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December at Hackforge

December 4, 2016

by Sarah Morris in News


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.
Facebook Event Here
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.
Facebook Event Here

November at Hackforge

November 1, 2016

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



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.
Facebook Event

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!

Hack the Afternoon with WIFF

October 25, 2016

by Sarah Morris in Events, Hackforge Software Guild, News, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Windsor Essex Open Data

Film Festival


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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October at Hackforge

October 7, 2016

by Sarah Morris in Events, Games, Hackforge Software Guild, IT Outreach Project, News


Intro to Messaging Queues with .NET
Windsor-Essex .NET Developers
Tuesday, October 4: 6:30PM
What messaging queues are, scenarios and patterns they’re most useful, and some code demos to get you started using RabbitMQ and .NET.

DIY Audio Group
Wednesday, October 12: 7:00PM
MOVED: 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.
Facebook Event

HORROR Board Game Night
Thursday, October 13th: 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Spooky fun for everyone! Join us for a night of horror themed 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 ‘Are You a Werewolf’, Masquerade, Letters from Whitechapel, and more. Bring your favourite horror/spooky game (that can be played in less than four hours)!

Post any game you are bringing in the Facebook Event.

Hackforge Book Club: Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano
Tuesday, October 18: 7:00 – 8:00 PM (new date!)
Join us for the first ever Hackforge Book Club! Join us for discussion on Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano (1952).
Details here!

Open Coding Night
Wednesday, October 19: 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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Workshop: Connect Electronics to the Internet of Things
Saturday, October 22: 1:00 – 3:00PM
Have a cool electronics project idea that you want to control or monitor remotely? Check out this great interactive workshop on connecting your electronics to The Internet of Things. The workshop includes a Particle Photon for you to take home.

Drone Club
Sunday, October 23: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Drop in as the Windsor Drone Corps discusses racing Drones, Battle Drones, Photography Drones, Mini Drones, Drones in Society and some of the basic regulations. We will have examples of FPV Racing Googles, and Flight Simulation programs.
Call 519.995.3811 or email lbrsinc@gmail.com to reserve your spot.
Check Out Windsor Drone Corps Or Windsor Essex Drone Assc for more details.
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Order of the Indie Game Developers
Monday, October 24: 7:00 – 8:30 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
Wednesday, October 26: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Fat Controller CQRS Diet: Thin out your controllers by only using your web framework for what it’s good at: HTTP, Routing, and Serialization.
Speaker: Derek Comartin

Scaling Infrastructure to Web Scale: From A single artisan server to a fleet of hard working robots.
Speaker: Andrew Raymer
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UWIN 3D Print Scan + Demo Night
Friday, October 28: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Hackforge is proud to host UWIN_3D Print for a night of face scanning, 3D printing, and demos of printed objects. Drop in, have your face scanned, and learn more about this exciting technology! Great for all ages. Facebook event here

WAVES 2016

September 12, 2016

by Sarah Morris in Events, Projects



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 on September 30th and October 1st.

w.a.v.e.s 2016 is presented for free, rain or shine from the City of Windsor in partnership with Windsor Hackforge, FAM Fest, dynamic lighting provided by Marz Inc. and additional support from the Art Council of Windsor & Region. Thirty-five illuminated projects have been selected to showcase their talents and treasures along the Detroit River in the Windsor Sculpture Park.


Open Streets: w.a.v.e.s Festival Preview
Sunday, September 18: 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Get a first peek at the projects during Open Streets Windsor 2016 with a family friendly drop-in event.
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Want to give a hand during the festival?

Information Ambassadors
Stationed at Festival Information Booths, you will hand out maps and event schedules, provide directional assistance, and answer questions. You will also assist lost children as needed and contact appropriate Security or Festival staff. Must be upbeat, helpful, smiling, and enjoy interacting with the public and knowledgeable of festival!

Movers and Shakers
This is the “go and do crew” who like variety and are willing to serve many positions. Floaters will be used to relieve other volunteers for breaks, welcome guests, provide directional assistance, run errands, and generally help where needed. Must be very flexible, upbeat, friendly, and knowledgeable of the festival.

Cleaners and Greeners
Located around the Festival, you are responsible for ensuring that each area remains clean and safe for all attendees and artists. Your responsibility includes basic cleaning of your area, assisting artists if necessary, and making sure crowds are organized in an orderly manner. Must be friendly, knowledgeable of the Festival and art in your area, and have good organizational skills.

Rain or Shine Crew
Got an umbrella? Like to sing in the rain? Whether the weather with us and help us keep people dry or cool. Depending on the weather, you’ll assist in keeping everyone calm, cool, and collect leading up to the festival for special events and during the festival too!


Mail or drop off your application and additional required items to:

Cultural Affairs
Recreation and Culture, City of Windsor
2450 McDougall Street Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N8X 3N6
Phone: (519) 253-2300 ext. 2746
Email: vsamek@citywindsor.ca

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