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February 2023 at Hackforge

Intro to Lakehouse Architecture

Thursday, February 9th @ 6pm
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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:

  • Concept
  • Demo
  • Real time challenges
  • Q/A

This virtual event takes place on Thursday, February 9th at 6pm. Register now via Zoom to reserve your spot.

Speaker Bio:

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.

Deepak on Linkedin

Twitter: @ThinkforDeepak


Border City Data: Behind-the-Scenes of ADUSearch

Monday, Februatry 13th @ 6pm
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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.

OSM Windsor-Essex: Croissants & Cartography

Thursday, Februatry 16th @ 6pm
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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 Re:Cap

Tuesday, January 21st @ 6:30pm
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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.

Winfosec: OWASP Top 10 Session 4: Insecure design

Friday, February 24th @ 7pm
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Join us to learn about a new entrant into the OWASP list: Insecure Design. We’ll look at common mistakes made in the design of software that can affect security, and give advice on what to do instead.

This is our fourth session on OWASP Top 10 – visit our Youtube channel to review past events.

This is a virtual event that will be held via Zoom.

January 2023 at Hackforge

Border City Data: Using the Bank of Canada’s API

Thursday, January 19th @ 6pm
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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

Wednesday, January 25th @ 7pm
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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.

Register for this free event on Zoom, and visit the Hackforge Youtube channel to see sessions 1 and 2.

Rescheduled! OSM Windsor-Essex: Working with GPS Traces

Monday, January 30th @ 6pm
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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.

November 2022 at Hackforge

WINFOSEC: OWASP Top 10 Session 2: Broken Access Controls

Wednesday, November 23rd @ 7pm
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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).

Register via Zoom to join this free session.

Interested in checking out past Winfosec events? Visit the Hackforge youtube channel for recordings.

Border City Data: Working with Census Data

Tuesday, November 29 @ 6pm
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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.

Register today for this free, virtual event!

October 2022 at Hackforge

WINFOSEC: OWASP 10 – Injection

Wednesday, October 19th @ 7pm
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Join us for the inaugural talk for Winfosec – Hackforge’s information security interest group.

In this talk we’ll briefly introduce the OWASP Top 10 list of security risks for application developers and analyze one of the most common: Injection. We’ll be writing some bad code, exploiting the vulnerability live, and then fixing it all in the session. Whether you’re a software developer wanting to build more secure applications, or someone interested in the field of information security, this talk is for you.

Register via Zoom to attend this free event.

OpenStreetMap W-E: Intro to JOSM

Thursday, October 27 @ 6pm
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In September we introduced users to OSM’s in-browser editor iD, and now we’re moving on to JOSM.

This java-based editing software requires a bit more setup than iD, but it also provides contributors a more powerful set of tools for editing OpenStreetMaps. Many also find it to be a simpler way to edit the map.

To help OSM W-E users make the most of JOSM, Randy Topliffe will be walking through setup and basic use during this month’s meetup on Thursday, October 27 at 6pm. To get the most out of this event, make sure to:

September 2022 at Hackforge

Online Watch Party: Starship Troopers

Friday, September 2nd @ 8pm

This 1997 adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s 1959 political science fiction novel stars Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, and Neil Patrick Harris. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the film was poorly received upon release, with critics and audiences alike unimpressed by the satirical themes, gorey content, and cheesy performances. But if you can go into this film with the knowledge that it wasn’t, in fact, created by nazis, and with your heart disconnected from the source material, it’s a fun ride.

Join our discord server and download Teleparty to take part. Please note that all participants are required to have their own streaming subscription service. More details on joining a watch party.

OSM W-E: Editing OpenStreetMap with iD

Wednesday, September 7th @ 6pm

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Using aerial imagery, local knowledge, and iD Editor, it is possible to update and improve OpenStreetMap right on your desktop.

In this virtual session we’ll walk through how to add and update addresses, buildings, streets, and more. Create an OSM account and join in to learn how you can share your knowledge of Windsor and Essex County with the world’s most popular open source mapping project.

Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. Register via Zoom to tune in.

Hackforge Annual General Meeting

Monday, September 12 @ 6pm

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The 2022 Hackforge Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, September 12th from 6 – 8pm. Hackforge members are invited to attend in-person at 500 Ouellette Ave, Suite 907, or virtually via Zoom.

This meeting is an opportunity to learn what Hackforge has been up to, and what our future plans are. We will also be electing members to the Board of Directors.

More information on the Hackforge AGM.

Border City Data: Structuring SQL Server Data Extraction

Tuesday, September 20 @ 6pm

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Gathering data from multiple sources for storage in a single place can be challenging. Not only must the data be retrieved, it needs to be structured before it can be sent on to its final destination.

Writing code to manage extraction and structuring of this data can save a lot of time and manpower, but comes with its own set of complications.

In this advanced tutorial, Doug Sartori explores the use of SQLCMD as a preprocessor for developing structured solutions and maximizing code reuse.

Register for this free session via Zoom.

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