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June at Hackforge

🔨👩‍🎨 Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake): Maker Meetup Thursdays
Thursdays @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Do you make stuff with your hands and like to hangout with those that do too? Come out to Hackforge on Thursdays at 7PM to meet with other makers, work on your project, or get inspired.

What is a maker? A maker is a person who likes to build and craft things with their hands and minds. It could be with electronics, 3d printers, art or just simply crafting with beads.

🖥 ☁ AWS (Amazon Web Services) Users Group
Saturday, June 9 @ 9AM Facebook | Meetup

Protect Your Cloud Resources: AWS Identity and Access Management

Manage fine-grained access to AWS services and resources securely by learning IAM service. Learn how to grant other people permission to administer and use resources in your AWS account. Grant permissions to your applications running on Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances to interact with other AWS services securely.

IAM is a fundamental cloud service and it’s a great place to start learning the cloud. We operate at intersection of DevSecOps and will kick off the meetup by going over DevSecOps practices in the cloud. AWS is secure by default and we will share the best IAM practices to stay secure in the cloud.

Presenters: Brandon Wells and Goran Karmisevic of ZoomZoom Cloud Inc.

📋 🗂 Project Management Group
Monday, June 18 @ 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.

🖼💻 Museum Technology Users Group
Thursday, June 21 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Co-organized with the South Western Ontario Heritage Council (SWOHC) called the Museum Technology User Group, this meet-up is for arts, culture and heritage sector workers who would like to learn more about technology and its applications in galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and heritage organizations. The group will meet to discuss tools and how to use them, what resources are available and even explore hands-on activities.

This month’s topic is Digitizing. Possible points of discussion include best practices around digitizing archival materials, indexing digital content, text-recognition including indigenous languages, and managing digital-born artefacts.
Members of Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake) who normally use the space on Thursdays are invited to join us.
We are seeking facilitators to share best practices or experiences around this topic. If you have expertise and/or can lead a hands-on activity on the 21st, please contact Candace at candace.nast@gmail.com

🎲 Board Game Night
Friday, June 22 @ 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: BYOB (Bring your Own Book)
Monday, June 25 @ 7PM Tuesday, June 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!

⚡Lightning Talks (Software Guild & .NET Developers Group)⚡
Wednesday, June 27 @ 6:30pm Facebook | Meetup

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. You don’t have to be an expert – in fact, it’s common to share something you JUST learned!

Want to give a Lightning Talk related to hacking, making, or working as a technical professional? Reply to this email answering 1) What is the title of your talk 2) What’s your five-minute talk about?

TechBoost Workshops in June

Generously funded by a Libro Credit Union Prosperity Grant, The TechBoost Program supports the growth and development of small businesses in Windsor-Essex by providing affordable training in information technology tools and products for business. TechBoost is an initiative of Hackforge, supported by the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.

TechBoost: Understanding Hardware and Software Solutions
Tuesday, June 19 @ 5:30PM Register | Facebook

Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch
5950 Malden Road, Windsor, Ontario

Do you need help understanding the available hardware and software solutions that would improve your business processes? Do you have a working business process but want to see if there’s a more efficient way to accomplish similar or better results? This workshop, part of the TechBoost Program, is for owners or employees of small business to increase their understanding of the types of hardware and software solutions that small businesses use to create, manage, and improve the way their businesses work.

Facebook Marketing 101 for Business
Wednesday June 20 @ 5:30pm Register | Facebook
Libro Credit Union – Belle River Branch
441 Notre Dame St, Belle River, Ontario

Not sure what to be posting on Facebook? Or further… How to create that content? Looking for an easy way to find clients online? By the end of this workshop, participants will have a series of content ideas for their own social media marketing, the tools to create this content and a clear plan on how to utilize Facebook to grow their business and clientele.
 
TechBoost: Up and Running with Shopify
Wednesday, June 27 @ 5:30pm  Register | Facebook
Libro Credit Union – Belle River Branch
441 Notre Dame St, Belle River, Ontario

Does the idea of setting up your online store seem way too time-consuming? Are you worried you might not set up your online store correctly? Do you want a rundown of how to get your store up and running and how to maximize the features available on Shopify? By the end of this workshop, you’ll have your Shopify account set up and know how to choose a theme, customize your theme, add products and manage shipping.


May at Hackforge

Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake): Maker Meetup Thursdays
Thursdays @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Do you make stuff with your hands and like to hangout with those that do too? Come out to Hackforge on Thursdays at 7PM to meet with other makers, work on your project, or get inspired.

What is a maker? A maker is a person who likes to build and craft things with their hands and minds. It could be with electronics, 3d printers, art or just simply crafting with beads.

