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

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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!

A Mentoring Profile: Derek Harris

Meet Derek, one of our mentors at Gangplank in Chandler:

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As a seasoned business analyst & business developer, Derek Harris is successful at executing corporate vision and strategies that help increase your company’s footprint, expand market share and generate sustainable revenue and EBIT gains.  He has over 25 years business experience in transportation, construction, pro sports & entertainment and management consulting. Specializing in startups and emerging companies, Derek co-founded Zagg Media Partners – Strategic Growth Advisors. He serves as senior business strategist.

Derek is available the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00-4:00pm. Email or click on this link: chandlerbusiness@gangplankhq.com to schedule a session.
1. What projects are you working now — and excited about?
Well currently, I’m developing our Sirius Bookkeeping & Tax Strategies Brand and working with contractors, freelance professionals, and smaller businesses.  A lot of newbies and quite a few oldies in business really underestimate the value of detailed financial operations and metrics. For example, for many companies, a 2% reduction in waste or financial restructure could equal the net profits of a 10% increase in new sales. There are hundreds of strategies and techniques used by Fortune 500 & 1000 companies that are applicable to smaller businesses.

I’m excited about this brand because we’re combining the disciplines of basic-level bookkeeping & accounting with high finance strategic consulting and creating accessibility on a non-corporate level. It’s a fresh and disruptive approach.

 2.  What’s your favorite part about mentoring?
My favorite part about mentoring is when aspiring entrepreneurs talk about their ideas and then, seeing the excitement on their faces and hearing the passion in the voices.  And to be able to add some value to that through ideas, guidance, and referrals gives me great satisfaction.

3. Are you a Star Trek or Star Wars fan?
Both.  But, I’m from the old school.  I remember when the first mobile phone prototype was revealed on television…  Captain Kirk whipped out the fictional device known as the “communicator”.   It’s the perfect throwback and reminder of just how powerful the human imagination and innovation through technology has become.

4. What do you know now …that you wish you had known earlier as an entrepreneur?
I started my first business at age 12. And then later, my most successful business right out of college. Having very little resources and no network, my climb to success was a very long and drawn out process.  I learned a lot on my own and through trial and error. There was no internet or knowledge base access that many take for granted today.

But, even when I achieved a certain level of success, I didn’t realized that that was just the beginning of my entrepreneurial education and that you can’t do it on you’re own.  To maintain success you have to rely on your inside people and outside advisors.  This really hit home when I joined a management consulting firm years later and worked with several “hard-headed” business owners who were just like me and making the same mistakes.

 5. What do you do for fun and relaxation?
What’s that?  No really, I like to hike, travel, cook, catch a good game, or take in a live music set.  My goal is to take 2-3 months off each year for travel. I think that offers me the most fun and relaxation. I’ve always loved exploring different cultures, cuisines and architecture.

A New Mentor at our Chandler Location: Kevin Walsh

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Kevin is a business attorney at Quarles & Brady LLP in Phoenix who focuses on providing practical legal solutions to his clients. He concentrates his practice in the areas of start-ups and emerging growth companies, capital raises and general business counseling. Kevin represents clients in a variety of industries in a wide range of business transactions, including business entity formations, joint ventures, commercial contract negotiations and intellectual property licensing. He received both his JDA and MBA from Villanova University and his BA from the University of Notre Dame. In his free time, he enjoys home brewing and spending time with his family. Email or click on this link: chandlerbusiness@gangplankhq.com to schedule a session.

Digital Life Skills for Teens & Young Adults, November 7, 2015, at Gangplank Chandler

You would be hard-pressed to find a teen that isn’t on social media. It’s all fun and games when they begin using it, but did you know there’s another step? When teens enter their upper-class years in High School and early college, how they present themselves online could be the difference in getting an internship or job.

8571247015_b60b0feb92It’s a great time to begin separating the personal from the public, and this event will show you how. We will discuss about how your brain reacts to social media and the science behind it.

Dani Cutler, digital content creator, will also discuss ways to keep public and personal items online separate, and why now is a good time to think about setting up a more professional profile with LinkedIn.

Ruth Carter, attorney who specializes in social media law will discuss privacy online, safety, and the legalities about social media and what potential employers ask for and seek out on their own.

