fbpx

A Home for Windsor's Tech Community


A Sad Goodbye to Mark Boscariol

July 26, 2018

by Rebecca Welbourn in News


We at Hackforge are deeply saddened to hear the news of Mark Boscariol passing away this morning.
 
Mark was a huge advocate of our mission. Hackforge wouldn’t exist as it is today without the support, vision and generosity of Mark. Similar to the current project of assisting Bike Windsor Essex with a new space in the Snack-BBQ building, Mark brought Hackforge into its current space at 255 Ouellette Ave when we were required to leave the Windsor Public Library.
 
After supporting us through our move, Mark continued to show his support by being involved in our programming, sponsoring food and beverages at our events and donating his own equipment and fixtures to our space.
 
Outside of his enormous contribution to our community, Mark was energetic, driven and passionate about our city. It’s difficult to accept the loss of someone so important to the larger community of Windsor.
 
We offer our deepest condolences to Mark’s family, he will be truly missed by all of us.

July at Hackforge

July 6, 2018

by Rebecca Welbourn in Events, Hackforge Software Guild, News

🛠👩‍🎨Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake): Maker Meetup Thursdays
Thursdays @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Do you make stuff with your hands and like to hangout with those that do too? Come out to Hackforge on Thursdays at 7PM to meet with other makers, work on your project, or get inspired.

What is a maker? A maker is a person who likes to build and craft things with their hands and minds. It could be with electronics, 3d printers, art or just simply crafting with beads.

📝Board Game Night: Pen/Paper RPGs
Friday, July 13 @ 7PM Facebook Meetup

Curious about pen and paper roleplaying games? Familiar but want to try something new? Sign up for a one-session collaborative storytelling game. Registration is necessary to ensure yourself a seat, but is open to anyone.

💻 Maker Workshop: CAD in Fusion 360
Saturday, July 14 @ 12PM Facebook Meetup

Please join us for a Maker Workshop covering Fusion 360. We’ll cover some basic techniques on sketching and some modifications to solids. To participate just bring your laptop with Fusion 360 installed and updated. You can download a free 30-day trial of Fusion 360 here.

☁ AWS Users Group: Summer Fun – Planning our Fall Project!
Monday, July 16 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup 

Coming this fall, we are going to be starting a fun project, involving many different areas of AWS!  On July 16th, we’ll reveal the project, and show off some of the pieces we’ll be putting together. Everyone will be involved in building a part of the solution, so come on out and find out what’s in store!

🗺 🖥 Museum Technology Users Group: Telling Stories with Maps
Tuesday, July 24 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

The Museum Technology User Group (MTUG), co-organized with the South Western Ontario Heritage Council (SWOHC) is a meet-up for arts, culture and heritage sector workers who would like to learn more about technology and its applications in galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and heritage organizations. The group will meet to discuss tools and how to use them, what resources are available and even explore hands-on activities.

This month, we’ll be exploring learning how to tell stories with maps! We’ll go over web mapping tools such as Google Fusion Tables and CARTO and have a hands-on activity using History Pin.

🔮Software Guild: Town Hall
Wednesday, July 25 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Software Guild needs a new direction and a new focus. If you want to get involved in deciding the direction our community of programmers takes – the tech we focus on, the types of events we have – join us.

TechBoost Workshops in July

TechBoost: Cyber Security for Small Business
Thursday, July 12 @ 5:30pm Register | Facebook
Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

Do you worry that your business is not as secure as it could be? Do you need to hire a security consultant and want to know what to ask for? Do you want to be prepared in the event of a security breach? By the end of this workshop, you’ll understand what parts of your business you need to protect, what are the risks and and threats, and how to identify and monitor tools to address these threats. You’ll come away with some steps you can take to make your business more secure.

TechBoost: Office Automation with Google Apps 
Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 5:30pm Register | Facebook
Libro Community Centre and Library, 1925 South Middle Road,  South Woodslee, Ontario

Do you need a more efficient and affordable way to manage your business’s files, calendar, and customers? Do you need flexible tools to collaborate with your team in real-time? Do you want to be able to access your company’s tools and data anywhere, anytime and on any device? This workshop, part of the TechBoost Program, is for owners or employees of small business who want to know what G-Suite is, what tools and products are available and ways you can utilize the best ones to automate and enhance your business processes.

TechBoost: Up and Running with Shopify
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:30pm Register | Facebook
Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

Does the idea of setting up your online store seem way too time-consuming? Are you worried you might not set up your online store correctly? Do you want a rundown of how to get your store up and running and how to maximize the features available on Shopify? By the end of this workshop, you’ll have your Shopify account set up and know how to choose a theme, customize your theme, add products and manage shipping.

