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“Write Your First Line Of Code” Day



On Saturday, January 30th, Hackforge (255 Ouellette) invites the people of Windsor to write their first line of code. From 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, people can drop into the space, sit with a programmer at a computer and type out a few instructions in a coding language. This event is free and family friendly event.

This event aims to expose those outside the tech industry to the vast world of computer science. The goal is to demystify coding, meet programmers, and give some insight into how programming helps builds the world around us. For those looking to learn more, the day will also offer an Intro to HTML class for women and Hands-on With Ruby on Rails class.


Drop In
9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Throughout the day, come by Hackforge to write your first line of code! Sit with a professional computer programmer for 5 minutes and learn some basics before you write out your first command.

3D Printing Demonstration
9:30AM – 12:00PM
As you stop in, check out the demo of this exciting technology by our friends at Kelcom 3D Printing.

Software Guild’s Hands-on with Ruby on Rails Workshop
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bring your laptop down and start learning Ruby on Rails right from the beginning. We’ll take you through the process of creating an app like Twitter with one of the easiest platforms around for learning and getting a web-app up and running quickly.
Registration is required – Previous HTML knowledge preferred – Bring your own Laptop!

Free Face Painting
12:30PM – 3:
Bring the kids down so they can try out some kid-friendly coding exercises and get their face painted!

Computer Girls’ Free Intro to HTML Class for Women
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Ever wanted to learn to code? This free class will give you an intro to HTML, the basic language used to create web pages. Designed for working women and taught by professional female developers, this class will help you get started in the world of coding. This program is brought to you by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Registration is required – No previous coding experience needed – Bring your own laptop!


January: New Year, Great Events!


Hackforge Board Game Night
Thursday, January 14: 6-10PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games. This event is free and open to everyone.
If you’re new to board games, we can help get you started.
Facebook Event Here

StartUp MeetUp
Monday, January 18: 6-8PM
Get your idea off the ground in 2016!
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Check them out on Facebook

Maptime Windsor: Missing Maps
Thursday, January 21: 6-8PM
Maptime Windsor is looking at the Missing Maps project. The goal of this project is to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world, in order that international and local NGOs, and individuals can use the maps and data to better respond to crises affecting the areas.

Missing Maps is a global initiative and everyone from beginners to experts can help map. Whether you are coming to contribute or just learn more, Maptime is for everyone!
Please bring along a laptop to participate.

Hackforge Electronics Club Presents: Intro to Arduino Workshop
Saturday, January 23: 2-5PM
Learn about this open-source electronic prototyping platform in a hands-on workshop. Registration cost includes an Intro to Arduino kit which you can take home!
No electronics or coding experience required. Please bring along a laptop.
Registration required! Space is limited!
Sign up here.

Software Guild: Ask a Rubyist
Wednesday, January 27: 7-9PM
This month we’ll get to see two different approaches to creating web-apps with Ruby, followed by a question and answer session with some of our resident Rubyists, Andrew and Corey.
Check out the event here

Write Your First Line of Code
Saturday, January 30: All Day
Let’s demystify computer programming one line at a time. We’re inviting all beginners to code to join us at Hackforge for a day of discovery and ‘hello world’s!

‘Tis the Season: December is Video Game Month


Throughout December, join Hackforge for Video Game Month! We are exploring video games from player to creator and everyone in between.

Hackforge Movie Night: The King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters (2007)  CANCELLED
Thursday, December 10th – 8PM
In the cutthroat world of Donkey Kong, only one can rule. Join us for the documentary about die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Hackforge movie nights help raise funds for our programming and space. These nights are free for members and $10 for everyone else. Pop and snacks included! Rated PG-13.
Facebook Event

Learn HTML – Free Coding Class for Women
Tuesday, December 15, 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Ever wanted to learn to code? This free class will give you the basics of HTML, the basic language used to create web pages. No preview coding experience needed. Please bring your own laptop!

Designed for working women and taught by professional developers, this class is a preview to the coding series for women we’re relaunching in January.

