Maptime

September at Hackforge

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Windsor Essex .Net Developers
Introduction to Distributing Workloads using PowerShell and Azure
Tuesday, September 6: 6:30PM
In this introductory-level talk we will discuss using cloud resources to handle tasks. We will explore scripts to create new Virtual Machines (VMs) in a remote datacenter, copy files necessary for the tasks to the VMs, execute tasks on the VMs, get the results back on a central machine, and then delete the VMs. We will use a generic task, and discuss how this could be exchanged for a different task based on your needs (load testing, automated testing, etc.). No previous knowledge of PowerShell is required, each step will be explained as we go through the demonstration.
Food provided by Microsoft // Thanks to Telerik for their sponsorship of this event
More info here!

Board Game Night
Thursday, September 8: 6:00 – 10:00 PM
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.
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Pokémap Downtown! 
Windsor Public Library & MapTime Windsor Essex Event
Saturday, September 10: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
In partnership with the Windsor Public Library and Maptime Windsor-Essex, we will be teaching people how to use Google Maps to mark out PokéStops and PokéGyms, so we can pick the best routes to help you catch them all! Plus we’ll be mapping other important spots downtown that can help make the game more accessible, like wifi hotspots and bus stops.
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Show & Tell
Tuesday, September 13: 7:00 PM
Join us for the launch of Hackforge’s new general interest night, Show and Tell. How it works: up to six presenters have less than 10 minutes to show and tell! Topics can vary from electronics to software to engineering and beyond. Got something to share? Come by and sign up!
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DIY Audio Electronics Group
Old School Tubes
Wednesday, September 14: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Join the DIY Audio Group as we continue our journey into old school tube based gear. Rob Caruso dives into magic eye tubes and will demo the magic eye colour organ one last time before it’s dismantled. Jeff Szusz demos his Schitt tube based headphone amplifier and presents his research and experiences with headphones for the new rig.
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Open Coding Night
Thursday, September 15: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
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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Open Streets: w.a.v.e.s Festival Preview
Sunday, September 18: 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Hackforge is a proud partner of WAVES 2016 with Hack the Fest. Get a first peek at the projects during Open Streets Windsor 2016 with a family friendly drop-in event.

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.
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CustomEXO Project: Open Table Discussion
Monday, September 19: 6:00 – 8:00PM
A presentation of the CustomEXO Project goals, obstacles, and an opportunity to join the ExoHuman Laboratory mission to research & develop a CustomEXO(skeleton) for a person with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. We will connect 3D printing technicians, engineers, medical professionals, artists/designers and the community (worldwide).
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Hackforge Book Club: Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano
Wednesday, September 21: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Join us for the first ever Hackforge Book Club! September’s book is Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano (1952).
Details here!

Member Night: Office Space Bingo
Thursday, September 22: 7:00 PM
Join us for a screening of the cult classic 1999 film, Office Space. This will be an interactive night as we play Office Space Bingo along with the movie. Prizes to be won!

Movie and snacks are free to Hackforge members // $10 general public. All proceeds go to support Hackforge.
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Electronics Club
Saturday, September 24: 1:00 – 3:00PM
Join the club for those who love electronics and take part in an afternoon activity.
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Order of the Indie Game Developers
Monday, September 26: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Join likeminded designers and dreamers for an evening of demos and discussion on the world of game design. This group is for those interested in creating games both digital and tabletop.
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Software Guild
Ping-Pong Unit Testing
Wednesday, September 28: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Murtuza will demonstrate a paired unit testing session. Two people at one computer, writing tests and making them pass. He’ll walk through a couple examples with volunteers and then the participants can pair up and try it for themselves. Bring your laptop!
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StartUp MeetUp Windsor
Thursday, September 29: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Keep up to date 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.

 

March Events at Hackforge

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Electronics Club Meeting
Saturday, March 5: 2:00 – 4:00PM
The first official meeting of Hackforge’s Electronics Club! Open to the public, come down and share your love of electronics and discuss what you would like to see the club become.
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Guild Kata Night:
Tuesday, March 8: 6:30 – 9:30PM
Practice makes perfect. Find a partner and pair up to solve programming problems together. Learn new patterns, techniques and problem solving skills that you can apply every day. Bring along your laptop!
Meetup event here!

