WordCamp Phoenix GPL Debate Brownbag #wcphx

Gangplank is thrilled to host the launching event for WordCamp Phoenix on Wednesday, January 26th at noon. During our regularly scheduled brownbag, we will be mixing up the format to highlight a Lincoln/Douglas style debate over GPL.

Should the GPL be enforceable against software developers who write programs compatible with GPL programs? You be the judge. Two Phoenix School of Law students, Gabriel Hassen and Darren Pang, will present closing arguments in a (fictitious) case for copyright infringement and breach of contract. After the arguments, the presenters will respond to questions from the audience.

Mr. Hassen is a third-year law student and former 3D graphic designer whose article, Digital Feudalism: An Analysis of Ownership and Control in the Information Age, will be published in the forthcoming issue of Phoenix Law Review. Mr. Pang is a second-year law student who has a strong background in the sciences and plans to practice in intellectual property law upon graduation. Both students were part of Professor Brigham Fordham’s Intellectual Property class at the Phoenix School of Law last year. Elizabeth Wilson, Brady Godbout, and Aaron Hart assisted in researching and developing arguments for the presentation.

Lunch will be provided by local restaurant Floridino’s.

For complete details for the debate, as well as the rest of the conference schedule, check out the WordCamp Phoenix site.

The Garden Pool Story

When Daniel McClung bought his first home, he was faced with the issue of deciding what to do with an empty backyard pool. He could have filled it in with water or dirt, but instead choose a unique solution. After a couple trips to Home Depot and some Internet research, Dennis built a self-sufficient aquaponic greenhouse.

We had the pleasure of hosting him at our weekly brownbag series. Not only does he share his story, but explains just how easy it is to start something similar in your own home.

Strategy, Planning and Money

Jonathan Cottrell, Chief Strategy Officer for SoChurch and founder of micro review site, blipper, shares his concrete strategies for start ups. For all you 37signals’ fans out there, you know that Jason Fried says, “Planning is guessing,” and to an extent, he’s right. But in the beginning of any startup, there couldn’t be anything more important than having a clear vision and plan to executing that vision. It’s the starting point for building a team, funding your business, and ultimately, starting.

Improv in the workplace

When the scheduled brownbag speaker wasn’t able to make it, Gangplankers Jose Gonzalez and David Cosand graciously volunteered to run a joint presentation at the last minute. Being improv comedians, this was nothing new to them.

For the next 45-minutes, Davd and Jose taught the audience about how improv comedy is valuable in any situation. Though the activities varied from crowd-surfing and standing in a circle making up words, the lesson was clear – improv helps you think on your feet, a trait necessary to any start up or small business owner.

Indie Music Marketing

Brian Coughlin, vocalist and guitarist for local band, Kinch, shares how the band has marketed itself without the help of a major record label. Through their efforts, Kinch has been recognized by the Phoenix New Times, as well as played at South by Southwest. Great information for small bands looking for inexpensive guerrilla marketing tactics that have been executed well.