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Hackforge Events in July

 

Board Game Night – Thursday, July 9 @ 6-10PM
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.

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Tron (1982) – Monday, July 13 @ 8PM
Trapped inside an electronic arena, where love and escape do not compute!
The first on our movie fundraisers, join us for the classic sci-fi flick, Tron. Admission is 10$ going directly to Hackforge programming and community workshop.

Software Craftsman Guild – Wednesday, July 22 @ 7-9PM
The group for programmers meets again at the end of July.
We are still looking for Guild speakers. If you’re interested in giving a technical talk, contact info@hackf.org.

Product Development: How The Sausage Is Made – Tuesday, July 28 @ 7-8PM
Does your product have what it takes? Kevin Taylor will be sharing insights gained on the product development process from over 20 years in the global electronics industry.


Tech Talk: The Steam Engine Revolution

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Since the mid-18th century, steam engines have fascinated young and old. Even though they are now obsolete, they fascinate still. Spend an evening with Hackforge member Paul Anderson and learn how these engines evolved, and the genius behind their development.

Nerd Level: Beginners welcome.
Interested parties: History, Industrial Revolution, mechanics, steam engines.

This Tech Talk takes place on Thursday, October 30th at 7PM at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave).

Paul Anderson is Hackforge’s resident polymath and facilities manager. He rarely finds a hobby he doesn’t like.

N.B Hackforge’s Meetup events have now been moved to Facebook


Tech Talk: Interactive Fiction w/ Undum for JavaScript Beginners (Doug Sartori)

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Undum is a set of Javascript libraries that make it easy to create your own “Choose your own Adventure” or “Fighting Fantasy” style piece of interactive fiction. It’s a great way to learn the basics of computer programming (and JavaScript) because there is almost no new code required to create a game. Doug Sartori will give a brief introduction to computer programming and JavaScript, then create a simple game, workshop style. Bring a laptop if you’d like to follow along and create your own!

This Tech Talk takes place on Thursday, October 2nd at 7PM at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave).

Nerd Level: Perfect for beginners.

Doug Sartori is a Hackforge board member and partner in the Southwestern Ontario software consultancy Parallel 42 Systems. He has been a software professional since 2000. He has worked as a consultant, developer, and product manager for companies large and small.


Tech Talk: BioArt Residency / Technology as an Artist’s Aid (Chelsea Greenwell)

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Cultivamos Cultura, Portugal 2014, a BioArt residency & technology as an artist’s aid. This talk on Thursday, September 18th, will highlight Chelsea Greenwell’s recent BioArt camp and residency in Portugal, including her utilization of technology as an aid to her art practice; the interdisciplinary melding of Sculpture, BioArt, and Technology in her current body of work.

Chelsea Greenwell is currently finishing a double major in Visual Arts & English. As an aspiring BioArtist, her research explores the natural world through a digital platform, questioning humanities relationship with nature through themes of manipulation and homage. Her current research is 3D printing and digital rendering as a BioArt medium, offering a unique juxtaposition. Chelsea’s work has been shown in BioArt: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences, a collaborative show at the !dea Gallery in the Ontario Science Centre; as well as a collaboration piece, Occam’s Razor, a group exhibition at the Toronto Science Centre. She has a piece in an upcoming exhibition in Portugal, as well as a collaborative piece with fellow Windsor based media artist, Nicolas de Cosson, in the W.A.V.E.S festival, September 2014.

Nerd Level: Novices welcome. Free and open to the public.

Come to learn more about: BioArt, Portugal, artist residency, 3D printing, art and technology.

This Tech Talk takes place on Thursday, September 18th at 6PM.

 


The Meta Tech Talk Brainstorm

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After a great summer of talks, and as Hackforge continues to grow into its role as a community teaching and learning space, let’s take a pause to discuss the future direction of our tech talk series.

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 4th, we’ll hold a round-table style brainstorming session at 6PM. All ideas are welcome! Many of you have already come forward with suggestions ranging from recording and archival of talks, concepts for furthering discussion on the topics online, multi-talk series, panels, certifications, and more. Come participate in consolidating these great ideas into a form easily digestible by an implementation team, and help Hackforge’s tech talk series come of age!

Join us for the Tech Talk Brainstorm, Thursday, September 4th at 6PM at Hackforge (850 Ouellette Ave). Check out our Meetup page for more information.


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