TechBoost: Cyber Security for Small Business
Wednesday, May 9 @ 9AM Register | Facebook
Institute for Border Logistics and Security | 3475 Wheelton Dr

Do you worry that your business is not as secure as it could be? Do you need to hire a security consultant and want to know what to ask for? Do you want to be prepared in the event of a security breach? By the end of this workshop, you’ll understand what parts of your business you need to protect, what are the risks and and threats, and how to identify and monitor tools to address these threats. You’ll come away with some steps you can take to make your business more secure.

AWS (Amazon Web Services) Users Group
Wednesday, May 9 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Amazon Web Services Free Tier – DevOps and Serverless and Infrastructure, Oh My!

Who ever said there is no such thing as a free lunch?  This month, the AWS Users Group will be providing a high level tour of the 120+ services available on Amazon Web Services.  Bring your own laptop, and we’ll follow up by assisting you with setting up your own accounts to take advantage of virtual machines, serverless code, database and storage FREE for one year from Amazon!

Presenters: Paul Camilleri of itworkshop.ca and Goran Karmisevic of ZoomZoom Cloud Inc.

Museum Technology Users Group
Tuesday, May 15 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Hackforge is pleased to introduce a new users group co-organized with the South Western Ontario Heritage Council (SWOHC) called the Museum Technology User Group. This meet-up is for arts, culture and heritage sector workers who would like to learn more about technology and its applications in galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and heritage organizations. The group will meet to discuss tools and how to use them, what resources are available and even explore hands-on activities. The group is open to any level of familiarity with technology. Examples of meet-up topics will range from email, social strategy, email newsletters, Raspberry Pis and other micro-computers, collection APIs, interactive exhibits, mobile tours and more.

For more information about SWOHC, visit https://swohc.github.io.

TechBoost: Building Simple Websites for Small Business
Wednesday, May 16 @ 9AM Register | Facebook
Institute for Border Logistics and Security, 3475 Wheelton Dr, Windsor, Ontario

Do you need to create a website for your business, but not sure what platform or service to use? Have you heard about WordPress, or even tried it and feel overwhelmed by what’s involved? Do you have an out-of-date website and want to update it with a fresh and elegant design? This workshop will help you to determine what you want a website to do for your business. It will also explore the options to build it yourself or to engage professionals.

Board Game Night
Friday, May 18 @ 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.

Hangin’ with a Hacker – This is How I Hack You
Tuesday, May 22 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup
Presenter: Frank Fazio, CySAT, http://www.cySAT.net

Hackers find it easier to hack humans rather than large computer systems and networks. Join Frank as he shows you some of the ways hackers target you through social engineering tactics. Topics will include top hacking methods that range from what you throw out to what you post online, what you click, what you plug in, and how a hacker can crack your password.

Frank Fazio has been exposing hacking techniques for many years through his company CySAT  (Cyber Security Awareness Training) and has had the privilege of presenting to the Windsor Police / OMRON, Town of Oakville and to many CAOs across Windsor & Essex County. He has a degree in Computer Science and is certified in Incident Response & Advanced Forensics. Over the last 30 years, Frank has held positions in computer programming, database administration and cyber security.

 

Project Management Group x ASQ Windsor Meetup
Thursday, May 24 @ 6PM Facebook | Meetup
Fogolar Furlan Windsor, 1800 N Service Rd, Windsor, ON N8W 1Y3

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 May, the Hackforge PM group will partner with ASQ Windsor and have our monthly meeting on May 24 at the Fogolar Club. Starting at 6 pm with dinner and followed by a presentation on Program Management by Joe Malec. Joe Malec is a Senior Program Manager for North America with Arcelor Mittal USA.This is an excellent networking and professional development opportunity!

For more details and registration, go to: http://www.asqwindsor.ca/event-15/membership-meeting-5-2018

Book Club: BYOB (Bring your Own Book)
Tuesday, May 29 @ 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!

TechBoost: Up and Running with Shopify
Wednesday, May 30 @ 9AM Register | Facebook
Institute for Border Logistics and Security, 3475 Wheelton Dr, Windsor, Ontario

Does the idea of setting up your online store seem way too time-consuming? Are you worried you might not set up your online store correctly? Do you want a rundown of how to get your store up and running and how to maximize the features available on Shopify? By the end of this workshop, you’ll have your Shopify account set up and know how to choose a theme, customize your theme, add products and manage shipping.

.NET Developers Group
Symbols, Iterators, & Async Iterators: Leveling up your JavaScript
Wednesday, May 30 @ 6:30PM Facebook | Meetup

You will be learning the advantages of the primitive data type Symbol, how to create your very own Iterators & Generators, and everything you need to know about the up and coming, Async Iterator.

Social Coding
Wednesday, May 30 @ 7:30PM  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.

