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September 2023 at Hackforge

August 30, 2023

by Lauren Hedges in Events, News

RESCHEDULED: Every Door Mapping Party: Walkerville

Wednesday, September 6th, @ 6PM In-Person Only

During this event, we’ll embark on a collective mission to map essential elements such as roads, buildings, bike lanes, and more. Our collaborative efforts will not only enrich the accuracy and depth of OSM but also contribute to a valuable resource for transport and urban planning.

We’ll be using the Every Door app – a cutting-edge tool that simplifies and enhances the OSM editing process, making it more accessible to users of all skill levels. With its user-friendly interface and intuitive features, you can easily add, edit, and verify map data right from your smartphone or tablet.

Whether you’re passionate about local geography, community development, or simply curious about OSM editing, this event offers a unique opportunity to make a positive impact. Come join us and be part of a dynamic community of mappers shaping the world, one door at a time! Don’t forget to bring your enthusiasm and mobile device loaded with the Every Door app.

When: Wednesday, September 6, 6 – 8pm

Starting Point: Meet in front of the Walkerville Theatre (1564 Wyandotte St E, between Gladstone and Lincoln)

Ending Point: Walkerville Chill (1580 Wyandotte St E, NW corner of Wyandotte and Lincoln) – Stick around for ice cream and chatting at the end!

⭐ Make sure to download the Every Door app in advance: https://every-door.app/

Python Primer 2.0

Sunday, September 10th, @ 10AM In-Person Only

In this free python training session we’ll be reviewing and building upon the basics learned in last month’s Python Primer. Don’t worry if you missed part one – the opening review will be enough to get you caught up before we dive into more practice and learning.

This hands-on, in-person event has limited capacity, so make sure to register now to reserve your spot. No prior knowledge is necessary, but you will need to bring a computer. (Don’t have one? No problem! Hackforge has a limited number of loaner computers available for the workshop. Email lauren@hackforg to arrange)

When: Sunday September 10th from 10 – 11:30 am

Where: Hackforge HQ (300 Ouellette Ave, unit 210

It ia recommended that attendees have Anaconda and Jupyter Notebook installed on their computer. However, if this is not possible there will be alternative options presented on the day of the event.

Download Jupyter Notebook

Download Anaconda for Jupyter Notebook

Hackforge Annual General Meeting 2023

Tuesday, September 12th, @ 7PM Hybrid

It’s time to celebrate another year of innovation, collaboration, and community building!

Hackforge’s Annual General Meeting serves as a platform for our members and supporters to come together, reflect on our achievements, and chart the course for the future.

During this event, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from our team about the milestones we’ve reached, the impact of our projects, and the various initiatives we’ve undertaken to foster technological advancement and creativity in the Windsor-Essex region.

As a community-driven organization, your active participation in the AGM is crucial. This is the perfect occasion to share your ideas, suggestions, and feedback, as we strive to continuously improve and expand our offerings to meet the evolving needs of our members and the local tech community.

To allow as many people as possible to join, this year’s AGM will be a hybrid event. Join us in-person at Hackforge HQ, or tune in virtually via Zoom. Whichever method you choose, eligible members (https://hackf.org/members-list/) will still be able to vote.

When: Tuesday, September 12th, 7 – 9 pm

Where: Hackforge HQ (300 Ouellette Ave, Unit 210), Zoom

Open Streets Windsor

Sunday, September 17th, @ 10AM In-Person Only

During Open Streets vehicular traffic is rerouted while roadways are taken over by pedestrians, bikes, roller blades, scooters, and more. Community members and organizations line the routes with information and activities on a variety of topics. It’s excellent community building, and the best day of the year!

Stay tuned for more information on Hackforge’s involvement in Open Streets 2023.

Linux Users Group September Meetup

Tuesday, September 19th, @ 7PM In-Person Only

Come hangout and chat about all things Linux and open source in this month’s Linux Users Group Meetup! Hackforge is a casual, welcoming space, and everyone is invited to join this event, regardless of experience level.

This monthly event is a great chance to meet other Linux enthusiasts, get answers to your Linux questions, and to learn more about the world of open source operating systems.

To join the conversation outside of our monthly events, join the Hackforge discord and visit the #linux-users-group channel.

When: Tuesday, September 19th, 7 – 9 pm

Where: Hackforge HQ (300 Ouellette Ave, Unit 210)

AWS Users Group Back To The Basics: Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

Tuesday, September 26th, @ 7PM Hybrid

Are you new to Amazon Web Services or looking to master the fundamental building block of cloud architecture? This meetup is designed just for you!Agenda:

  • Understanding VPC: We’ll demystify what VPC is and why it’s essential.
  • Proper Provisioning: Learn the best practices for provisioning VPCs to meet your specific use cases.
  • Hidden Costs & Gotchas: Explore potential pitfalls and hidden costs associated with VPC implementation.
  • Expert Insights: Accelerate your career by gaining insights from seasoned AWS professionals.
  • Q&A Session: Bring your AWS questions, and our experts will provide answers and guidance.

This meetup is an excellent opportunity to enhance your AWS knowledge, connect with like-minded individuals, and expand your professional network. Plus, don’t forget to enjoy some refreshments while networking with fellow attendees!

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced AWS user, this meetup promises to deliver valuable insights and practical tips. Join us for an engaging evening of learning and networking. Don’t miss out!

Border City Data: Working with Facebook Advertising Data

Thursday, September 28th, @ 6PM Hybrid

This month, Doug Sartori leads a tutorial on working with Open Ad Data provided by Meta. Parent company of social media giants Facebook and Instagram, Meta claims to have over 3 million active advertisers. And they’re kind enough to share some of that data! Through their Ad Library, users can find data on all currently running ads and ads about social issues or politics from the last 7 years.

This intermediate-level tutorial will include a review of available data, details on registration and working with API keys, and a demo of code for consuming and processing application data.

This is a free, hybrid event that will be of interest so social media marketers, researchers, and data enthusiasts. Review the Ad Library for yourself at: https://www.facebook.com/ads/library/

When: Thursday, September 28th, 6 – 7:30 pm

Where: Hackforge HQ (300 Ouellette Ave, Unit 210), Zoom

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