In this joint Border City Data/OSM Windsor-Essex event, Doug Sartori leads an interactive session demonstrating the tools for surfacing OpenStreetMap data in QGIS. Follow along as he makes a paper map for children to use in an upcoming Jane’s Walk event in South Walkerville!
Join Doug in-person or online, and learn how you can take the overwhelming database that is OSM and turn it into a simple line-drawing, perfect for colouring books, scavenger hunts, and kid-friendly cartography!
There’s a new tool for mobile OSM edits, and this one’s available cross-platform! Come meet up with us in Downtown Windsor and we’ll test it out together!
Every Door allows users to create and edit objects in OpenStreetMap, including building addresses, benches, and more! It works on both Android and iOS devices, and even supports offline mapping, with the ability to download tiles in advance.
Meet us at the Hackforge HQ at 6pm on Monday, May 15th where we’ll make sure everyone has downloaded and signed in to the app, then we’ll head out to update some downtown data. Bikes and other personal belongings can be left in Hackforge for the duration of the event.
After ten or so years, the Hackforge website is getting a refresh!
As the people adding to the site every month we have an idea of the changes we’d like to see, but we want your feedback, too! What content would you like to see on www.Hackf.org? How can we make the layout better? Let us know!
We’re also open to help from anyone who might want to be part of this meta project. Whether you’re a high school student looking to learn (and earn volunteer hours!?), a copywriter looking to build your portfolio, or a professional site designer who wants to give back to the community, we’ve got space for you!
This is our first open meeting on the topic, so come on out to share your ideas! Virtual and physical attendance options are available.
Winfosec: OWASP Top 10 Pt.6 – Vulnerable and Outdated Components
25,227 software vulnerabilities were published last year and the numbers keep rising. Join us for Winfosec’s sixth session on the OWASP Top 10. We’ll talk about how vulnerabilities happen, how to manage them, and keeping your software supply chain safe.
Free event, all are welcome, join virtually or in-person.
Join us for our first Linux user group meetup! We’ll be getting to know each other, sharing our experiences with Linux, and diving into the technical side by compiling the Linux kernel together. Whether you’re a seasoned Linux user or just starting out, all are welcome to join us. Don’t forget to bring your laptop and a willingness to learn!
The Canadian government publishes climate data from thousands of individual weather stations going back decades. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to access for certain scenarios – particularly when you’re interested in a geography wider than a single station.
In this session Doug Sartori demonstrates a Python solution to access climate data in bulk and store it in a database table for analysis or visualization. Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to attend this hybrid event.
FinOps, AKA “how to manage your cloud costs and have all teams take ownership of their cloud usage.” It’s a cultural practice that applies to developers, engineers, architects, and finance teams. Let’s learn how to master this important discipline!
Featuring guest speaker and Amazon Web Services Technical Account Manager Rick Triana.
Are you looking to part with some old games, or hunting for some nostalgia? Perhaps you’re just interested in meeting like-minded folks and playing a few casual rounds of Jet Moto? Either way, we want you to come out to the Windsor Hackforge Video Game Swap!
All games and systems are welcome. We’ll have a couple of consoles set up for people to play and test games on, and attendees are also welcome to bring their own consoles.
This event is happening at our new HQ (300 Ouellette Ave, Suite 210) on Saturday, April 22 from 1 – 4pm. It is completely free and open to everyone, but there are a few ground rules:
While straight swaps are encouraged, sales are allowed. However, this event isn’t intended as a money-maker for anyone. Please keep this in mind.
Hackforge is not mediating any sales or swaps. This is entirely peer-to-peer, and we expect everyone to behave civilly.
Don’t be a jerk.
If you are a jerk, you’ll be asked to leave.
Play nice and share the consoles.
Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian
Please respect Hackforge’s facilities and volunteers.
Winfosec – OWASP Top 10: Security Misconfiguration
We’re now halfway through the OWASP top 10! Attend to learn about number 5 of the list: Security misconfiguration.
Modern software is highly configurable, making this security threat more and more common. Ensuring that all security settings are properly enabled (or even enabled at all) can greatly reduce threats to your system or application. Join this free training to learn more – physical and virtual attendance options available!
Join special guest speaker Deepak Kaushik for a rundown of Azure Lakehouse. This modern data management architecture combines the cost-efficiency, scale, and flexibility features of a data lake with the data and transaction management capabilities of a data warehouse.