TechBoost: Understanding Hardware and Software Solutions
Thursday, May 31 @ 5:30PM Register | Facebook
Libro Community Centre, 1925 South Middle Road, South Woodslee, Ontario

Do you need help understanding the available hardware and software solutions that would improve your business processes? Do you have a working business process but want to see if there’s a more efficient way to accomplish similar or better results? This workshop, part of the TechBoost Program, is for owners or employees of small business to increase their understanding of the types of hardware and software solutions that small businesses use to create, manage, and improve the way their businesses work.


April at Hackforge

Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake)
Thursdays at 7PM | Facebook | Meetup

Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake) welcomes Hackforge Members and the general public to come in and tinker with any project you personally have or discover what we have hidden away that can be used for something cool.

What is a maker? A maker is a person who likes to build and craft things with their hands and minds. It could be with electronics, 3d printers, or just simply crafting with beads.

Do you want to show off something? Bring it in!

3D Printer Club: Endstops, Magnetic Build Plates, and PrintDry Overview
Saturday, April 7 @ 1PM | Facebook | Meetup

Join us for our first meeting of the spring!

We will be discussing the various types of sensors used for endstops on printers. There are more than half a dozen types used for sensing the build plate and can help with bed misalignment. We will be touching on induction sensors, capacitive sensors, retractable sensors (BL Touch), micro-switch, magnetic (Hall effect), piezo-electric disc, and infrared.

We will also be showing a BuildTak FlexPlate which is a convenient way to magnetically attach the printing surface during the print, and remove afterwards for easier parts removal.

The PrintDry filament drier is back, and it has brought some of its filament containers along with it. We will be discussing the problem of filament absorbing water.

We will also be showing some photos taken last month at the Midwest RepRap Festival in Goshen, IN.

Please join us, and bring any questions you have!

TechBoost: Content Marketing & Client Prospecting 101
Wednesday, April 11 @ 9AM | Register | Facebook
Institute for Border Logistics and Security | 3475 Wheelton Dr

Not sure what to be posting on Facebook? Or further… How to create that content? Looking for an easy way to find clients online? By the end of this workshop, participants will have a series of content ideas for their own social media marketing, the tools to create this content and a clear plan on how to utilize LinkedIn to grow their business and clientele.

Movie Night: Ghost World
Friday, April 13 @ 8PM

Set during the summer after they graduate from high school, two ultra-hip friends, Enid and Becky fear drifting apart when Enid considers moving across the country to attend college. When Enid develops an attraction to offbeat Seymour and Becky sets her sights on Josh – on whom both girls have a crush – their friendship is forever changed.

Project Management Group
Monday, April 16 @ 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. This month, in the light of the recent Facebook data leak, we’re asking ‘How do we manage our personal data on the internet?’ and ‘What kind of online footprint we are willingly or unwillingly leaving?’

TechBoost: Understanding Hardware and Software Solutions
Wednesday, April 18 @ 9AM Register | Facebook
Institute for Border Logistics and Security | 3475 Wheelton Dr

Do you need help understanding the available hardware and software solutions that would improve your business processes? Do you have a working business process but want to see if there’s a more efficient way to accomplish similar or better results? This workshop, part of the TechBoost Program, is for owners or employees of small business to increase their understanding of the types of hardware and software solutions that small businesses use to create, manage, and improve the way their businesses work.

Board Game Night
Friday, April 20 @ 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: BYOB (Bring your Own Book)
Tuesday, April 24 @ 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!

TechBoost: Office Automation with Google Apps
Wednesday, April 25 @ 9AM Register | Facebook
Institute for Border Logistics and Security | 3475 Wheelton Dr

Do you need a more efficient and affordable way to manage your business’s files, calendar, and customers? Do you need flexible tools to collaborate with your team in real-time? Do you want to be able to access your company’s tools and data anywhere, anytime and on any device? This workshop, part of the TechBoost Program, is for owners or employees of small business who want to know what G-Suite is, what tools and products are available and ways you can utilize the best ones to automate and enhance your business processes.

.NET Developers Group: Blazor Framework
Wednesday, April 25 @ 6:30PM | Facebook | Meetup

This month at the .NET Developers Group, we’re showing off Blazor. Blazor is an experimental .NET web framework using C#/Razor and HTML that runs in the browser with WebAssembly. For more information, see https://github.com/aspnet/Blazor.

Social Coding
Wednesday, April 25 @ 7:30PM | 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.


Hackforge Annual General Meeting Agenda

Hey Everyone! This is a reminder that at 7:00pm on TuesdayMarch 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.

Agenda:
1. Call to Order
2. Adoption of Agenda
3. Report of Officers:
a) President’s Report to the Members
b) Treasurer’s Report
4. Staff and Committee Reports:
c) TechBoost Coordinator Report
5. Election of Officers
6. Adjournment

We hope to see all of our members there tomorrow!


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!


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