Gangplank Jr School Supply Drive

UPDATE 7/22 – With current donations, we’ve been able to fill 26 backpacks. We are still in need of the following (in order by most desired):

  • Backpacks! Keep ’em coming
  • Binders
  • Looseleaf paper
  • Graph Paper
  • Protractors
  • Calculators
  • Planners
  • Markers
  • Construction Paper
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Hand sanitizer

Time again for the Gangplank Jr School Supply Drive. Last year we donated 44 FULL backpacks to low-income students in the Chandler Unified School District.

Not only do we intend to top that this year, we’ve added high school supplies to the mix to reach a wider range of students. All you need to do is drop off said supplies at a participating Locations (see below). Deadline is Friday, August 5th to drop off your supplies. Continue reading

Gangplank Jr Journalism Program

Children have a natural curiosity that makes them excellent journalists. As any parent can tell you, they are always questioning and see everything.

The Gangplank Jr Journalism Program seeks to build upon this natural curiosity, teaching kids to use their powers of observation to inform others. Participants will learn the importance of the first amendment, how to write different types of stories such as news and feature, podcasting, video as well as create a working news site as the final product.

The Gangplank Jr Journalism Program takes place over 9-weeks, beginning July 9th. Meetings will take place each Saturday at 2:00pm. Kids must attend at least five of the meetings in order to participate in the ‘First Issue’ workshop on September 9th.

Please join us for our first meeting on Saturday, July 9th at 2:00pm at Gangplank.

Software Engineering Reading Group

Are you interested in evolving from a “layman copy/paste coder” to a professional software engineer? Are you interested in getting together with others who take software engineering seriously and discussing the merits of clean code and architectural unity over food and a fine frothy beverage? If so, join the software engineering reading group, meeting Wednesday nights at 7 pm.

What will we read? That’s up to you. Vote from the following choices:

· Fowler’s Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture

· Brown et Al’s Anti-Patterns

· Bob Martin’s Clean Code

· Beck’s Refactoring

· Coders at Work

Sound like fun? E-mail your interest and preference to

Gangplank 3 Years On.

Disruptive does not begin to describe what we have done. Rather than follow the established order, we executed a bold plan to fundamentally change how business is done in Phoenix from the state and city government level down to the real estate agent and the recent ASU grad.

Gangplank is a collaborative workspace located in the desert of Arizona far from the tech centers of Silicon Valley, Boulder, Austin, Boston and NYC. Founded by 4 anchor companies 3 years ago, Gangplank is pushing the philosophy of “social capital” powered workspaces combining freeform coworking workspace, established anchor companies, and community engagement to create an environment of collaboration, innovation and mentorship for the creative class and business community in Chandler and all Greater Phoenix. Continue reading

Gangplank Volunteers Rock

Since Gangplank’s trades in social capital, we’ve never had our shortage of people willing to help out from time to time. A little over two months ago, a few of those folks joined forces to become the first official class of the Gangplank Volunteer Program.

Since then, these folks have blown me away with their dedication to even the most heinous of tasks (i.e. cleaning out and setting up the library). They genuinely want to help keep Gangplank running smooth so that everyone can work and have a good time.

I wanted to take a moment to recognize their awesome work and encourage everyone to tell them ‘thank you’ the next time you see them. Continue reading

Schools of the Future

It is no secret that Gangplank Jr is an experiment to see what could be possible in educating kids for the new economy.  Here is a sample of what a school in the future might look like.  If you are interested in seeing this sort of thing happen for your children, please sign up and get involved.


Weekly Event Roundup May 24-30

This week at Gangplank:

Tuesday, May 24th

  • (6:00pm) Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s ‘State of the City’ address
  • (7:00-9:00pm) Phoenix Rails Meeting
  • (7:00-9:00pm) Storytellers AZ

Wednesday, May 25th

  • (noon) Brownbag – ‘Spec Work vs. Pragmatic Business’ [RSVP]
  • (1:00pm) Gangplank Tour
  • (6:00pm) Hacknight
  • (7:00pm) Street Hockey

Thursday, May 26th

  • (6:00-9:00pm) SEVDNUG Meeting

    What CAN we do in one week?

    Mayor Tibshraeny and the City of Chandler have accepted a friendly challenge from the Town of Gilbert, as both raise food for the hungry.

    The community that donates the most food (by weight) during the month of May will send the losing Mayor & Council T-shirts to wear during an upcoming Council meeting.

    As much as we’d love to see Councilmember Weninger blush while wearing whatever clever concoction Gilbert creates, we can’t let them beat out Chandler. We’ve got one week (through May 31st) to collect as many non-perishable items as possible in Gangplank.

    SO BRING EM! We’ve got a small box by the video games that we can easily overflow with goodies for the local food bank.

    Want to help spread the word? Here are Facebook and Twitter alerts to put out to your networks:

    Worthy cause that gives Chandler bragging rights over Gilbert? Win! Donate your canned goods through 5/31 @gangplank –

    Donate your non-perishable items @gangplank through 5/31 and help us beat Gilbert!

    Friendship over Formality

    As part of a new series, ‘Living the Gangplank Manifesto’, various community participants share their stories about the values through blogs, videos and podcasts. If you’d like to participate, email

    Chris Conrey, Human to Geek Relations for Integrum and Gangplank’s resident loud voice, shares how he lives the value of ‘Friendship over Formality’ is his work.

    Check out the ‘Boldness over Assurance‘ value video.

    Breaking down Gangplank

    An important part of Gangplank’s culture is our ability to adapt to change and commitment to having an agile space. Though displayed in many small ways every day, the most significant example of this commitment in action is moving out our entire space to welcome in various events. It can be a bit chaotic, but always a good workout!