December 2016 Events & Meetups at Gangplank Chandler

Thursday, December 1

SouthEast Valley .NET Newbies Group, 6 – 9pm, Main Space

Newbie Stuff and continued Project Management

Women Who Code Show Your Stuff – HTML/CSS, 6 – 7:30pm

Study group open to women working with or learning HTML/CSS. Beginners always welcome.

Friday, December 2

Podcasting Playhouse: Podcasters Meetup, 4 – 5:30pm

Join other podcasters for networking and a tour of Gangplank in Chandler’s podcasting studio. Try out the equipment and trade tips with the Phoenix podcasting community. Every first Friday of the month.

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Saturday, December 3

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room

For more information, contact: LuisWongCampos@cox.net.

Wednesday, December 7

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Join us to discuss whatever comes up living the Gangplank Manifesto and co-working together. Interested in desk space at Gangplank Chandler? Drop in and find out what it’s all about.

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

Day job keeping you away from co-working out of Gangplank during the day? Our weekly Hacknights are project time, an open house, jam space and brainstorming session all rolled into one. Hacknight is an opportunity to connect, share ideas and launch new ventures in the community. It’s a great time to come work on a side project or pursue a hobby.

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Phoenix Freelancers Meetup: Planning for the New Year, 5:30 – 7pm

Worried about having to put your business on hold for the holidays? Worried there’s too much to do and you’ve got no time for yourself?? There are so many ways we can utilize this time to grow and improve! At this Spark, we’ll discuss how to: Take the time to cultivate deep relationships with our clients; Make a plan for improvement and set goals for the new year; Share strategies for saving money while spending on gifts; Actually take time off.

Networking & refreshments.

Thursday, December 8

Arizona WordPress Group, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Gather and discuss the best ways to work with WordPress and find out the advantages of using WordPress for your Business and Personal website.

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Saturday, December 10

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room

Monday, December 12

Craft Hack: Cards & Wrapping Paper, 6 – 8pm, Conference Room

Bring in your paper crafting and we’ll demo some paper project. Feel free to bring your own project to work on. The event is scheduled for crafts people to show off their own projects, work on their crafts, learn a new skill or get tips and network with other craft entrepreneurs. CraftHack’s goal is to encourage East Valley residents to launch their own craft-based businesses.

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Digital Storytellers Meetup, 6 – 8pm, Conference Room

Looking to tell your story online? Whether you are a filmmaker or a video blogger or building your business, it all begins with the story. Learn new techniques and best practices for creating your story and using tools like YouTube to share with the world.

  • Discover, Define and Refine you stories and work with others to find the best way to share your stories with your audience.
  • Open to all levels of experience

Wednesday, December 14

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 8 – 10pm

Guilt Free Book Club, 6 – 7pm

We will discuss Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The book is available for free from Project Gutenberg and its free on Amazon Kindle. Instead of our typical location, we will meet at the Hayden Library at ASU at 6 PM to experience the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project. Guilt-free because you don’t have to read the book to join the discussion.

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Thursday, December 15

Southeast Valley .NET User Group, 6 – 8pm

Programming with Minecraft Command Blocks by Mark Richardson.

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Friday, December 16

Monthly Momentum Meetup, 1 – 4pm

Formerly “Bookkeeping and Beers,” this is a monthly productivity session with other Gangplankers. Get stuff done you would normally put off. (It doesn’t have to be bookkeeping.) You’re welcome to bring beverages and/or snacks.

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Saturday, December 17

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room

Monday, December 19

Women Who Code Show Your Stuff – JavaScript, 6 – 7:30pm

Study group open to women working with or learning JavaScript. Beginners always welcome.

Wednesday, December 21

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

Monday, December 26

Digital Storytellers Meetup, 6 – 8pm, Conference Room

Looking to tell your story online? Whether you are a filmmaker or a video blogger or building your business, it all begins with the story.

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Wednesday. December 28

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

Desert Blockchain Meetup, 6 – 9pm

Desert Blockchain is a community of bitcoin & blockchain technology enthusiasts interested in creating what is next for decentralized trust and agreement.

GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 8 – 10pm

November 2016 Events & Meetups at Gangplank Chandler

Tuesday, November 1

Modfit continues their free pilot clinic through the end of the month, open to the entire Gangplank community as well as your business associates, friends, or family. Modfit is a Chandler based startup building personalized clinics for today’s desk-bound workforce, and are equipped with the latest fitness technology to help you lose weight, alleviate stress, reduce pain, and power through you workday. Download the Modfit app from the iTunes or Google Play app stores to schedule your first session.

Wednesday, November 2

Freelancers Meetup: Setting Boundaries with Demanding Clients, Spark Phoenix, 5:30pm, Main Space

This month, we’ll swap invaluable insight around questions like: How do you decide who to work with? How you set up parameters from the start of the relationship? How do you project manage yourself and your clients? Regardless of industry, we all share similar experiences as independent business owners! We try to ensure everyone leaves with insights and connections that will help their business thrive. Networking & refreshments. RSVP

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Join us to discuss whatever comes up living the Gangplank Manifesto and co-working together. Interested in desk space at Gangplank Chandler? Drop in and find out what it’s all about.

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Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

Day job keeping you away from co-working out of Gangplank during the day? Our weekly Hacknights are project time, an open house, jam space and brainstorming session all rolled into one. Hacknight is an opportunity to connect, share ideas and launch new ventures in the community. It’s a great time to come work on a side project or pursue a hobby.

GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 7 – 9pm

Selecting the next book to read: Before the meeting: 1. Pick a book you want to read. 2. At the meeting: Present your book to the group. 3. At the meeting: Once all books are presented, we vote. Book presentations may be simple or fancy. Your choice. Voting will likely be approval-style. That is, each member may approve (vote for) any number of books. The winner is the most-approved book.

Thursday, November 3

SouthEast Valley .NET Newbies Group, 6 – 9pm, Main Space

We will be continuing our review of the internal project selected for development via the full SDLC, focusing on finalizing the requirements, making final selections for the team members and formalizing the development process. For the MVC portion, a review of routes is next on the agenda. There will be a brief review session for those new members that are new to C#, continuing with the basics of declarations, classes, SOLID and dependency injection.

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Women Who Code Show Your Stuff – HTML/CSS, 6 – 7:30pm

Study group open to women working with or learning HTML/CSS. Beginners always welcome.

Saturday, November 5

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room
For more information, contact: LuisWongCampos@cox.net.

AZLOCO Install-fest/Linux Workshop, 10am – 5pm

Anyone interested in Linux is welcome. We can just chat or we can install on almost any version of Linux on your computer, router, server, or Raspberry PI. Fix or learn open source programs in a one on one training class.

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Wednesday, November 9

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

Guilt Free Book Club, 6 – 7pm

We will discuss The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon. Amazon summarizes: “A witty, intelligent cultural history from NPR book critic Glen Weldon explains Batman’s rises and falls throughout the ages—and what his story tells us about ourselves.” Also, at our next meetup we will pick books to read for the next six months. Please bring your ideas. Guilt-free because you don’t have to read the book to join the discussion.

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Thursday, November 10

Arizona WordPress Group, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Gather and discuss the best ways to work with WordPress and find out the advantages of using WordPress for your Business and Personal website.

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Saturday, November 12

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room

2017 Goal Setting Lab, 1 – 5pm, Main Space

Join local facilitator, Trish Gillam for fun filled afternoon of exploring and designing a more meaningful 2017! Where do you want to be in December 2017? We will spend time reflecting and designing a year that fits the life you want to live. This will include a variety of games and activities to clarify goals and accelerate decision making. We will then spend some time creating action plans to help you follow through on your new goals. These hands on, group oriented activities are also a great way to build new connections with fellow Goal Setting Lab participants. You will leave this event with a personal action plan to help make the most of 2017 and hopefully new friends to support you with your plan.

There is no cost to this event. However, seats are limited so make sure to claim your ticket via Eventbrite.

Monday, November 14

Craft Hack: Sewing 101 & Teddy Bear Cosplay, 6 – 8pm

Our November Craft Hack features costuming teddy bears (we’ll re-stuff cleaned recycled bears at the demo) which will involve learning some fundamentals about sewing so if you need some tutoring or to brush up on your technique, bring your machine or use one of ours. Bring extra fabric scraps and stuffed animals to attire (or re-stuff one of our bears). As always, you are free to bring your own project to work on instead of or in addition to our demo.

