Weekly Roundup – July 19-25

This week at Gangplank:

Tuesday, July 19th

Wednesday, July 20th

Friday, July 22nd

Saturday, July 23rd

  • (2:00-3:30pm) Gangplank Jr. Journalism Program

Monday, July 25th

  • (7:00pm) Geek Girls Meetup

Building Futures Mentoring Program

While not all Gangplanks can provide advice to startups as part of our mentoring program, every Gangplanker has something to share with the youth in our community.

That is why we are partnering with a different kind of mentoring program, the YMCA’s Building Futures program.

Building Futures is a free program established to provide youth (6-18 years old) from over-stressed families an opportunity to grow through a positive relationship with an adult mentor. Many of these kids suffer from low self-esteem and social isolation, issues that can be solved simply by listening and spending time sharing in their interests.

For Gangplank, this program is a natural fit. Our collaborative environment breeds confidence and camaraderie every day, in addition to providing individuals with the confidence to move forward and pursue their passions, whether that be as an entrepreneur, freelancer or small business owner. If Gangplank has helped mentor you, what better way to repay us then by assisting the next generation in the same way.

The program is opened to all Gangplankers ages 23+. Due to our partnership, the YMCA has waived the mentor training, so that volunteers can begin working immediately with the kids. If you are interested in participating, please email Kate Clarno at kclarno@vosymca.org or 602-212-6179.

Friendship over Formality – Improv

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 info@gangplankhq.com.

David Cosand shares how Forty Agency lives the value of friendship over formality by performing improv exercises every morning with fellow Anchor company, Integrum.

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 Nicholas.Vaidyanathan@asu.edu

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