HEY SIRI: What are 5 Ways I can Get ‘Techie’ This March?

Here’s your monthly dose of how to engage in the YQG and CKONT tech scene. Have others? Make sure to share them with us at info@wetech-alliance.com.

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1. TeCK Night Chatham-Kent 4: The Future of Connected Farming and Agritech

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 |6:00pm | McGrail Farm Equipment, 23550 Prince Albert Rd, Chatham

TeCK Night Chatham-Kent 4: The Future of Connected Farming and Agritech presented by Invest CK, Small Business Centre Chatham-Kent and WEtech Alliance. This is a unique opportunity to network with the CK tech community and hear from local tech leaders in a fun and informal farm-side chat.

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2. No Man’s LAN XIV

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 10am | St. Clair College Student Life Centre

Ontario’s longest running LAN Party returns for the 14th year with $3000+ in prizing! This year’s event will feature a mix of casual gaming and semi-competitive tournaments on both PC and Console.

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3. Ladies Learning Code presents JavaScript for Beginners: An Introduction to The Fundamentals of Web Programming

Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 10am | Institute for Border Logistics and Security, 3475 Wheelton Dr., Windsor, ON, N8W 0A6

Our Ladies Learning Code program offers female-identified and male-identified, trans, and non-binary adults hands-on, project-based learning experiences that are designed to give beginners the skills and confidence they need to become digital creators. Ladies Learning Code programs tackle the tech gender gap one positive, empowering learning experience at a time.

Why learn JavaScript? JavaScript is simple but powerful. It is the backbone to all those nifty animations you see on websites and it powers many modern day web applications, including Gmail, Google Maps, and Facebook (to only name 0.00001% of the sites that use JavaScript!).

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4. MasseyHacks V

Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24th, 2019 | 8:30am | Vincent Massey Secondary School – 1800 Liberty Street, Windsor, ON

MasseyHacks is a high school hackathon where 250+ students of all skill levels — from those who haven’t written “Hello World!” to seasoned hackers with SSH enabled power strips — come together to learn and create something amazing for 24 hours straight. Here you’ll find free-to-use hardware, experienced mentors, activities like cupstacking and hackenger hunts, and lots of workshops! MasseyHacks is a place to immerse yourself in the massive world of computer science and engineering, create anything you want and let your imagination run free.

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5. Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire: Where Tech Meets Art

Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 10am |University of Windsor, School of Creative Arts – 37 University Ave. E. Windsor, ON

Windsor-Essex has a true hidden treasure. We live across from an iconic city that has a rich history of Makers. We embodied Detroit’s vision. Windsor is labeled Canada’s Automotive Capital. We are literally a city of Makers. But we don’t stop at Automotive — Windsor has a unique community of artists, designers, crafters, engineers, scientists, tech stars, and much much more. We wanted to capitalize on this hidden gem and bring together Makers from all different backgrounds to showcase their hidden raw talents.

So, in 2018, the University of Windsor, EPICentre, along with St. Clair College, organized Windsor-Essex’s first Mini Maker Faire. The Faire hosted over 25 local makers and drew over 300 attendees including students, families, and fellow maker enthusiasts. Because the event had such a positive result, EPICentre continued the initiative to host the event again in 2019.

The 2019 Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire will be held at the University of Windsor, School of Creative Arts (SoCA), which is located in a brand-new facility that opened in December of 2017. SoCA was built in the Windsor Armouries, which has been a Windsor landmark since it was completed in 1902. It has served many functions as a place where the community gathers for concerts, markets and special events. The University of Windsor has engaged architects to re-imagine the Armouries as a new space for learning and community engagement, while maintaining the integrity of this historical building. See pictures on http://www.uwindsor.ca/campustransformation/331/armouries-construction-photos.

Because of this unique space, we decided to theme this years event: Where Tech Meets Art. Although we want to showcase Windsor-Essex’s extraordinary Art & Tech Makers, you will see a large array of different Makers participate in the Faire.

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BONUS: Windsor Essex Great Lakes District FIRST Robotics Competition

Friday and Saturday, March 29-30, 2019 | University of Windsor St. Denis Centre

Forty teams representing close to 1500 high school students from across North America invade the St. Denis Centre March 29-30 with their robots for the Sixth Annual Windsor Essex Great Lakes District FIRST Robotics competition. This year’s challenge is called Deep Space. The public is encouraged to attend Friday – 10am to 6pm – and Saturday – 8:30am to 5:30pm – at the St. Denis Centre – admission is FREE.

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Art+Feminism: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | The Accelerator, 1501 Howard Avenue, Windsor, Ontario N8X 3T5

Hackforge, Arts Council Windsor & Region and the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor invite people of all gender identities to take part in Windsor, Ontario’s Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

Hosted at The Accelerator (1501 Howard Ave, Unit 101): Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 11am – 4pm

Free & kid friendly activities provided

We would prefer that you pre-register – However, walk-ins are welcome!

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is an event dedicated to improving the representation of women on wikipedia and provide a free teaching session for editing and contributing to Wikipedia.

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Yvonne Pilon is the President and CEO of WEtech Alliance, one of the eighteen Regional Innovation Centres in the province of Ontario focused on driving the growth and success of Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent’s technology centric companies and entrepreneurs.