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June 2023 at Hackforge

June 5, 2023

by Lauren Hedges in Events

OSM Windsor-Essex: Map Roulette-a-Thon

Tuesday, June 6th @ 6pm In-Person Only

For this month’s meetup OpenStreetMap Windsor-Essex is updating local speed limits in OSM.

Using MapRoulette and your favourite OSM editor, you can join in and help us to log speed limits throughout the city (we can’t make people adhere to them, unfortunately, but we can at least spread the word!)

Join us in-person at HF HQ or participate virtually, drop in for a few minutes or stay all night! The MapRoulette challenge on speed limits will remain open before and after the official event, but let’s see how much we can accomplish in 2 hours. We think we’ll surprise ourselves!

MapRoulette Challenge

Building an Accessible Website

Thursday, June 15th @ 6:30 pm Hybrid

In an era where digital experiences shape our daily lives, it’s crucial to ensure that everyone can access and navigate websites seamlessly. This event is your gateway to mastering the art of web accessibility and making a positive impact in the online world.

Presented by Jason Pomerleau of Elev8 Web Studio, this event will cover WCAG standards and how to follow them. While geared towards web developers, anyone who works in digital marketing, content management, and graphic design can benefit from attending.

In-person and virtual spots are available, and attendance is free. Please note that there will be no recording of this event made available after the fact, so be sure to take notes!

Event Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2023, 6:30 – 8pm

Event Location: Hackforge HQ (300 Ouellette Ave, Unit 210, Windsor

Elev8 Web Studio is southwestern Ontario’s leading WordPress development team. From a single web page to more than a million, Elev8 Web Studio builds custom themes and plugins for organizations of all shapes and sizes, from the smallest non-profit to multinational corporations. They are also the authors of WordPress Snippets, the most popular WordPress extension for Visual Studio Code with 375,000 active users.

Border City Data: SQL-A-Thon

Saturday, June, 17th @ 1PM In-Person Only

This will be a chance for data enthusiasts of all skill levels to network and learn together. Doug Sartori will moderate this session, help newcomers write their first SQL queries, and provide a set of challenging exercises for more experienced SQL developers.

This is a completely free, in-person event with limited space. All operating systems are welcome, and while we recommend participants bring their own laptops, we will have a limited amount of loaner computers available. Please send an email to info@hackf.org if you will need to use one.

Linux User Group Monthly Meetup

Tuesday, June 20th @ 7pm In-Person Only

Come out to Hackforge HQ on Tuesday, June 20th for a chance to get to know other members of the Windsor Linux Community.

This is a low-key informal event where we can discuss experience with and questions on Linux, while also making plans and gathering insight for future meetups. Come for the whole thing or stop by for a bit – whatever suits your schedule best!

If you can’t make this in-person event, you can still engage with us on the Linux User Group channel of the Hackforge Discord Server.

See you then!

Border City Data: Open Data Pub Night

Thursday, August 24th, @ 6PM In-Person Only

This month, LUG will be hosting a Linux install and social gathering. If you’re interested in trying out Linux, then this is the event for you! Members will be available to help you with installing Linux on your laptop or onto a virtual machine. Participants are encouraged to socialize and chat about Linux and open-source software.

As a bonus, will be a Commodore 64 and a Commodore 128 hooked up to monitors that will be available to tinker with.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the event!

When: Tuesday, August 22nd, 7 – 9 pm
Where: Hackforge HQ (300 Ouellette Ave, Unit 210)

Community Satisfaction Survey

May 31, 2023

by Lauren Hedges in News

This survey is intended to take the pulse of Hackforge – to get a sense of how you feel the organization is (or isn’t) meeting your needs. It asks about your experiences at recent events, and invites suggestions for future programming. It should take fewer than five minutes to complete.

Your responses are completely anonymous, and will be used to help steer our future. Please be honest in your feedback, and keep in mind that we are always open to your input, even when there isn’t an official survey.

Job Opportunity! We need a temporary resource to help implement a walking tour

May 5, 2023

by Lauren Hedges in Jobs

This is an ideal opportunity for a hobbyist or student to develop and validate their skills!

Windsor Hackforge requires a temporary resource to help with the implementation of a 2SLGBTQ+ historical walking tour for Windsor using Pytheas, an open-source guided tour application developed by Parallel 42 Systems. The tour application is written in JavaScript, leveraging the React.js framework.

