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Hack the Afternoon: Map the River Walk with Photos


Saturday, February 27th, join Hackforge (255 Ouellette Ave) from 2-5PM for a Hack the Afternoon. A free workshop forbeginners to pros, learn how to map Windsor’s Riverfront Sculpture Park walk. We’re creating a map full of photos (personal and archival) that explore Windsor’s Detroit River walk in a visual, interactive way.

Beginners: Learn how to customize Google Maps with photo mapping for your future vacations or other projects.

Developers: Dig deeper with how to manipulate map data in different formats and use it in your project. We’ll be working with QGIS and moving mapping data between various platforms.

What to Bring: Laptop, any photos you have (digital or physical) of the Sculpture Park, riverfront trail or shoreline to contribute to put in on the map.

Share your photos electronically with Hackforge (@Hackforge).

Hack the Afternoon is in collaboration with the City of Windsor, in preparation for the 2016 w.a.v.e.s. Festival. This event is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation through Open Data Windsor Essex.

w.a.v.e.s. (Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) is a two-day festival connecting communities through waves

Facebook Event Here


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February Events

The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria


Hackforge Member Meeting
Tuesday, February 2: 6-7PM
At this meeting, we will be discussing ongoing projects, desired programming, the space, volunteering opportunities, and more.
Hackforge Members Only.

Computer Girls: Intro to CSS
Monday, February 8: 6:30-8:30PM
Get stylin’ with CSS! This styling sheet language works with HTML to bring design, layout, and variation of display. This class is designed for professional women, created by and taught by women.
More Information

w.a.v.e.s Festival Info Session for Makers and Artists
February 10: 4:30 – 6:30PM
Hackforge, in partnership with the City of Windsor, hosts a free drop-in information session for makers and artists applying to w.a.v.e.s Festival 2016.
The session will cover how to apply for funding for installations and projects, creative examples from w.a.v.e.s 2014 and questions and answers from the festival organizer. Deadline for application is March 31st.
Facebook Event

StartUp MeetUp
Tuesday, February 16: 6-8PM
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Check them out on Facebook

Board Game Night
Wednesday, February 17: 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

SOLD OUT: Intro to Ardunio Workshop Encore
Sunday, Febraury 21: 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.

Computer Girls: Intro to JavaScript
Monday, February 22: 6:30-8:30PM
JavaScript is the language of the web. Get to know this practical computer programming language with this class for women by women.
Register Here

Software Guild
Wednesday, February 24: 7-9PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

Hack the Afternoon: Map the Riverfront
Rescheduled// February 27: 2-5PM
A digital maps tutorial for beginners based on mapping sites and photos along the Windsor waterfront using Google Maps.
Facebook Event

‘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.


Mentors Wanted! WindsorDetroit Hacking Health



May 1-3rd 2015, the first cross-border Hacking Health in the world takes place. This competition breaks down barriers to healthcare innovation by bringing together IT and healthcare professionals across the US-Canada border to collaborate, dream up & design apps for patient-centric care.

Windsor-Detroit Hacking Health will be held at Tech Town Detroit – an innovation hub just five minutes from the border. Hackforge is proud to be part of the Hacking Health Team.

Currently, Hacking Health is looking for mentors. If you’re a professional developer with the heart of a coach, register now. If you’re also interested in participating, you can register below as well.

Register here.


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Budget, Bus, Beach, and Vote: Press Play Wraps Up


Sunday, February 22nd wrapped up the weeklong Press Play: Data-Journalism Hackathon at the downtown Green Bean Cafe. Four teams, made up of St. Clair College and University of Windsor students, created four different interactive visualizations about Windsor data.

In honour of Open Data Day, we challenged teams to take on open Windsor Data. Our overall winning team, Cornelius and Clara, visualized the distance to bus stops around Windsor and the barriers it creates. Lauren and Akindele, winning Best Piece of Journalism, went around town to challenge Windsorites to understand the budget and imagined a more interactive, clear version. Best Use of Windsor Data went to Zule and Steven, who broke down election statistics from the last municipal election by number and area. And finally, Most Creative Project went to Amanda and hackathon veteran, Meghan for their exploration of accessibly to local tourist attractions by bus or bike.

Best Overall Team:
Cornelius Froese & Clara Benedek
“Transportation in Windsor”

Best Piece of Journalism:
Lauren Hedges & Akindele Faulkner
“Visualizing Windsor’s Annual Budget”

Best Use of Windsor Data:
Steven Espinoza & Zule Li
“Election Web: Windsor Municipal Election 2014”

Most Creative Project:
Meghan O’Donnell & Amanda Sinasac
“Can We Bus it to the Beach?”

Thanks to our judges: Blake Roberts, Don McArthur, Aisling Douglas, and Bob Price.

Press Play was created with support from EPICentre, Open Data Windsor Essex, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) and WEtech Alliance.





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