Winter Hackathon 2017



Hackforge and the University of Windsor Computer Science Department would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Windsor Hackathon. Twelve teams competed throughout the weekend Hackathon.


EPICentre’s Most Commercial Potential Award
Team GeoRisk (AMF Challenge)
Atilla Saadat

Best Overall:
TransitAR (City of Windsor API Challenge)
Moaaz Elsayed
Colin Matthews
Zach Shaver
Atilla Saadat

Most Creative:
Team GoBot (Open Data Windsor Essex Challenge)
Clovis Nogueira
Yadwinder Singh

Judges’ Favourite & Bike Windsor Essex’s Pick:
Team BRAV-O (Bike Windsor Essex)
vikneshwaran seetharaman
V N Bharadwaja T
Rumana Hakeem
Areeba Kamal

Best Use of Data
Team Mighty Pythons:
Javeriya Khan
Atish Lewate
Emile Papillon
Baseer Haider


Take On Challenges from the Community and Industry with Teamwork and Creative Coding.

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.

Awards will be given for Best Overall Project, Best Community Project, Most Creative Team, Best Use of Open Data, and more.




Friday, January 27 @ Engineering Building – University of Windsor (Room 1100)
o 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Registration and welcomes
o 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Opening ceremony, Talks, Announcement of Challenges
o 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Dinner, Networking, and Team build-up
o 7:00 PM: Hackathon begins, teams start working together and picking challenges. Continue at Essex Bldg. Computer Science Rooms
Registration is open for the community to attend the launch

Saturday, January 28 @ Essex Bldg – Computer Science Rooms
o 9:00 AM – 12:00AM: Hackathon continues!
Lunch and snacks provided.

Sunday, January 29 @ Odette Bldg Room 123
o 9:00 AM -9:30 AM – Breakfast and Welcome
o 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Demos & Awards Ceremony
Registration is open for the community to attend the final demos!

The Winter Hackathon is supported by EPICentre, WEtech Alliance, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.




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)!
Facebook Event

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.
Facebook Event

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.
Facebook Event

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.
Facebook Event

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.
Facebook Event

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.
Facebook Event

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.
Facebook Event
Amazon | Chapters


**NB: Due to the holidays,Windsor-Essex .NET Developers will not be meeting in January**

May Events at Hackforge



May the Fourth: Drone Wars
Wednesday, May 4th: 6:00 – 10:00PM
In a galaxy not so far away, Windsor Drone Corps is coming to Hackforge…. on May the Fourth…. for Drone Wars! Come out and learn more about drones, meet actual rebel drone pilots, and destroy a Death Star. If you have a drone but can’t get it to fly, bring it in and get expert advice.
Facebook Event Here

DIY Audio Electronics Club
Wednesday, May 11: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Aaron Mavrinac will be demoing his analog synthesizer and Michal Janyst will be demoing his DIY Arduino-based audio input selector. Come check out the projects, ask questions, and see them in action.
Facebook Event here!

Guild Kata Night:
Thursday, May 12th: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Have a little code-slinging skill under your belt? Want to get better? Come out to kata night and challenge yourself to solve some puzzles while you learn to up your programming game with Test Driven Development and Pair Programming.
Facebook Event Here!

Board Game Night
Thursday, May 19th: 6:00PM – 10:00PM
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.
Facebook Event Here!

Software Guild: Stava Data
Bits & Bikes Event
Wednesday, May 25th: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Learn about how to use crowd sourced data, specifically from fitness tracking apps.
Stay up to date here

Biking across Canada with a DIY camera
Bits & Bikes Event
Thursday, May 26: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
In 2005, Mike Beauchamp rode his bicycle across Canada and made a documentary film about the trip using a DIY bike-mounted camera. Learn how Mike designed and fabricated the audio and video system able to withstand the 7000KM trip. Stay for a free screening of the 60 minute film followed by a small Q&A session.
Facebook Event Here

Electronics Club: Teardown Day
Saturday, May 28th from 1:00 -3:00 PM
Teardown Day is inviting you to tear apart equipment in the name of part salvaging, electronics education, and stress relief. Bring your own items to break down or take apart something from Hackforge.
Facebook Event Here!

Order of the Indie Game Developers
Monday, May 30th: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Join us for a night of discussion of game development and projects in action. Perfect for designers, artists, developers of both tabletop and video games.
Facebook Event Here!

StartUp MeetUp
Tuesday, May 31: 6:00 – 9:00PM
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
More info here!

Design Time: Snapchat Geofilter Neighbourhood Challenge

From Downtown Windsor to Remington Park to Sandwich, we’re calling on the community to describe and design the neighbourhoods that define us – through text, symbols and creative illustration.

