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November 2023

November 1, 2023

by Lauren Hedges in News

End of Year Mixer

Friday, November 17th, @ 7PM In-Person Only

Get ready to party at our End of Year Mixer! It’s a fun, laid-back gathering where we’ll grab a beer and celebrate the highlights of the year, while we hang out with old pals and make some new friends.

Join us for good vibes, laughter, and a toast to what’s next in the year ahead. Whether you’re new to Hackforge or have been around for a while, if you’re interested in tech this is a relaxed get-together you won’t want to miss!

Location: Craft Heads Brewing, 89 University Ave. W (SE corner of University and Pelissier)

Cost: Free

Winfosec: OWASP Top 10 – Software and Data Integrity Failures

Monday November 20th, @ 7PM Hybrid

We’re back! After a long hiatus, Winfosec will resume its series on the OWASP Top 10, exploring number eight: Software and Data Integrity Failures. Come to learn how you can get in trouble running code from untrusted sources and with deserializing untrusted input. As always we’ll show a live exploit and mitigation for the threat.

This will be a hybrid event – so feel free to join us virtually via Zoom or in-person at Hackforge HQ (300 Ouellette, Unit 210).

There is no cost to participate. If you’d like to review past Winfosec sessions, check out the Youtube playlist.

Introduction to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for WordPress

Thursday, August 24th, @ 1:30PM Online Only & 7pm Hybrid

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) means different things to different people, but the ultimate question that is asked by virtually every website owner is a simple one: 

]How do we ensure that prospective customers or users are finding us when using online search, and ideally doing so before they discover competitors or alternatives? 

This workshop introduces the core concepts behind Search Engine Optimization, including the 4 main pillars of SEO and how each one contributes to your website’s search ranking. We’ll then take an introductory tour of the premier SEO plugin for WordPress: Yoast SEO. You’ll learn how to leverage this plugin effectively to improve your website’s SEO posture.

There will be 2 times for this event:1:30 pm (virtual only) and 7pm (hybrid)

There is no cost to attend, and everyone is welcome!

Linux Users Group Meetup

Wednesday, November 29th, @ 7PM In-Person Only

Come be a part of our upcoming Linux Users Group social gathering! This month, we’re delving into the fascinating realm of self-hosting and the quest for digital independence. Our discussions will center around key topics such as Bitwarden, Nextcloud, network administration, cybersecurity, VPNs, and much more. Join the conversation as we navigate the self-hosting landscape together!

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

Video Game Swap

Saturday, December 2nd @ 12PM In-Person Only

If you have some finished video games you’d like to trade in for something new (to you!) come out to Hackforge’s Video Game Swap on Saturday, December 2!

Running from 12 – 3pm, this free, in-person event is a chance to practice your bartering skills while refreshing your game collection. All systems are welcome, and we’ll even have some stations set up to play/practice/test out everyone’s wares!

This event will also include special guests who are filming a TV pilot on video games and the people who love them – participation in this part of the event is completely optional though, so don’t let it put you off!

Please note that while we do welcome those under 16 years of age to attend, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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