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January at Hackforge

January 4, 2018

by Rebecca Welbourn in News

3D Printer Club: RepRap Wilson 2 Assembly Demo
Saturday, January 6 @ 11:45 AM | Facebook | Meetup

Please join us this Saturday, January 6 at 11:45am to see the beginning stages of the assembly of a 3D Printer Kit. Led by Jeffrey Drake, the 3D Printer Club welcomes you to an afternoon showing how the RepRap Wilson 2 Kit is assembled. The kits are available online for about $500.00 USD.

Check out details about the RepRap Wilson 2 Kit here:
https://www.tindie.com/products/mjrice/reprap-wilson-ii-complete-3d-printer-kit/

Social Coding
Wednesday, January 10 @ 7 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Come on out with your laptop, bring a project or a tutorial to work on, and write some code in social presence with your fellow Hackforgers. If you need a hand or some guidance, mentors will be there to lend a hand.

Board Game Night
Friday, January 19 @ 7 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Join us for some of our favourite board games, or bring your own! Come on in and we’ll get you set up with a game and a group to play with as soon as there’s an opening. This event is open to anyone and the earlier you arrive the quicker you’ll get into a group playing a game.

Electronics Club: Colourful Lights
Saturday, January 20 @ 1 PM | Facebook | Meetup

The holidays may be over but the lights don’t have to stop! We have some addressable LED light strips. Let’s make ’em shine and experiment with different lighting effects. Feel free to bring your own Arduino and a laptop. A few will be available for use. All experience levels welcome!

Project Management Group 
Monday, January 22 @ 7 PM | Facebook | Meetup

This group is for all professionals from any industry, and business owners tocome together and exchange ideas and good practices ​in Project Management, Agile Product Development and Process Improvement, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Tech Talk: AI for Zero-Sum Games 
Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 7PM | Facebook | Meetup

This month, Doug Sartori is delivering the first in a short series covering classic AI algorithms with ‘AI for Zero-Sum Games’.

Book Club: Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
Tuesday, January 30 @ 7 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Read Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, and join us at this event to chat about it!

Goodreads says, “Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer – a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world’s population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.

And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destablize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life…”

Pick it up at Chapters/Indigo, Pick it up at Amazon or get the Audiobook through Audible.

Software Guild: React & Angular
Wednesday, January 31 @ 6:30 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Angular and React are two very popular and powerful Javascript frameworks that allow you to organize your Javascript code better.

In this tech talk John Haldeman will show side-by-side examples of both Angular and React from two of his side projects. Attend the talk to see where the frameworks do things similarly and where they differ.

Windsor-Essex .NET Developers: Building Distributed Systems with Orleans
Wednesday, January 31 @ 6:30 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Come out and learn about building cloud applications using virtual actors using the Microsoft Orleans framework, presented by Windsor-Essex .NET Developers.

Orleans is a framework that provides a straightforward approach to building distributed high-scale computing applications, without the need to learn and apply complex concurrency or other scaling patterns. It was created by Microsoft Research and designed for use in the cloud.

Orleans has been used extensively in Microsoft Azure by several Microsoft product groups, most notably by 343 Industries as a platform for all of Halo 4 and Halo 5 cloud services, as well as by a growing number of other companies.

Food: We will have food (usually pizza & soda) for free. Thank you to Microsoft for being a financial sponsor.

Giveaways: JetBrains! We will be giving away a 1 year license to any JetBrains IDE or Tool. Thank you JetBrains for the support.

Networking: Feel free to join us afterwards at Craftheads for some refreshments while talking shop and socializing.

Contact: Derek Comartin (derek@codeopinion.com)

Cost: Free (Open to the public). Feel free to invite a friend!


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