Please send applications to info@hackf.org by Friday, May 12th at 5pm

The work should take 16-24 hours to complete, and involves the following high level steps;

  • Collect required information from volunteer partners
  • Set up a local development environment
  • Encode geoJSON and JSON files with required information
  • Develop a colour scheme in collaboration with volunteer partners
  • Modify application source code to implement colour scheme
  • Add required images to source folder for each point of interest on the tour
  • Test application locally and make required fixes
  • Implement application in hosting environment for public use
  • Minor code changes as required and applicable

A software development skill set will be critical to the success of this project, but deep experience is not needed as there should be no significant code changes required. Familiarity with web development, JavaScript and React.js will be significant assets.

Compensation for this position is set at $30/hour.

In partnership with:

Trans Wellness Ontario

May 2023 at Hackforge

May 3, 2023

by Lauren Hedges in Events

Border City Data: Making Attractive Maps with OSM and QGIS

Thursday, May 4th @ 6pm Hybrid

In this joint Border City Data/OSM Windsor-Essex event, Doug Sartori leads an interactive session demonstrating the tools for surfacing OpenStreetMap data in QGIS. Follow along as he makes a paper map for children to use in an upcoming Jane’s Walk event in South Walkerville!

Join Doug in-person or online, and learn how you can take the overwhelming database that is OSM and turn it into a simple line-drawing, perfect for colouring books, scavenger hunts, and kid-friendly cartography!

More about the Jane’s Walk event featuring Doug’s map.

OSM Windsor-Essex: Mapping with Every Door

Monday, May 15th @ 6pm In Person Only

There’s a new tool for mobile OSM edits, and this one’s available cross-platform! Come meet up with us in Downtown Windsor and we’ll test it out together!

Every Door allows users to create and edit objects in OpenStreetMap, including building addresses, benches, and more! It works on both Android and iOS devices, and even supports offline mapping, with the ability to download tiles in advance.

Meet us at the Hackforge HQ at 6pm on Monday, May 15th where we’ll make sure everyone has downloaded and signed in to the app, then we’ll head out to update some downtown data. Bikes and other personal belongings can be left in Hackforge for the duration of the event.

Download Every Door

Questions? Reach out to Lauren@hackf.org

Hackforge Website Redesign Meeting

Thursday, May 25 @ 6pm Hybrid

After ten or so years, the Hackforge website is getting a refresh!

As the people adding to the site every month we have an idea of the changes we’d like to see, but we want your feedback, too! What content would you like to see on www.Hackf.org? How can we make the layout better? Let us know!

We’re also open to help from anyone who might want to be part of this meta project. Whether you’re a high school student looking to learn (and earn volunteer hours!?), a copywriter looking to build your portfolio, or a professional site designer who wants to give back to the community, we’ve got space for you!

This is our first open meeting on the topic, so come on out to share your ideas! Virtual and physical attendance options are available.

Winfosec: OWASP Top 10 Pt.6 – Vulnerable and Outdated Components

Friday, May 26 @ 7pm Hybrid

25,227 software vulnerabilities were published last year and the numbers keep rising. Join us for Winfosec’s sixth session on the OWASP Top 10. We’ll talk about how vulnerabilities happen, how to manage them, and keeping your software supply chain safe.

Free event, all are welcome, join virtually or in-person.

Linux User Group: Inaugural Meeting

Monday, May 29 @ 7pm In Person Only

Join us for our first Linux user group meetup! We’ll be getting to know each other, sharing our experiences with Linux, and diving into the technical side by compiling the Linux kernel together. Whether you’re a seasoned Linux user or just starting out, all are welcome to join us. Don’t forget to bring your laptop and a willingness to learn!

April’s Message from the Chair

April 5, 2023

by Lauren Hedges in News

Big news first: After three years and change as a virtual organization, Hackforge now has a physical address again. Hackforge events can now be held at the Parallel 42 offices in the University of Windsor’s downtown Computer Science building. We’re planning to continue to offer programming via the Internet, but some of our future events will be hybrid, starting later this month with Border City Data and Winfosec events happening online and in meatspace. We’ll also have some events that are in-person only, like the video game swap meet that’s coming up. I’m really looking forward to hanging out with Hackforgers again, so I hope you’ll consider attending one of our April events in person!

— Doug Sartori, Chair of the Hackforge Board of Directors

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