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Digital Storytellers Meetup, 6 – 8pm, Conference Room

Looking to tell your story online? Whether you are a filmmaker or a video blogger or building your business, it all begins with the story. Learn new techniques and best practices for creating your story and using tools like YouTube to share with the world. Discover, Define and Refine you stories and work with others to find the best way to share your stories with your audience. Open to all levels of experience.

Wednesday, November 16

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 8 – 10pm

Thursday, November 17

Southeast Valley .NET User Group, 6 – 8pm

Southeast Valley .NET User Group (SEVDNUG) was established in December 2007 as a hub for .NET developers in Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, and surrounding areas who want to learn and share knowledge about .NET technologies. Come join us on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Friday, November 18

Monthly Momentum Meetup, 1 – 4pm

Formerly “Bookkeeping and Beers,” this is a monthly productivity session with other Gangplankers. Get stuff done you would normally put off. (It doesn’t have to be bookkeeping.) You’re welcome to bring beverages and/or snacks.

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Saturday, November 19

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room
For more information, contact: LuisWongCampos@cox.net.

Rock the Block, 12 – 10pm

Rock the Block! is an annual, free, family-friendly block party that celebrates the fun, dynamic lifestyle that Chandler offers while promoting Chandler-based businesses. The event has garnered more than 18,000 attendees in the past and is expecting to attract even more in 2016.

Monday, November 21

Women Who Code Show Your Stuff – JavaScript, 6 – 7:30pm

Study group open to women working with or learning JavaScript. Beginners always welcome.

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Wednesday, November 23

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving

Gangplank closed.

Monday, November 28

Digital Storytellers Meetup, 6 – 8pm, Conference Room

Looking to tell your story online? Whether you are a filmmaker or a video blogger or building your business, it all begins with the story.

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Wednesday, November 30

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 8 – 10pm

Freelancers Meetup: Setting Boundaries with Demanding Clients, November 2, 2016

Freelancers Meetup
Every First Wednesday of the month, 5:30pm
Gangplank
250 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler

November 2nd discussion topic:
How to set professional boundaries with demanding clients.

December 7th discussion topic:
How to craft a compelling “About Me.”

Freelancers Union SPARK is not your average “here’s my business card, we should talk” networking group. We seek to inspire, so we work together to ensure everyone leaves with insights and connections that will help their business thrive.

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, get inspired, and learn stuff like how to turn pro at filing quarterly taxes! #FreelanceSPARK

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For more info, message Eileen.

Gangplank Mondays@4: The Business of Storytelling with Amber Pechin, October 24, 2016

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there was a business who heard the distress calls of a community in need of a solution. Donning their suits of armor, they put their helmets together to develop a solution to save the day.

Fighting dragons and evil witches, pressing forward for months of sleepless nights and endless cups of coffee, they climbed mountains and forged rivers to bring forth a product that would change the world… if only the world would listen then we would all live happily ever after.

What strategic story should you tell to reach happily ever after for your business?

Join us @4 p.m. Monday October 24 at Gangplank Chandler for an interactive business storytelling workshop with Amber Pechin from Amplitude Media.

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Simply publishing content isn’t enough to reach your business goals. Crafting the right story and telling in the right tone of voice and in the right places is key. In this interactive workshop participants will join Amber from Amplitude Media for a crash course in strategic storytelling for business.

The workshop is part of Gangplank Mondays @4, as series of business talks for startups, entrepreneurs, makers and freelancers.

Amplitude Media is a strategic business communications agency, partnering with businesses to share strategic stories that make a difference.

Gangplank Mondays@4: Machine Learning with Chris Murray, October 10, 2016

Can we build never-ending learners? Can machine learning theories and algorithms help explain human learning?

Join us Monday, October 10, 2016, 4PM at Gangplank Chandler for a talk about Machine Learning, exploring the study and construction of algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data, with Christopher Murray of Gangplank resident company Hiring Solved. The talk is part of our Gangplank Mondays@4 series of business talks for startups, entrepreneurs, makers and freelancers.

