LibCon 2014 in Chandler, Arizona

LibCon 2014 is a comic book and sci-fi convention for valley teenagers at the Boys & Girls Club Compadre Branch located at 300 East Chandler Boulevard in Downtown Chandler.

Now in its fourth year, LibCon brings teens ages 12-18 together fans of comic books, Japanese manga and anime, role-playing, costume play, video games, and other fantasy and science-fiction entertainment. More than 400 teens are expected to attend this free event and registration is now open. A free continental breakfast and lunch are included, courtesy of the Friends of the Chandler Public Library and Chandler Unified School District.

Participants can choose to attend a variety of sessions, including everything from making Candy Sushi, to creating your own blog and comic book, to watching award-winning actor Mike Traylor bring Edgar Allen Poe’s tales of horror alive. There will be all-day gaming, with tournaments, as well as a workshop on creating your own role-playing games.

Three authors will also be at LibCon 2014. Aprilynne Pike, author of the best-selling novel, “Wings”, will be debuting her new novel, “Life After Theft.” Brand new author, Amy K. Nichols, will be talking about her upcoming debut novel, “Now That You’re Here.” And OneBookAZ teen novel winner, Garry Rogers, will be discussing his ebook, “Corr Syl the Warrior.”

Organizers hope that LibCon inspires teens to tap into their creativity, to take advantage of resources available in their community to express themselves. Cecelia L., age 18, attended last year’s event and likes the event for its non-intimidating size. “It’s a wonderful way to enter the world of conventions. The panels are always fun, and meeting other amazing people is a highlight,” Cecelia said.

Each year, the Library conducts a contest to select the annual LibCon logo. The high level of quality for this year’s contest resulted two winning logos being chosen. Yujin J., age 17 and Lauren D., 15, were the winning artists and each received a $50 Visa gift card. Their creations can be seen on the LibCon Facebook page.

Avondale Labs Planning a Summer of Electronics

On Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 Gangplank Avondale’s makers gathered to brainstorm how to amp up the Avondale Labs Initiative. After a burst of ideas, we narrowed it to a “Summer of Electronics”. We are meeting again next Tuesday the 15th at 7pm to further plan this electrifying summer.

For those interested in seeing the crazy list of future ideas the group came up with, here they are:

Set up a soldering station
Meet once a month on a Saturday (maybe a youth event once a month)
Paper electronics for kids
Install fest – help those with less tech knowledge install Linux
Reach out to local neighborhood
Tear down day
Etsy Craft Party
Pinterest Party
Quad Copter night (or break that up into multiple projects and advertise each separately)
Metal work class
Amateur Radio
Furniture refinishing
HAM site
Big group projects
Simon says arduino
rockets
Movie projector – Theater night
Gunsmithing
welding
Metal milling
Cold Metal forming
metal working
Tig Welding
Jewelry Making
Brewing/distilling apparatus
Catapults
Concrete work (shaping)
Glass work
DIY Astronomy (homebuilt telescopes)
Tesla coil
Arduino/ Raspberry pi/ single board computers
Home automation
LEGO
Jacobs Ladder
Videography
Hacking
Nixie Tube
Vacuum tube amp
Aerial Photography
Drones
Technology as art
3D Printing
3d Printer mentoring
Textiles (sewing, embroidery)
woodworking
car computer
pyro
Fire
Learn to code (coding classes)
Rasberry Pi car ecc
Yoga class
Going from prototype to production
CAD Meetup
Painting class
Life Drawing
Screen printing
Upcycyling
Info dispersion
Secure communication
Networks
Traditional casting methods
Mento fountains
outreach event
community building events
robots
inventors club
Theremin
laser cutter/ engraver
Make a thon

Summer Outreach and Communication Internships Available

Gangplank Outreach and Communication Intern

Gangplank is seeking energetic, fun, and creative Outreach and Communication interns to help share the Gangplank story and engage local residents. Gangplank is committed to providing excellent educational opportunities. This unpaid position will provide interns with experience in outreach and communications for a global nonprofit while supporting the creation of vibrant communities. Interns will have opportunities to learn and use a variety of skills including event planning, social media marketing, writing press releases, photography, and video. Summer internships begins June 5, 2014.

