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September at Hackforge

Board Game Night @ Craft Heads Brewing Company
Friday, September 14 @ 7PM onwards Facebook | Meetup

Join us at the awesome Craft Heads Brewing Company for Board Game Night. We bring the games, you bring your strategy and drive to win! Enjoy a delicious craft beer or cup of coffee and feel free to bring your own snacks!

Project Management Professionals Meetup
Monday, September 17 @ 7PM
Facebook | Meetup

After a summer vacation, the Project Management Professionals meetup is back! This group is for all professionals from any industry, and business owners to come together and exchange ideas and good practices ​in Project Management, Agile Product Development and Process Improvement, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Border City Javascript: Lean Coffee
Tuesday, September 18 @ 7PM
Facebook | Meetup

Join the new Border City Javascript group for a Lean Coffee – you’ll brainstorm programming or industry related topics YOU want to talk about, and we’ll shred through them in a rapid, structured discussion. Bring your favourite hot beverage.

Forge Founders: WEtech Founders Group
Wednesday, September 19 @ 5:30pm
Facebook | Meetup

Calling all founders, trailblazers and entrepreneurs, Join us for “Forge Founders” the launch of a new peer2peer group on September 19th from 5:30-8:00PM. Forge Founders will be a bi-monthly networking experience for local founders to connect, learn, and share.

Our first speaker, Darrel Laurendeau, Director of Information Technology for Ground Effects will be leading us with his best practices on creating ways to get your customers excited and engaged in ICT, and tactics to communicate with executives. Light food and refreshments will be served.

Museum Tech Users Group: Cataloguing
Tuesday, September 25 @ 7PM
Facebook | Meetup

This session we’ll be taking a look at ways of using technology to assist with cataloguing. If you have a cataloguing story, please send me an email! We’d love to have you come and tell the group about your process, the successes and roadblocks, and how things are working for you now. This includes projects that didn’t work out the way you’d hoped! Knowing about the challenges others have faced can help us prepare for upcoming projects.

Some ideas include

  • Cataloguing softwares you like/don’t like
  • Data entry challenges
  • Cloud cataloguing using Google Drive or other shared resources
  • Moving from a paper catalogue to a digital one
  • Backing up your catalogues

AWS Users Group: AWS Organizations, Cognito, and Planning the Photo Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, September 27 @ 7PM
Facebook | Meetup

This month, we’ll start talking about how you can work together with different accounts with AWS Organizations, and how we can use Cognito to establish and track users across all the products.  We’ll also continue to look at the design for our Photo Scavenger Hunt.

Border City Javascript: A Recipe for a Javascript Mapping App Soufflé
Friday, September 28 @ 7PM
Facebook | Meetup


Many times when building an app, Javascript will be just one component of a larger solution. The good news is, mixing technologies together to solve a problem is a lot of fun. It’s kind of like baking. Attend this session to learn about how several technologies were whisked together to build windsorcensusmaps.com. We’ll talk about CSS libraries, GIS, mapping libraries, React, NodeJS, and AWS and how they all came together to build a tasteful web app.


August at Hackforge

Windsor Google Developers Group: Building Google Assistant Actions
📅 Wednesday, August 8 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us as we learn how to build actions using the Google Assistant. The Google Assistant is the technology that powers devices like the Google Home, and the built in Google Assistant on Android devices. Bring your laptop!

🔨👩‍🎨 Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake): Maker Meetup Thursdays
📅 Thursdays @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Do you make stuff with your hands and like to hangout with those that do too? Come out to Hackforge on Thursdays at 7PM to meet with other makers, work on your project, or get inspired.

What is a maker? A maker is a person who likes to build and craft things with their hands and minds. It could be with electronics, 3d printers, art or just simply crafting with beads.

Board Game Night
📅 Friday, August 17 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us for some of our favourite board games, or bring your own! Come on in and we’ll get you set up with a game and a group to play with as soon as there’s an opening. This event is open to anyone and the earlier you arrive the quicker you’ll get into a group playing a game.

Forge Founders: WEtech Peer Founders Group (RESCHEDULED to Wednesday September 17
📅 Wednesday, August 22 @ 5:30pm  Facebook | Meetup

Calling all founders, trailblazers and entrepreneurs! Forge Founders will be a bi-monthly networking experience for local founders to connect, learn, and share. Our first speaker, Darrel Laurendeau, Director of Information Technology for Ground Effects will be leading us with his best practices on creating ways to get your customers excited and engaged in ICT, and tactics to communicate with executives. Light food and refreshments will be served.