The presentations will be in discussion-format, and there will be time at the end of the event for Q & A. This event is geared toward juniors and seniors in high school and freshman in college, but all teens and their parents are welcome. Join us!

CraftHack Camp August 8, Keynote by Derek Neighbors

Take your crafting to the next level at CraftHack CraftCamp. Aug. 8, 2015 at TechShop in Chandler, AZ.  a conference for crafters by crafters.

 

Network with other craft artists and craft designers. Learn from each other how we have transformed our crafts into our life passions and/or small businesses.

 

  • Demonstrations
  • Tips
  • Ideas
  • Inspiration!

 

Schedule

Morning sessions, 9-noon, TechShop, 249 E Chicago St, Chandler, AZ. Scheduled panels will be on:

 

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.:  Main Room

KeyNote talk with Derek Neighbors.

 

9:15-10 a.m.: Main Room

Setting up your Ecommerce Cart

 

Interested in setting up an e-commerce site to sell your crafts? Here are some tips and ideas to think about:

– What kind of ecommerce site options do you look at?

– Scaling up your crafting business

– Things to consider when picking an e-commerce cart

Panelists: Anne Watson Barber, online marketing consultant and ecommerce manager, TBA – ecommerce site owners from BelleChic

 

9:15 a.m.-10 a.m.: 2nd Room:

 

Selling Your Crafts on The Retail Scene:

Advice on selling your crafts in stores and boutiques, or at art walks.

Selling your crafts can be done via boutiques and shops — like Sibleys West, a Chandler boutique that sells items made by local artisans. Arizona has tons of art wallks — so Marnie can talk about her experience with both selling her glass work at art walks and fairs, as well as managing art walks.  Panelists: John Wolfe from Sibleys West, Marnie Buquo Brookins, glass artist

Speakers’ Bios:

Marnie: I started in stained glass in 2000 when we purchased a new home and wanted a custom window for it.  The addiction quickly adapted to fused glass about two years later.  GlassMelts, LLC began formally in 2007 when I applied for my first business licenses.  I have an associates degree in business Jobs have included everything from day care, retail sales associate, dental assisting, office manager, to special event planning and of course, an artist and small business owner.

 

10:15-11 a.m.: Main Room

 

Photographing Your Crafts

 

Tips for photographing your crafts — including how to make your own light box. Panelists: Jewel Clark, Digital Technologies and Websites manager at the Heard Museum, Jo Ann Lassell, creator at Josaics and instructor at TechShop

Speakers’ Bios:

Jo Ann Lassell is an instructor at TechShop Chandler, volunteers with Refugee Focus teaching women to sew, and it seems like she knows – or at least has dabbled in – just about every craft medium. You can find some of her mosaic pieces and workshop information on her perfectly-named mosaic studio page, Josaics.

 

10:15-11 a.m.: Second Room

 

Crafting for Charity

Ideas and inspiration from nonprofits and artisans who create crafts to make the world a better place! Panelists: Jacqui Mounce, Lisa Takata

Speaker’s Bios:

Jacqui Mounce, director of Microenterprise & Women’s Empowerment Program at Refugee Focus, a resettlement and immigration services to new Americans in Tucson and Phoenix. The program offers entrepreneurship and jobs training to women, with a focus on teaching them craft skills.

Lisa Takata, who participates in a program to buy and sell wool from Navajo families. She is a spinner and fiber artist who sells her work at the Phoenix Farmer’s Market and the Mesa Arts Center.

 

11:15-Noon: Main Room

 

Do you like to blog about crafts or the crafting world? Join two bloggers for a roundtable about the blogging world. Be prepared to show your site and talk about your passions! Panelists: Stephanie Liebold, of http://www.travelcraftjournal.com/, Kitty Carlisle, of  http://www.grammaticalactivist.com/, Kelli Donley, of http://africankelli.com/

 

Speakers’ Bios:

Kitty Carlisle is a writer and editor who says she was born with a pencil in her hand. She writes content for others and is almost finished with her first novel. She enjoys editing more than is socially acceptable and works on doctoral dissertations, manuscripts, resumes, and website content, among other things. Because the blogs she writes must be optimized for SEO (Search Engine Optimization), she can show you how to write content that will have people reading your blog and coming back for more.

