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March at Hackforge

A Research Primer for the Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Thursday, March 8 2PM–5PM | Facebook | Meetup
SOCA Digital Media Lab (Room AM-B32), Armouries Building, 37 University Ave.

Join us at the University of Windsor School of Creative Art’s new space in the Armouries building for an information session that will help kickstart your research in preparation to edit Wikipedia at our Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday, March 27. We’ll be going over how to create accounts and user pages, make edits and how to do preliminary research. Leddy Library has offered their online research materials to help with improving the content of women in the arts on Wikipedia.

AWS Users Group
Deploy Code Like a Boss: Blue Green Deployments
Saturday, March 10 @ 8:30AM Facebook | Meetup

Let’s eliminate risk and outages associated with deploying new code into production environments. Blue Green Deployments take the stress out of the code deployment process and allow for easy backouts.  Live demo of an automated blue green code deployment on AWS cloud.

Build a Dream Technopreneur March Break Camp
Monday March 12 – Friday March 16 | Register

Build a Dream and Hackforge are excited to introduce TechnoPreneur Camp for girls in grade 9-12. Technopreneur is for girls who are interested in learning how to create a website, start a business and learn about technology and entrepreneurship.

Campers will experience an inspirational filled week brainstorming innovative ideas, learning how to code, meeting female role models and exploring a variety of career opportunities.This camp is FREE and it includes lunch everyday! If you know anyone who would be interested, please share!

Hackforge Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, March 13 @ 7PM | Facebook | More Info

Windsor Hackforge will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7PM at 255 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario. At this meeting, all members deemed to be in good standing (up to date with member dues) as of March 1st, 2018 are eligible to vote in the election of Directors and Volunteer Representatives.

 

Movie Night: Alien vs. Predator
Friday, March 16 @ 8PM

Thanks to a generous donation by Mark Boscariol, we have a brand new sound system and we want to give it a good ol’ test drive by screening Alien vs. Predator.

Project Management Group
Monday, March 19 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

How do you manage customer expectations?

Doug Sartori, consultant and owner of Parallel 42, an IT consulting firm in Windsor, has a breadth of knowledge dealing with customers and managing their expectations, for better or for worse! We’re excited to have him as a guest speaker and share his experiences with us.

 

Board Game Night
Friday, March 23 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us for some of our favourite board games, or bring your own! Come on in and we’ll get you set up with a game and a group to play with as soon as there’s an opening. This event is open to anyone and the earlier you arrive the quicker you’ll get into a group playing a game.

Windsor Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Saturday, March 24 11AM – 5PM Eventbrite | Facebook | Meetup

Windsor Hackforge, Arts Council Windsor & Region and the University of Windsor School of Creative Arts invite people of all gender identities to take part in Windsor, Ontario’s Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is an event dedicated to improving the representation of women on Wikipedia and provide a free teaching session for editing and contributing to Wikipedia.

Book Club: BYOB (Bring your Own Book)
Tuesday, March 27Monday, March 26 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Come to our group and tell us about the book you’ve been reading, why you’re enjoying it, and why you think others should read it too!

 

Software Guild & .NET Developers Group
Developer Workshop: Learn Git Together
Wednesday, March 28 @ 6:30PM | Facebook | Meetup

If you write code for fun or profit, using a source code management tool like Git can make your life a lot less painful. We’ll tell you what Git is, why it’s so important and useful, and then we’ll go step by step through the exercises in an interactive git tutorial by the folks behind Nodeschool.io. You could do the tutorial on your own at home, but come out to Hackforge and our friendly developer mentors will explain concepts in more detail and help you if you get stuck. Bring your own laptop!

Electronics Club
Saturday, March 31 @ 1PM | Facebook | Meetup

The purpose of the Electronics Club is to bring electronics hobbyists (a naturally solitary breed) and professionals (few and far between in Windsor) together for knowledge sharing and social engagement. Nik Steel is cooking up something cool for this month. Don’t miss it!


