On Sunday, September 18th Hackforge will be participating in the city’s favourite street fair, Open Streets Windsor. This event, now in its seventh year, will be closing 8km of roadway between Sandwich Town and Ford City. With vehicular traffic prohibited, pedestrians, cyclists, and rollerbladers will take over!
In addition to promoting active transportation and healthy living, Open Streets helps to foster a sense of community. All along the route attendees will find booths and activities from various local businesses and organizations.
Hackforge will be located in the Healthy Communities Hub at the corner of Riverside and Caron. As part of our C3Tech initiative, we’ll be gathering community insight into the features of an ideal cycling route – the results of which will directly influence the routing algorithm for WindsorEssexCycling.ca. We’ll also have a sample of the routing system – a result of our last Hackathon! – available for everyone to test out.
Looking forward to seeing the city in the streets between 10 am 2 pm on September 18th!
This 1997 adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s 1959 political science fiction novel stars Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, and Neil Patrick Harris. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the film was poorly received upon release, with critics and audiences alike unimpressed by the satirical themes, gorey content, and cheesy performances. But if you can go into this film with the knowledge that it wasn’t, in fact, created by nazis, and with your heart disconnected from the source material, it’s a fun ride.
Using aerial imagery, local knowledge, and iD Editor, it is possible to update and improve OpenStreetMap right on your desktop.
In this virtual session we’ll walk through how to add and update addresses, buildings, streets, and more. Create an OSM account and join in to learn how you can share your knowledge of Windsor and Essex County with the world’s most popular open source mapping project.
Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. Register via Zoom to tune in.
To join in-person, come to the Parallel 42 Systems offices, located at 500 Ouellette Ave,] Suite 907, on the evening of September 12th.
This meeting is an opportunity to learn what Hackforge has been up to, and what our future plans are. We will also be electing members to the Board of Directors.
Director positions are open to anyone who:
Meets the Hackforge voting member eligibility requirements:
is a resident of Canada
is at least eighteen (18) years of age
has, in the opinion of the Managing Director, a genuine interest in the objectives Hackforge and whose application for Membership has been approved by the Managing Director
Is not an employee of Hackforge; and
Is otherwise legally competent to conduct business and enter contracts under the laws of Canada and its provinces;
Is over the age of eighteen (18);
Becomes eligible by resolution of the membership or Board
Directors hold office for a term of 3 years. Any director who has held their position for 2 consecutive terms is ineligible to run this year.
All members who attend the AGM both in-person and virtually are entitled to one (1) vote, provided they are present at the time the vote takes place. The election will use a secret, ranked ballot, and the candidates with the largest number of votes will fill the vacancies.
Please note that Directors receive no remuneration for acting as such and no Director shall directly or indirectly receive any profit from her position. Directors may receive reasonable compensation for expenses incurred by them in the normal course of their duties.
Nominations will come from the floor the night of the AGM.
Online Watch Party: Men in Black: International Friday, July 5th @ 8PM Discord
Released in 2019, Men in Black: International is the fourth installment in the Men in Black franchise. In this version, Liam Neeson, Chris Hemsworth, and Tessa Thompson work to root out a mole in the MIB organization while at the same time managing intergalactic politics.
OSM Windsor-Essex: Street Complete Group Quest Thursday, August 11th @ 6PM Ottawa St at Elsmere Ave Meetup | Facebook | Linkedin
The simplest way to get started with OpenStreetMap contributions! Meet up with OSM Windsor-Essex on Monday, August 15th and we’ll work together on improving local geodata using a free and easy-to-use Android application. This event does not require any OSM knowledge, but it does require:
This event will be outdoors and does involve a few kilometers of slow-paced walking. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring water. This is a learning opportunity for everyone, so we’ll be moving at a comfortable pace both physically and technologically!
Meeting Location: Ottawa St at Elsmere Avenue, in front of USpy (871 Ottawa St) Meeting Time: 6 pm In case of inclement weather, event will be postponed. Stay tuned to our socials and event pages for updates!
A Data Warehouse combines data from disparate sources into one repository, from which analysts can generate reports and draw conclusions. DWs are an extremely valuable tool for anyone needing to consolidate information and develop insights, but pulling them off is often a challenge.
In this free, one-hour lecture, Doug Sartori walks through the work he did with Parallel 42 Systems to design and develop a warehouse of community data for the United Way Windsor-Essex ProsperUs project.
Tune in to learn about the struggles encountered, how they were overcome, and the lessons learned for future iterations of this warehouse.
Hackforge 10 Year Anniversary Monday, August 29th @ 6PM The Thirsty Butler (1585 Wyandotte St E) Meetup | Facebook | Linkedin
It’s already been ten years since Hackforge became incorporated as a registered non-profit! To celebrate this amazing milestone and everything we’ve done in the past decade, all current and former Hackforge volunteers, members, board members, speakers, supporters, and visitors are invited to join us at The Thirsty Butler (1585 Wyandotte St E) on Monday, August 29th.
This is a great way to relive your favourite Hackforge moments, and to ask questions about what Hackforge has planned for the future. Even if you haven’t attended an event in a while, we’d love to see you at this one!
Stop by between 6 and 9 pm for a casual hangout and reunion!
When Hackforge kicked off the C3Tech initiative in February 2022, one of our first goals was to learn about and engage with the cycling community in Windsor-Essex. To get this started, we released a short survey asking about why people cycle and what (if any) technology they use while doing so.
Of the 152 responses received, nearly 64% indicated that they cycle more than once a week, while 2% say they never cycle. (This isn’t a surprising outcome, since people who ride their bikes frequently are obviously more likely to respond to a survey about riding their bikes – but it’s still good to note.)
76% of respondents say the number one reason they ride their bike is for exercise or fun, while 22% ride mainly as a form of transportation.
As with most things in modern life, technology has invaded cycling. When it comes to planning and tracking their routes, 80% of our respondents use some type of application – mobile or otherwise.
The app that C3Tech aims to develop, then, is targeted towards that 80% who like to have technology as part of their routine. Since there’s no need to recreate the apps these riders are already using, what features should go in a Windsor-Essex cycling app?
Luckily, we asked that question, too!
Based on preliminary conversations with members of the cycling community, and armed with some knowledge of what is achievable within the 12-month span of this project, we suggested a few tools that might be created.
By far the most popular response was “Route suggestions based on safety,” with 129 votes, followed by “points of interest,” with 87 votes (each respondent was able to vote for as many of the 7 options as they wished).
We’ve taken this feedback to heart, and are currently working on building out WindsorEssexCycling.ca to consider safety when selecting routes.
In our Hackathon held this spring, one of the participating teams developed a solution that allows an administrator to set “No-Go Routes,” which the routing application will then avoid when creating a path between user-selected points. By taking dangerous roads and intersections out of the equation, the routes suggested by the application are inherently safer for all cyclists.
This proof-of-concept tool is influencing how the C3Tech Summer Intern adds considerations for route safety into our final product. We’re also launching a Route Advisory Committee to help us determine which road sections should be avoided completely, and which should only be used by experienced cyclists. Stay tuned for more news on safe cycling routes!