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Maptime was a good time!

May 14, 2014

by Mita Williams in News, Windsor Essex Open Data


Maptime  is a collection of beginner-focused community groups for learning  geospatial technology, techniques, and concepts, particularly using open  source tools and hands-on practice and exercises. But Maptime  is also an important idea: it shouldn’t be so hard to learn, and we have  the power to make it easier – and teach ourselves in the process” : from http://lyzidiamond.com/posts/why-maptime/

We had our first Maptime WindsorEssex meetup today! It was dedicated to Open Street Map. Here’s some of the stuff we shared:
    OpenStreetMap: http://www.openstreetmap.org/
    OpenStreetMap Help: https://help.openstreetmap.org/
    OpenStreetMap Canada Mailing List: https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk-ca
    Be A Mapper: http://beamapper.com/
    LearnOSM: http://learnosm.org/en/

Today’s Presentation: http://copystar.github.io/osm-101/

 To learn how to add any kind of thing to the OSM map:

 To learn what is good OSM practice:

 To learn what features are missing names in Windsor:

     register at : http://www.itoworld.com/

Thanks everyone who came out!  Sign up for the Hackforge newsletter to know when Maptime will be next!


Job Posting: Program Coordinator

May 7, 2014

by Doug Satori">Doug Satori in Jobs

Windsor Hackforge is hiring a program coordinator.

Reporting to the board, the program coordinator will manage relationships with partner agencies, develop and plan individual projects and work with other staff members to oversee their execution.

The program coordinator will recruit, manage and schedule volunteers for Hackforge programming as directed by the board.

Volunteer recruitment includes attending events on behalf of Hackforge for the purpose of recruitment and public engagement, and negotiating formal volunteer contracts with Hackforge volunteers.

This position is a one-year contract position at 24 hours per week. A benefit package is included. After year 1, contract extensions are possible at 40 hours per week.

Please send a cover letter and résumé to info@hackf.org with the subject line “Program Coordinator” by midnight, May 18th.

Required Qualifications

Education and Experience
– Post-Secondary diploma or degree or previous experience in community development

– Ability to work independently as well as with others
– Excellent communication skills, especially writing and public speaking
– Strong organizational skills
– Able to communicate effectively online using social media
– Previous experience working with volunteers would be an asset
– A general understanding of the roles within the IT industry would be an asset

Maptime is fun time!

May 6, 2014

by Mita Williams in News, Windsor Essex Open Data

Everyone get mappy! It’s Maptime Windsor Essex!

If you are interested in learning more about making web maps, please join us at Hackforge on May 13th at 7pm for Maptime!

Maptime started in 2013 as an idea at the State of the Map conference (link: ) as a way to get folks interested in map-making together for regular meet ups. Since then, the idea has spread from San Francisco, to New York, to Toronto and now to Windsor. 

So if you are curious, please come along and join us and bring a laptop if you can. We’ll start off our first get together talking about and hopefully adding to OpenStreetMap.

Volunteer opportunities in the space

May 5, 2014

by Mita Williams in Volunteer Op

Hackforge is a place where we work on projects either on our own or together. Unlike many other hackerspaces, Hackforge runs on the partnerships it has with the community, such as the Windsor Public Library, and it runs on the volunteer efforts of our members.

We want our members to choose what work they are interested in contributing to and we’re starting to put suggestions of possible volunteer projects on posts of our website marked volunteer-op

But if you are not sure where to start or what what would be really appreciated, here are some such suggestions.

  • we need a point person for hardware donations. This person would collect information about the donation from the donor and determine whether it should be accepted based on available space and by criteria set by the Facilities Group
  • we need someone to create a simple organization system of labelling shelves and boxes so that people less familiar with the space could still help in keeping the space tidy and the tables clear for work.
  • there are two workshop tables that need to be built
  • run a workshop so that our members can learn how use the 3D printers

Also, we would love to see more documentation of the great work that is already happening at Hackforge. Once you’ve started or finished a project – or heck, even when you are in the middle of one, please add a quick write-up of your work here on the Hackfor.org website. If you need an account to do this, please contact the Membership chair and she can get you added.

If you are interested in helping out with any of these projects or have another idea of what you would like to see in the space and can put yourself as a lead to make it happen, please contact our Facility Manager, Paul Anderson

Software Craftsman Guild

by Mita Williams in Uncategorized











Every other Wednesday, there will be a meeting of the Software Craftsman Guild in the space.

What is it? 

Code katas, pair programming, retrospectives and discussions about the fine craft of software development.

Who is it for?  

Anyone with an interest in software. Skill level is no barrier. If you’re fresh to programming you’ll be able to sit with experienced members and learn quickly.

What to bring?

All you need is a laptop. We will be pairing, which means we’ll be using 1/2 of the computers at any given time. But bring yours, if possible, to make sure we don’t run short and have a nice variety of dev environments.

What languages? 

To keep it simple the choices are: Ruby, Python, or Javascript.


If you are interested, please sign up at the meetup page

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