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February At Hackforge

February 2, 2017

by Sarah Morris in News

 

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Frozen February Indoor Micro-quad Drone Race
Saturday, February 4: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Hackforge and Rose City Drone Racing present micro-quad drone racing excitement. Come watch the Rose City Drone Racers take on all challengers on an indoor race track in the Windsor Hackforge! WARNING! There will be crashing.
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Board Game Night
Monday, February 13: 6:00PM
Family Day Fun! 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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Open Coding Night
Wednesday, February 15
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: NoSQL Cocktail Hour
Monday, February 20: 7:00PM
Attend this talk to get an overview of four popular non-relational database systems: Redis, Cassandra, MongoDB, and Hadoop. We’ll ask them where they’re from, what they do, and then give them a quick puzzle to solve to see what it’s like working with each one. This is an encore presentation of the talk that was given in August at the Hackforge Software Guild.
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Software Guild
Wednesday, February 22nd: 7:00PM
Join the group for professional software developers! Each month we tackle a different skill building or professional development topic. Check back for more information!
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The Great Canadian Game Project Meetup
Sunday, February 26, 1pm – 4pm
The game jam is on from February 1 to July 1! Participants have 150 days to conceive and create a game that is proudly Canadian! Drop by the monthly meetup to discuss your ideas, ask questions, watch tutorials from mentors to help you get started, find existing projects to join, see progress of other developers and more!
More information to be updated at http://canada150game.ca/
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Book Club: Reality Is Broken by Jane McGonigal (2011)
Tuesday, February 28: 7:00PM
“Visionary game designer Jane McGonigal reveals how we can harness the power of games to solve real-world problems and boost global happiness.” Take part in a casual discussion about this non-fiction book on how video games can change the world.
Get the book here
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Winter Hackathon 2017

January 20, 2017

by Sarah Morris in Events, Hackathon, News, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Windsor Essex Open Data

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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)
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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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January 2017 at Hackforge

December 30, 2016

by Sarah Morris in Events, Hackathon, Hackforge Software Guild, News, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Tech Talk, Volunteer Op

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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.

Also!
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

December 4, 2016

by Sarah Morris in News

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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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November at Hackforge

November 1, 2016

by Sarah Morris in Computer Girls, Events, Hackforge Software Guild, News, Ontario Trillium Foundation

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Windsor-Essex .NET Developers: Running .NET in Docker
Tuesday, November 1: 6:30PM
Join Nik as he shows how to start running your .NET applications in a Docker Container. Full .NET Framework on Windows or .NET Core on Linux. You now have options!
The wonderful folks at Microsoft have sponsored this event with Subway.
Find out more here

DIY Audio Group
Wednesday, November 9: 7:00 PM
Microphones, amps, synthesizers, oh my! Come out to learn all about sound. Whether you’re interested from a music or electronics perspective, there is something for everyone.
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Computer Girls: Beginner’s Guide to Twitter
Saturday, November 12: 2:00 – 4:00PM
Ever wanted to start your own Twitter account? Want to learn more about the features within this popular social media platform? Come out to a casual workshop and get tweeting! Bring a smartphone or laptop.

Computer Girls is an initiative to get more women in technology – from beginners to professionals. This program is in collaboration with Women’s Enterprise Skills Training and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Due to the intention of the program, emphasis and priority is given to women, but anyone is welcome.
Register here!

Board Game Night
Tuesday, November 15: 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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Open Coding Night
Wednesday, November 16: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Working on a project? Need to bounce ideas off other programmers? Want to just practice coding in a supportive environment? Bring your laptop and get coding! Tutorials are available for beginners looking to get started in programmer.
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Electronics Club: Hack the Vending Machine
Saturday, November 19: 1:00 – 4:00PM
Early in 2016, Hackforge bought a Rowe International Model 5900 JR vending machine on the cheap, and we want to hack it until it does our bidding. We need your help! Come out to this month’s Electronics Club meeting to brainstorm a list of kits & bits to stock it with, figure out how to interface to it with an Arduino or a Raspberry Pi (bonus homework: Google the service manual and read it!), and spec out a web-based payment system we can kick over to our software allies.
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Order of the Indie Game Developers: iDream Interactive Chat
Monday, November 28: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Join us for a casual chat with Jacob Duhaime, founder and CEO of iDream Interactive. He’ll be talking about the proudly independent, Windsor game studio and answer questions from the audience. Great opportunity for devs, designers, and fans alike.
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Book Club
Tuesday, November 29: 7:00 PM
“Neuromancer is a 1984 novel by William Gibson, a seminal work in the cyberpunk genre and the first winner of the science-fiction “triple crown”—the Nebula Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the Hugo Award.”
Join us for casual discussion on this classic cyberpunk novel.
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Software Guild:
Wednesday, November 30: 7:00 – 9:00PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development. Topic TBA.
Stay up to date here!


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