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April 2021 at Hackforge

April 19, 2021

by Lauren Hedges in Events

Border City Data: ETL with Python
Thursday, April 22nd @ 2pm  Facebook | Meetup | Linkedin

With the rise of machine learning, ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) skills are more relevant than ever. Doug Sartori of Mean, Median and Moose will talk about tools for different ETL use cases and demo a simple ETL process using Python.

Border City Javascript: April Meetup
Monday, April 26th @ 7pm Facebook | Meetup | Linkedin

Join local JavaScript developers for an informal round table discussion on current projects and puzzles, the JavaScript Ecosystem, and more.

Project Management Professionals: Introducing the Southern Ontario PMI Chapter
Wednesday, April 28th @ 6:30pm Facebook | Meetup | Linkedin

Presented by AJ (Ajit) Unnithan, PMP, this event is geared towards project managers in Windsor-Essex who have received, or are working towards, their Project Management Institute (PMI) certification.
In this free, 30-minute session, attendees will learn what the local PMI chapter offers, and can share their thoughts on how the Southern Ontario PMI Chapter can bring value to the Windsor-Essex project management community.
Everyone is welcome to attend, but advance registration is required. Please sign up, and an event link will be sent to you.

3/3 of this month’s events require advance registration. Register for two in one place!

March 2021 at Hackforge

March 12, 2021

by Lauren Hedges in Events

Windsor-Essex AWS User Group Meetup: AWS Certifications Tips and Tricks
Wednesday, March 24 @ 7pm  Linkedin | Facebook | Meetup

Our topic is Certifications Tips and Tricks presented by Rick Triana, Partner Solutions Architect at AWS.

We’ll kick off the meetup with a brief meet and greet session followed by Rick’s presentation on this hot topic. We have some awesome virtual gifts to pass out to our attendees from AWS credits for your certification labs to an awesome e-book on one of the hottest AWS services.

Border City Data: Using DeckGL and Observable to Build Powerful Maps Quickly
Sunday, March 28 @ 2pm  Facebook | Meetup

Attend this session to learn how to use Uber open source project, DeckGL to visualize geographic data using Javascript. We’ll also be using Observable javascript notebooks to run the demo. Notebooks are a powerful way to display data, it’s visualization, and the code to generate them all in one environment. Observable has a large community of people building visualizations you can learn from.

Border City JavaScript March Meetup
Monday, March 29 @ 7pm  Facebook | Meetup

Join us in this virtual chat to meet fellow JavaScript developers from the Windsor-Essex area for a freeform discussion.

We’ll kick off with a handful of Lightning Talks to get our thoughts churning.

  • Randy will talk about controlling application flow with state.
  • Shawn will talk about using jQuery in 2021.
  • Meghan will tell us about volunteering with Canada Learning Code and Black Girls Code.
  • Jeff will talk about killing your darlings in a programming project.

After ours brains warm up, we’ll have an open discussion with the whole group about the state of the JavaScript ecosystem today.

2/3 of this month’s events require advance registration. Register for both in one place!

August 17, 2020

by Jeff Szusz in News

Hackforge News – August 2020

Hey folks, I hope this finds most of you well. I also hope that it finds you excited to find something to do, even if it’s yet another few hours in front of your favourite LCD screen.

Too Long, Didn’t Read: We’re having an AGM and PayPal is back up, if you’re interested in supporting us and getting involved in organizational politics. We’ll be organizing a video Happy Hour, and you can join us on Discord to discuss.


Hackforge has always been a membership-driven organization. What we have learned over the years is that membership in the Hackforge community means many things to different people.

Being a member of our community is as free as friendship and good conversation. Our video meetups and chat rooms on Discord are open to everyone. It may not be common knowledge, but it doesn’t cost money to “join Hackforge.”

If you are interested in supporting us by pledging a monthly donation, we fixed PayPal and now have Patronage levels of $5, $10 and $20. As before, the $20 monthly commitment does include a Voting Membership which – in addition to supporting us monetarily – confers eligibility for getting involved in organizational politics.

We hope many of you will volunteer to plan and run virtual events, moderate the Discord chat and video meetups, join in on discussions and have a lot of fun with us. We want you to help shape the community, the way the earliest Hackforge pioneers did when we first started out in a room in the Library. That’s what being a member of Hackforge really means.


An Annual General Meeting is where Voting Members get to decide who will replace exiting board members and run Hackforge for the next few years, and get caught up on current organizational status. We almost had an AGM in June, but postponed to leave oxygen for other, more pressing social concerns at the time.

I’m happy to deliver official notice to all of you now. We have several board positions opening, so I hope we will have lots of interested candidates.

Note that to be a “Voting Member in good standing”, you just have to go to our website and get a Voting Membership subscription with our new PayPal account before the day of the AGM. If you weren’t a member before, you can get on board in time for this AGM.



All Voting Members of Windsor Hackforge in good standing are invited to join us for a virtual Annual General Meeting on Friday, September 11 at 7pm. Voting Members in good standing have paid their monthly memberships dues at the time of the AGM. Please RSVP with a free Eventbrite ticket to reserve a spot in the video call and check your email on the day of the AGM for a message sent through Eventbrite with a video conference link.


To renew your membership or to join as a member to be eligible to vote at the AGM, go to https://hackf.org/join-us/ and make a monthly or annual pledge at the $20 Voting Member level before the AGM.


