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January 2017 at Hackforge


Board Game Night
Tuesday, January 10: 6:00 – 9:00PM
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.
We’ll have a games like Smash Up, Small World, The Resistance, and more. Bring your favourite game (that can be played in less than four hours)!
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Member Day: Two New Rooms!
Saturday, January 14: 1:00PM
Hackforge Members are invited to join us for a tour of our two new rooms! Check out the renovated basement and let’s talk about a better workshop and classroom space, plus plans for 2017.
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Open Coding Night
Wednesday, January 18: 7:00PM
Working on a project? Need to bounce ideas off other programmers? Bring your laptop and get coding! Great event for beginners as well. Tutorials will be available and the event is facilitated a real life computer programmer.
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Border City Data
Monday, January 23: 7:00PM
Border City Data is a new interest group focused on data and databases. Our initial meeting will focus on 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.
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Software Guild
Wednesday, January 25: 7:00 – 9:00PM

Nerd-o-meter: Beginner/Intermediate
Through the magic of Space Cats and Pizza, we’ll be set on a marvellous journey exploring Javascript’s this keyword. We’ll be learning how to bend it to our every will, all the while avoiding its radioactive pitfalls. Space-cadets of all ranks are welcome to come aboard! Even the most experienced space surfer might pick up a few new cheesy curds of knowledge. We’ll be boarding soon, so don’t delay! Come join us on this epic journey through the space-time of this.

Looking to get your business or idea off the ground? Sara Alhasan from Ontario Centres of Excellence will be giving a short talk about their entrepreneurship programs, what they offer, and how to apply.
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Winter Hackathon
Open to University of Windsor Undergraduate and Graduate students
Friday, January 27 to 29 2016
The University of Windsor’s Computer Science Department and Windsor Hackforge are teaming up for Winter Hackathon. Open to undergraduate and graduate students from the University, this weekend hackathon will test skills with creative challenges using data from the community and industry.
More Details Here / Facebook Event
Register NOW as a participant, volunteer, or mentor

Order of the Indie Game Developers: Great Canadian Game Jam Brainstorm 
Monday, January 30: 7:00PM
A Game Jam is a group of people planning, designing, and creating one or more games. January’s meetup, we will be giving an introduction to Game Jams and host a brainstorming session to what one spread across 2017 would look like. We’re inviting video game developers, artists, writers, and fans to join in the process.
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Book Club: Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem (2006)
Tuesday, January 31: 7:00PM
Liu Cixin’s science fiction novel The Three Body Problem was a smash hit bestseller in China, and has finally been translated into English by Ken Liu. It’s a mind-bending tale of politics, aliens and gaming. Join us for a discussion of this Hugo Award winning novel.
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**NB: Due to the holidays,Windsor-Essex .NET Developers will not be meeting in January**

December at Hackforge


Windsor-Essex .NET Developers: Everybody likes Cake!
Tuesday, December 6: 6:30 PM 
Speaker: Jonathan Dick of Xamarin
xRake, jake, make, fake…. and now Cake! Let’s explore how to write cross platform build scripts in a language you’re already familiar with, C#.

Cake is a cross platform build automation system with a C# DSL to do things like compiling code, copying files/folders, running unit tests, compressing files, building NuGet packages and much, much more!
Find out more here

Cross-Border Work Q&A
Wednesday, December 7: 7:00PM
Live in Windsor but interested in working in Detroit? Our American neighbour is one of the great perks of living in the Rose City.

Not sure where to start? Join us December 7th for a Q&A discussion with experts and professionals on cross-border work. We will be discussing what American employers are looking for in Canadian workers, the process of applying, and dealing with the unique Windsor-Detroit work experience.
Save your spot here!

Lean Cocoa: Open Coding Night / Software Guild
Thursday, December 15: 7:00 PM
Come celebrate the end of the year together with the Software Guild and the Open Coding Night crew. We’re giving Lean Coffee a holiday twist with Lean Cocoa. Hackforge will provide the hot chocolate, you bring the conversation!

Lean Coffee is a networking conversation where the topics are voted on. Want to pick a few brains about a language you’re learning or a project in progress? This is a great opportunity to meet new folks!
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December Book Club: Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
Tuesday, December 20: 7:00PM
This month’s Book Club is Douglas Adams’ 1979 novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. A quick comedic read for the holiday, join us for a conversation about this classic.
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ANNOUNCED: January’s Book Club: Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem (2008)

3D Printing Drop In Day
Wednesday, December 28: 1:00 – 3:00PM
In November, Stratus Plastics Inc donated a FlashForge 3D Printer to Hackforge. We are inviting the public to join us for an afternoon of discovering and learning as we try out our new machine! Come learn along with us about the FlashForge and take home a small print! Great for the whole family.
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