As part of telling Gangplank’s story, interns will also have opportunities to explore 3D printing, electronics, entrepreneurship, design, software development, community development, and economic development.

This position supports all of Gangplank’s Phoenix Metro locations. Currently we have locations in Chandler and Avondale. Interns can choose to be based out of either location. Travel to events throughout the Phoenix Metro area is required.

Job Responsibilities:

• Organize, attend, and or participate in events related to Gangplank initiatives.

• Create fun and interactive displays for outreach tables.

• Create, update, and respond to social media and blog posts.

• Create videos and other multimedia communications

• Craft and distribute press releases as needed.

• Performs related duties as needed.

Qualifications: 

• Must have a strong desire to learn.

• Excellent communication skills.

• Energetic and creative individuals who are capable of making decisions on their own.

To apply please submit your resume  to Trish@gangplankhq.com no later than May 15, 2014.

RockIT Bootcamp – Launch Your IT Career

 

rockIT logo@2x RockIT Bootcamp   Launch Your IT Career

 

This is great opportunity at an inaugural run of a new program.  The first cohort will have all tuition costs waived.  If you have thought about becoming an Web Developer, this is your chance.

Inaugural Class Begins April 2014 [ Apply Now ]

What is IT?

RockIT is an immersive, 12-week bootcamp in web development. The full-time program focuses on building hands-on skills using real world examples and projects. RockIT teaches the skills that entry level web development professionals need to succeed in a career in one of today’s technology jobs.

Learn from experienced instructors – web developers who are working closely with local employers – so that RockIT can help meet the growing demand for front end web developers in the Metro Phoenix area.

Learn:

  • HTML5
  • JavaScript
  • CSS3
  • jQuery
  • PHP
  • MySQL

CURRICULUM

You will learn something new every day. You will write code every day. Everything that is included in the curriculum is relevant and important to starting a career in web development. Industry experts have created an integrated curriculum that leads you through the theory but more importantly the practice. You will work individually, in pairs and in small teams to solve problems, crack the code and build real world web applications. You will work much harder and for much longer than you think.

COMPLETION

Everything you have learned comes together in final phase of the bootcamp as you demonstrate proficiency in web development skills through an individual project and a team project. What you have learned prepares you for the first step in a career including confidence, skills and knowledge. The applications you have created build a portfolio of work that you will be proud of and able to take with you.

CAREERS

Embedded throughout the program are a series of career exploration related activities. The curriculum includes networking events, peer level meetups, job searching skills, resume writing and interview techniques to add to the body of web development work you have completed. A career fair as part of the final phase of the bootcamp enables you to meet with local web development agencies and employers.

Chandler Community Meeting Notes 3/12

NOTE: We haven’t regularly held meetings since the new year due to a lack of need. Meetings can be called at the regular time by anyone, however, and we encourage people who need the community’s engagement to request meetings as needed.  Today’s meeting was held to inform the community of a few notable happenings in recent weeks.

Meeting Started at 4:02PM

Startup Weekend Chandler, hosted by Gangplank, announced for July 2014

Eileen K (LilliMedia) proudly announced that she is aiding Troy B (Athlinks), as coordinator, in planning and promoting our next Startup Weekend.  By popular demand, the weekend moves back to the summer months and will be held July 18th – 20th, 2014.  Expect Troy to begin asking individuals and companies for support in the coming days.

Maker Faire coming to Chandler by DCCP, Gangplank, Tech Shop, and ASU

Jenn L (DCCP) announced that the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership received support to host an official, branded Maker Faire.  They are looking to either piggyback the event on an October 2014 event or host it the weekend of Jan 15th, 2015 as a one-year anniversary of Tech Shop and the Mayor’s declaration of January 15th as “Maker Day” in Chandler.  They will be seeking support and sponsors and will keep us updated.

New Brownbag Coordinator Kristin of Jacob’s Well, Needs Support

First off, thanks again to Hiring Solved’s Jenny who carefully stewarded Brownbags for the latter half of 2013.  And huge thanks to our newest Brownbag coordinator, Kristin L of Jacob’s Well. Our schedule, due in part to some uncertainty during the passing of the baton, has us with only about 1 month of brownbags scheduled.  Like always, the community needs to look through their contacts to help her with some speaker ideas.

