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

 

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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

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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

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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

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

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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?

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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 Startup Weekend Recap

On November 15th, 2013 Gangplank Chandler held our 4th Startup Weekend. It was full of good pitches, hard work, good food, and a lot of fun. We started off the night by welcoming back Katie Hurst as our Startup Weekend facilitator. We had 28 pitches on friday night and ended up with nine teams formed.

The ideas ranged from video games Wiblits (free mobile and online one minute, multi-player, social games) and Zombieplank (a mobile augmented reality and geolocation app to fight off zombies in Gangplank) to a medical imaging scoring system that creates a “pay relative to performance model” for insurance companies (RadiUp). We also had an educational mobile video game to help improve test scores and change the culture about learning for kids (To Learn is Human) and an online recruiting tool to help American college students find employment around the world (Campus to Compass). And a subscription-based online custom market place for audiobook enthusiasts (Audissey).

Many of our meals were donated by some of our Sponsors. Marketing Press provided breakfast each day and the coffee came from ProvisionCoffee.com. Saturday’s lunch was Gangplanks famous Startup BBQ provided by Brian LaFrance and Authority Labs. Jeff Weninger provided us with Floridino’s pizza and helped multiple teams with customer validation. As a local restaurant owner, Jeff helped Local Dish (an online and mobile application meal planning platform). And as a Chandler City Council member Jeff was able to help ForUs, an online platform to help local candidates build a custom, full-featured web, social media and donation site for their campaigns.

With Vintage 95 catering sunday night we had a packed house for the final pitches. Our judges, Eric Schedeler, Troy Busot, and Kyle Stewart had a tough decision to make to choose the winner. Cam Easy, a B2B SaaS-based software program designed to replace outdated CAM software and spreadsheets used by property management firms, took the win. Overall, it was a successful weekend. Thank you to our many sponsors and volunteers, especially Pagely.com.

We are already starting to plan the 5th Gangplank Startup Weekend. If you are interested in helping or sponsoring, contact Trish Gillam at trish@gangplankhq.com.

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Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday December 7th, in Downtown Chandler, the 24th annual Parade of Lights followed by the 57th Tumbleweed Tree Lighting will take place. More than 12,000 people are expected to join Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and the Chandler City Council kick off the holiday season.

The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with a variety of musical and dance entertainment, inflatables and fun activities for children, and visits with Santa Claus in Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. There will be pony rides, a display of unique movie-theme inspired cars, and people can get their photo taken in a life-size Human Snow Globe.

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Life Size Snow Globe

The Parade of Lights begins at 7 p.m. and this year’s parade route will start at the corner of Arizona Avenue and Frye Road. The festive floats and other entries will move north on Arizona Avenue, past Chandler City Hall and continue through the downtown area. As it reaches the north end of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park the procession will turn right on Buffalo Street, followed by another right turn onto Arizona Place. After moving along the east side of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, the parade will end at the corner of Boston Street and Arizona Place.

At the conclusion of the parade (approximately 8 p.m.), guests are invited to gather around the Tumbleweed Tree in the center of the park on the west side of Arizona Avenue for the lighting ceremony.

PARKING AND TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS
Guests attending the event are strongly encouraged to arrive early to find parking. There are multiple locations with free parking, including two parking garages on the east side of Arizona Avenue, and several surface lots. Due to the expanded parade route, the Chandler City Hall parking garage at Washington Street north of Frye Road will be open prior to 6:30 p.m. and re-open after 8:30 p.m. Exiting this garage will be prohibited while the Parade of Lights is taking place..

Residents are reminded that Arizona Avenue will be closed between Chandler Boulevard and Frye Road from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Frye Road will also be restricted from Arizona Avenue east to Delaware Street from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Several other smaller streets in the downtown area will also be closed or restricted during the festivities.

A map showing street closures and parking options, including parking for the disabled, will be available one week prior to the event online at www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.

Jay Tibshraeny Municipal Leader of the Year

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American City & County magazine has selected Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny as its Municipal Leader of the Year.

“Mayor Tibshraeny proves that through foresight and endurance, America’s local leaders can help overcome their community’s problems,” said Bill Wolpin, Editor, American City & County Magazine. “His story is worth sharing in the hopes that others will become inspired.”

Mayor Tibshraeny has been at the forefront of the economic development push in Chandler preserving Price Corridor.  This corridor is the a major employment corridor and is attracting some of the best high wage technology jobs in the state.

It is home to the likes of  Intel, Bank of America, PayPal, Microchip Technologies, Orbital Sciences, Rogers Corporation and Wells Fargo. This year, General Motors, Infusionsoft and Nationstar have moved in.

“Chandler is a leader in the region in job creation and today the Price Corridor is home to an impressive roster of companies,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “This success validates our efforts to protect the area from residential encroachment. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the area as Chandler is now recognized as a premier innovation and technology hub throughout the Southwest.”

Mayor Tibshraeny is a supporter of Gangplank, Downtown redevelopment and pushing for city wide initiatives to create healthier communities, stronger neighborhoods, boost education and re-imagine ailing shopping corners.

Jay,

Go Jay go!  We are proud to be in Chandler and have you at the helm.

– Love Gangplank