Notice of Hackforge Annual General Meeting – March 13, 2018

Notice of Annual General Meeting

At 7:00 pm on March 13, 2018, Windsor Hackforge will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 255 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario.

At this meeting, all members deemed to be in good standing (up to date with member dues) as of March 1st, 2018 are eligible to vote in the election of Directors and Volunteer Representatives.

Intents to stand as a Director or Volunteer Representative must be submitted to the Returning Officer for this election: President of the Board of Directors, Katie Facecchia. Intents must be filed via electronic mail to the Board of Directors email address: directors@hackf.org. Intents should include a covering letter to the Nomination Committee. Please include a preferred contact method, in case the Committee needs further information.

The Nomination Committee will carefully consider all intents filed and prepare a ballot for voting by members at the AGM.

There are two open Director positions up for election.

If insufficient intents are filed by the deadline, or if the Nomination Committee’s choices do not fill the ballot, nominations will be taken from the floor at the AGM.

The meeting agenda, and any other required materials, will be distributed to members at least 48 hours prior to the AGM.


February at Hackforge

Project Management Group 
Monday, February 19 @ 7PM | Facebook | Meetup

This group is for all professionals from any industry, and business owners to come together and exchange ideas and good practices ​in Project Management, Agile Product Development and Process Improvement, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. For February, Steve Perpich will present deux use cases of good and bad project management.

Steve has over 30 years experience in the industry and is a professional Project Manager with Beyond Blue Aerospace, as well as Account Manager for FBA.

Board Game Night
Friday, February 23 @ 7PM | Facebook | Meetup

Join us for some of our favourite board games, or bring your own! Come on in and we’ll get you set up with a game and a group to play with as soon as there’s an opening. This event is open to anyone and the earlier you arrive the quicker you’ll get into a group playing a game.

Book Club: Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
Tuesday, February 27 @ 7PM | Facebook | Meetup

We covered chapters 1 through 11 of Too Like The Lightning in January – in February we continue at our leisurely pace. Join us, catch up, and we’ll talk about the next chunk of the book.

Goodreads says, “Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer – a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world’s population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.

And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destablize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life…”

Pick it up at Chapters/Indigo, Pick it up at Amazon or get the Audiobook through Audible.

Software Guild: Lean Coffee
Wednesday, February 28 @ 6:30PM | Facebook | Meetup

Join the Software Guild and .Net Developers for an epic Lean Coffee – you’ll brainstorm programming or industry related topics YOU want to talk about, and we’ll shred through them in a rapid, structured discussion. Bring your favourite hot beverage.


January at Hackforge

3D Printer Club: RepRap Wilson 2 Assembly Demo
Saturday, January 6 @ 11:45 AM | Facebook | Meetup

Please join us this Saturday, January 6 at 11:45am to see the beginning stages of the assembly of a 3D Printer Kit. Led by Jeffrey Drake, the 3D Printer Club welcomes you to an afternoon showing how the RepRap Wilson 2 Kit is assembled. The kits are available online for about $500.00 USD.

Check out details about the RepRap Wilson 2 Kit here:
https://www.tindie.com/products/mjrice/reprap-wilson-ii-complete-3d-printer-kit/

Social Coding
Wednesday, January 10 @ 7 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Come on out with your laptop, bring a project or a tutorial to work on, and write some code in social presence with your fellow Hackforgers. If you need a hand or some guidance, mentors will be there to lend a hand.

Board Game Night
Friday, January 19 @ 7 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Join us for some of our favourite board games, or bring your own! Come on in and we’ll get you set up with a game and a group to play with as soon as there’s an opening. This event is open to anyone and the earlier you arrive the quicker you’ll get into a group playing a game.

Electronics Club: Colourful Lights
Saturday, January 20 @ 1 PM | Facebook | Meetup

The holidays may be over but the lights don’t have to stop! We have some addressable LED light strips. Let’s make ’em shine and experiment with different lighting effects. Feel free to bring your own Arduino and a laptop. A few will be available for use. All experience levels welcome!