In partnership with the Cultural Affair’s Department at the City of Windsor, Hackforge will host FREE artist-led Design Time starting Tuesday, April 19 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at 255 Ouellette Ave.


Design: Bring along your laptop and design a Snapchat Geofilter for a Windsor neighbourhood! We will help with submission specifications and inspiration. Hackforge will highlight all design submissions on our website after the event.

Inspire: Come to Hackforge to share your neighbourhood identity! We will have craft supplies for anyone to contribute ideas of what their area means to them.


This event will encourage attendees to think about their neighbourhoods in a creative way – exploring heritage symbols, colours and design elements that represent our region.

For those new to the digital design, guest illustrators and designers will provide mentorship and instruction on how to design, map and submit their Geofilter creation to Snapchat.

Whether it’s for family, friends, farmer’s markets or a city-wide event, Geofilters make it easy for Snapchatters to share visual identities of people, places and things.


The City of Windsor’s Cultural Affairs Department is a partner on this initiative in anticipation of the w.a.v.e.s 2016 – Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 4-11 PM – FREE ENTRY, Rain or Shine! w.a.v.e.s. (Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) is a two-day festival connecting communities through waves of art, culture and technology.


Hack the Afternoon: Map the River Walk with Photos


Saturday, February 27th, join Hackforge (255 Ouellette Ave) from 2-5PM for a Hack the Afternoon. A free workshop forbeginners to pros, learn how to map Windsor’s Riverfront Sculpture Park walk. We’re creating a map full of photos (personal and archival) that explore Windsor’s Detroit River walk in a visual, interactive way.

Beginners: Learn how to customize Google Maps with photo mapping for your future vacations or other projects.

Developers: Dig deeper with how to manipulate map data in different formats and use it in your project. We’ll be working with QGIS and moving mapping data between various platforms.

What to Bring: Laptop, any photos you have (digital or physical) of the Sculpture Park, riverfront trail or shoreline to contribute to put in on the map.

Share your photos electronically with Hackforge (@Hackforge).

Hack the Afternoon is in collaboration with the City of Windsor, in preparation for the 2016 w.a.v.e.s. Festival. This event is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation through Open Data Windsor Essex.

w.a.v.e.s. (Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) is a two-day festival connecting communities through waves

Facebook Event Here


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February Events

The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria


Hackforge Member Meeting
Tuesday, February 2: 6-7PM
At this meeting, we will be discussing ongoing projects, desired programming, the space, volunteering opportunities, and more.
Hackforge Members Only.

Computer Girls: Intro to CSS
Monday, February 8: 6:30-8:30PM
Get stylin’ with CSS! This styling sheet language works with HTML to bring design, layout, and variation of display. This class is designed for professional women, created by and taught by women.
More Information

w.a.v.e.s Festival Info Session for Makers and Artists
February 10: 4:30 – 6:30PM
Hackforge, in partnership with the City of Windsor, hosts a free drop-in information session for makers and artists applying to w.a.v.e.s Festival 2016.
The session will cover how to apply for funding for installations and projects, creative examples from w.a.v.e.s 2014 and questions and answers from the festival organizer. Deadline for application is March 31st.
Facebook Event

StartUp MeetUp
Tuesday, February 16: 6-8PM
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Check them out on Facebook

Board Game Night
Wednesday, February 17: 6-9PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games. This event is free and open to everyone.
If you’re new to board games, we can help get you started.
Facebook Event

SOLD OUT: Intro to Ardunio Workshop Encore
Sunday, Febraury 21: 2-5PM
Learn about this open-source electronic prototyping platform in a hands-on workshop. Registration cost includes an Intro to Arduino kit which you can take home!
No electronics or coding experience required. Please bring along a laptop.

Computer Girls: Intro to JavaScript
Monday, February 22: 6:30-8:30PM
JavaScript is the language of the web. Get to know this practical computer programming language with this class for women by women.
Register Here

Software Guild
Wednesday, February 24: 7-9PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

Hack the Afternoon: Map the Riverfront
Rescheduled// February 27: 2-5PM
A digital maps tutorial for beginners based on mapping sites and photos along the Windsor waterfront using Google Maps.
Facebook Event

‘Tis the Season: December is Video Game Month


Throughout December, join Hackforge for Video Game Month! We are exploring video games from player to creator and everyone in between.

Hackforge Movie Night: The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters (2007)  CANCELLED
Thursday, December 10th – 8PM
In the cutthroat world of Donkey Kong, only one can rule. Join us for the documentary about die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Hackforge movie nights help raise funds for our programming and space. These nights are free for members and $10 for everyone else. Pop and snacks included! Rated PG-13.
Facebook Event

Learn HTML – Free Coding Class for Women
Tuesday, December 15, 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Ever wanted to learn to code? This free class will give you the basics of HTML, the basic language used to create web pages. No preview coding experience needed. Please bring your own laptop!