Border City Javascript: Diving into React.js
📅 Friday, August 24 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

React.js is easily one of the most popular JavaScript libraries for creating user interfaces.  Randy Topliffe demonstrates creating a simple React app with no build tools, transpilers or additional frameworks, so you can see the features React offers on its own. JavaScript novices will learn how they might try using React without needing to embrace a dozen new technologies at once,  and pros will get to see how many of the tools they take for granted are unnecessary for some applications. After this short talk, we’ll break to mingle and chat. We can discuss React with Randy, get to know each other, and get a feel for topics that would appeal to the community for future talks. If you have talk ideas, bring them up with Randy or Jeff and we can get something on the schedule – we can even help you workshop your talk and get you prepared to deliver it.

🤖 Saturday Workshop: Help Build the VEX Robot!
📅 Saturday, August 25 @ 11am-2pm Facebook | Meetup

With the help of the Windsor Essex Robotics Club, we’re going to assemble Hackforge’s VEX Robot. The VEX kit is the Classroom and Competition Super Kit. We’re welcoming the community to an introduction to VEX robotics by building their standard claw bot and practicing the basic VEX coding. We hope to have a functioning robot to learn off of so newcomers have the building blocks to be creative so they can further create a robot with custom tasks. A fun Saturday activity for both adults and kids alike who love robots!

Community Opportunities

Windsor/Essex Community Benefit Coalition – Web Developer

The Windsor/Essex Community Benefit Coalition is looking to design and develop a website to be a hub for information and activity on community benefits in our region. We do not require a custom construction and would prefer a CMS that enables easy updating and potentially multiple individuals posting updates. Some basic training for the staff person and community contributors would also be helpful.

For some inspiration www.communitybenefits.ca is the Toronto version of our coalition. Although our work does not cover the breadth of the Toronto group we will want to have multiple pages where reports and resources can be stored, activities documented and a blog where ongoing updates to the community can be maintained. We have already had a logo designed which can be provided for design purposes and matching.

As our group is hoping to quickly ramp up activities we are hoping to have a page up and running by September. We do have funding to support this project but as a community group our resources constrained.


July at Hackforge

🛠👩‍🎨Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake): Maker Meetup Thursdays
Thursdays @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Do you make stuff with your hands and like to hangout with those that do too? Come out to Hackforge on Thursdays at 7PM to meet with other makers, work on your project, or get inspired.

What is a maker? A maker is a person who likes to build and craft things with their hands and minds. It could be with electronics, 3d printers, art or just simply crafting with beads.

📝Board Game Night: Pen/Paper RPGs
Friday, July 13 @ 7PM Facebook Meetup

Curious about pen and paper roleplaying games? Familiar but want to try something new? Sign up for a one-session collaborative storytelling game. Registration is necessary to ensure yourself a seat, but is open to anyone.

💻 Maker Workshop: CAD in Fusion 360
Saturday, July 14 @ 12PM Facebook Meetup

Please join us for a Maker Workshop covering Fusion 360. We’ll cover some basic techniques on sketching and some modifications to solids. To participate just bring your laptop with Fusion 360 installed and updated. You can download a free 30-day trial of Fusion 360 here.

☁ AWS Users Group: Summer Fun – Planning our Fall Project!
Monday, July 16 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup 

Coming this fall, we are going to be starting a fun project, involving many different areas of AWS!  On July 16th, we’ll reveal the project, and show off some of the pieces we’ll be putting together. Everyone will be involved in building a part of the solution, so come on out and find out what’s in store!

🗺 🖥 Museum Technology Users Group: Telling Stories with Maps
Tuesday, July 24 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

The Museum Technology User Group (MTUG), co-organized with the South Western Ontario Heritage Council (SWOHC) is a meet-up for arts, culture and heritage sector workers who would like to learn more about technology and its applications in galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and heritage organizations. The group will meet to discuss tools and how to use them, what resources are available and even explore hands-on activities.

This month, we’ll be exploring learning how to tell stories with maps! We’ll go over web mapping tools such as Google Fusion Tables and CARTO and have a hands-on activity using History Pin.

🔮Software Guild: Town Hall
Wednesday, July 25 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Software Guild needs a new direction and a new focus. If you want to get involved in deciding the direction our community of programmers takes – the tech we focus on, the types of events we have – join us.

TechBoost Workshops in July

TechBoost: Cyber Security for Small Business
Thursday, July 12 @ 5:30pm Register | Facebook
Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

Do you worry that your business is not as secure as it could be? Do you need to hire a security consultant and want to know what to ask for? Do you want to be prepared in the event of a security breach? By the end of this workshop, you’ll understand what parts of your business you need to protect, what are the risks and and threats, and how to identify and monitor tools to address these threats. You’ll come away with some steps you can take to make your business more secure.

