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December 2022 at Hackforge

December 6, 2022

by Lauren Hedges in News

OSM Windsor-Essex: Working with GPS Traces

Thursday, December 8th @ 7pm
UPDATE! Online Only!
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When adding your own data to OpenStreetMap, there are alternatives to drawing lines by hand – such as GPS traces!

In this month’s meetup, we’ll be taking a pre-recorded GPS trace and using it to improve the data for a local park. Our editing platform will be JOSM, so if you’re new to the system and missed October’s event it is highly recommended you check out the recording.

Artificial Intelligence for Board Games

Sunday, December 11th @ 72pm
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Doug is celebrating the holidays by taking a break from his usual SQL-based Border City data talks. This month, he’ll be walking through the basics of artificial intelligence for board games using combinatorial game theory!

Digital Twin: An Unreal Engine Project Revisited

Thursday, December 15th @ 6 pm
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Last presented back in February 2022, The digital twin project of Windsor & Detroit is an initiative to build an advanced urban planning tool that is accessible to the community.

Spearheaded by Michael Hoppe, Creative Director of Geopogo in San Francisco, California, this project is creating a powerful public tool that combines 3D LiDAR scan data, civic data layers, and SimCity-like features to empower community groups and design visionaries to realize their ideas for what Windsor can become.

The current iteration was created through partnerships with students from St. Clair College in Windsor and UCBerkeley in California. Now, the developers are inviting YOU to become part of this unique and ambitious project.

The Geopogo team is looking for data science, computer science,  3D animators, and Unreal Engine experts to join the cause. We are also looking for talented engineers that are interested in new AI generative tools to explore new frontiers of civic design, AI, and data. 

Tune in on Thursday, December 15th at 6pm EST to learn about big updates on the Digital Twin of Windsor and Detroit platform, and how you can get involved.

November 2022 at Hackforge

November 4, 2022

by Lauren Hedges in Events, News

WINFOSEC: OWASP Top 10 Session 2: Broken Access Controls

Wednesday, November 23rd @ 7pm
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In our second session on the OWASP Top 10 we’ll take a look at their number one security issue: broken access control.

Between 2017 and 2021, broken access control jumped from number five to number one of OWASP’s top ten most critical security risks. Join this event to learn what this risk is and how you can write code that mitigates it.

We’ll also take a quick look at cross site scripting (XSS).

Register via Zoom to join this free session.

Interested in checking out past Winfosec events? Visit the Hackforge youtube channel for recordings.

Border City Data: Working with Census Data

Tuesday, November 29 @ 6pm
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The final major release of the 2021 census information is happening on November 30th! To celebrate the release of all of this information into the makeup of Canada, Border City Data is holding a special event focused on working with these massive data sets. Join host and data professional Doug Sartori on Tuesday, November 29th to walk through

  • accessing census data through Statistics Canada
  • tips, tricks, and tools for analysis
  • making useful visualizations from census data

In addition to being a technical how-to, this event will teach you how to think about the questions you would like to answer with census data, which will enable you to make the most of the information at your disposal.

Register today for this free, virtual event!

October 2022 at Hackforge

October 11, 2022

by Lauren Hedges in Events

WINFOSEC: OWASP 10 – Injection

Wednesday, October 19th @ 7pm
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Join us for the inaugural talk for Winfosec – Hackforge’s information security interest group.

In this talk we’ll briefly introduce the OWASP Top 10 list of security risks for application developers and analyze one of the most common: Injection. We’ll be writing some bad code, exploiting the vulnerability live, and then fixing it all in the session. Whether you’re a software developer wanting to build more secure applications, or someone interested in the field of information security, this talk is for you.

Register via Zoom to attend this free event.

OpenStreetMap W-E: Intro to JOSM

Thursday, October 27 @ 6pm
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In September we introduced users to OSM’s in-browser editor iD, and now we’re moving on to JOSM.

This java-based editing software requires a bit more setup than iD, but it also provides contributors a more powerful set of tools for editing OpenStreetMaps. Many also find it to be a simpler way to edit the map.

To help OSM W-E users make the most of JOSM, Randy Topliffe will be walking through setup and basic use during this month’s meetup on Thursday, October 27 at 6pm. To get the most out of this event, make sure to:

Hackforge at Open Streets Windsor!

September 8, 2022

by Lauren Hedges in News

On Sunday, September 18th Hackforge will be participating in the city’s favourite street fair, Open Streets Windsor. This event, now in its seventh year, will be closing 8km of roadway between Sandwich Town and Ford City. With vehicular traffic prohibited, pedestrians, cyclists, and rollerbladers will take over!

In addition to promoting active transportation and healthy living, Open Streets helps to foster a sense of community. All along the route attendees will find booths and activities from various local businesses and organizations.

Hackforge will be located in the Healthy Communities Hub at the corner of Riverside and Caron. As part of our C3Tech initiative, we’ll be gathering community insight into the features of an ideal cycling route – the results of which will directly influence the routing algorithm for WindsorEssexCycling.ca. We’ll also have a sample of the routing system – a result of our last Hackathon! – available for everyone to test out.

Looking forward to seeing the city in the streets between 10 am 2 pm on September 18th!

September 2022 at Hackforge

August 31, 2022

by Lauren Hedges in Events

Online Watch Party: Starship Troopers

Friday, September 2nd @ 8pm

This 1997 adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s 1959 political science fiction novel stars Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, and Neil Patrick Harris. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the film was poorly received upon release, with critics and audiences alike unimpressed by the satirical themes, gorey content, and cheesy performances. But if you can go into this film with the knowledge that it wasn’t, in fact, created by nazis, and with your heart disconnected from the source material, it’s a fun ride.

Join our discord server and download Teleparty to take part. Please note that all participants are required to have their own streaming subscription service. More details on joining a watch party.

OSM W-E: Editing OpenStreetMap with iD

Wednesday, September 7th @ 6pm

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Using aerial imagery, local knowledge, and iD Editor, it is possible to update and improve OpenStreetMap right on your desktop.

In this virtual session we’ll walk through how to add and update addresses, buildings, streets, and more. Create an OSM account and join in to learn how you can share your knowledge of Windsor and Essex County with the world’s most popular open source mapping project.

Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. Register via Zoom to tune in.

Hackforge Annual General Meeting

Monday, September 12 @ 6pm

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The 2022 Hackforge Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, September 12th from 6 – 8pm. Hackforge members are invited to attend in-person at 500 Ouellette Ave, Suite 907, or virtually via Zoom.

This meeting is an opportunity to learn what Hackforge has been up to, and what our future plans are. We will also be electing members to the Board of Directors.

More information on the Hackforge AGM.

Border City Data: Structuring SQL Server Data Extraction

Tuesday, September 20 @ 6pm

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Gathering data from multiple sources for storage in a single place can be challenging. Not only must the data be retrieved, it needs to be structured before it can be sent on to its final destination.

Writing code to manage extraction and structuring of this data can save a lot of time and manpower, but comes with its own set of complications.

In this advanced tutorial, Doug Sartori explores the use of SQLCMD as a preprocessor for developing structured solutions and maximizing code reuse.

Register for this free session via Zoom.

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