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
Quad Copter night (or break that up into multiple projects and advertise each separately)
Metal work class
Big group projects
Simon says arduino
Movie projector – Theater night
Cold Metal forming
Concrete work (shaping)
DIY Astronomy (homebuilt telescopes)
Arduino/ Raspberry pi/ single board computers
Vacuum tube amp
Technology as art
3d Printer mentoring
Textiles (sewing, embroidery)
Learn to code (coding classes)
Rasberry Pi car ecc
Going from prototype to production
Traditional casting methods
community building events
laser cutter/ engraver
Make a thon
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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To learn more, please visit http://www.meetup.com/Gangplank-Avondale/events/145437152/
“Social Media Bootcamp” is an immersive experience in learning and improving all areas of your social media marketing . There will be classes ranging from Intro to Twitter, G+, Linkedin, Facebook, and Youtube to classes that help you to create better content. We will also have mentors to help critique your current social media accounts and a photographer to provide head shots.
When you are not in a workshop, enjoy our drop in collaborative workspace. Bring your laptop and work on creating social media accounts, get expert feedback and critiques from fellow social media users, and develop content for your social media or just work on a project while sharing the fun collaborative atmosphere.
Please note that for the weekend, our drop-in space will be on our second floor which is unfortunately not ADA accessible.
To learn more, please visit http://www.meetup.com/Gangplank-Avondale/events/145437152/
Gangplank has been wildly successful on a number of fronts, but we always push for more. It is in our DNA. Recently Gangplank Chandler has been struggling with defining what an anchor is, what social obligations exist and how to operate without an appointed leader. These are things all locations have or will struggle with at some point. It was time for a retrospective of sorts. We asked for help from Kim Kressaty of Future Pull Consulting (and a Gangplank Board Member) to facilitate a discussion on What is next?
The full report can be found at Gangplank Report.
The TL;DR version.
Five Day Plan
Thirty Day Plan
Community Builders. Let’s build it together.
Ninety Day Plan
Community Builders. Let’s build it together.
We should all be asking ourselves, “How can we drive towards these priorities?”. As a first step towards starting to message the manifesto we have started the Dangercast. Where we will be talking about the manifesto and culture that makes Gangplank work. We expect community participation in it. The first episode is available (and transcribed) at “Dangercast #1 : Collaboration over Competition“. It is also available on iTunes at “Dangercast“.
So if you love Gangplank and want to go deeper let us know you are interested in becoming a Gangplank Community Builder.
Be Dangerous. Be Excellent.
As mentioned in this post, Gangplank Avondale also hosted an event as part of the Manifesto Project. The Manifesto Project is intended to gather the voice of a generation. Manifesto Project events took place all over the State of Arizona in over 50 cities and towns. On August 21st, we gathered at Ganglank Avondale for a fun night with young leaders from the West Valley visioning for the future of the Arizona.
In the last month, Gangplank Avondale regulars have been working hard to update the look of their space. In the hours before this event, an awesome group of young leaders rallied together to serve their community in assembling the furniture for our upstairs space. Here is a sneak peek at how the space looked before the event:
We started out the night with tasty burritos from Cabelleros Grill and sharing stories. In fact, we decided that we don’t spend enough time just having fun together so watch for more social events in the future!
So what do the West Valley’s young leaders want to see for Arizona?
-Public transportation connecting all major cities.
-More connection between people/ more engaged residents.
-A thriving entrepreneurial community.
-Continued progressive cross city development and more technology.
-An awesome music scene.
-More cutting edge businesses. More innovation and invention.
-Better food culture.
-More cultural areas.
We concluded the night with personal expressions of how we will lead the change. Avondale’s young leaders declared that they will lead the change they want to see by:
-encouraging people to take action and stop finding excuses
-casting my vote each day with every action I do and don’t do
-jumping at every opportunity presented to me, networking, and staying social
September is National Hunger Awareness Month. From September 3-9, Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA) is sponsoring the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Experience, a week long real-life experience living on just $29 for food, the same as a typical SNAP participant. This experience helps provide a slim view into what it is like to live in poverty. Helping people change their circumstance starts with local community awareness and support. Help change your community by participating to raise your own awareness.
In Arizona, 1 in 5 people struggle with hunger every day and 1 in 4 children live in food insecure households. SNAP, the federal Food Stamp Program, is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger, helping put healthy foods on the table when Arizonans would otherwise go hungry. SNAP is a critical bridge to help individuals and families establish financial stability so they can move out of or away from poverty.
SNAP is intended to supplement the monthly food budget, although we know that many households rely solely on SNAP to purchase food. We also know that SNAP can only reasonably cover about 70% of monthly food costs and average food consumption per person.