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HiringSolved makes it faster and easier to find the right person for any job. Its people aggregator gathers data from across the web and filters the most relevant information into a database of candidate profiles.

Chris will discuss HiringSolved’s artificial intelligence tools as recently profiled in FastCompany as well as address the future of machine intelligence for small business.

Refreshments, Q&A and networking follow the talk.

Upcoming Gangplank Mondays@4:

Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality & the Gamification of Business with Carol Stambaugh of FreeUp WebStudio, and Kameron Williams of Lillimedia, October 17, 2016.

October 2016 Events and Meetups at Gangplank Chandler

Saturday, October 1

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room
For more information, contact: LuisWongCampos@cox.net.

AZLOCO Install-fest/Linux Workshop, 10am – 5pm

Anyone interested in Linux is welcome. We can just chat or we can install on almost any version of Linux on your computer, router, server, or Raspberry PI. Fix or learn open source programs in a one on one training class.

Monday, October 3

Gangplank Mondays@4: The Business of Podcasting, 4 – 5pm, Main Space

Join our panel discussion with local podcasters: How do I get started podcasting? How can I use podcasting to highlight my business or passion project? Our panelists will include: Jason Gunn of Gangplank anchor company, Attribytes–Jason produces the Talking the Plank and Hashtag42.com podcasts; Garret Godfrey of the Crowdfunding Christian Music Podcast; and Robert Tabb of ConAirRadio, a podcast for friends of ComicCons, SciFi Cons and Media Cons. Gangplank Chandler provides a podcasting studio and equipment for public use as part of the Gangplank Studios Initiative. Refreshments, Q&A and networking follow the panel discussion.

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Digital Storytellers Meetup, 6 – 8pm, Conference Room

Looking to tell your story online? Whether you are a filmmaker or a video blogger or building your business, it all begins with the story. Learn new techniques and best practices for creating your story and using tools like YouTube to share with the world.

  • Discover, Define and Refine you stories and work with others to find the best way to share your stories with your audience.
  • Open to all levels of experience

 

Wednesday, October 5

Freelancers Happy Hour w/Spark Phoenix, 5:30pm, The Perch

Dim those laptop lights for the night and come hang out with people who get you and the way you work! We’ll sample the micro-brews at The Perch while enjoying the Fall weather and networking. What do you need? What are you looking for? Most other first Wednesdays of the month you can find people who share your freelancer goals and challenges at Gangplank.

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Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Join us to discuss whatever comes up living the Gangplank Manifesto and co-working together. Interested in desk space at Gangplank Chandler? Drop in and find out what it’s all about.

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

Day job keeping you away from co-working out of Gangplank during the day? Our weekly Hacknights are project time, an open house, jam space and brainstorming session all rolled into one. Hacknight is an opportunity to connect, share ideas and launch new ventures in the community. It’s a great time to come work on a side project or pursue a hobby.

GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 7 – 9pm

Thursday, October 6

SouthEast Valley .NET Newbies Group, 6 – 9pm, Main Space

We have selected a dozen “problem spaces” that our members would like to address as software projects.

Women Who Code Show Your Stuff – HTML/CSS, 6 – 7:30pm

Study group open to women working with or learning HTML/CSS. Beginners always welcome.

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Saturday, October 8

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room

For more information, contact: LuisWongCampos@cox.net.

Monday, October 10

Gangplank Mondays@4: Machine Learning with Chris Murray, 4pm

Join us for a talk about Machine Learning, exploring the study and construction of algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data, with Christopher Murray of Gangplank resident company Hiring Solved. Refreshments, Q&A and networking follow the talk.

Craft Hack: Decorate Sugar Skulls, 6 – 8pm, Conference Room

We’ll decorate sugar skulls. Feel free to bring your own project to work on. The event is scheduled for crafts people to show off their own projects, work on their crafts, learn a new skill or get tips and network with other craft entrepreneurs. CraftHack’s goal is to encourage East Valley residents to launch their own craft-based businesses.

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Wednesday, October 12

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 8 – 10pm

Guilt Free Book Club, 6 – 7pm

We will discuss The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. Guilt-free because you don’t have to read the book to join the discussion.

