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September at Hackforge

August 31, 2016

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

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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!


August at Hackforge

August 1, 2016

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

 

Windsor-Essex .Net Developers:
Cross Platform ASP.NET Core with VS Code
Tuesday, August 2: 6:30 PM
Live coding walk through of using VS Code to create a ASP.NET Core application. If you have a Mac or use Linux, you can follow along too!
More info here!

Board Game Night
Thursday, August 11: 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.
More info here!

Intro to CSS: Coding Class for Women
Tuesday, August 16: 6:00 -8:00PM
Get stylin’ with CSS! This styling sheet language works with HTML to bring design, layout, and variation of display. No previous coding experience needed. Please bring your own 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

Open Coding Night
Thursday, August 18: 7:00 – 10:00 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.
More information here!

Intermediate HTML & CSS: Coding Class for Women
Tuesday, August 23: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
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. Part of the Computer Girls Program.
Register now!

Electronics Club: SMD Soldering Techniques & Demo
Saturday, August 27: 1:00 – 3:00PM
Check out demonstrations on how to use a flux pen, tack parts, point solder, drag solder, clean up bridges with wick or a solder sucker, and desolder/rework using hot air. The target board has 0603, SOD-123, SOT-23, and SOIC-14 packages.
If you’re at least a little familiar with through-hole soldering and want to learn more about surface mount, join us for this afternoon of learning.
Learn More!

Order of the Indie Game Developers
Monday, August 29: 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.
More info here!

Intro to JavaScript: Coding Class for Women
Tuesday, August 30: 6:30 – 8:30PM
Get to know this practical computer programming language that is essential for the web. No previous coding experience needed. Please bring your own laptop! Part of the Computer Girls program.
Register Here!

Software Guild: NoSQL with John Haldeman
Wednesday, August 31: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
What ever happened to tables with rows and columns?: Whether it’s MongoDB, Hadoop, Cassandra, CouchDB, Solr, Spark, Redis, or Neo4j – database and data processing technology has experienced a dramatic increase in specialization over the last few years. We’ll take a look at some of the more popular NoSQL database technologies out there, show some examples of accessing each, discuss where they are being used, and look at the tradeoffs in using them.
Find more info here!

* Drone Night, StartUp Windsor, and the DIY Audio Electronics Group are all on hiatus for the summer


DATE CHANGE: Lantern Art Now During Open Streets!

July 7, 2016

by Sarah Morris in Events

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DATE CHANGE
w.a.v.e.s 2016 Festival Design Time: Lantern Art

NEW:  Sunday, July 17th: 11:00 – 1:00PM 
Fun for the whole family! Join us for a day of drawing art at Hackforge.

Your beautiful images will be used to create wooden lanterns which will be displayed at the WAVES festival in September. We will cut the best designs into wood using a laser cutting machine on a date after the workshop.

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.

Date changed to coincide with Open Streets! Come visit us while 8KM of Windsor streets close to traffic and open to the community.
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July At Hackforge

June 29, 2016

by Sarah Morris in Computer Girls, Events, News

Windsor-Essex .Net Developers
Tuesday, July 5th, 6:30PM
Live coding demo using the Nancy Web Framework. Learn how to create MVC and Web API’s using Nancy and Owin/Katana. Feel free to bring your laptop if you want to follow along (will require Visual Studio 2013 or 2015) but not required.
More information here

Members Day Potluck
Saturday, July 9th: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Come by for the Hackforge Potluck! This is an opportunity for our members to get-together, talk shop, and meet and mingle. Interested in Hackforge? This is your chance to see what we’re all about!
More info here

Anita’s Network: Lunch and Learn
MOVED TO AUGUST
Wednesday, July 13: 12:00 – 1:00PM
The networking group for women who work in tech invites you to the session of mentorship and professional development.

Board Game Night
Thursday, July 14: 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.
Facebook Event

Drone Build Night
Friday, July 15th: 6:00 – 9:00PM
Join Windsor Drone Corps for a night of drone building, drone videos and pizza. Bring down your machine to work on or to ask the pros some questions. Everyone welcome!
Facebook Event

DATE CHANGE
w.a.v.e.s 2016 Festival Design Time: Lantern Art

NEW:  Sunday, July 17th: 11:00 – 1:00PM 
Fun for the whole family! Join us for a day of drawing art at Hackforge.

Your beautiful images will be used to create wooden lanterns which will be displayed at the WAVES festival in September. We will cut the best designs into wood using a laser cutting machine on a date after the workshop.

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.

Date changed to coincide with Open Streets!
Facebook Event

Intro to HTML: Coding Class for Women
Wednesday, July 20: 6:00 – 8:00PM
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

Open Coding Night
Thursday, July 21st: 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.
Facebook Event

Order of the Indie Game Developers
Monday, July 25: 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.
Facebook event

Software Guild:
Wednesday, July 27: 7:00 – 9:00PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

Electronics Club Workshop: Connect Arduino to the Internet of Things 
Saturday, July 30: 1:00 – 3:00PM
Connect an Arduino to a Wifi network. This will allow you to try fun new things, such as using a smartphone to change the colour of groovy LED mood lighting. For the cost of admission, you will receive an Adafruit Feather M0 with Wifi to take home.
Hackforge Members get $10.00 off with the special offer code.
Register now!

 

* StartUp MeetUp is on hiatus for the summer!
** DIY Audio Electronics Group is on hiatus for the summer!


A Sad Goodbye to Terry McAlinden

June 28, 2016

by Sarah Morris in News

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It’s with a heavy heart that we report Hackforger Terry McAlinden has passed away after a long fight with cancer.

Terry was so important to Hackforge and his influence will continue to shape the organization. He was a good friend to me, answering my tech questions and giving me guidance and words of wisdom as I grew into my role at Hackforge. I’m left with his humour, encouragement, and enthusiasm for Hackforge being a (tidy) community space for everyone.

Sarah Morris
Hackforge Managing Director

More on Terry’s life and information on visitation.


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