Pizza on Hacknights Back thanks to Hiring Solved

Hiring Solved is graciously sponsoring Hack Night pizza again!  Next time to you see Shon B or Trevor O of Hiring Solved, you should give them a high-five or a hug.  They officially sponsor pizza but will need help picking it up.  Hans M (LilliMedia) volunteered to assist with pickup.  Trish G (Gangplank) suggested all of us to keep an eye out for pizza delivery by 6PM if you’re here, and if its not here, go look for Trevor!

Discussion on Vending Machines

Bonanza Educational continues to support the vending machines, both by financially backing them when the fund runs low and also keeping them stocked.  They’ve been ordering and stocking them for two years this month and managing the finances for one year last month.

Jeremy S (Bonanza Ed) reports that sales average around $300 / month, up dramatically from $125/month before the Red Bull Machine was restocked in August and a “Vending” vinyl sign was made and posted by Kristi (DCCP).  The machines require a 6-8 week purchase cycle.

We (Gangplank) own the Coke machine and are lent the Red Bull Machine by Red Bull USA.  Repairs on the Coke machine are on us, and the recent issues with Coke being vended in place of people’s actual selection was just fixed.  Give Greg T (MarketingPress) a high-five or hug for donating $115 to cover the costs of the repair.

V8 VFusion juice drinks will be back in stock shortly, Jeremy is just waiting for the Hanson’s Naturals slot to empty.  Then, Hanson’s Naturals will be left out of stock until the San Pellegrino Blood Orange runs out.  The San Pellegrino drinks were a special purchase made possible by a Costco Rebate and we simply cannot afford them after the current supply, purchased on the discount, runs out.

Some members of the community asked for a few changes to the selection and Jeremy explained that it has taken over two years of refining the selection to get us to the current assortment.  Many of the drinks are enjoyed by many, where, in the past, some options took up an entire slot just for a few fans of that option.  While he is is confident in the current selection, ideas may be brought to Jeremy offline.

Brian S (Bonanza Ed) asks the community permission to install a table-top snack vending machine and stock it with a 50%/50% supply of healthy and yummy snacks.  He said that Bonanza will support these similarly to the soft drinks. Ideas for things to include Kashi bars, apple chips, various candy, nuts, and chips.  The community welcomed it with a verbal vote.

Jeremy keeps a small amount of change at GP for people who want to turn a $10 or $5 into $1’s to use in the vending machines.  If he is at his desk, he welcomes anyone to stop by and get change if they need it.

Call for Members that Need Keys, Alarm Code Changes

Jeremy (Bonanza Ed) requested that members needing alarm codes, alarm code changes, or new keys please reach out to him this week offline.

“Magic Space” Not Magic Anymore

Jeremy (Bonanza Ed) updated the community on the status of 250’s Suite 3 & 5, our neighbors, or what we lovingly called the Magic Space.  The lease holder of the space was officially evicted last week and the property’s receiver is confident the new space will be leased to a new entity in the near future.  Potential new tenants are touring the space.  If you see them, make them feel welcome!

All Gangplank property was successfully removed from Magic Space to our knowledge, but let us know if you think we forgot something.  Chris L (CSI) updated us on events scheduled for the former Magic Space are now in the GP Main Space until 260 opens, notably:

  • Jacob’s Well Church now meets regularly on Sunday mornings.  You’re welcome to be in the space when they’re here, especially if you wish to join their worship.
  • Desert Code Camp speaker’s dinner and after party will be here Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th in the evening.  They will be responsible for moving furniture out and back, but its recommended you clean up your desks.
  • Southeast Valley .NET User’s Group will now be in here every 4th Thursday starting 3/27.  Over the years, their group grew to 50+.  They are responsible for moving chairs and furniture.   If you’re here expect it to be busy.

260 Construction Update

Trish G (Gangplank HQ) updated everyone on the status of the 260 construction.  Project is over budget and we will need to assist in a few fundraisers.  The second floor is going up this week and next so watch out for some major changes to happen fast!  The construction crews sees a completion by late April to early May.  Yes… less than 90 days!

GP Jr.