Author/crafter/long-time blogger Kelli Donley will be part of our ?#‎chcraftcamp? panel on blogging. Check out http://africankelli.com/ for her sewing tutorials, hiking adventures, as well as her gardening, knitting, and baking projects.

 

11:15-Noon: Second Room

Crafting and Maker Spaces

 

Phoenix has seen an explosion in maker spaces – places where people can learn, build and share their inventions. Crafters and DIYers and inventors frequent these spaces — and often use them to launch their budding business ideas. Panelists will give advice on what it’s like to create and start your business in a maker space.

Panelists: Ryan McDermott, of HeatSynch Labs in Mesa, Amanda Tucker, events coordinator at TechShops

 

Lunch is on your own with new friends. Choose among Downtown Chandler’s diverse restaurants with vegan, vegetarian and other delicious fair.

 

Afternoon demonstrations begin at 1 PM at Gangplank, 260 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ. The afternoon session is open to everyone — you don’t need to register or pay for a ticket to participate!

  • Reserve a spot to display and demonstrate your techniques,
  • learn a new skill from our community of artists, and
  • discover local nonprofits who need your skills.
  • Open craft swap — bring items you want to discard and swap with other crafters. All remainders will be donated to charity

A reception will finish the day at Gangplank at 4 PM. Make new contacts with our local craft blogging community, get insight into starting, restarting or renewing your crafting business.

 

Proceeds for Charity

All proceeds after costs will go to Refugee Focus’ Women’s Empowerment Program, a Phoenix non-profit that helps refugee women become self-sufficent through micro-entrerprises.

 

Location:

Morning sessions will be at TechShop in Chandler, 249 E Chicago St, Chandler, AZ.

Afternoon sessions will be at GangplankHQ, 260 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ.

 

Ordering information: Tickets for the morning session are $20. Afternoon session at Gangplank is free.

 

New Workshop Format for Code Sisters

The next Code Sisters Workshop is July 18th from 11 am to 5 pm, in the main space at Gangplank Chandler. Know a woman or teen who might like to learn how to code? Spread the word!

This month’s workshop will introduce a format designed to give participants more choice over what and how they learn. This format should also let our mentors make better use of their time and be more creative in customizing their training to the student.

We will have three different groups, each group with a different objective:

1) “Learn to Think Like a Programmer” – Basic programming concepts presented in a clear and direct way. You won’t even need a laptop for some of these. Hands on exercises and answers to your questions. This group is designed to teach the “whats” and “whys” of coding. For beginners or anyone who wants to reinforce their knowledge of basic concepts.

2) “Project Boot/Reboot” – Bring a project or consult with a mentor to pick a learning project that is right for you. Work on that passion project you’ve been putting off or try something new and fun that will advance your skills. If you want to finish up the snake game or the to do list from prior workshops, this is the place to be. Work on the “how to” of coding. Any level.

3) “Challenge Yourself” – Got dreams of getting a coding job or tackling a Hackathon? Test your skills under the guidance of our mentors. Find out what you know and what you don’t… There will be various types and levels of challenges available, ranging from easy to difficult.

What to bring – A laptop and a curious mind. Lunch is on your own – you can either bring your lunch or visit one of the downtown Chandler eateries. Optional – Bring a project of your own to work on. If you don’t have a project, bring your questions about programming and learning to code.

Who can participate? The workshop is intended to encourage women to learn to code. Men are welcome to participate, too, if sponsored/accompanied by a woman. Suggested minimum age is 14.

