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OTIL Sponsors C3Tech!

C3Tech would like to thank the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab (OTIL) for their generous support of our project!

Joining The City of Windsor Bicycle Committee, CWATS, and Parallel 42 Systems, OTIL is coming on board as our Official Tourism Partner through their Tourism + Tech initiative.

OTIL is a non-profit initiative created to find, foster, and support new tourism ideas, experiences, and partnerships, with a focus on collaborations between the tourism and tech sectors. Founded in 2018, they now offer mentorships and grants to tourism entrepreneurs in Ontario and British Columbia. OTIL is also a C3Tech sister project under the Hackforge umbrella.

We are extremely excited to have them on board, and will be using their generous contribution to fund project administration and for hackathon prizes – stay tuned for more on that!


C3Tech Cycling Hackathon Event Schedule

As the next step in our C3Tech Initiative, Hackforge, in partnership with The City of Windsor Bicycle Committee, CWATS, and Parallel 42 Systems, is hosting a hackathon focused on extending and improving the features and functionality of WindsorEssexCycling.ca
Participation is free and open to anyone interested, including cyclists, project managers, designers, and developers of all experience levels. Join as a team or individual, and work on your own idea, or one of our community suggestions.
The C3Tech Cycling Hackathon will run for five weeks, with an official kickoff on April 1st, and a closing event on June 4th. Throughout that time, participants will have the chance to participate in weekly events to learn more about design and software development. There will also be access to mentors in various fields and disciplines to provide expert advice. Participants are welcome to collaborate with their teammates using their preferred method (in-person, Zoom, Discord, etc.)
Below is the full schedule of events. Please check back often in case of changes (participants will be notified of any schedule changes via email)
DateEventTimeLocation
Friday, April 29Pre-Hackathon Social

Meet judges, mentors, and other participants in this casual get-together

5:30 – 7:30 pmMaiden Lane Wine & Spirits (494 Pelissier Ave, Windsor)
Sunday, May 1Hackathon Kickoff

Featuring a roundtable comprised of transportation activists, cyclists, and municipal representatives, this event will help to set the stage for why C3Tech is happening and what we’re hoping this hackathon can help achieve. Learn more about the community-generated ideas for WindsorEssexCycling.ca and get pumped up to help solve local cycling problems!

1 – 3 pmVirtual – Zoom
JOIN
Saturday, May 7Jane’s Walk Intro to Micro-Mapping Workshop

Learn where OSM data comes from and improve the data available about Ford City in this free workshop (open to hackathon participants and non-participants alike) Visit WindsorJanesWalk.ca for more information

3 – 5 pmMeet Outside of City Cyclery (1008 Drouillard Rd, Windsor)
Sunday, May 8Week 1 Gathering: Share Your Plans

Discuss your idea and approach with judges, mentors, and other participants. Receive feedback and advice, ask questions, and get to know other people involved in the event! (attendance at this event is voluntary but encouraged)

2 – 3:30 pmVirtual – Zoom
JOIN
Saturday, May 14Community Ride in Partnership with Bike Windsor-Essex

Take a break from coding and engage in the activity we’re all here to support! Join Bike Windsor-Essex for a casual and leisurely ride around Kingsville (please bring your own bike and proper safety equipment)

10 am – 12 pmCarnegie Visitor Centre (28 Division St. S, Kingsville)
Sunday, May 15Week 2 Gathering: TBA

(attendance at this event is voluntary but encouraged)

2 – 3:30 pmVirtual – Zoom
JOIN
Sunday, May 22Week 3 Gathering: Wrapping Up A Project

Hear from a professional developer about the steps involved in properly wrapping up a project, including testing, debugging, and releasing, then ask for advice on your project (attendance at this event is voluntary but encouraged)

2 – 3:30 pmVirtual – Zoom
JOIN
Sunday, May 29Week 4 Gathering: Last Chance for Feedback

In the last weekly gathering, share your project once again with mentors, judges, and other participants to receive feedback on last-minute tweaks (attendance at this event is voluntary but encouraged)

2 – 3:30 pmVirtual – Zoom
JOIN
Saturday, June 4Hackathon Close

During this event each team/participants will have a chance to show off their work and to explain how it makes cycling in Windsor-Essex safer, easier, and/or more enjoyable. Judges will consider each submission and confer with each other before announcing the winners at the end.(If local guidelines allow, this event will be held in-person, with the option for participants to join virtually. Stay tuned for more information)

1 – 3pm

 

Virtual – Zoom
JOIN

C3Tech Hackathon Registration Now Open!

