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February Events

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Hackforge Member Meeting
Tuesday, February 2: 6-7PM
At this meeting, we will be discussing ongoing projects, desired programming, the space, volunteering opportunities, and more.
Hackforge Members Only.

Computer Girls: Intro to CSS
Monday, February 8: 6:30-8:30PM
Get stylin’ with CSS! This styling sheet language works with HTML to bring design, layout, and variation of display. This class is designed for professional women, created by and taught by women.
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w.a.v.e.s Festival Info Session for Makers and Artists
February 10: 4:30 – 6:30PM
Hackforge, in partnership with the City of Windsor, hosts a free drop-in information session for makers and artists applying to w.a.v.e.s Festival 2016.
The session will cover how to apply for funding for installations and projects, creative examples from w.a.v.e.s 2014 and questions and answers from the festival organizer. Deadline for application is March 31st.
Facebook Event

StartUp MeetUp
Tuesday, February 16: 6-8PM
Grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
Check them out on Facebook

Board Game Night
Wednesday, February 17: 6-9PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games. This event is free and open to everyone.
If you’re new to board games, we can help get you started.
Facebook Event

SOLD OUT: Intro to Ardunio Workshop Encore
Sunday, Febraury 21: 2-5PM
Learn about this open-source electronic prototyping platform in a hands-on workshop. Registration cost includes an Intro to Arduino kit which you can take home!
No electronics or coding experience required. Please bring along a laptop.

Computer Girls: Intro to JavaScript
Monday, February 22: 6:30-8:30PM
JavaScript is the language of the web. Get to know this practical computer programming language with this class for women by women.
Register Here

Software Guild
Wednesday, February 24: 7-9PM
The group for professional developers meets monthly to discuss best practices and professional development.
Keep up to date on MeetUp

Hack the Afternoon: Map the Riverfront
Rescheduled// February 27: 2-5PM
A digital maps tutorial for beginners based on mapping sites and photos along the Windsor waterfront using Google Maps.
Facebook Event

Mentors Wanted! WindsorDetroit Hacking Health



May 1-3rd 2015, the first cross-border Hacking Health in the world takes place. This competition breaks down barriers to healthcare innovation by bringing together IT and healthcare professionals across the US-Canada border to collaborate, dream up & design apps for patient-centric care.

Windsor-Detroit Hacking Health will be held at Tech Town Detroit – an innovation hub just five minutes from the border. Hackforge is proud to be part of the Hacking Health Team.

Currently, Hacking Health is looking for mentors. If you’re a professional developer with the heart of a coach, register now. If you’re also interested in participating, you can register below as well.

Register here.


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Introducing Computer Girls: IT Classes for Women

logo-v5Through the support of Ontario Trillium Foundation, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) in partnership with Hackforge presents Computer Girls. Computer Girls offers computer training to women and young women in the Windsor & Essex County area. Classes are held at WEST’s offices downtown Windsor (647 Ouellette Avenue Suite 201).

Basic Computer Literacy:
This course is designed for women with very basic computer knowledge. Participants will gain
practical computer knowledge in Microsoft Office, the internet, computer security, etc.

Classes offered:
Computer Basics (Feb. 11: 6-8PM)
The Internet, Cloud Services, and World Wide Web (Feb. 25: 6-8PM)
Word, Spreadsheet, and Presentation Programs (Mar. 11: 6-8PM) (FULL)
Computer Security and Privacy (Mar. 25: 6-8PM)

Intro to Coding:
This course is designed to provide individuals with practical skills employers are looking for. If you want to
pursue a career in computer science, or if you enjoy working with computers….this program is for you!
Participants will learn about Coding, Web Animation, Photo Editing, etc.

Classes offered:
Introduction to HTML (Feb. 18: 6-8PM) (FULL)
Introduction to CSS (Mar 4: 6-8PM) (FULL)
Introduction to JavaScript (Mar 18: 6-8PM) (FULL)
Intermediate HTML/CSS (Apr 1: 6-8PM) (FULL)



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Art in Tech / Tech in Art Open House

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Monday, December 29th, Hackforge is merging art and technology. From 3PM -5PM, there will be a science-fair style open house featuring various works of art and technology. Come interact with the works and talk to the creators.

Our members will be sharing their projects as well as artists and creators from the community. After will be a roundtable where the artists and creators discuss their process and how they see art in their technology and technology in their art. This free afternoon is open to the public and suitable for all ages. There will be activities for kids.

We are located in the front of the Windsor Public Library Central Branch (850 Ouellette Ave).

Projects to check out:
3D printed artwork by Chelsea Greenwell
Video game concept art by Sean Liska
Cymatics rig (sound made visible) by Nik Steel
LED-ification of model trains by Shane McCarthy
Magic Eye Colour Organ by Rob Caruso
Modular Sequencer Prototype by Aaron Mavrinac and Kero
Plilk: Bioart Bacteria Series by Jude Abu Zaineh
w.a.v.e.s festival by Veronica Samek and Orb-It Project by Sherry Campeau
More to be added!

 Check out the event on Facebook. 

‘Driving the Windsor-Essex Automotive Industry’ Featuring Our Very Own

Take a look at this great video from our friends at Workforce Windsor-Essex about the future of the automotive industry in Windsor-Essex. We are proud to see Hackforge founder and Board Member Aaron Mavrinac as a featured interview subject. Keep an eye out in the video for Hackforge’s 3D printer at work. Three cheers to Paul Anderson for making the print happen.

For more information on the video and the project, click here.

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