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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Board Game Night Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 6-10PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games from 6-10PM. This event is free and open to everyone. If you’re new to board games, we encourage you to come by as we will have trusty Hackforgers there to help get you started. We’ll have a games like Smash Up, Small World, The Resistance, and more. Bring your favourite game (that can be played in less than four hours)! Facebook Event
Hackforge Movie Fundraiser: RoboCop (1987) Monday, November 16, 2015 – 8PM
Set directly across the river from Hackforge, RoboCop is part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement. Join us for this classic dystopian sci-fi film, directed by Paul Verhoeven.
$10 admission with popcorn and pop. Members get in free! I’d buy that for a dollar! Facebook Event
StartUp MeetUp Wednesday, November 18 – 6-9PM
Come on out to the 4th StartUp Windsor monthly meetup! Meet some new people and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas. Pizza provided by our friends at WEtech! Facebook Group
November Maptime Thursday, November 19 – 7PM
Maptime is an open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge, offering intentional educational support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for mapping tutorials, workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time. Beginners most welcome! Topic TBA. Facebook Event
Software Guild Wednesday, November 25 – 7PM
The group for programmers meets again at the end of the month, delivering a workshop or talk to help with professional and skill development. Topic TBA. Facebook Event
Thursday, October 29th at 7PM, Hackforge (255 Ouellette): Join Maptime for a practical examination of open data and it’s value in evaluating public policy. Using open data, Doug Sartori will lead a demonstration of the use of QGIS to visualize public data on a map. Learn how to overlay voter turnout data on a map of Windsor and then plot public amenities on the map as well.
Great for political and data nerds!
Maptime is an open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge, offering intentional educational support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for mapping tutorials, workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time.