Introducing… DIY Audio Electronics Club
Wednesday, March 9: 7:00 – 9:00PM
You’re invited to the first meeting of Hackforge’s DIY Audio Electronics Club! Open to members and the general public, the inaugural meetup will include:

  • First group project: headphone amplifier kit. Each participant will have the option to purchase and assemble the kit at a future meeting.
  • Demo of some DIY audio components

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Intro to HTML: Free Coding class for Women
Thursday, March 10: 6:30-8:30PM
Get the fundamentals down for this practical and simple coding language. This is a great introduction for anyone who wants to get started with code. Bring your laptop!

Computer Girls is coding classes for women by women. In partnership with Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST), these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.
Register here!

MEMBER DAY: Work Hard Play Hard
Saturday, March 12: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Every month, we invite our members to work together on a project. Our project for March is to help go through our 90s computer repair shop, otherwise known as the storage room. Together we’ll make the space a better place! Together we’ll eat some delicious pizza!

StartUp MeetUp
Tuesday, March 15: 6-8PM
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
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Board Game Night
Wednesday, March 16: 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.
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Coding for Women: HTML & CSS
Thursday, March 24: 6:30-8:30PM
A match made in heaven! Come learn how to bring together these two programming languages into a functional, stylish way. Perfect for beginners. Bring your laptop to this free workshop.
Computer Girls is coding classes for women by women. In partnership with Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST), these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.
Register here!

Software Guild
Wednesday, March 30: 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 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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January: New Year, Great Events!

 

Hackforge Board Game Night
Thursday, January 14: 6-10PM
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 Here

StartUp MeetUp
Monday, January 18: 6-8PM
Get your idea off the ground in 2016!
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Check them out on Facebook

Maptime Windsor: Missing Maps
Thursday, January 21: 6-8PM
Maptime Windsor is looking at the Missing Maps project. The goal of this project is to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world, in order that international and local NGOs, and individuals can use the maps and data to better respond to crises affecting the areas.

Missing Maps is a global initiative and everyone from beginners to experts can help map. Whether you are coming to contribute or just learn more, Maptime is for everyone!
Please bring along a laptop to participate.

Hackforge Electronics Club Presents: Intro to Arduino Workshop
Saturday, January 23: 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.
Registration required! Space is limited!
Sign up here.

Software Guild: Ask a Rubyist
Wednesday, January 27: 7-9PM
This month we’ll get to see two different approaches to creating web-apps with Ruby, followed by a question and answer session with some of our resident Rubyists, Andrew and Corey.
Check out the event here

Write Your First Line of Code
Saturday, January 30: All Day
Let’s demystify computer programming one line at a time. We’re inviting all beginners to code to join us at Hackforge for a day of discovery and ‘hello world’s!

November Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board Game Night
Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 6-10PM
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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Hackforge Movie Fundraiser: RoboCop (1987)
Monday, November 16, 2015 – 8PM
Set directly across the river from Hackforge, RoboCop is part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement. Join us for this classic dystopian sci-fi film, directed by Paul Verhoeven.
Rated: R
$10 admission with popcorn and pop. Members get in free! I’d buy that for a dollar!
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StartUp MeetUp
Wednesday, November 18 – 6-9PM
Come on out to the 4th StartUp Windsor monthly meetup! Meet some new people and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas. Pizza provided by our friends at WEtech!
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November Maptime
Thursday, November 19 – 7PM
Maptime is an open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge, offering intentional educational support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for mapping tutorials, workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time. Beginners most welcome! Topic TBA.
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Software Guild
Wednesday, November 25 – 7PM
The group for programmers meets again at the end of the month, delivering a workshop or talk to help with professional and skill development. Topic TBA.
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Be a Part of Open Data Windsor Essex

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Tuesday, September 29th, Hackforge launched the Open Data Windsor-Essex community open data portal with the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Visit and explore the portal at ODWE.ca.

Open Data is data that can be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone. Governments of all levels have embraced open data in recent years to further transparency and accountability. Open Data Windsor Essex is introducing community open data through its new portal featuring data by the community, for the community.