Digital Storytellers Meetup & Creative Bootcamp

Who: Ita Ema (View from Above Entertainment) is the mastermind facilitator for anyone interested in crafting their story—whether it is for a business website, blog, comedy gig, feature film or fantasy novel—you see there is no end to genre or medium; all are welcome.
What: The meetup is part instruction, part project-sharing, part accountability and support group for telling the story that entrepreneurs and creatives need and want to tell. The Creative Bootcamp is a 5-hour ‘Get it Done!’ workshop to follow through on creative story-telling projects.
Where: Gangplank, Chandler (usually the conference room)
When: Meetup is every other Monday at 6-8 p.m. Bootcamp is approximately once a month. Check the Gangplank Calendar and newsletter for upcoming schedule.
How much: This is social capital at its best! A valuable investment of time for PEOPLE to PARTICIPATE in LEARNING how to craft their story and DO their storytelling with BOLDNESS along with a COMMUNITY of creatives who COLLABORATE, and Oh! happen to build FRIENDSHIP in the process. (= no monetary fee)

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Urbie’s blank slates

This meetup group brings together an eclectic bunch. We have our regulars, we have our once-in-awhilers, and we always have newbies. And that doesn’t mean they are new to story-telling necessarily, but in some cases new to the craft and this group. Beth, a voice coach, is working on a musical she wrote many years ago decided to pull it out of the attic storage box and re-write it digitally. Ariel who is a programmer, musician and former firefighter shuffles around her many projects including an epic fantasy novel. I cannot count all the comedy guys who bring in their projects, one of which is a story about the comedians themselves.

I bounce around to a different project every meetup, but my first “Get ‘r Done” project was a video I created for a non-profit’s AZ Gives campaign. I wanted to raise money for a “real restroom” at this non-profit’s recycling facility. I brought my ideas to the group one night about a year ago and we had fantastic fun brainstorming and flushing it out—no pun intended! I then narrowed the story down and created a script, did some on site shooting. I brought the footage in for our fearless leader, Ita, to help me with editing software in the Gangplank computer lab and I recorded the voice-over in Gangplank’s podcasting room. It’s not the project per se that sealed the deal for my commitment this storytelling group, it is the honest feedback and collaborative spirit of participation for my own projects, as well as for those of others’. When I see their stories come together and witness the progress they make, it’s a beautiful thing.
Learning the story arch and the beats for fun and fiction is in some sense a no-brainer, yet it is quite the ‘Ah-ha!’ moment when you see a story is crafted into a business plan. We have numerous entrepreneurs creating stories for video and audience-building on their websites and online marketing. April is a long-time Gangplanker and WordCamp 2013 Director plugged in her Powerhouse Posting Process online courses through Made Better Studio.
Self-assigned homework spurs participants onward between meetups and that has organically grown into the ‘part support group’ aspect. Marissa pounded out the story arch for her online tutorials for home-schooling parents and shot the video after one visit to the meetup. BOOM!

During Bootcamp it's 4 X 45 minute blocks of nose to grindstone

During Bootcamp it’s 4 X 45 minute blocks of nose to grindstone

Others of us struggle to fit creative time and energy into our daily or weekly schedules and we’ve found ways to hold each other accountable along with sharing tips and tricks—everything from apps to track and time productivity, to inspirational videos, to online script writing and animation tools. Ariel attributes her writing 15,000+ words in the last few weeks to the learning, camaraderie, and support to Digital Storytellers. Rob, eventually hammered out his Bottom Five Comedy material between meetups and says, “The Digital Storytellers group helped me narrow my focus so that I could complete my first short film script, get my website up and running, and begin a feature. Without Ita and the group, I’d still be stuck with a million random story fragments.”
Even our fearless leader finds himself progressing on otherwise top candidates for procrastination projects such as a feature-length script, Full Field the Basics video series and now a crowdfunding campaign story. Ita says, “Sometimes you don’t know where to start, but it you can just take the first step that’s enough to get the ball rolling.” And he certainly has helped us do just that and more!

Urbie meets success: a finished product in a new medium

Urbie meets success: a finished product in a new medium

The fourth Digital Storytellers Creative Bootcamp was On Sunday, March 15. While all participants experienced successful outcomes, newcomer Urbie ( @urbie ) found out he could be a pirate at Gangplank via #tlap (Teach Like a Pirate Twitter chat), so long story, short teaching pirates connected to Gangplank pirates on the meetup.com app. Urbie came into the bootcamp with a laptop, a phone and a tablet along with a rainbow of sticky notes and pens. But more importantly he came in with true ‘Arrrrrrrr’ spirit! He had never tried comic strips before, but wanted to #BeDangerous and give it a try. He started from zero, added an idea and ended up meeting his goal of a publish-ready strip. I’m inspired!