We had a great time this weekend at the w.a.v.e.s festival at the Detroit River. Friday and Saturday evening, the riverfront was lit up from Janette Ave to the Ambassador Bridge with displays, booths, art, food, and music. Hackforge had nonstop visitors to our booth which featured a hand-crank SpokePOV bike, our Makerbot 3D printer, and a cymatics rig. Our highly interactive booth was the source of lots of noise, questions, and discussion on the future of technology.
We also brought together electronic nerds and bike nerds with SpokePOVs. On Friday night, we stopped by Bike Friendly Windsor Essex‘s AGM at City Cyclery and attached the custom display LEDs to three bikes before their Night Lights Ride.
Big props to Chris Deschamps, Nik Steel, Paul Anderson, AmberJoy Kouvalis, Aaron Mavrinac, and Phil Aylesworth for helping out during the festival.
Click below for a Storified breakdown of the weekend!
Hackforge attended Nerd Nite at Phog Lounge last Thursday, September 18th! We talked about the who, what, why of Hackforge and demonstrated SpokePOV and 3D printing! We also 3D printed this lil’ guy. Big thanks to AmberJoy Kouvalis for bringing her 3D printer for the night and Paul Anderson for helping with the demonstrations.
If you’d like to see 3D printing and SpokePovs for yourself, come check out Hackforge’s booth at this weekend’s w.a.v.e.s festival!
We had a dozen people come to the event, including a handful of beginners to soldering. Our Program Coordinator Sarah was on Team Newbie and learned to work on a circuit board. Big thanks to everyone who attended and to those who brought their soldering irons!
We’re excited to show off our hard work this weekend at w.a.v.e.s. Keep an eye out for us – we’ll be so bright, it will be hard to miss us!
Click below for more pictures! Thanks to Hannah Rose for the great shots of the afternoon.
Hackforge and WETech are hosting a hackathon to celebrate National Science and Technology Week and we need science mentors!
As this hackathon is focusing on science and technology, we’re looking for mentors who know their stuff to help developers decipher data and work on a project or solve a problem. We encourage potential scientific mentors to bring a data set from their own work that they are willing to make public.
Participating teams will come together for the “draft” and a series of talks on science and technology on Friday, October 17t at the Windsor Public Library. The teams will present their completed projects on Sunday, October 26th after a week of work.
If you work or study in a scientific field and are up to the challenge, become a mentor! Send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.