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October at Hackforge


Intro to Messaging Queues with .NET
Windsor-Essex .NET Developers
Tuesday, October 4: 6:30PM
What messaging queues are, scenarios and patterns they’re most useful, and some code demos to get you started using RabbitMQ and .NET.

DIY Audio Group
Wednesday, October 12: 7:00PM
MOVED: Wednesday, November 9: 7:00 PM
Microphones, amps, synthesizers, oh my! Come out to learn all about sound. Whether you’re interested from a music or electronics perspective, there is something for everyone.
Facebook Event

HORROR Board Game Night
Thursday, October 13th: 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Spooky fun for everyone! Join us for a night of horror themed 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 ‘Are You a Werewolf’, Masquerade, Letters from Whitechapel, and more. Bring your favourite horror/spooky game (that can be played in less than four hours)!

Post any game you are bringing in the Facebook Event.

Hackforge Book Club: Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano
Tuesday, October 18: 7:00 – 8:00 PM (new date!)
Join us for the first ever Hackforge Book Club! Join us for discussion on Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano (1952).
Details here!

Open Coding Night
Wednesday, October 19: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Working on a project? Need to bounce ideas off other programmers? Bring your laptop and get coding! Great event for beginners as well! Tutorials will be available and the event is facilitated a real life computer programmer.
Facebook Event

Workshop: Connect Electronics to the Internet of Things
Saturday, October 22: 1:00 – 3:00PM
Have a cool electronics project idea that you want to control or monitor remotely? Check out this great interactive workshop on connecting your electronics to The Internet of Things. The workshop includes a Particle Photon for you to take home.

Drone Club
Sunday, October 23: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Drop in as the Windsor Drone Corps discusses racing Drones, Battle Drones, Photography Drones, Mini Drones, Drones in Society and some of the basic regulations. We will have examples of FPV Racing Googles, and Flight Simulation programs.
Call 519.995.3811 or email lbrsinc@gmail.com to reserve your spot.
Check Out Windsor Drone Corps Or Windsor Essex Drone Assc for more details.
Facebook Event

Order of the Indie Game Developers
Monday, October 24: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Join likeminded designers and dreamers for an evening of demos and discussion on the world of game design. This group is for those interested in creating games both digital and tabletop.
Facebook Event

Software Guild
Wednesday, October 26: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Fat Controller CQRS Diet: Thin out your controllers by only using your web framework for what it’s good at: HTTP, Routing, and Serialization.
Speaker: Derek Comartin

Scaling Infrastructure to Web Scale: From A single artisan server to a fleet of hard working robots.
Speaker: Andrew Raymer
Facebook Event

UWIN 3D Print Scan + Demo Night
Friday, October 28: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Hackforge is proud to host UWIN_3D Print for a night of face scanning, 3D printing, and demos of printed objects. Drop in, have your face scanned, and learn more about this exciting technology! Great for all ages. Facebook event here

March Events at Hackforge



Electronics Club Meeting
Saturday, March 5: 2:00 – 4:00PM
The first official meeting of Hackforge’s Electronics Club! Open to the public, come down and share your love of electronics and discuss what you would like to see the club become.
Facebook Event

Guild Kata Night:
Tuesday, March 8: 6:30 – 9:30PM
Practice makes perfect. Find a partner and pair up to solve programming problems together. Learn new patterns, techniques and problem solving skills that you can apply every day. Bring along your laptop!
Meetup event here!

Introducing… DIY Audio Electronics Club
Wednesday, March 9: 7:00 – 9:00PM
You’re invited to the first meeting of Hackforge’s DIY Audio Electronics Club! Open to members and the general public, the inaugural meetup will include:

  • First group project: headphone amplifier kit. Each participant will have the option to purchase and assemble the kit at a future meeting.
  • Demo of some DIY audio components

Facebook Event

Intro to HTML: Free Coding class for Women
Thursday, March 10: 6:30-8:30PM
Get the fundamentals down for this practical and simple coding language. This is a great introduction for anyone who wants to get started with code. Bring your laptop!

Computer Girls is coding classes for women by women. In partnership with Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST), these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.
Register here!

MEMBER DAY: Work Hard Play Hard
Saturday, March 12: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Every month, we invite our members to work together on a project. Our project for March is to help go through our 90s computer repair shop, otherwise known as the storage room. Together we’ll make the space a better place! Together we’ll eat some delicious pizza!

StartUp MeetUp
Tuesday, March 15: 6-8PM
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Facebook Event

Board Game Night
Wednesday, March 16: 6-9PM
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

Coding for Women: HTML & CSS
Thursday, March 24: 6:30-8:30PM
A match made in heaven! Come learn how to bring together these two programming languages into a functional, stylish way. Perfect for beginners. Bring your laptop to this free workshop.
Computer Girls is coding classes for women by women. In partnership with Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST), these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.
Register here!

Software Guild
Wednesday, March 30: 7-9PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

‘Tis the Season: December is Video Game Month


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.

Register here: http://codehackforge.eventbrite.ca
Facebook Event

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.

Facebook Event 

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.


Hackforge Summer Games Resource List

Here are some of the resources shared on Saturday’s launch of the Hackforge Summer Games contest. Share yours in the comments! 

Randy McGall’s List

Anthony Garreffa’s Game Loop Presentation & Materials

Doug Sartori’s Presentation & Code

HTML5 Game Development Resources by Jeff Szusz

Choosing an Engine

Other Resources

Popular Engines

Other resources 

Video game engines for young people ages 8 and up

Sell your game

Game Art Resources

Big thanks to Jessica Lowe and her computer science class in California for recommending this resource

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