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Notice of Annual General Meeting: March 12, 2019

Notice of Annual General Meeting

At 7:00 pm on March 12, 2019, Windsor Hackforge will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 1501 Howard Ave Unit 101, Windsor, ON.

At this meeting, all members deemed to be in good standing (up to date with member dues) as of March 1st, 2019 are welcome to attend.

This meeting will cover the current state of Hackforge, our plans for the coming year, as well as presenting our Interest Groups. If you want to work with Hackforge to bring something new to the community, come ready to proposal your ideas!

The meeting agenda, and any other required materials, will be distributed to members at least 48 hours prior to the AGM.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Hackforge 3.1x Launch at The Accelerator

Hackforge’s main mission is to provide a place where creative minds can come together to share ideas, learn together, find support and make friends.

Hackforge is thrilled to announce we are opening our doors at The Accelerator, Windsor’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with co-working space specifically designed to help accelerate the growth of start-ups and emerging businesses, featuring on-site training and mentoring programs in a truly collaborative environment.

Our partnership with the Accelerator will allow us access to a hot desk and access to their 3000 sq. ft event space. In return, we will extend our outstanding programming to their community of entrepreneurs and business owners.

Please join us on Thursday, February 7 for a launch event to see our new space, network with other Accelerator members and the technology community. Refreshments will be served.

When: Thursday, February 7 6PM – 8PM
Where: The Accelerator, 1501 Howard Avenue, Windsor, ON N8X 3T5
Parking: The parking lot is first-come-first-serve. There is also free street parking available.

Questions? Please email us at info@hackf.org.


Hackforge is Moving!

Hello Hackforgers!

I’d like to start off by thanking everyone who made 2018 such a great year for Hackforge including our members, organizers, volunteers and Board of Directors. We successfully ran over 100 events this year and were involved with numerous other initiatives in the city.

In November of 2017, Hackforge received a Libro Credit Union Prosperity Grant to run the TechBoost program, a pilot project designed to bring digital literacy to the small business community of Windsor-Essex and fulfill our mission to grow the tech capabilities of our region by creating connections and learning together. We focused heavily on this project in 2018 and by partnering with the Windsor-Essex Small Business Centre, the local BIAs and Chambers of Commerce, we delivered the program to over 300 participants in Windsor, Lakeshore, LaSalle, and Amherstburg, who surveyed at a 97% satisfaction rate.

Moving to a New Space

For those who have been around since Hackforge’s early days, you’ll be well aware that the organization has grown and adapted to many changes over the years but no matter what location we call home, our goal stays the same: to provide a place where creative minds can come together to share ideas, learn together, find support and make friends.

With that said, we are thrilled to announce that Hackforge will be moving to The Accelerator at 1501 Howard Ave in February. The Accelerator is an entrepreneurial ecosystem with 55,000 sq. ft of co-working space designed to help accelerate the growth of start-ups and emerging businesses in Windsor-Essex. Our partnership with the Accelerator will allow us access to a hot desk and access to their 3000 sq. ft event space. In return, we will extend our outstanding programming to their community of entrepreneurs and business owners.

We will continue to provide you with updates and as always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns or feedback, you can always email info@hackf.org.

Moving Sale

In preparation for the move, one of the things we must do is reduce the physical equipment and “stuff” we have accumulated over the years. On Saturday January 19 from 10am-2pm, we will be holding a Moving Sale at Hackforge (255 Ouellette Ave). We will be selling a variety of things including computer parts, electronics, books, video games, consoles, and furniture. Picture it as the Garage Sale of your Dreams! We will have many items selling as Name your Price and Pay What You Can. The proceeds from this sale will go directly back into the operating expenses of Hackforge and any remaining items will be donated to Computers for Kids, other organizations and charities in Windsor-Essex and the rest will be responsibly recycled.

If you have any personal belongings residing at Hackforge or if you would like to take back an item that was previously donated, please contact me directly at rebecca@hackf.org and we can make arrangements for you to pick it up or direct its donation. If you have any concerns at all about this process, please communicate them to me.

Payment Types Available: Cash, Credit (Day of Sale), Paypal

Check out our Facebook page over the next week for an album of photos of some of the items going up for sale!

If you are interested in volunteering to help us out with this sale, please contact me. We especially need help determining the value of some of the computer parts and electronics we own.

Goodbye from Rebecca

Finally, as the TechBoost Program has concluded, so has my time on staff with Hackforge. It was such a privilege to work with this organization and I will continue to be involved in the organization through this next chapter.


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.


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