Building Effective Websites with WordPress
Thursday, July 19, 20185:30pm Register | Facebook
Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

Do you need to create a website for your business, but not sure what platform or service to use? Have you heard about WordPress, or even tried it and feel overwhelmed by what’s involved? Do you have an out-of-date website and want to update it with a fresh and elegant design? This workshop will help you to determine what you want a website to do for your business. It will also explore the options to build it yourself or to engage professionals.

Facebook Marketing 101 for Business
Wednesday, July 255:30pm Register | Facebook
Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

Not sure what to be posting on Facebook? Or further… How to create that content? Looking for an easy way to find clients online? By the end of this workshop, participants will have a series of content ideas for their own social media marketing, the tools to create this content and a clear plan on how to utilize Facebook to grow their business and clientele.
 
TechBoost: The Cloud: Working Smarter, Not Harder
Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 5:30pm Register | Facebook
Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch, 5950 Malden Rd, Windsor, Ontario

What’s available for small business and how do I choose?

Straight Outta the Cloud! Update your numbers, log your inventory, track your staff hours, pay your bills and so much more.  Cloud systems are rapidly expanding and giving small business owners back their time to work ON their business and NOT IN their business.  By the end of this workshop, participants will understand what the tech world has to offer not only their accounting but apps and integrations that are game changers for small business owners.

 


LifeGears Academy Summer Camps @ Hackforge

June 8, 2018

by Rebecca Welbourn in Events, News

Hackforge is excited to partner with Life Gears Academy this summer to offer three summer camps in July.

🙋🏻‍♀️🚺🧕🖥

Girl STEMpowerment (Grade 5 to 8)
July 16 to 20

Life Skills: Mindfulness, Conflict Management, and Confidence

This camp works to empower young women to realize their potential and to discuss their presence in STEM fields. This is designed for anyone who identifies as a girl and who wants to come together with other girls to discuss ways that they can make a difference. Topics include but are not limited to careers in STEM, medicine, environment, chemistry, engineering, and animals.

💡🖥🛰
Innovative Designers (Grades 4 to 6)
July 23 to 27

Life Skills: Problem Solving, Creative thinking, and Giving and Receiving Feedback.

Campers will learn about innovative ideas and discoveries made in STEM fields while learning what it takes to make inventions of their own. This camp will get kids thinking about what problems exist in the world and how they could use discoveries in STEM to make improvements. Topics include but are not limited to Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, building and design, and technology.

🚀🌎⌨
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Team  (Grade 4 to 6)
July 30 to August 3

Life Skills: Critical Thinking, Problem solving, and Teamwork.

This camp will offer hands-on activities in various STEM topics from Biology/ Living things to Programming as well as engineering design challenges and adding/ subtracting. Topics include but are not limited to various types of engineering, habitats and species, math and riddles, chemistry, and building and design.

For more information, check out www.lifegears.org or email us at info@hackf.org.

Register here: https://bit.ly/2pQ1KPb


June at Hackforge

by Rebecca Welbourn in News

🔨👩‍🎨 Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake): Maker Meetup Thursdays
Thursdays @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Do you make stuff with your hands and like to hangout with those that do too? Come out to Hackforge on Thursdays at 7PM to meet with other makers, work on your project, or get inspired.

What is a maker? A maker is a person who likes to build and craft things with their hands and minds. It could be with electronics, 3d printers, art or just simply crafting with beads.

🖥 ☁ AWS (Amazon Web Services) Users Group
Saturday, June 9 @ 9AM Facebook | Meetup

Protect Your Cloud Resources: AWS Identity and Access Management

Manage fine-grained access to AWS services and resources securely by learning IAM service. Learn how to grant other people permission to administer and use resources in your AWS account. Grant permissions to your applications running on Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances to interact with other AWS services securely.

IAM is a fundamental cloud service and it’s a great place to start learning the cloud. We operate at intersection of DevSecOps and will kick off the meetup by going over DevSecOps practices in the cloud. AWS is secure by default and we will share the best IAM practices to stay secure in the cloud.

Presenters: Brandon Wells and Goran Karmisevic of ZoomZoom Cloud Inc.

📋 🗂 Project Management Group
Monday, June 18 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

This group is for all professionals from any industry, and business owners to come together and exchange ideas and good practices ​in Project Management, Agile Product Development and Process Improvement, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

🖼💻 Museum Technology Users Group
Thursday, June 21 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Co-organized with the South Western Ontario Heritage Council (SWOHC) called the Museum Technology User Group, this meet-up is for arts, culture and heritage sector workers who would like to learn more about technology and its applications in galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and heritage organizations. The group will meet to discuss tools and how to use them, what resources are available and even explore hands-on activities.

