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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

June at Hackforge

.Net Get-Together
Tuesday, June 7: 6:00PM
Introduction to why this group was created and what our focus and goals are. Preview and discussion around .NET Core and ASP.NET Core. Explore the use of .NET for building and deploying applications on any platform. The focus will be on the various .NET Platforms (Full Framework, Core, Mono), OSS libraries and various development concepts.
Facebook Event Here

DIY Audio Electronics Group: Vacuum Tubes
Wednesday, June 8: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Join us for the last DIY Audio group meetup before the summer break and take a step back in time to when the vacuum tube was king. Host Rob Caruso will doing an introduction to tube theory and operation and HF member Randy Topliffe will be demoing his audio setup which includes a Raspberry Pi, a Schiit DAC & tube based head phone amplifier.
Bring an audio source (phone/tablet/etc) and earbuds or headphones to experience the tube amplifier for yourself.
Facebook Event Here

Open Code Night
Thursday, June 9: 7:00 – 9:00PM
Working on a project? Need to bounce ideas off other programmers? Bring your laptop and get coding!
Facebook Event Here

Board Game Night
Thursday, June 16: 6:00 – 10:00PM
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.

Windsor Drone Corps: Drone Build
Friday, June 17: 6:00 – 8:00PM
Got a drone you’re working on? Come down to Hackforge and join the build. Meet some new drone friends and learn more about the exciting technology.

Intro to HTML: Coding Class for Women
Thursday, April 7th: 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) and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, these classes are taught by female professional computer programmers with the aim to get more women interested in coding.
Register Here

Electronics Club
Saturday, June 25: 1-3PM
Join the club for those who love electronics and take part in an afternoon activity.

Order of the Indie Game Developers
Tuesday, June 28: 7:00 – 9:00PM
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.

Software Guild:
Wednesday, June 29: 7:00 – 9:00PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

* StartUp MeetUp is on hiatus for the summer!

The IT Outreach Project is looking for you!



Funded through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the IT Outreach Projects matches tech workers with community organizations in need of help. These are small projects (networking, web development, web content) are completed in 30 hours or less.


  • Background, education or strong interest in technology
  • Experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, or MySQL
  • Experience with Worpress, Weebly, Squarespace, or some other CMS would be a plus

If you are interested in giving back to the community while getting more paid work experience, email the IT Outreach Coordinator, Shawn Daichendt [shawn.daichendt@gmail.com] with your resume.



Introducing New IT Outreach Coordinator: Shawn Daichendt

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Hackforge is pleased to introduce Shawn Daichendt as our new IT Outreach Coordinator. Shawn has been an active member of Hackforge for the past year. You might know him as the founder and host of StartUp Windsor, a group for entrepreneurs which meets monthly at Hackforge.

Shawn has worked as a software developer for eight years in a variety of business environments, from small mobile start ups to international development firms. He first got interested in IT while studying to be a paramedic; “the experience left me with wanting to use IT to help others.” He loves to learn and use bleeding-edge software tools and frameworks.

Interested in game studies and its application in society to solve today’s challenge problems, Shawn also loves music, pop culture, philosophy, alien conspiracies.

The IT Outreach Initiative helps non-profits access technology and employs up-and-coming tech workers in these small stipend projects. This is a project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The baton for this project has been passed by Derek Richard who is now working full-time at Cypher Systems.



Freelancer October Brings Celebration and Support


Continuing the Rebooting Windsor series, Hackforge and WEtech Alliance are hosting two events in October to highlight and support the work of freelancers in Windsor.

First, “Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Panel” on October 21st will discuss on how self-employment is changing our local economy. This discussion will be held at the downtown Green Bean Cafe from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Then, October 27th at Hackforge, a night of practical advice with “Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer.

The panelists for the October 21st Freelancer Panel include Ward 4 Councillor, Chris Holt; WEtech President and CEO, Yvonne Pilon; and local visual artist Greg Maxwell. The panel will be moderated by Hackforge President, Doug Sartori. They will be discussing self-employment, the advent of the Gig Economy, and how Windsor can better support this type of worker.

Tuesday, October 27th, Hackforge, in partnership with WEtech, will be hosting a companion event, “Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer” from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Hackforge (255 Ouellette). For the first hour, Beth Anne Turnovan, Manager of Counselling & Employee Assistance Program from Family Services Windsor Essex, will be hosting a talk on stress management and work/life balance for self-employed workers. The next hour will feature an informal “Ask a Freelancer” session, where a group of seasoned freelancers will answer practical questions from the audience and Twitter about the challenges of Freelancing.

The Rebooting Windsor series aims to highlight the changing Windsor economy and culture with a special emphasis on technology. While these events are great for tech based workers, they are general in topic.

The October 21st “Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Panel” is free to the public. Light snacks will be provided thanks to the support of WEtech. ““Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer” will be $10 admission or free for Hackforge or WEtech members.


Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Panel
Downtown Green Bean Cafe (300 Ouellette Ave)
Wednesday, October 21: 7-9PM
Facebook Event

Freelancer Toolkit: Self-Employed Self-Care / ‘Ask a Freelancer’
Hackforge (255 Ouellette)
Tuesday, October 27: 6-8PM
Facebook Event



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