Josh S (Bonanza Ed) discussed his desire to lead a renewed effort into Gangplank Jr.  Chris S also said he wants to get things going too.  A last minute idea of a table-top gaming event, in honor of the annual table-top gaming day, to be held on April 5, was suggested.  Discussion will move offline.

Gangplank Booth at Mesa Maker Faire

Eileen K (LilliMedia) and Trish G (Gangplank HQ) discussed our last-minute involvement in the Mesa Maker Faire in Downtown Mesa next week.  They acknowledged that it is an awkward weekend but that they need help in the form a one-three people to staff the booth and share GP and its maker programs.  They do need help, so please help if you can!  The event is auxiliary to the spark! Festival in Mesa, where Bonanza Ed will be running a big booth, so feel free to stop by there too.

General Announcements

  • St Patrick’s Day at Murphy’s Law 3/17.  If you want to go check in with DCCP.
  • Beer and BBQ Festival 3/21. DCCP also has tickets.  Performances by Blues Traveller.
  • Chandler Jazz Festival 4/4 & 4/5.  DCCP has tickets.

Meeting Ended at 4:35PM

Welcome Sean Duggan, City of Chandler Police Chief

529ce3559ce5c.image 1 Welcome Sean Duggan, City of Chandler Police Chief

Sean Duggan

As many of you know Chandler Police Chief Sherry Kiyler retired late last year. After a nationwide search, the city announced in late November that Sean Duggan would be the new Police Chief for the city. Myself and Jennifer Lindley had the pleasure of spending some time getting to know Sean, who reached out to Gangplank and Downtown Chandler Community Partnership as an applicant because he wanted to know more about our community. Sean is a class act that gets a connected community is the right place to start with public safety.

Sean is a 27 year veteran from the Scottsdale Police Department. Duggan is just the kind of leadership we need in Chandler and the kind of collaborator that brings all sorts of new possibilities for Gangplank to think outside of the box. Join us in welcoming him as you see him around.

TechShop Chandler Grand Opening

TechShop Chandler Grand Opening

Saturday, 1/18/2014
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
TechShop Chandler
Join TechShop Chandler for their action-packed grand opening celebration: Saturday, January 18 from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Take a tour of their cutting edge facility, located within ASU’s Chandler Innovation Center, and prepare to be inspired. See what members are working on, chat with successful community makers, try some hands-on activities, and watch some of their machines in action! They will be serving barbecue burgers and dogs with sides and sodas from 12 – 2 PM. Participate in these great hands-on activities:

  • Help build a state-of-the-art 3D structure in the parking lot with Brian Korsedal of Arcology Now! 11AM -2PM
  • Battle with SumoBots in the famous Gearena
  • Compete to race Sphero, part ball and part robot, through an ever changing obstacle course

Guests can also look forward to demonstrations and displays:

  • “Meet the Makers” including reps from Local Motors, SITGREEN furniture, local incubator Desarrollo, and more. Talk about the latest happenings in the Maker world, how this movement is changing the world and how you can be a part of it 12-2PM
  • Dream Consultant help desk – talk to their fantastic staff about your upcoming projects so that they can can help you build your dreams!
  • Meet their amazing instructors as they demonstrate equipment and give you a taste of what classes are like at TechShop
  • Little Makers hands-on area
  • Member spotlights
  • Photo booth

Enter our raffle to win cool prizes:

  • 3-Pack of Maker Books, including The Maker Movement Manifesto, Zero to Maker, and Makers: The New Industrial Revolution
  • 3-Month TechShop Membership
  • 3-Pack of Choice Classes

If you are a current TechShop member and would like to show off your project at the grand opening, please send an e-mail to education.ch@techshop.ws with a photo of your project, a photo of yourself, a description of your project, and a short bio to be featured next to your project. Submissions due by Monday, January 13, 2014.

The grand opening is free and fun for the entire family! You do not need to RSVP for this event, just show up Saturday between 11AM and 4PM. Bring your family and friends! TechShop Chandler is located at 249 E. Chicago St.,Chandler, AZ. If you need more information, email us at info.ch@techshop.com or call 480-327-0820. Special offers and membership discounts will be available throughout the day.

