Kero
Plilk: Bioart Bacteria Series by Jude Abu Zaineh
w.a.v.e.s festival by Veronica Samek and Orb-It Project by Sherry Campeau
LED Matrix by Terry McAlinden
Click below for more photos and the CTV clip from the event!


Art in Tech / Tech in Art Open House

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Monday, December 29th, Hackforge is merging art and technology. From 3PM -5PM, there will be a science-fair style open house featuring various works of art and technology. Come interact with the works and talk to the creators.

Our members will be sharing their projects as well as artists and creators from the community. After will be a roundtable where the artists and creators discuss their process and how they see art in their technology and technology in their art. This free afternoon is open to the public and suitable for all ages. There will be activities for kids.

We are located in the front of the Windsor Public Library Central Branch (850 Ouellette Ave).

Projects to check out:
3D printed artwork by Chelsea Greenwell
Video game concept art by Sean Liska
Cymatics rig (sound made visible) by Nik Steel
LED-ification of model trains by Shane McCarthy
Magic Eye Colour Organ by Rob Caruso
Modular Sequencer Prototype by Aaron Mavrinac and Kero
Plilk: Bioart Bacteria Series by Jude Abu Zaineh
w.a.v.e.s festival by Veronica Samek and Orb-It Project by Sherry Campeau
More to be added!

 Check out the event on Facebook. 

Explore Crowd-Sourcing with Maptime Windsor-Essex


This month’s Maptime will be dedicated to exploring Crowd-sourced Maps – those maps that you invite a public to join in and contribute to as well as location-based texting services. Want to learn more or share what you’ve already investigated about these things? Or do you just want to learn more about maps and Maptime? Then please join us! Bring along your laptop!

Maptime is a collection of beginner-focused community groups for learning geospatial technology, techniques, and concepts, particularly using open source tools and hands-on practice and exercises. If you’ve ever dreamt of mapping the world around you, this event is for you.

Thursday, December 18 2014 – 7-9PM
Hackforge – 850 Ouellette Ave
Free event, open to the public
Bring along your laptop

Click here for the Facebook event

‘Driving the Windsor-Essex Automotive Industry’ Featuring Our Very Own

Take a look at this great video from our friends at Workforce Windsor-Essex about the future of the automotive industry in Windsor-Essex. We are proud to see Hackforge founder and Board Member Aaron Mavrinac as a featured interview subject. Keep an eye out in the video for Hackforge’s 3D printer at work. Three cheers to Paul Anderson for making the print happen.

For more information on the video and the project, click here.

C’Mon Get Mappy for Global GIS Day with Hackforge

maptimeThis Wednesday, November 19th marks Global GIS (global information systems) Day and Hackforge wants Windsor to get mappy! A Maptime event will be at the Hackforge headquarters at the front of the Windsor Public Library (850 Ouellette Ave) from 7 to 9PM.

Maptime is a collection of beginner-focused community groups for learning geospatial technology, techniques, and concepts, particularly using open source tools and hands-on practice and exercises. This is the second meeting of Maptime Windsor-Essex. If you’ve ever dreamt of mapping the world around you, this event is for you.

We’re pleased to have two speakers: Jason Pomerleau will giving a demo of TileMill/Carto CSS and Felix Brun will introduce us to Boundless’ OpenGeoSuite.

This a free event with no registration required. Beginners welcome. Check out the Facebook event here!

Hackforge 3D Printing at the Tech Show


This Tuesday, November 4th was the Windsor-Essex Tech Show, presented by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. Businesses, organizations, and schools from around the region came to exhibit.

Hackforge demonstrated the power of 3D printing to participants and gave breakout sessions throughout the day discussing how the technology is already revolutionizing business.

Big thanks to Amber Kouvalis, Paul Anderson, and a special shoutout to Kevin Roy for saving the day and bringing his personal 3D printer to demonstrate.

Click below for more pictures from the day:


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


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.

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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