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‘Tis the Season: December is Video Game Month

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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.
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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
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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.

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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.

 


November Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)!
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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.
Rated: R
$10 admission with popcorn and pop. Members get in free! I’d buy that for a dollar!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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October At Hackforge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly Game Night: Horror Themed Board Games!
Wednesday, October 14 – 6PM – 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)!
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Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Roundtable
Wednesday, Oct 21 – 7PM
How is freelancing changing Windsor’s economy? What challenges and opportunities do freelancers face? Join this roundtable conversation with folks who’ve paid the rent freelancing, continuing our Rebooting Windsor series.
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Hackforge Movie Night: The Thing (1982)
Thursday, October 22 – 8PM
For October’s Movie Night, we’re showing the classic horror film about the dangers of a career in STEM. Directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell, The Thing takes place in a frozen research facility being slowly taken over by an alien terror.
$10 admission with popcorn and pop. Members get in free!
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Software Guild: Lightning Talks – Sign Up!
Wednesday, October 28 – 7PM
A Lightning Talk is a very short presentation – just five minutes – in which you’ll tell a story, share an idea, or teach us something. Want to give a Lightning Talk related to hacking, making, or working as a technical professional? Sign up here! You don’t have to be an expert – in fact, it’s common to share something you JUST learned!
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Spooky Scary October Maptime
Thursday, October 29 – 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!
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Software Guild: The Junior Developer’s Survival Guide

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Software Guild: Monthly Gathering of Programmers
Wednesday, September 30: 6:30-9:00 PM
6:30PM: Doors
7:00PM: James York’s “The Junior Developer’s Survival Guide” Talk
8:00PM: Hang Out

The Junior Developer’s Survival Guide
Are you new to the professional world of software development? Do you have new developers on your team? Are you wondering why college and the School of Hard Knocks did such a bad job preparing you to be a functional member of a high-performing team?

Take some advice from a former junior dev who has walked the path and learn to avoid rookie mistakes. Learn the skills employers value and how to get them. We will discuss quick return actions that can be undertaken immediately, as well as long term, slow-burn investments in your career.

This session will focus on technical and interpersonal advice to help make your first job search, entry-level hire, and first year as a developer go smoothly. A great career won’t just fall into your lap. It takes dedication, skill, persistence, and more than a little luck. Happily, we make our own luck.

Great for students and those new to the programming work world!

Bio:
James York is a musician-turned-software-developer who is like a knowledge TARDIS. He currently builds and teaches JavaScript curriculum for Grand Circus in Detroit, Mi. He has previously built web apps for cars, webapps for the … the web, and worked on an enterprise service bus, which even he has trouble describing.

Passionate about helping others find their way into software, James spends his spare time mentoring local software newbies and volunteering with Girl Develop It. He also co-founded a user group dedicated to software craftsmanship in downtown Detroit called the Detroit Craftsman Guild. He loves good chocolate chip cookies, bad kung fu movies, and is still waiting for Gandalf to invite him on an adventure.

 

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September Hackforge Events

 

Hackforge Movie Fundraiser: Spaceballs (1987)
Tuesday, September 8: 8PM
May the Schwartz be with you!
Spaceballs is Mel Brooks’ classic 80s sci-fi spoof.
10$ admission supports Hackforge and includes popcorn and pop. Free for Hackforge members!
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Board Game Night
RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, September 22nd – 6-9PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games. Beginners welcome.

StartUp Windsor
Wednesday, September 16: 6-9PM LOCATION CHANGED: 490 Pelissier
Come grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
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Open Data Windsor Essex Portal Launch
Tuesday, September 29 @ Hackforge
Exciting announcement and launch! Stay tuned.

Software Guild
Wednesday, September 30: 7-9PM
Monthly group for professional computer programmers.
Evening includes technical talks and networking.


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