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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!


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.


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