Hackforge’s free coding classes for women are supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Register here: http://codehackforge.eventbrite.ca
Facebook Event

Video Game Career Day for Teens
Monday, December 21 – 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Do you love video games? Wonder what it’s like to create games? Can you imagine a career inspired by your love of gaming?

During the Christmas break, Hackforge is inviting teens to a Career Day around video games. Each speaker will give a short presentation on their job, projects they’ve worked on, education/experience needed, and how video games fit into their work. Some speakers work behind the scenes building video games and others have jobs that use the skills you can find in gaming, like robotics and design.

Facebook Event 

LAN Party
Sunday, December 27
Gamers unite! Join Hackforge for an all-day multiplayer event to help you escape holiday cabin fever.

More information soon!

A look into the life of a Digital Artist and all the outlets for these artists to use in order to express themselves. Involving everything from VR, 3D printing, Games and even customizing your cars paint job.


Job Posting: Computer Girls Facilitator Assistant


Computer Girls Facilitator Assistant
Hours: Flexible part time
Computer Girls offers computer training to women and young women in the Windsor & Essex County area at no cost. These classes are made possible through a partnership between Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) and Hackforge, with support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Job description:
The two streams of classes teach computer coding and basic computer skills to women. The Computer Girls Facilitator Assistant will be helping the main Facilitator with program development, teaching, and outreach. This person will work both with Hackforge and Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc.


  • Assist in instructing coding and basic computer skills classes for women
  • Promote the classes in the community through social media
  • Seek out partners in the community
  • Help develop further curriculum for the program
  • Recruit women in the IT sector to instruct classes


  • Working knowledge of computer basics
  • Computer programming experience
  • Strong ability with HTML / CSS / Javascript are an important asset
  • Experience working in a team and taking initiative
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
  • Teaching experience is an asset

Please send a cover letter and résumé to info@hackf.org with the subject line “Computer Girls Facilitator Assistant” by midnight, Sunday, June 28th.


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Register Now for Round Two of Computer Girls


Through the support of Ontario Trillium Foundation, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) in partnership with Hackforge presents the second round of Computer Girls classes. Computer Girls offers computer training to women and young women in the Windsor & Essex County area at no cost. Classes are held at WEST’s offices downtown Windsor (647 Ouellette Avenue Suite 201).

These classes can be taken independently or all together. There are no prerequisites to take these classes. The Computer Literacy classes are for women who are very new to computers and would like to learn more. Introduction to Coding courses are for women with computer experience who are looking to learn about the structure and foundations of the web through coding.


Computer Literacy: Getting Started with Computers:
This course is designed for women with very basic computer knowledge. Participants will gain
practical computer knowledge in Microsoft Office, the internet, computer security, etc.

Classes offered:

Parts and Pieces: Computer Basics (Wednesday, April 29: 6-8PM)
Come take a look at the physical parts of a computer. Understand the mechanics of how a computer physically works with this hands-on class.

Bits and Bytes: Understanding the Internet (May 13: 6-8PM)
Learn about the history of the internet, how it works, and how you can the most out of your time on the web.

Letters and Presentations: Get More From Everyday Programs (May 27: 6-8)
Practical tips and tricks to get more out of Word, Spreadsheet, and Presentation programs that will make work easier and faster.

Bugs and Viruses: Keeping Your Computer Safe (June 10: 6-8PM)
Find out how to keep you and your computer safe from digital threats. Learn about how these viruses and bugs work and how you can fix problems yourself.

Tweets and Tablets: Understanding the Digital Lifestyle (June 24: 6-8PM)
Let Computer Girls be your guide to the digital lifestyle world. Explore the phenomenon of social media and popular sites. You’ll be able to interact with various devices from iphones to tablets.


Intro to Coding:
This course is designed to provide individuals with practical skills employers are looking for. If you want to
pursue a career in computer science, or if you enjoy working with computers….this program is for you!
Participants will learn about various kinds of coding that make the web possible.

Introduction to HTML:  (May 6 : 6-8PM)

Introduction to CSS (May 20 : 6-8PM)

Introduction to JavaScript (June 3: 6-8PM)

Intermediate HTML/CSS (June 17: 6-8PM)



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