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Thursday, October 13

Training caregivers with medication management, 7:30 – 9:30am, Main Space

Arizona WordPress Group, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Best practices for Mobile UI/UX based on common pitfalls. We will do a walkthrough with examples and easy improvements. – John Gough, Skyhook Interactive.

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Saturday, October 15

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room

The Artyard Project, 5 – 9pm, Main Space

The ARTyard Project is an artist community center located in Chandler, AZ. “We partner with business to provide solutions for the challenges artist encounter selling their work. Identifying connections that open new pathways to developing customized marketing strategies that benefit everyone.” For more info contact Penny Ross, eross@theartyardproject.org

Monday, October 17

Social Media Picture Event, 11:30am – 4:30pm

Come have your photo taken by our in-house Gangplank Community photographers. Freshen up that LinkedIn profile, Twitter handle and Facebook icon. Contact Kameron Williams, Kameron@gangplankhq.com

Gangplank Mondays@4: Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality & the Gamification of Business, 4pm

Can games bring in more customers and boost sales? Can augmented reality lead users to patronize small, local businesses they otherwise might not visit? Join Carol Stambaugh & Kameron Williams for a talk about the phenomenal success of Pokemon Go and how startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses can capitalize on this and other trends in the gamification of business.

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Women Who Code Show Your Stuff – JavaScript, 6 – 7:30pm

Study group open to women working with or learning JavaScript. Beginners always welcome.

Digital Storytellers Meetup, 6 – 8pm, Conference Room

Looking to tell your story online? Whether you are a filmmaker or a video blogger or building your business, it all begins with the story.

Tuesday, October 18

Social Media Picture Event, 11:30am – 4:30pm

Come have your photo taken by our in-house Gangplank Community photographers. Freshen up that LinkedIn profile, Twitter handle and Facebook icon. Contact Kameron Williams, Kameron@gangplankhq.com

Wednesday, October 19

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 8 – 10pm

Friday, October 21

Monthly Momentum Meetup, 1 – 4pm

Formerly “Bookkeeping and Beers,” this is a monthly productivity session with other Gangplankers. Get stuff done you would normally put off. (It doesn’t have to be bookkeeping.) You’re welcome to bring beverages and/or snacks.

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Saturday, October 22

Code Sisters, 10am-3pm

Learning to code together on personal and collaborative projects with mentors. More info: Ariel@gangplankhq.com.

Wednesday, October 26

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

Thursday, October 27

Southeast Valley .NET User Group, 6 – 8pm

Southeast Valley .NET User Group (SEVDNUG) was established in December 2007 as a hub for .NET developers in Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, and surrounding areas who want to learn and share knowledge about .NET technologies. Come join us on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Saturday, October 29

Desert Blockchain Mini-Conference & Team Hack, 9am-6pm

Desert Blockchain is a community of bitcoin & blockchain technology enthusiasts interested in creating what is next for decentralized trust and agreement.

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Monday, October 31

Digital Storytellers Meetup, 6 – 8pm, Conference Room

Looking to tell your story online? Whether you are a filmmaker or a video blogger or building your business, it all begins with the story.

Gangplank Mondays@4: The Business of Podcasting, October 3, 2016

Join our panel discussion with local podcasters: How do I get started podcasting? How can I use podcasting to highlight my business or passion project?

Join us Monday, October 3, 2016, 4PM at Gangplank Chandler for a panel discussion with local podcasters, part of our Gangplank Mondays@4 series of business talks for startups, entrepreneurs, makers and freelancers.

Our panelists will include:

Jason Gunn of Gangplank anchor company, Attribytes. Jason produces the Talking the Plank podcast;

Garret Godfrey of the Crowdfunding Christian Music Podcast, “On this video and audio podcast, I cover active crowdfunding campaigns and pre-orders for bands & artists worth backing & believing in so you can find and fund the music you love. Great music doesn’t ‘just happen’. I help you get involved;”

Robert Tabb of ConAirRadio, a podcast for friends of conventions. “If you’re into ComicCons, SciFi Cons or Media Cons, this is the podcast for you. “

Gangplank Chandler provides a podcasting studio and equipment for public use as part of the Gangplank Studios Initiative. The Studios Initiative strives to build culture and vibrancy in cities, creating cities where people desire to live, work and play.