We are inviting the community to take part in the portal.

Community Organizations:
Do you have data to share? We are looking for relevant community data that can be made publicly available (no sensitive or personal data). We can take archival data, on-going projects, or help in the development of future initiatives. Raw data is best, but we can work with data at any stage. Be ready for others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially!

SUBMIT YOUR DATA PROJECT HERE.

Developers:
We invite programmers to help the community data initiative by taking on an Open Data Windsor Essex dataset project, assist in the development of the ODWE Portal, report errors or problems, and use the data in their own work. If you are interested in helping as a developer, contact info@hackf.org.

Community Members:
We encourage the community to get involved in open data! Use the data in research, advocacy, education, journalism. Take part in hackathons. Support open data projects and keep Open Data in mind while creating.

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See more about the ODWE Launch below:

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October At Hackforge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly Game Night: Horror Themed Board Games!
Wednesday, October 14 – 6PM – 10PM
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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Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Roundtable
Wednesday, Oct 21 – 7PM
How is freelancing changing Windsor’s economy? What challenges and opportunities do freelancers face? Join this roundtable conversation with folks who’ve paid the rent freelancing, continuing our Rebooting Windsor series.
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Hackforge Movie Night: The Thing (1982)
Thursday, October 22 – 8PM
For October’s Movie Night, we’re showing the classic horror film about the dangers of a career in STEM. Directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell, The Thing takes place in a frozen research facility being slowly taken over by an alien terror.
$10 admission with popcorn and pop. Members get in free!
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Software Guild: Lightning Talks – Sign Up!
Wednesday, October 28 – 7PM
A Lightning Talk is a very short presentation – just five minutes – in which you’ll tell a story, share an idea, or teach us something. Want to give a Lightning Talk related to hacking, making, or working as a technical professional? Sign up here! You don’t have to be an expert – in fact, it’s common to share something you JUST learned!
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Spooky Scary October Maptime
Thursday, October 29 – 7PM
Maptime is an open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge, offering intentional educational support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for mapping tutorials, workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time. Beginners most welcome!
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Open Data Windsor Essex Portal Launch – Speaker: Alex B. Hill

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Open Data Windsor-Essex is launching our community open data portal. Tuesday, September 29th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM, guest speaker from DETROITography, Alex B. Hill, will help us kick off this exciting new community initiative at Hackforge (255 Ouellette).

Open Data is data that can be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone. Governments of all levels have embraced open data in recent years to further transparency and accountability. Open Data Windsor Essex is introducing our new portal featuring data by the community, for the community.

Detroit speaker Alex B. Hill will be talking about “Giving Data Empathy.” Detroit has big numbers, big data, and big problems. “Open data is a critical movement that is a must-have for anyone who hopes to impact people’s lives with data,” says Hill, “the next step of that movement is to join data with empathy for people-centered innovation.” Alex Hill is the founder of DETROITography and is currently coordinating the Detroit Food Map which is mapping nutritional access of Detroit grocery stores, corner stores, and farmers markets.

The launch will bring together community partners who have made their raw data sets available through the portal, including Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal, Pathway to Potential, and Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. Engaged citizens and community groups can learn about how they can use open data and participate in the project.

 

Open Data Windsor Essex is proudly founded by The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

 

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September Hackforge Events

 

Hackforge Movie Fundraiser: Spaceballs (1987)
Tuesday, September 8: 8PM
May the Schwartz be with you!
Spaceballs is Mel Brooks’ classic 80s sci-fi spoof.
10$ admission supports Hackforge and includes popcorn and pop. Free for Hackforge members!
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Board Game Night
RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, September 22nd – 6-9PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games. Beginners welcome.

StartUp Windsor
Wednesday, September 16: 6-9PM LOCATION CHANGED: 490 Pelissier
Come grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
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Open Data Windsor Essex Portal Launch
Tuesday, September 29 @ Hackforge
Exciting announcement and launch! Stay tuned.

Software Guild
Wednesday, September 30: 7-9PM
Monthly group for professional computer programmers.
Evening includes technical talks and networking.

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