ASU Chandler Innovation Center Grand Opening

grand ASU Chandler Innovation Center Grand Opening

GRAND OPENING

You are cordially invited to the grand opening of the ASU Chandler Innovation Center, an engineering and technology-based research hub featuring TechShop Chandler.This ribbon-cutting ceremony will be one-of-a-kind, so you don’t want to miss it! ASU President Michael Crow; Mitzi Montoya, vice provost and dean of ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation; Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny; and Jim Newton, chairman and founder for TechShop will use a plasma cutter to saw into the special steel ribbon to commemorate this celebration.

When: Friday, January 17, 2014
Where: 249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225

Events:

  • 8:30am: Registration
  • 8:45am: Program begins
  • 9:30am: Program ends, City to unveil special gift
  • 9:30-11:30am: Tours of Chandler Innovation Center and TechShop

rsvp ASU Chandler Innovation Center Grand Opening

For information on additional TechShop grand opening events on Saturday, January 18, please visit TechShop Chandler. 

pn logo ASU Chandler Innovation Center Grand Opening cti ASU Chandler Innovation Center Grand Opening chandler ASU Chandler Innovation Center Grand Opening

 

eBooks, Magazines, Music and more at Chandler Public Library

As the holidays approach there is a good chance you might give or receive an iPad, Nook or Kindle. That fresh little hottie is gonna need some content. Did you know that the Chandler Public Library offers content for these devices for check out, just like physical books?

eReader assistance 2013 a eBooks, Magazines, Music and more at Chandler Public Library

Copyright City of Chandler

That’s right your Chandler Public Library card gives you access to thousands of e-books, including fiction, non-fiction, young-adult and children’s titles (plus audio books). Using service like Overdrive, TumbleBooks and Axis 360.

“While many of our customers may not be as familiar with Axis 360, they are pleasantly surprised at the number of new and current titles that are available to download. There is really something for everyone on this platform,” said Rosanna Johnson, a spokesperson for the library.

Don’t like to read books, but love magazines. They have those digitally through Zinio. The Library offers over 300 popular magazines to download including Us Weekly, Consumer Reports, The Economist, Newsweek and Arizona Highways. There are also specialized magazines for car enthusiasts, woodworkers, cooks, and more.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides and other reference guides are available for downloading through the Gale Virtual Reference Library. “The Eyewitness Travel Guides are high quality and provide thorough detail that can really add to someone’s travel experience, especially if they can download it right onto their tablet and easily access it on their trip,” adds Johnson.

In addition to reading material, cardholders can access free music downloads with Freegal and online language courses through Mango Languages. Freegal offers access to about 7 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, ranging for current hits to show tunes to ethnic genres.

With Mango, you learn grammar, vocabulary, and basic conversational phrases through their basic flashcard system. These resources can be accessed through software applications, or apps, that are available through the Apple iTunes store and Google Play store.

Get out there and rediscover what your library can do for you.

Chandler Community Meeting Notes 12/11

Community Meeting Notes 12/11/2013
By: Jeremy S.

START 4:11

NOTE: There were no meetings on 11/27 or 12/4.

Discussion on Email Discussion Groups: There is a general concern with some of the content recently discussed on the email group “chandler-community”.  It put us in a bad light, both in general, when certain people post things that can damage our outward facing community.  We affirmed that we purposely created an open discussion group for transparency and it shouldn’t represent us widely or individually when someone says something dumb, but we admit it can still happen.  That said, we unanimously agreed to remove the topic in question from our public archive, despite being anti-censorship and aiming for transparency.

We feel there are better ways to engage newer members of our community and feel the discussion group should be tailored for people very active.  We should introduce new people to “less-intense” options.  We know for a small period of time new people were welcomed to the group.

We recommend temporarily suspending the group until a solution could be found.

Dessert Potluck Next Week: Next week is the holiday dessert potluck, in lieu of the brownbag.

Brownbags Update: Jenny from Hiring Solved reports that we are scheduled until 3/5 on Brown Bags.  We have had some great Brown Bags this fall and hope to keep up the good work.

END: 4:35PM

 

Locations

Avondale, AZ

Chandler, AZ

Richmond, VA

Sault St. Marie, ON

Start a Gangplank in your city!

Upcoming Events

No Events