Refreshments, Q&A and networking follow the panel discussion.

Upcoming Gangplank Mondays@4:

Machine Learning with Christopher Murray of HiringSolved, October 10, 2016.
Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality & the Gamification of Business with Carol Stambaugh of FreeUp WebStudio, October 17, 2016.

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Gangplank Mondays@4: Dynamic Equity with Diana Wilson, September 26, 2016

How do you divide the startup sweat equity pie? What’s fair and how do you keep your decisions transparent?

Join us Monday, September 26, 2016, 4PM at Gangplank for “Dynamic Equity” with ProFile Sports Founder Diana Wilson, part of our Gangplank Mondays@4 series of business talks for startups, entrepreneurs, makers and freelancers. ProFile Sports develops technology tools designed to showcase athletic achievement and promote continuing education.

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Diana draws from Mike Michalowicz’s Profit First and Mike Moyer’s Slicing Pie to power Dynamic Equity, a concept for startup and other businesses to use when deciding how to value sweat equity, cash investments and profit sharing. Diana will discuss how she uses time trackers with remote teams as well as banking products to organize an early stage startup.

Diana has worked with several Fortune 500 companies including Adidas America, Hewlett Packard, Disney and Intel. Over 25 years at the helm of Media, Design firms and Live Corporate Events. She is passionate about helping families afford higher education and athletic opportunities for their children.

After the presentation, we’ll have Q&A, discussion, light refreshments and networking.

Upcoming Gangplank Mondays@4:

Podcasting for Business with Jason Gunn of Attribytes, October 3, 2016.
Machine Learning with Christopher Murray of HiringSolved, October 10, 2016.
Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality & the Gamification of Business with Carol Stambaugh of FreeUp WebStudio, October 17, 2016.

August 2016 Events & Meetups at Gangplank Chandler

Wednesday, August 3

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space
Join us to discuss whatever comes up living the Gangplank Manifesto and co-working together. Interested in desk space at Gangplank Chandler? Drop in and find out what it’s all about.

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space
Day job keeping you away from co-working out of Gangplank during the day? Our weekly Hacknights are project time, an open house, jam space and brainstorming session all rolled into one. Hacknight is an opportunity to connect, share ideas and launch new ventures in the community. It’s a great time to come work on a side project or pursue a hobby.


Freelancers Meetup w/Spark Phoenix, 5:30pm, Conference Room
This month, we’ll swap inspired ideas around questions like “What makes a brand memorable?” and “How can an email build loyalty?” Think you’ve got insight to share? Find emailing to be a painful process? Join us to brainstorm what makes for email strategy success. RSVP here.

Thursday, August 4


SouthEast Valley .NET Newbies Group
, 6 – 9pm, Main Space
Revisit Dependency Injection, SOLID, MVC5 application.

Women Who Code PHX: HTML/CSS Study Group, 6 – 7:30pm, Conference Room
Study group open to women working with or learning HTML / CSS. Beginners always welcome.

Saturday, August 6

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room
For more information, contact: LuisWongCampos@cox.net.

Monday, August 8

global_430588742Digital Storytellers Meetup, 6 – 8pm, Burgundy Lounge
Looking to tell your story online? Whether you are a filmmaker or a video blogger or building your business, it all begins with the story.

  • Discover, Define and Refine you stories and work with others to find the best way to share your stories with your audience.
  • Open to all levels of experience
  • Learn new techniques and best practices for creating your story and using tools like YouTube to share with the world.


Craft Hack: Craft Supply Swap,
6 – 8pm, Conference Room
Feel free to bring fabric, paper, yarn, notions, or other craft/art supplies you’re not using. Even if you don’t have anything to bring, come hang out, craft, and see if anything catches your eye. There’s no demo this month, so just bring your own project to work on.

Wednesday, August 10


GP Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space
Hacknight, 6 – 11:30pm, Main Space
Guilt Free Book Club, 6 – 7pm
We will discuss Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett. Guilt-free because you don’t have to read the book to join the discussion.
GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 8 – 10pm

Thursday, August 11

Arizona WordPress Group, 6:30 – 8:30pm
The Arizona WordPress Meetup group is a statewide community of WordPress professionals, hobbyists and users who come together to share knowledge, learn together, and strengthen the community. Free, all welcome.

