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October At Hackforge










Monthly Game Night: Horror Themed Board Games!
Wednesday, October 14 – 6PM – 10PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games from 6-10PM. 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. We’ll have a games like Smash Up, Small World, The Resistance, and more. Bring your favourite game (that can be played in less than four hours)!
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Rebooting Windsor: Freelancer Roundtable
Wednesday, Oct 21 – 7PM
How is freelancing changing Windsor’s economy? What challenges and opportunities do freelancers face? Join this roundtable conversation with folks who’ve paid the rent freelancing, continuing our Rebooting Windsor series.
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Hackforge Movie Night: The Thing (1982)
Thursday, October 22 – 8PM
For October’s Movie Night, we’re showing the classic horror film about the dangers of a career in STEM. Directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell, The Thing takes place in a frozen research facility being slowly taken over by an alien terror.
$10 admission with popcorn and pop. Members get in free!
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Software Guild: Lightning Talks – Sign Up!
Wednesday, October 28 – 7PM
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. Want to give a Lightning Talk related to hacking, making, or working as a technical professional? Sign up here! You don’t have to be an expert – in fact, it’s common to share something you JUST learned!
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Spooky Scary October Maptime
Thursday, October 29 – 7PM
Maptime is an open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge, offering intentional educational support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for mapping tutorials, workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time. Beginners most welcome!
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September Hackforge Events


Hackforge Movie Fundraiser: Spaceballs (1987)
Tuesday, September 8: 8PM
May the Schwartz be with you!
Spaceballs is Mel Brooks’ classic 80s sci-fi spoof.
10$ admission supports Hackforge and includes popcorn and pop. Free for Hackforge members!
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Board Game Night
RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, September 22nd – 6-9PM
Join us for a night of board games and card games. Beginners welcome.

StartUp Windsor
Wednesday, September 16: 6-9PM LOCATION CHANGED: 490 Pelissier
Come grab a drink, meet some new people, and share your entrepreneurial experiences and ideas.
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Open Data Windsor Essex Portal Launch
Tuesday, September 29 @ Hackforge
Exciting announcement and launch! Stay tuned.

Software Guild
Wednesday, September 30: 7-9PM
Monthly group for professional computer programmers.
Evening includes technical talks and networking.

Software Guild: Top Secret (August 26)


Wednesday, August 26th from 7:00PM – 9:00PM @ Hackforge (255 Ouellette)
ATTN: Talks begin at 7PM

The group for pro programmers, The Software Guild is going Top Secret for August. Learn about password management and microcontrollers, to perfect your next project or become a super spy. After talks, stick around for an hour of socializing, networking, and plotting global takeovers.

John Haldeman – Authentication When You Aren’t Human
We all know the methods of password management for people – password complexity, changing passwords often, and two factor authentication. But what about our applications that need to log into other systems? Learn about the practices and methods to build secure applications in this area including certificates, kerberos, trusted contexts, and application identity management systems.

Paul Anderson – Introduction to Programming Microcontrollers
No spy kit is complete without some secret gadgets. Paul Anderson will describe the basics of what microcontrollers are, and how programming for them differs from programming for more complex systems.

Product Development Talk: How The Sausage Is Made


Tuesday, July 28 @ 7-8PM
Hackforge (255 Ouellette)

“There are many paths, staying aware of which one you chose and why, will give the foresight you need.”

Does your product have what it takes? On Tuesday, July 28th, Kevin Taylor will be sharing insights gained on the product development process from over 20 years in the global electronics industry. Learn the steps of getting your product off the ground from a pro.

Doors open at 6PM and the talk goes from 7-8PM. Hackforge is located at 255 Ouellette.

Software Guild: Programming in the Wild (July 22)


Get your hands dirty with the Software Craftsman Guild on Wednesday, July 22nd with a night of practical programming talks. Learn about one of the most popular programming languages and one of the most important software projects. Hang out and hack, starting at 7PM. From 8-9PM, join Jeff Szusz and Anthony Garreffa for their talks.

Software Guild
July 22nd – 7-9PM
@ Hackforge (255 Ouellette)


Learn You Some Programming With Python. An intro to basic programming concepts using Python.

Jeff Szusz will be introducing us to the wonderful world of Python. Developers and developers-to-be will leave with the knowledge of how to get rolling in one of the most popular and loved programming languages around.

This is a great talk to attend as a beginner!

Extreme Programming Explained: The birth of modern development practices.

Join the discussion of how a small team of developers changed how we build software forever. Anthony Garreffa gives a talk about one of the most important projects and pieces of literature in professional software development.

Don’t miss out on this talk! It will be a great primer for an upcoming event that we will be announcing that night.


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