We’ve launched WindsorEssexCycling.ca, received input from local cyclists, and looked into the code with developers, so now it’s time to bring it all together! This May, Hackforge, along with The City of Windsor Bicycle Committee, CWATS, and Parallel 42 Systems, is running a Hackathon to customize and enhance our digital cycling tools.

Some of the feature requests we’ve heard from the community include:

  • A-to-B navigation indicating the safety level of various routes
  • Pleasure-ride routes based on estimated time to accomplish
  • Suggested routes between local businesses (e.g. brewery/winery routes)
  • All city and county trails represented on a single map
  • Bike lane/path issue reporting to municipalities and publication for other cyclists

Interested parties can register for free as individuals or groups (or individuals looking for groups!) to participate. People of all skillsets and experience levels are welcome, including project managers, cyclists, designers, and developers. Participants will have access to expert mentors, weekly development training sessions, and more to help them improve their skills throughout the Hackathon process.

Submit your information to get started, and contact lauren@hackf.org with any questions.


March 2022 at Hackforge

Hackforge Virtual Watch Party: Ip Man
Friday, March 4th @ 8PM  Discord

Starring Donnie Yen, 2008’s IP Man follows a group of people trying to survive in an occupied city during the Japanese invasion of China. Log in to Teleparty to join us for a watch-along of this martial arts masterpiece.

Join our discord server and download Teleparty to take part. Please note that all participants are required to have their own streaming subscription service.

 

Optimizing Mental Wellness for Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners
Wednesday, March 9 @ 6pm  Linkedin Facebook | Meetup | Register

The Canadian Mental Health Association is joining us this month for a workshop devoted to mental wellness. Freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners have unique work experiences that can result in their own mental health concerns.

To help us learn how to properly address them, Carrie Davis will be joining us to look at:

  • unique stressors of entrepreneurs
  • mental fitness and wellbeing of Canadas entrepreneurs
  • impact of loneliness and isolation
  • managing stress and mental health
  • local resources

This free, one-hour event is open to everyone.

 

Windsor-Essex Cyclist Town Hall
Thursday, March 10 @ 6pm Linkedin | Facebook | Meetup Register

Last month Hackforge launched C3Tech, a joint initiative with The City of Windsor Bicycle Committee, CWATS, and Parallel 42 Systems. Over the remainder of 2022 we will be working with the community to build an app that provides bicycle riders with the information that will make cycling in Windsor and Essex County a safer and more viable form of transportation and leisure.

In order to build an app that serves the needs of the community, we need to hear from the community! To give everyone a chance to share their thoughts and opinions, we’re running a virtual Town Hall Forum and everyone is invited. The event is free to attend, but advance registration is required.

If you’re unable to make it on March 9th, you can still make sure your voice is heard by completing our cyclist survey or emailing lauren@hackf.org.

 

AWS U.G. Meetup – Re:Invent Recap! with Randall Hunt
Tuesday, March 15 @ 6pm  Linkedin Facebook Meetup 

On March 15th Randall Hunt, VP of Cloud Strategy & Solutions at Caylent, will deliver a fast, technical, and opinionated recap of re:Invent.

Randall has presented at over 1,000 AWS events and led technology and software teams at Meta (formerly Facebook), AWS, SpaceX, MongoDB, and NASA.

  • Join us for this fun and exciting event. The best part about attending UG events is the networking with other IT professionals
  • Get ideas how to solve current challenges; meet other geeks; perhaps team up with them on current or future projects.

6:00 PM EST Meet and greet
6:30 PM EST re:Invent Recap by Randall Hunt

Join us on Chime for this free event: https://chime.aws/2072654353

 

BCJS: C3Tech Code Deep-Dive 
Monday, March 21 @ 6pm  Linkedin | Facebook | Meetup | Register 

Get into the details of OpenStreetMap, CyclOSM, and BRouter with Randy and Chris!
In preparation for our spring hackathon, this informal, exploratory session will take a look at the code that drives WindsorEssexCycling.ca. Developers and non-developers of all experience levels are invited to attend, with questions and comments encouraged!

Register to receive the Zoom link and we’ll see you on March 21st!


C3Tech is Now Live!

Today we officially launched C3Tech, in partnership with The City of Windsor Bicycle Committee, the County Wide Active Transportation Service, and Parallel 42 Systems!

Over the next eleven months we’ll be working with the community to create tools that will improve the cycling experience in our region, and we want you to be part of it! Submit ideas or code, test the app, or respond to our cyclist survey to contribute.

Visit the C3Tech Page

Visit WindsorEssexCycling.ca


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