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Job Posting: Program Coordinator

May 7, 2014

by admin 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 admin 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 admin 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 admin 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

Upcoming projects at Hackforge

April 30, 2014

by admin in Volunteer Op

As you may know, Hackforge runs on the awesome power of its volunteers.  As chair of the volunteer group, it’s my job to let you know that there are some wonderful volunteer opportunities that might interest you:



Hackforge is going to have a presence at the Sport and Hobby Expo that will be held at the WFCU Centre May 30th to June 1st.  Help us represent! If you are interested, contact phil @ hackf.org


DOING THE w.a.v.e

w.a.v.e.s. (Windsor’s Artists, Visions, Energies & Sculptures) is a new art festival taking place Sept. 26-27 along the river at the Windsor Sculpture Park. The two-day event showcases local artists’ works of art, culture and technology

Hackforge is putting forward an entry in w.a.v.e.s. that involves persistence of vision technology. It’s going involve doing an electronic build and if you’d like to be part of this project, let us know (doug at hackf.org).



Tech Talks are generally held in the space every other Thursday, and they are a great way to share what you know with a friendly audience that appreciates the technical struggles behind making things work.  If you are interested in giving a Tech Talk, please contact Doug Satori (doug at hackf.org).



The Forest Glade Branch of the Windsor Public Library has Mindstorm Robots.  Hackforge has a VEX robotics kit that needs someone to make a help guide or document step-by-step a project, so those unfamiliar with robotics can try the set.  Interested in helping out with such curriculum?  Contact aaron at hackf.org


These are only suggestions for volunteer work. As we are a member-driven organization, the opportunity to start projects in our space and do amazing work with others is always there too!



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