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June at Hackforge

.Net Get-Together
Tuesday, June 7: 6:00PM
Introduction to why this group was created and what our focus and goals are. Preview and discussion around .NET Core and ASP.NET Core. Explore the use of .NET for building and deploying applications on any platform. The focus will be on the various .NET Platforms (Full Framework, Core, Mono), OSS libraries and various development concepts.
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DIY Audio Electronics Group: Vacuum Tubes
Wednesday, June 8: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Join us for the last DIY Audio group meetup before the summer break and take a step back in time to when the vacuum tube was king. Host Rob Caruso will doing an introduction to tube theory and operation and HF member Randy Topliffe will be demoing his audio setup which includes a Raspberry Pi, a Schiit DAC & tube based head phone amplifier.
Bring an audio source (phone/tablet/etc) and earbuds or headphones to experience the tube amplifier for yourself.
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Open Code Night
Thursday, June 9: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Working on a project? Need to bounce ideas off other programmers? Bring your laptop and get coding!
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Board Game Night
Thursday, June 16: 6:00 – 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.
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Windsor Drone Corps: Drone Build
Friday, June 17: 6:00 – 8:00PM
Got a drone you’re working on? Come down to Hackforge and join the build. Meet some new drone friends and learn more about the exciting technology.

Intro to HTML: Coding Class for Women
Thursday, April 7th: 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) and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.
Register Here

Electronics Club
Saturday, June 25: 1-3PM
Join the club for those who love electronics and take part in an afternoon activity.

Order of the Indie Game Developers
Tuesday, June 28: 7:00 – 9:00PM
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.

Software Guild:
Wednesday, June 29: 7:00 – 9:00PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

* StartUp MeetUp is on hiatus for the summer!


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


February Events

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
REGISTER HERE

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.
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‘Tis the Season: December is Video Game Month

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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.
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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
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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.

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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.

 


Freelancer October Brings Celebration and Support

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Continuing the Rebooting Windsor series, Hackforge and WEtech Alliance are hosting two events in October to highlight and support the work of freelancers in Windsor.

First, “Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Panel” on October 21st will discuss on how self-employment is changing our local economy. This discussion will be held at the downtown Green Bean Cafe from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Then, October 27th at Hackforge, a night of practical advice with “Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer.

The panelists for the October 21st Freelancer Panel include Ward 4 Councillor, Chris Holt; WEtech President and CEO, Yvonne Pilon; and local visual artist Greg Maxwell. The panel will be moderated by Hackforge President, Doug Sartori. They will be discussing self-employment, the advent of the Gig Economy, and how Windsor can better support this type of worker.

Tuesday, October 27th, Hackforge, in partnership with WEtech, will be hosting a companion event, “Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer” from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Hackforge (255 Ouellette). For the first hour, Beth Anne Turnovan, Manager of Counselling & Employee Assistance Program from Family Services Windsor Essex, will be hosting a talk on stress management and work/life balance for self-employed workers. The next hour will feature an informal “Ask a Freelancer” session, where a group of seasoned freelancers will answer practical questions from the audience and Twitter about the challenges of Freelancing.

The Rebooting Windsor series aims to highlight the changing Windsor economy and culture with a special emphasis on technology. While these events are great for tech based workers, they are general in topic.

The October 21st “Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Panel” is free to the public. Light snacks will be provided thanks to the support of WEtech. ““Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer” will be $10 admission or free for Hackforge or WEtech members.

 

Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Panel
Downtown Green Bean Cafe (300 Ouellette Ave)
Wednesday, October 21: 7-9PM
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Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer’
Hackforge (255 Ouellette)
Tuesday, October 27: 6-8PM
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