In this one-hour session, Deepak will cover:
Real time challenges
This virtual event takes place on Thursday, February 9th at 6pm. Register now via Zoom to reserve your spot.
Deepak is a Microsoft Azure MVP. His breadth and depth of knowledge have enabled him to lead the development of various products/solutions around Microsoft Azure. Deepak is a knowledgeable and sought-after speaker within IT circles and consulted regularly by companies formulating their Cloud strategies.
Launching in early February, ADUSearch is a data-driven application intended to empower property owners, industry professionals, policymakers, non-profit housing providers, and researchers to see the potential of detached ADUs in Canadian municipalities.
In this edition of Border City Data, host Doug Sartori will be joined by ADUSearch leadership and GIS researchers to discuss how the application was made. Attendees will get the chance to see some of the ArcGIS processes that went into creating the geodata that drives the project, as well as how Doug and his team at Parallel 42 Systems turned that data into an interactive web app. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions at the end of the session.
This virtual event will take place via Zoom on Monday, February 13th from 6 – 7:30 pm. There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome.
Come meet other local mappers in person at this low-key event. Bring your laptop and/or favourite mobile editing app and do some collaborative mapping!
This is a great opportunity to make connections in the OSM community as well as to ask questions and get advice from other active OSM contributors. Whether you’re brand new or well-seasoned, we’d love to have you out!
Serratore Bistro-Café (98 University Ave, W.) is new to Windsor’s downtown, so this is also a great chance to check them out! We recommend the chocolate croissant, but also hear great things about their paninis.We’ll be hanging out from 6 – 8pm. Drop in for a quick visit or stay the whole time – however you prefer!
AWS Re:Invent took place between November 28 and December 2, 2022 in Las Vegas. For those who were unable to make the trip, the Windsor AWS User Group is going to be rehashing everything on Tuesday, February 21st.
Hear about news and updates in the world of Amazon Web Services, and connect with other AWS users at this free, virtual event.
6:30 PM – 6:45 PM Meet and greet
6:45 PM – 7:45 RE:CAP – brief overview of all cool technologies introduced at RE:INVENT
7:45 PM – 8:00 PM – Post event discussion, Q&A, career advice, project advice, industry trends, anything AWS related, etc
We’ll be posting a Chime link and the AWS speaker shortly – follow the Linkedin Event for all the latest updates.
The Bank of Canada provides a huge amount of useful economic data through its Valet API. This service allows organizations and individuals to tap into a massive pool of up-to-date global economic information, including exchange and interest rates.
In this month’s Border City Data meetup, Doug Sartori walks through this useful tool and demonstrates an application that consumes it. This free, online event is happening on Thursday, January 19th at 6pm. Register via Zoom to attend.
Winfosec – OWASP Top 10 Session 3: Cryptographic Failures
After a short break for the Holidays, Winfosec is back! In this talk we’ll explore all things encryption and how to keep sensitive data safe. We’ll have live demonstrations on password hashing, sniffing, and HTTPS.
When adding your own data to OpenStreetMap, there are alternatives to drawing lines by hand – such as GPS traces!In this month’s meetup, we’ll be taking a pre-recorded GPS trace and using it to improve the data available for a local park. Our editing platform will be JOSM, so if you’re new to the system and missed October’s event it is highly recommended you check out the recording.
Originally planned for December 2022, this event has been rescheduled to January 30, 2023. Register to receive the Zoom invite.
In our second session on the OWASP Top 10 we’ll take a look at their number one security issue: broken access control.
Between 2017 and 2021, broken access control jumped from number five to number one of OWASP’s top ten most critical security risks. Join this event to learn what this risk is and how you can write code that mitigates it.
We’ll also take a quick look at cross site scripting (XSS).
The final major release of the 2021 census information is happening on November 30th! To celebrate the release of all of this information into the makeup of Canada, Border City Data is holding a special event focused on working with these massive data sets. Join host and data professional Doug Sartori on Tuesday, November 29th to walk through
accessing census data through Statistics Canada
tips, tricks, and tools for analysis
making useful visualizations from census data
In addition to being a technical how-to, this event will teach you how to think about the questions you would like to answer with census data, which will enable you to make the most of the information at your disposal.