This month’s topic is Digitizing. Possible points of discussion include best practices around digitizing archival materials, indexing digital content, text-recognition including indigenous languages, and managing digital-born artefacts.
Members of Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake) who normally use the space on Thursdays are invited to join us.
We are seeking facilitators to share best practices or experiences around this topic. If you have expertise and/or can lead a hands-on activity on the 21st, please contact Candace at candace.nast@gmail.com

🎲 Board Game Night
Friday, June 22 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us for some of our favourite board games, or bring your own! Come on in and we’ll get you set up with a game and a group to play with as soon as there’s an opening. This event is open to anyone and the earlier you arrive the quicker you’ll get into a group playing a game.

📚📖 Book Club: BYOB (Bring your Own Book)
Monday, June 25 @ 7PM Tuesday, June 26 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Come to our group and tell us about the book you’ve been reading, why you’re enjoying it, and why you think others should read it too!

⚡Lightning Talks (Software Guild & .NET Developers Group)⚡
Wednesday, June 27 @ 6:30pm Facebook | Meetup

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. You don’t have to be an expert – in fact, it’s common to share something you JUST learned!

Want to give a Lightning Talk related to hacking, making, or working as a technical professional? Reply to this email answering 1) What is the title of your talk 2) What’s your five-minute talk about?

TechBoost Workshops in June

Generously funded by a Libro Credit Union Prosperity Grant, The TechBoost Program supports the growth and development of small businesses in Windsor-Essex by providing affordable training in information technology tools and products for business. TechBoost is an initiative of Hackforge, supported by the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre.

TechBoost: Understanding Hardware and Software Solutions
Tuesday, June 19 @ 5:30PM Register | Facebook

Essex County Library – LaSalle Branch
5950 Malden Road, Windsor, Ontario

Do you need help understanding the available hardware and software solutions that would improve your business processes? Do you have a working business process but want to see if there’s a more efficient way to accomplish similar or better results? This workshop, part of the TechBoost Program, is for owners or employees of small business to increase their understanding of the types of hardware and software solutions that small businesses use to create, manage, and improve the way their businesses work.

Facebook Marketing 101 for Business
Wednesday June 20 @ 5:30pm Register | Facebook
Libro Credit Union – Belle River Branch
441 Notre Dame St, Belle River, Ontario

Not sure what to be posting on Facebook? Or further… How to create that content? Looking for an easy way to find clients online? By the end of this workshop, participants will have a series of content ideas for their own social media marketing, the tools to create this content and a clear plan on how to utilize Facebook to grow their business and clientele.
 
TechBoost: Up and Running with Shopify
Wednesday, June 27 @ 5:30pm  Register | Facebook
Libro Credit Union – Belle River Branch
441 Notre Dame St, Belle River, Ontario

Does the idea of setting up your online store seem way too time-consuming? Are you worried you might not set up your online store correctly? Do you want a rundown of how to get your store up and running and how to maximize the features available on Shopify? By the end of this workshop, you’ll have your Shopify account set up and know how to choose a theme, customize your theme, add products and manage shipping.


May at Hackforge

May 4, 2018

by Rebecca Welbourn in News

Windsor Essex Makers (WEMake): Maker Meetup Thursdays
Thursdays @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Do you make stuff with your hands and like to hangout with those that do too? Come out to Hackforge on Thursdays at 7PM to meet with other makers, work on your project, or get inspired.

What is a maker? A maker is a person who likes to build and craft things with their hands and minds. It could be with electronics, 3d printers, art or just simply crafting with beads.

TechBoost: Cyber Security for Small Business
Wednesday, May 9 @ 9AM Register | Facebook
Institute for Border Logistics and Security | 3475 Wheelton Dr

Do you worry that your business is not as secure as it could be? Do you need to hire a security consultant and want to know what to ask for? Do you want to be prepared in the event of a security breach? By the end of this workshop, you’ll understand what parts of your business you need to protect, what are the risks and and threats, and how to identify and monitor tools to address these threats. You’ll come away with some steps you can take to make your business more secure.

AWS (Amazon Web Services) Users Group
Wednesday, May 9 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Amazon Web Services Free Tier – DevOps and Serverless and Infrastructure, Oh My!

Who ever said there is no such thing as a free lunch?  This month, the AWS Users Group will be providing a high level tour of the 120+ services available on Amazon Web Services.  Bring your own laptop, and we’ll follow up by assisting you with setting up your own accounts to take advantage of virtual machines, serverless code, database and storage FREE for one year from Amazon!

Presenters: Paul Camilleri of itworkshop.ca and Goran Karmisevic of ZoomZoom Cloud Inc.