Project Management Group 
Monday, January 22 @ 7 PM | Facebook | Meetup

This group is for all professionals from any industry, and business owners tocome together and exchange ideas and good practices ​in Project Management, Agile Product Development and Process Improvement, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Tech Talk: AI for Zero-Sum Games 
Monday, January 29, 2018 @ 7PM | Facebook | Meetup

This month, Doug Sartori is delivering the first in a short series covering classic AI algorithms with ‘AI for Zero-Sum Games’.

Book Club: Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer
Tuesday, January 30 @ 7 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Read Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, and join us at this event to chat about it!

Goodreads says, “Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer – a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world’s population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.

And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destablize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life…”

Pick it up at Chapters/Indigo, Pick it up at Amazon or get the Audiobook through Audible.

Software Guild: React & Angular
Wednesday, January 31 @ 6:30 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Angular and React are two very popular and powerful Javascript frameworks that allow you to organize your Javascript code better.

In this tech talk John Haldeman will show side-by-side examples of both Angular and React from two of his side projects. Attend the talk to see where the frameworks do things similarly and where they differ.

Windsor-Essex .NET Developers: Building Distributed Systems with Orleans
Wednesday, January 31 @ 6:30 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Come out and learn about building cloud applications using virtual actors using the Microsoft Orleans framework, presented by Windsor-Essex .NET Developers.

Orleans is a framework that provides a straightforward approach to building distributed high-scale computing applications, without the need to learn and apply complex concurrency or other scaling patterns. It was created by Microsoft Research and designed for use in the cloud.

Orleans has been used extensively in Microsoft Azure by several Microsoft product groups, most notably by 343 Industries as a platform for all of Halo 4 and Halo 5 cloud services, as well as by a growing number of other companies.

Food: We will have food (usually pizza & soda) for free. Thank you to Microsoft for being a financial sponsor.

Giveaways: JetBrains! We will be giving away a 1 year license to any JetBrains IDE or Tool. Thank you JetBrains for the support.

Networking: Feel free to join us afterwards at Craftheads for some refreshments while talking shop and socializing.

Contact: Derek Comartin (derek@codeopinion.com)

Cost: Free (Open to the public). Feel free to invite a friend!


December at Hackforge

Makers Meetup: Metal Engraving and 3D Model Finishing
Wednesday, December 13 @ 7 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Meet up with local Makers for a double header presentation! Paul Anderson will demonstrate and talk about his metal engraving hobby, and Jeffrey Drake will show some initial stages of finishing 3d printed models.

Board Game Night
Friday, December 15 @ 7 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Join us for some of our favourite board games, or bring your own! Come on in and we’ll get you set up with a game and a group to play with as soon as there’s an opening. This event is open to anyone and the earlier you arrive the quicker you’ll get into a group playing a game.

Book Club: The Man In The High Castle, Phillip K. Dick  
Tuesday, December 19 @ 7 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Originally scheduled for November, but moved to December to give everyone more time to read the book.

Read The The Man In The High Castle, by Phillip K. Dick, and join us at this event to chat about it!

Goodreads says, “It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war, and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.”

Pick it up at Chapters/Indigo, Pick it up at Amazon or get the Audiobook through Audible.

Windsor Essex .Net Developers
Wednesday, December 27 @ 6:30 PM | Facebook | Meetup

Topic TBA, but you can bet it’ll be good. Derek always has some great talks lined up! Feel free to join everyone afterwards for some refreshments while talking shop and socializing, too! Check out the Facebook event to get updates on the topic.

Taking a Holiday

The following monthly meet-ups are taking a break in December, but will be back in January:

  • Software Guild (Talk Night and Social Coding)
  • Electronics Club
  • Project Management Interest Group
  • AWS Users Group
  • Border City Data

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