Designed for working women and taught by professional developers, this class is a preview to the coding series for women we’re relaunching in January.

Hackforge’s free coding classes for women are supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Register here: http://codehackforge.eventbrite.ca
Facebook Event

Video Game Career Day for Teens
Monday, December 21 – 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Do you love video games? Wonder what it’s like to create games? Can you imagine a career inspired by your love of gaming?

During the Christmas break, Hackforge is inviting teens to a Career Day around video games. Each speaker will give a short presentation on their job, projects they’ve worked on, education/experience needed, and how video games fit into their work. Some speakers work behind the scenes building video games and others have jobs that use the skills you can find in gaming, like robotics and design.

Facebook Event 

LAN Party
Sunday, December 27
Gamers unite! Join Hackforge for an all-day multiplayer event to help you escape holiday cabin fever.

More information soon!

A look into the life of a Digital Artist and all the outlets for these artists to use in order to express themselves. Involving everything from VR, 3D printing, Games and even customizing your cars paint job.


Mentors Wanted! WindsorDetroit Hacking Health



May 1-3rd 2015, the first cross-border Hacking Health in the world takes place. This competition breaks down barriers to healthcare innovation by bringing together IT and healthcare professionals across the US-Canada border to collaborate, dream up & design apps for patient-centric care.

Windsor-Detroit Hacking Health will be held at Tech Town Detroit – an innovation hub just five minutes from the border. Hackforge is proud to be part of the Hacking Health Team.

Currently, Hacking Health is looking for mentors. If you’re a professional developer with the heart of a coach, register now. If you’re also interested in participating, you can register below as well.

Register here.


hacking health poster

Budget, Bus, Beach, and Vote: Press Play Wraps Up


Sunday, February 22nd wrapped up the weeklong Press Play: Data-Journalism Hackathon at the downtown Green Bean Cafe. Four teams, made up of St. Clair College and University of Windsor students, created four different interactive visualizations about Windsor data.

In honour of Open Data Day, we challenged teams to take on open Windsor Data. Our overall winning team, Cornelius and Clara, visualized the distance to bus stops around Windsor and the barriers it creates. Lauren and Akindele, winning Best Piece of Journalism, went around town to challenge Windsorites to understand the budget and imagined a more interactive, clear version. Best Use of Windsor Data went to Zule and Steven, who broke down election statistics from the last municipal election by number and area. And finally, Most Creative Project went to Amanda and hackathon veteran, Meghan for their exploration of accessibly to local tourist attractions by bus or bike.

Best Overall Team:
Cornelius Froese & Clara Benedek
“Transportation in Windsor”

Best Piece of Journalism:
Lauren Hedges & Akindele Faulkner
“Visualizing Windsor’s Annual Budget”

Best Use of Windsor Data:
Steven Espinoza & Zule Li
“Election Web: Windsor Municipal Election 2014”

Most Creative Project:
Meghan O’Donnell & Amanda Sinasac
“Can We Bus it to the Beach?”

Thanks to our judges: Blake Roberts, Don McArthur, Aisling Douglas, and Bob Price.

Press Play was created with support from EPICentre, Open Data Windsor Essex, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and WEtech Alliance.





Check below for more from today’s event:


Press Play Hackathon Reveal Sunday


This Sunday, February 22nd, join us for the final reveal of Press Play: Data-Journalism Hackathon. The event takes place at the downtown Green Bean Cafe (300 Ouellette Ave) from 1-3PM. Student teams are working this week to create interactive visualization about open data from Windsor. This event is free and open to the public.

This event is in celebration of Open Data Day and encourages Windsor students to take a look at the local data available to them. Teams, made up of one coder and one journalist, are taking the data and creating news stories within interactive visualizations. This is Hackforge’s first hackathon with a journalism element.

Teams will be competing to win Best Use of Windsor Data, Most Creative Project, Best Piece of Journalism, and Best Overall Team. Our judges determining the winners will be:

Bob Price – Technical Support Analyst at the City of Windsor
Aisling Douglas – UI/UX Designer & Computer Girls Program Facilitator and Instructor
Donald McArthur – Assistant Managing Editor, Digital at The Windsor Star
Blake Roberts – Program Chair of Digital Journalism at the University of Windsor

Press Play was created by University student Lauren Hedges and Hackforge, with support from EPICentre, Open Data Windsor Essex, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and WEtech Alliance.





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