TechBoost: Office Automation with Google Apps 
Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 5:30pm Register | Facebook
Libro Community Centre and Library, 1925 South Middle Road,  South Woodslee, Ontario

Do you need a more efficient and affordable way to manage your business’s files, calendar, and customers? Do you need flexible tools to collaborate with your team in real-time? Do you want to be able to access your company’s tools and data anywhere, anytime and on any device? This workshop, part of the TechBoost Program, is for owners or employees of small business who want to know what G-Suite is, what tools and products are available and ways you can utilize the best ones to automate and enhance your business processes.

TechBoost: Up and Running with Shopify
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:30pm Register | Facebook
Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

Does the idea of setting up your online store seem way too time-consuming? Are you worried you might not set up your online store correctly? Do you want a rundown of how to get your store up and running and how to maximize the features available on Shopify? By the end of this workshop, you’ll have your Shopify account set up and know how to choose a theme, customize your theme, add products and manage shipping.

Building Effective Websites with WordPress
Thursday, July 19, 20185:30pm Register | Facebook
Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

Do you need to create a website for your business, but not sure what platform or service to use? Have you heard about WordPress, or even tried it and feel overwhelmed by what’s involved? Do you have an out-of-date website and want to update it with a fresh and elegant design? This workshop will help you to determine what you want a website to do for your business. It will also explore the options to build it yourself or to engage professionals.

Facebook Marketing 101 for Business
Wednesday, July 255:30pm Register | Facebook
Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

Not sure what to be posting on Facebook? Or further… How to create that content? Looking for an easy way to find clients online? By the end of this workshop, participants will have a series of content ideas for their own social media marketing, the tools to create this content and a clear plan on how to utilize Facebook to grow their business and clientele.
 
TechBoost: The Cloud: Working Smarter, Not Harder
Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 5:30pm Register | Facebook
Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

What’s available for small business and how do I choose?

Straight Outta the Cloud! Update your numbers, log your inventory, track your staff hours, pay your bills and so much more.  Cloud systems are rapidly expanding and giving small business owners back their time to work ON their business and NOT IN their business.  By the end of this workshop, participants will understand what the tech world has to offer not only their accounting but apps and integrations that are game changers for small business owners.

 


LifeGears Academy Summer Camps @ Hackforge

Hackforge is excited to partner with Life Gears Academy this summer to offer three summer camps in July.

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Girl STEMpowerment (Grade 5 to 8)
July 16 to 20

Life Skills: Mindfulness, Conflict Management, and Confidence

This camp works to empower young women to realize their potential and to discuss their presence in STEM fields. This is designed for anyone who identifies as a girl and who wants to come together with other girls to discuss ways that they can make a difference. Topics include but are not limited to careers in STEM, medicine, environment, chemistry, engineering, and animals.

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Innovative Designers (Grades 4 to 6)
July 23 to 27

Life Skills: Problem Solving, Creative thinking, and Giving and Receiving Feedback.

Campers will learn about innovative ideas and discoveries made in STEM fields while learning what it takes to make inventions of their own. This camp will get kids thinking about what problems exist in the world and how they could use discoveries in STEM to make improvements. Topics include but are not limited to Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, building and design, and technology.

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Team  (Grade 4 to 6)
July 30 to August 3

Life Skills: Critical Thinking, Problem solving, and Teamwork.

This camp will offer hands-on activities in various STEM topics from Biology/ Living things to Programming as well as engineering design challenges and adding/ subtracting. Topics include but are not limited to various types of engineering, habitats and species, math and riddles, chemistry, and building and design.

For more information, check out www.lifegears.org or email us at info@hackf.org.

Register here: https://bit.ly/2pQ1KPb


Hackforge Annual General Meeting Agenda

Hey Everyone! This is a reminder that at 7:00pm on TuesdayMarch 13, 2018, Windsor Hackforge will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 255 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario.

At this meeting, all members deemed to be in good standing (up to date with member dues) as of March 1st, 2018 are eligible to vote in the election of Directors and Volunteer Representatives.

Agenda:
1. Call to Order
2. Adoption of Agenda
3. Report of Officers:
a) President’s Report to the Members
b) Treasurer’s Report
4. Staff and Committee Reports:
c) TechBoost Coordinator Report
5. Election of Officers
6. Adjournment

We hope to see all of our members there tomorrow!


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