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Hackforge Events in July


Board Game Night – Thursday, July 9 @ 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.

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Tron (1982) – Monday, July 13 @ 8PM
Trapped inside an electronic arena, where love and escape do not compute!
The first on our movie fundraisers, join us for the classic sci-fi flick, Tron. Admission is 10$ going directly to Hackforge programming and community workshop.

Software Craftsman Guild – Wednesday, July 22 @ 7-9PM
The group for programmers meets again at the end of July.
We are still looking for Guild speakers. If you’re interested in giving a technical talk, contact info@hackf.org.

Product Development: How The Sausage Is Made – Tuesday, July 28 @ 7-8PM
Does your product have what it takes? Kevin Taylor will be sharing insights gained on the product development process from over 20 years in the global electronics industry.

Software Craftsman Guild: Beyond Code



Wednesday, June 24, 2015: 7-9PM
Hackforge (255 Ouellette)

The first meeting of the Software Craftsman Guild in the new Hackforge is Wednesday, June 24th. This meeting we’re talking about the computer programming profession. How do you improve your work and your team?

7:00 – 8:00PM – Hack n’ Hang
8:00 – 9:00PM – Talks for Techs

Decision Making for Developers
Join Derek Comartin as he discusses the process of approaching technical decisions. Learn to go beyond the tech, looking to your customers and business domain, to ensure you make the best decisions as a professional developer.

Updating the Joel Test
The test that tells programmers if their software team is up to snuff is almost fifteen years old. What criteria is important to you in 2015? Join Doug Sartori for an interactive discussion on what makes for an excellent workplace for developers today.

Rebooting Windsor: Windsor180 / Hackforge Tech Panel


Thursday, June 18th: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
@ NOW AT VENUE MUSIC HALL (255 Ouellette – upstairs from Hackforge)
7:00-8:00PM: Panel discussion
8:00-9:00PM: Networking

Windsor is lagging behind the provincial average for information and communication technology jobs. We are training new workers, but post-graduation, they leave town. How do we create a tech friendly city? How do we keep our young tech workers in Windsor?

As part of Windsor180 Week, join Hackforge for a frank conversation, panel discussion on the benefits and struggles of creating a tech hub in Windsor.

This event is open to the public, free, and all ages. There will be a bar open during the event.

Tanya Antoniw: Executive Director of Workforce WindsorEssex
Rino Bortolin: City of Windsor Councillor – Ward 3
Meghan O’Donnell: Full-Stack Developer at Alteris Group
Doug Sartori: Hackforge President



DIY Security System Workshop

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Thursday, June 11, 2015: 6PM – 8PM
Hackforge (255 Ouellette)

In this beginner-level workshop, Doug Sartori will walk through the hardware and software required to set up a low-cost DIY security camera system.

You will leave with a high-level understanding of the options available and the steps involved in building a security system using an old PC and Linux.

Part 1: Installation (6-7PM)
Part 2: Setup and configuration (7-8PM)

We’ll cover the following topics:

– The installation process for Ubuntu Linux
– The steps required to convert a new Ubuntu install into a ZoneMinder device
– Camera hardware options
– Setting up Zoneminder for remote access, motion detection and email alerts
– Disk space and performance considerations

This workshop is designed for beginners with step-by-step instructions.

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Hackforge Swap Trade at the New Space!

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Hackforge has moved to 255 Ouellette Ave and need to stock our new home. This Saturday, June 6th from 11AM – 3PM, we’re asking you for donations of tools, equipment, and electronics. Past the donations to Hackforge, come swap your items for parts and equipment others have brought in. This is a free event.

BRING a few items to donate (list below)
DONATE the item(s) to Hackforge
SWAP your tool/equipment/electronic for a different tool/equipment/electronic



  • Small form-factor laptops (no desktop computers or printers, please!)
  • Toolboxes
  • Webcams
  • multimeters
  • Test equipment
  • Soldering Irons
  • Power-supplies
  • Hand tools (gently used)
  • Light Power Tools (great condition)

Any kind of small equipment, tools, and electronics to swap, similar to the list above. Please DO NOT bring household items, clothing, books. Equipment, tools, and electronics ONLY.

Please email info@hackf.org if you would like to donate any of these items

  • sturdy stools (for the workbenches)
  • small wheeled cart, similar to the AV projector carts
  • Shelving
  • Laser cutter

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