Windsor Essex Open Data

Winter Hackathon 2017

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Update:

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.

WINNERS:

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.

CHALLENGES HERE!

 

Schedule:

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.

 

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Hack the Afternoon with WIFF

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This Sunday, October 30th, join Hackforge and Windsor International Film Festival for an afternoon celebrating cinema and data. This Hack the Afternoon event, held at Hackforge (255 Ouellette) from 2:00PM to 5:00PM, invites local developers to explore the WIFF data set and try their hand at building a unique application or website to coincide with the festival.

All developers welcome. University and College students are strongly encouraged to participate. WIFF prizes will be awarded to the winners of this Hack the Afternoon.

This is a great opportunity for developers and designers to create a unique app or web page that will be immediately relevant to thousands of residents and visitors to our region during the festival.

The Windsor International Film Festival kicks off Tuesday, November 1st and runs until November 7th. “As we continue to grow incredibly, WIFF is pushing on innovation and risk-taking this year,” said Vincent Georgie, Executive Director, Windsor International Film Festival, “We want to engage our loyal and large film audiences on both live and digital platforms. WIFF and Hackforge working together on a Hackathon is going to be a lot of fun, and produce a great result for our patrons.”

Hack the Afternoons are short, developer-friendly mini-hackathons promoting the use of open data in our community. Open Data Windsor-Essex is a Hackforge initiative supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in partnership with Family Services Windsor-Essex.

Sunday, October 30 2016
2:00 – 5:00 PM
255 Ouellette Ave
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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.
Facebook Event Here

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!

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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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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October Maptime: Mapping Politics, Mapping Policy

 

Thursday, October 29th at 7PM, Hackforge (255 Ouellette): Join Maptime for a practical examination of open data and it’s value in evaluating public policy. Using open data, Doug Sartori will lead a demonstration of the use of QGIS to visualize public data on a map. Learn how to overlay voter turnout data on a map of Windsor and then plot public amenities on the map as well.

Great for political and data nerds!

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.

Facebook event here!

Maptime is part of Open Data Windsor Essex, supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

 

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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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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.

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

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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.

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