SNAP Experience participants are encouraged to use only $29 to pay for all food costs for the week. However, you can supplement the $29 budget with a maximum of $12 more for food purchases not typically permitted on SNAP (hot and prepared meals or alcohol products, for example). SNAP Experience participants who choose this option are asked to not exceed $41 in total weekly expenses, and to track how the additional $12 is spent.
The SNAP Experience goal is to increase awareness about poverty and hunger in Arizona through a meaningful personal experience and to draw media attention to the hardships faced by those living in poverty. While this experience cannot give us a true sense of living in deep or prolonged poverty, it can provide insight into some of the challenges families confront.
For more information about the SNAP Experience, please contact Angela Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 602-604-0640. To participate in the SNAP Experience, please register online . Please register for one or all SNAP Experience options that interest you. 1) only the SNAP Experience, 2) the SNAP Experience and the additional $12 supplement; 3) SNAP Experience media events, and 4) ACAA’s SNAP Experience social media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
Help to elevate the issue of hunger into the public discourse, whether by participating yourself in the SNAP Experience, being aware of the information ACAA provides about others participating in the SNAP Experience, or spreading the word to those you know about this opportunity.
Guest post by: Vincent Nguyen
Gangplank is amazing not only because it allows you to avoid spending $5 at Starbucks every time you need to work with WiFi, but it’s filled with learning opportunities. You’re around people from different backgrounds (usually tech-related) and everyone is willing to help.
Not only that, but there are multiple events on a weekly basis. For example, I now know the basics of writing and publishing a press release, how to speak to clients without too much jargon, and how to build a personal brand. With an environment like Gangplank, it’s difficult to leave without having learned a thing or two.
I’ve only been going to Avondale’s Gangplank for three months now, but I’ve made my own observations over these past few months and reflected upon them. I realized there’s a lot of things I’ve learned both personally and for all things business.
I’ve seen what it’s like to work for yourself
They don’t teach you this stuff in school. People are expected to go off to a 9-5 job and come home. That’s it.
Gangplank houses several anchors, many who are working for themselves as freelancers and they’re doing a good job at it. They work where they want, when they want, and they’re happy to do it.
I’ve always had a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit and I know it’s a lot of heavy-lifting, so I think it’s awesome to see people who are self-sufficient and doing things they want to be doing. I’ve never heard anyone at Gangplank complain about being there. Gangplank is the office for many of the anchors. As far as I can tell, collaborative workspaces are amazing.
Working together drives more productivity than alone
I’m a person who can’t stand being in one place for too long. I think that’s part of the reason why I moved an entire state over after high school. I need change because when things are too comfortable I get bored, unmotivated, and drained.
What’s cool about Gangplank is that it’s not just a “workplace,” it’s a collaborative workspace. This means there are always different people when I step in the door on an afternoon to get my work done.
Like I said earlier, I used to spend $5 every time I wanted an environment with other people working and it was spent at Starbucks. Sure, there were conversations had and maybe I even flirted with girls on occasion, but it’s like paying for productivity.
Gangplank does it better. It has people who know what they’re doing, people of interesting background, and people who are for more than just small talk. They specialize in different fields and it just happens that many of them are related to the work I do. How cool is it to be able to socialize AND learn from other people?
I’ve been on a momentous productivity-driven slide for a while now and I thank a lot of that to Gangplank. When I have no motivation to work and get things done, I change it up to the one place I know I can focus. It’s even better that I know there is at least one person in the room who knows how to help me if I really need.
I’ve gotten different perspectives for the same topic
From professional storytellers, to graphic designers, to web designers, everyone’s got a different take on things. I’m just a lowly second-year college student with very little real world experience. What do I know?
What’s awesome is that I can take the different ideas from everyone around me, put my own spin on it, and come to an informed decision. Whether it’s on the best way to speak to a client from a business owner’s perspective or where to put certain designs of my website, there’s a large mess going on in my brain and I piece them all together.
That’s the beauty of the collaborative workspace. Where you learn personal things that tie into the business end of your world. I don’t intend on leaving Gangplank anytime soon because my brain isn’t done learning yet.
Vincent Nguyen is an intern for Gangplank HQ who decided to work there because he was interested in the idea of a collaborative workspace. He is currently based out of the Gangplank Avondale location. He runs personal development blog, Self Stairway,. Follow Vincent on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+
WordUP AZ will use the unconference format, giving attendees the opportunity to bring up topics they most want to learn about while also allowing them to share their own expertise.
This free event is open for developers of all levels. Lunch is provided.
To attend, signup at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5567101350/efbnen.