If you are interested in joining the Board of Directors of Windsor Hackforge, send an email with your expression of interest, relevant personal and/or professional information, and any questions to Jeff Szusz, Chair, Board of Directors jeff@hackf.org by September 1st.

Members who submit their names for election will be added to the slate to be voted on by the membership. The Board of Directors are responsible for managing the activities and affairs of the corporation in accordance with the articles and conditions set out in the by-laws. Executive positions will be determined at the next Board of Directors meeting following the AGM.


If any members are not able to attend the AGM, you can submit a proxy vote by September 8th to Jeff Szusz, Chair, Board of Directors jeff@hackf.org who will vote on your behalf.


If you would like to add an item to the agenda please send it to Jeff Szusz, Chair, Board of Directors jeff@hackf.org by September 1st.


1. Call to Order – Chair, Board of Directors
2. Approval of Agenda
3. Approval of 2019 AGM Minutes
4. Report from Chair and Program Updates
5. Report from Treasurer and Approval of 2019 Financial Statements
6. Updates to Bylaws
7. Election of Directors
8. Adjournment

The AGM package will be emailed to members one week prior.


We’ll be organizing a video call to hang out and chat and catch up in the next week or two, prior to the AGM. There’s no agenda, just bring your coffee, beer, soda, etc. with you to a video call and have a chat. If you want to get in on that discussion, head over to our Discord chat and we’ll figure out date and time together. First download the client and then click this invite link.

Thanks for all your support! I hope to see many of you soon!

Jeff Szusz, Hackforge Board President

May at Hackforge

May 13, 2019

by Rebecca Welbourn in News

Google Developers Group: Flutter and Firebase 
Like peanut butter and chocolate for mobile development
Wednesday, May 15 @ 6:30PM Facebook | Meetup

For the past month, Don Ward has been digging into integrating Flutter apps with all of the Firebase services available as he partakes in the #100DaysofCode challenge. During this event, you will learn how to build mobile apps using Flutter backed with Firebase services and how they work with Flutter mobile apps.

Introduction to 3D Printing: Part 2
Saturday, May 18 @ 12PM Facebook | Meetup

Come out and meet people interested in 3D Printing! We will be showing how to print something from the web. No prior experience is required.

Border City JavaScript
Monday, May 20 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup 

Following the free-form discussion at our April meetup, we’re having a more structured discussion for May’s meet-up that dives a bit deeper into some topics. Come prepared with a short list of 2-3 topics we talked about that really interested you. It’s even better if you have specific questions you’d like answered.

If you missed the April meetup, you can choose any topics related to web development or JavaScript that pique your interest.

We’ll all write our topics or questions down on sticky notes, and we’ll organize the topics into categories. Then we’ll process through the topics, talking about each as a group. This format, a structured discussion with no predetermined agenda, is called a Lean Coffee, and it’s really fun!

Project Management Professionals Meetup: Activity Management and How it Helps to Reach any Goal
Monday, May 27 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup 

This month’s guest speaker is Jules Champoux, CPCA. Jules is a licensed advisor since 2006 and Sales Manager for Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network since 2012. He is also the current Director of the Town of Tecumseh BIA and the past Chairman of Eldercare Life Guide Services. As Jules is very involved in the community and in his career, he will share his insights about using activity management daily to reach his goals.

Border City Data: Intro to SQL
Tuesday, May 28 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup
A practical introduction to SQL. The Structured Query Language is one of the most common ways that users interact with databases, and it’s an essential skill for all kinds of professionals who work with data.
WindsorEssex .NET Developers
Context is King: Finding Service Boundaries
Wednesday, May 29 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup
Are you having trouble defining service boundaries? We know there are benefits in splitting up a complex system, such as more focused models and modular deployments.

Defining the correct service boundaries is incredibly important but can be pretty tricky. When defined correctly, the model feels natural and cohesive. Defined wrong can make a system overly complex and end in disaster.

Join Derek as he explores the use of key terminology in real business systems. How dissecting simple words and asking the right questions led to insights that helped define the service boundaries in real business systems developed over the last decade.

April at Hackforge

April 14, 2019

by Rebecca Welbourn in News

Call for Organizers & Ideas

Did you know that Hackforge is entirely volunteer run?  Would you like to be more involved? Do you have ideas for Hackforge? We need your help! If you have ideas for new talks, meetups, workshops or groups, send us an email at info@hackf.org to let us know. We can help bring people together who are interested in the same topic and help you organize and promote your events!

Project Management Professionals: PMBOK & PRINCE II
Monday, April 15 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us for a high level talk on PMBOK & PRINCE II, two popular project management methodologies and how they can work for you. We’re pleased to be joined by Elana Freeman, a Senior Project Manager at Thyssenkrupp Materials NA.

​This group is for all professionals from any industry, and business owners to come together and exchange ideas and good practices ​ in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Makers Club: Introduction to 3D Printing
Saturday, April 27 @ 12PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us for an introduction to 3D printing! We expect to have a Delta printer and a Prusa MK3 to demonstrate and explain. Additionally, we will have a slide show from the Midwest RepRap Festival 2019.

Border City Javascript
Monday, April 29 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

Join us for this month’s Border City Javascript meetup. Interested in doing a talk? Email us at info@hackf.org.

Border City Data: Connecting a web API to SQL Server with SSIS
Tuesday, April 30 @ 7PM Facebook | Meetup

This month, Doug Sartori leads a tutorial on using scripting in SSIS to consume data from a web-based REST API. This is a basic-level tutorial – beginners can benefit from it although the content is aimed at programmers and database professionals.

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