Museum Technology Users Group
Tuesday, May 15 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Hackforge is pleased to introduce a new users group co-organized with the South Western Ontario Heritage Council (SWOHC) called the Museum Technology User Group. This meet-up is for arts, culture and heritage sector workers who would like to learn more about technology and its applications in galleries, libraries, archives, museums, and heritage organizations. The group will meet to discuss tools and how to use them, what resources are available and even explore hands-on activities. The group is open to any level of familiarity with technology. Examples of meet-up topics will range from email, social strategy, email newsletters, Raspberry Pis and other micro-computers, collection APIs, interactive exhibits, mobile tours and more.

For more information about SWOHC, visit https://swohc.github.io.

TechBoost: Building Simple Websites for Small Business
Wednesday, May 16 @ 9AM Register | Facebook
Institute for Border Logistics and Security, 3475 Wheelton Dr, Windsor, Ontario

Do you need to create a website for your business, but not sure what platform or service to use? Have you heard about WordPress, or even tried it and feel overwhelmed by what’s involved? Do you have an out-of-date website and want to update it with a fresh and elegant design? This workshop will help you to determine what you want a website to do for your business. It will also explore the options to build it yourself or to engage professionals.

Board Game Night
Friday, May 18 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup
Join us for some of our favourite board games, or bring your own! Come on in and we’ll get you set up with a game and a group to play with as soon as there’s an opening. This event is open to anyone and the earlier you arrive the quicker you’ll get into a group playing a game.

Hangin’ with a Hacker – This is How I Hack You
Tuesday, May 22 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup
Presenter: Frank Fazio, CySAT, http://www.cySAT.net

Hackers find it easier to hack humans rather than large computer systems and networks. Join Frank as he shows you some of the ways hackers target you through social engineering tactics. Topics will include top hacking methods that range from what you throw out to what you post online, what you click, what you plug in, and how a hacker can crack your password.

Frank Fazio has been exposing hacking techniques for many years through his company CySAT  (Cyber Security Awareness Training) and has had the privilege of presenting to the Windsor Police / OMRON, Town of Oakville and to many CAOs across Windsor & Essex County. He has a degree in Computer Science and is certified in Incident Response & Advanced Forensics. Over the last 30 years, Frank has held positions in computer programming, database administration and cyber security.

 

Project Management Group x ASQ Windsor Meetup
Thursday, May 24 @ 6PM Facebook | Meetup
Fogolar Furlan Windsor, 1800 N Service Rd, Windsor, ON N8W 1Y3

This group is for all professionals from any industry, and business owners to come together and exchange ideas and good practices ​in Project Management, Agile Product Development and Process Improvement, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

For May, the Hackforge PM group will partner with ASQ Windsor and have our monthly meeting on May 24 at the Fogolar Club. Starting at 6 pm with dinner and followed by a presentation on Program Management by Joe Malec. Joe Malec is a Senior Program Manager for North America with Arcelor Mittal USA.This is an excellent networking and professional development opportunity!

For more details and registration, go to: http://www.asqwindsor.ca/event-15/membership-meeting-5-2018

Book Club: BYOB (Bring your Own Book)
Tuesday, May 29 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Come to our group and tell us about the book you’ve been reading, why you’re enjoying it, and why you think others should read it too!

TechBoost: Up and Running with Shopify
Wednesday, May 30 @ 9AM Register | Facebook
Institute for Border Logistics and Security, 3475 Wheelton Dr, Windsor, Ontario

Does the idea of setting up your online store seem way too time-consuming? Are you worried you might not set up your online store correctly? Do you want a rundown of how to get your store up and running and how to maximize the features available on Shopify? By the end of this workshop, you’ll have your Shopify account set up and know how to choose a theme, customize your theme, add products and manage shipping.

.NET Developers Group
Symbols, Iterators, & Async Iterators: Leveling up your JavaScript
Wednesday, May 30 @ 6:30PM Facebook | Meetup

You will be learning the advantages of the primitive data type Symbol, how to create your very own Iterators & Generators, and everything you need to know about the up and coming, Async Iterator.

Social Coding
Wednesday, May 30 @ 7:30PM  Facebook | Meetup

Come on out with your laptop, bring a project or a tutorial to work on, and write some code in social presence with your fellow Hackforgers. If you need a hand or some guidance, mentors will be there to lend a hand.

TechBoost: Understanding Hardware and Software Solutions
Thursday, May 31 @ 5:30PM Register | Facebook
Libro Community Centre, 1925 South Middle Road, South Woodslee, Ontario

Do you need help understanding the available hardware and software solutions that would improve your business processes? Do you have a working business process but want to see if there’s a more efficient way to accomplish similar or better results? This workshop, part of the TechBoost Program, is for owners or employees of small business to increase their understanding of the types of hardware and software solutions that small businesses use to create, manage, and improve the way their businesses work.


Powered by WordPress and Hackforge theme by William Comartin