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Hackforge Board Game Night – July 9th

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Thursday, July 9th, come down to Hackforge (255 Ouellette Ave) for a night of board games and card games from 6-10PM.

We’ll have a games like Smash Up, Small World, The Resistance, and more. We encourage you to bring your favourite game (that can be played in less than four hours).

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.

Hackforge Swap Trade at the New Space!

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Hackforge has moved to 255 Ouellette Ave and need to stock our new home. This Saturday, June 6th from 11AM – 3PM, we’re asking you for donations of tools, equipment, and electronics. Past the donations to Hackforge, come swap your items for parts and equipment others have brought in. This is a free event.

BRING a few items to donate (list below)
DONATE the item(s) to Hackforge
SWAP your tool/equipment/electronic for a different tool/equipment/electronic



  • Small form-factor laptops (no desktop computers or printers, please!)
  • Toolboxes
  • Webcams
  • multimeters
  • Test equipment
  • Soldering Irons
  • Power-supplies
  • Hand tools (gently used)
  • Light Power Tools (great condition)

Any kind of small equipment, tools, and electronics to swap, similar to the list above. Please DO NOT bring household items, clothing, books. Equipment, tools, and electronics ONLY.

Please email info@hackf.org if you would like to donate any of these items

  • sturdy stools (for the workbenches)
  • small wheeled cart, similar to the AV projector carts
  • Shelving
  • Laser cutter

Welcome to the New Hackforge



After much anticipation, We are proud to announce that Hackforge’s new home is now 255 Ouellette Ave!

Our communal workspace, or makerspace, was located in the front of the Windsor Public Library – Central Branch for the last two years.  This new space will allow us to better serve the public through our workshop, programming, and events.

Thanks to the generosity of Mark Boscariol, we’ve been able to acquire our new home at 255 Ouellette Ave. We would also like to thank MNSi Internet for providing Hackforge internet at no cost to us. Also, we appreciate the support of Bull Rush Studios for their donation of an overhead projector for the space.

We would also like to thank all the volunteers who have been instrumental and supportive during this period of relocation. Let’s start the next Hackforge chapter!

Join Us for June:

we will be setting up the new space and we invite you to come along for the ride. We are hosting events designed to get the new space off the ground and teach you in the process. We will be having regular drop-in hours as of July.


Move Out / Move In
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 10AM – 3PM
Help us move to the new space!
We need all hands on deck to bring over our equipment from the Library to 255 Ouellette.
If you’re able to help out by moving or driving, please let us know: info@hackf.org.

Equipment Swap
Saturday, June 6, 2015 – 11AM – 3PM
We need equipment and you need to clean out your garage!
We are looking for working equipment and parts to stock up our new space.
All extra parts and pieces will be up for grabs. Bring something, swap it!
We will be providing a suggested equipment list – stay tuned.

DIY Security System Talk and Workshop
Thursday, June 11, 2015 – 6PM – 8PM
Learn along with us as Hackforge sets up our security system.
This practical workshop, hosted by Doug Sartori, will walk you through
the DIY security camera setup based on ZoneMinder.

3D Print the Future!
Saturday, June 20, 2015 – 11AM – 3PM
Wonder how 3D printers print? Bring along the whole family to see the machines at work,
ask questions to Hackforge members, and interact with 3D creations.
This open house will include activities and crafts for kids.

Software Craftsman Guild
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – 7PM – 9PM
The group for computer programmers is coming home to the new Hackforge.
Join them for an hour of coding and socializing from 7-8PM
and then watch two technical talks on the finer points of programming for the last hour.


Check out below for more details on how the launch went!


Software Guild Returns May 20th

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Revamped and renewed for Spring, the Craftsman Software Guild is back and ready to go. Join the group for computer programmers on Wednesday, May 20th from 7-9PM. The Guild is meeting at a new location, upstairs at Cafe March 21 Bean n Leaf at 480 Pelissier Street, downtown Windsor.

7:00 – 8:00PM – Hack n’ Hang
8:00 – 9:00PM – Talks for Techs

Randy Topliffe Presents “Cat.gif: How to Make Your Cat Internet Famous”
Walk through the programming steps of converting video into awesome gifs by using VLC to take screenshots and working with subtitle files to add text. Randy will be your guide to understanding the process of creating the next viral .gif sensation.
Nerd Meter: Intermediate

Anthony Garreffa Presents “JavaScript: The Fun Parts”
This will be a beginner to intermediate talk about the JavaScript language. It will be a discussion on the parts of the language that defy intuition, but lend to the expressiveness of JavaScript.
Nerd Meter: Beginner – Intermediate

Hackforge is Hiring: IT Outreach Coordinator


IT Outreach Coordinator
Job Type: Part-time (8 hours per week)

Hackforge’s IT Outreach program works with Windsor-Essex nonprofits to solve their technical issues. The IT Outreach Coordinator would assess these projects, create work orders, and then help a beginner IT worker to complete the project and follow up.

Some examples of specific projects for local organizations: refurbishing computer labs, RFID swipe­card door-­entry systems, website development, social media literacy.

Job description:

  • Search out nonprofits in need of a technological problem that needs solving
  • Assess the potential projects and create work orders
  • Help find workers to complete projects and survey their work
  • Assess the final outcome and create a report
  • Promote the IT Outreach projects through social media


  • A background (academic or professional) in computer analysis or electronics
  • Experience working independently and taking initiative
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
  • Customer service experience would be an asset

Please send a cover letter and résumé to info@hackf.org with the subject line “IT Outreach Coordinator” by midnight, February 27th.



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