Saturday, August 13

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room

Monday, August 15


Women
Who Code Show Your Stuff – JavaScript
, 6 – 7:30pm,
Study group open to women working with or learning JavaScript. Beginners always welcome.

Tuesday, August 16

FileMaker Pro User Group, 6 – 8:30pm, More info.

Wednesday, August 17


Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space
Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space
GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 8 – 10pm

Friday, August 19

Monthly Momentum Meetup, 1 – 4pm
Formerly “Bookkeeping and Beers,” this is a monthly productivity session with other Gangplankers. Get stuff done you would normally put off. (It doesn’t have to be bookkeeping.) You’re welcome to bring beverages and/or snacks.

Saturday, August 20

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room


Monday, August 22

Digital Storytellers Meetup, 6 – 8pm, Conference Room
Looking to tell your story online? Whether you are a filmmaker or a video blogger or building your business, it all begins with the story.

Wednesday, August 24

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space
Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space
GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 8 – 10pm

Thursday, August 25


Southeast Valley .NET User Group
, 6 – 8pm,
Visual Studio Cordova Tooling by Justin James
Are you already a web developer and want to create a mobile application? Come learn all about the Ionic mobile framework and how to use it with the Visual Studio 2015 Cordova Tooling. With technologies that we already know and love like Html 5, Javascript, CSS 3, and Angular we can easily create a mobile application that targets Android, iOS, and Windows 10 Phone.

Saturday, August 27


Analytics.Club, Phoenix
, 9am – 12pm,
Open Hack Kaggle Challenge: Are you ready to join the exciting world of Kaggle challenges to learn and help your fellow “geeks”? Set sail with us on an amazing adventure through data analytics, machine learning and a whole lot more.

Code Sisters, 10am-3pm
Learning to code together on personal and collaborative projects with mentors.

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room

download (2)Wednesday, August 31

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space
Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space
Desert Blockchain Meetup, 6:30 – 9pm
Desert Blockchain is a community interested in distributed trust technologies.

A Budding Entrepreneur at Gangplank Chandler: Amena

Amena, one of our Gangplank regulars, is launching her own business: An educational game for kids.

Over the last year, she’s create a business plan, designed the prototypes and built her own website. To get her business to the next level, she’s started an IndieGogo campaign as well:

Link to IndieGogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/celebrate-the-salah-game-pre-beta-campaign#/

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She explains:

The Heart Story

As a Muslim growing up in America, I learned my faith through the traditional methods of watching my parents, relatives, family, and friends. I remember watching my mom helping people in a selfless way. I remember vividly witnessing my father’s interaction with people with a warm and welcoming smile. However, as I didn’t have that interaction, I  learned my faith by watching my parents. Having that connection with my mom and dad while learning my faith was missing.

So when I became a mother of two beautiful children, I wanted something different. I wanted to offer something for my children that will build a bond around my faith. Like any mom out there, I bought DVDs for my children to watch at home, or in the car. I also purchased many books about being a good Muslim, and to understand the basics of Islam. My children did learn, but buying books and DVDs still had the disconnect I once felt when I was a child. These ways of learning did not help me as a mom to interact in a fun hands-on way with my children.

That is the heart of how my venture began to start a company called Aspire Learning Tools,  that creates mindful games for spiritual kids. I wanted something engaging, fun, and interactive, while learning their faith! I wanted my children to experience making their own connection with Allah (God). I wanted them to understand their faith and how to practice their faith.

The Project

I began developing the Salah(Prayer) Matching Game around December 2015. I did so with one goal in mind, to bring more fun faith based games for Muslim families, Islamic schools, homeschoolers, and anyone who wants to learn more about who we are as Muslims and what Salah (Prayer) is in Islam. Since then a lot of work has been done to the game…both the physical box and visual design. Also, this two-year journey has lead to much traction in Arizona and all over the USA. I have worked with two schools in Arizona, created 20 prototypes that where sent out in the USA, and worked with local families. I have also created a Facebook Page to allow awesome folks like you to rate and write a review about the game. After hundreds of surveys and interviews from a speech therapist, Muslim, Non-Muslim educators, and families, the game is ready to go to the next level!