Weekly Roundup: Februrary 22nd – February 27th

This week at Gangplank:

Wednesday, February 22nd

  • (12:00-1:00pm) GP Brownbag: How to Get Hired [RSVP]
  • (1:00-2:00pm) Gangplank Tour
  • (1:00-4:00pm) Mentor Office Hours Writing [RSVP]
  • (6:00pm) Hacknight
  • (6:30-8:00pm) Learn Python the Hard Way Study Group
  • (7:00pm) Street Hockey
  • (7:00pm) Storytellers AZ
  • (8:00-10:00pm) Software Engineering Reading Group

Thursday, February 23rd

Friday, February 24th

  • (4:00-5:00pm) Gangplank Mile

Monday, February 27th

  • (5:00-6:00pm) Podcasting Class – Open
  • (6:00-7:00) Guitar Lessons – [RSVP]

Weekly Roundup – February 14th-20th

This week at Gangplank:

Tuesday, February 14th

  • (7:00-8:30pm) Truth Seekers Podcast

Wednesday, February 15th

  • (noon) Brownbag: Changing the Role of Libraries in the Digital Age [RSVP]
  • (1:00-4:00) Mentor Office Hours Writing [RSVP]
  • (4:00-7:00pm) Mentor Office Hours Design [RSVP]
  • (6:00pm) Hacknight
  • (6:00-8:00pm) Girlscout Cookie Booth
  • (6:30-8:00pm) Learn Python the Hard Way Study Group – Open
  • (7:00pm) Street Hockey
  • (8:00-10:00pm) Software Engineering Reading Group

Thursday, February 16th

Friday, February 17th

Saturday, February 18th

  • (9:00-1:00) Arizona SciTech Festival events

Monday, February 13th

Weekly Roundup – January 31th – February 6th

This week at Gangplank:

Tuesday, January 31st

  • (7:00pm) Design 101 [RSVP]

Wednesday, February 1st

  • (11:30am) Intro to Gangplank
  • (Noon) Brownbag – ‘Positive Emotional Engagement’ [RSVP]
  • (1:00-4:00pm) Free Chair Massage
  • (1:00-4:00pm) Mentor Office Hours – Writing  [RSVP]
  • (1:00pm) Lunch with Gangplank Staff at Planet Sub
  • (4:00pm) Gangplank Studios Initiative Meeting – Open to all
  • (5:00pm) Gangplank Junior Initiative Meeting – Open to all
  • (5:00-8:00pm) Mentor Office Hours – Legal [RSVP]
  • (6:30pm) Learn Python the Hard Way Study Group
  • (7:00pm) Street Hockey

Thursday, February 2nd

Friday, February 3rd

  • (12:30pm) Startup BBQ
  • (5:00pm) Roadmap to Launch Kickoff – Work on your project throughout the night

Saturday, February 4th

  • (12:00-4:00pm) Small Business innovative Research (SBIR) Opportunities
  • (8:00pm) Roadmap to Launch Kickoff ends

Monday, February 6th

Weekly Roundup – January 24th-30th

This week at Gangplank:

Tuesday, January 24th

Global Coworking Unconference Conference

GCUCBanner 300x48 Global Coworking Unconference Conference

If you are planning on attending the interactive conference of South by Southwest this year, come in a day early to hear Gangplank co-founders Derek Neighbors and Jade Meskill speak at the Global Coworking Unconference Conference on March 8th.

The Global Coworking Unconference Conference, called GCUC (“juicy”) for short, will take place at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, and is an event that invites Coworking owners and followers to discover and discuss new innovations that will impact the Coworking movement and help develop their businesses. The name is a tongue-in-cheek ode to Stephen Colbert whom the organizers are hoping to engage in the conference in some meaningful way.

The event has been developed from the 2011 Coworking Unconference, which was produced by Loosecubes, and took place at the same time last year. A change from last year’s event is the addition of a more structured conference track which will run simultaneously with the collaborative, self-directed Unconference track.

Tickets are $100 to attend through February 22nd.

Roadmap to Launch 2012

Gangplank’s mission is to provide infrastructure and resources to the creative class, encouraging the free exchange of ideas that will lead to innovative solutions to change the world.

Our 90-day Roadmap to Launch program counsels teams through the first phases of starting a business. We offer mentoring, pitch practice, social events and beta testing with the goal of preparing teams for several launch events around Arizona.

Team Commitment:

Kick-off – Developing product over the course of a weekend
- 6:00pm on February 3rd through 8:00pm on February 4th.

8 Startup Classes – Every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30pm (excluding 2/14)

First 30 days:
- (2) Early Stage appointment
- (1) Design appointment
- (1) Tech appointment

30-60 days:
- (1) Sales & Marketing

60-90 days:
- (1) Legal

Startup Counselor – Weekly meetings with your team counselor to track your progress and make recommendations; bi-weekly once beta/prototype is complete

Pitch Practices – Monthly events to practice and receive feedback on pitches
- March 8th at 7:00pm
- April 12th at 7:00pm
- May 10th at 7:00pm

PR Training – Full day of one-on-one media and PR training
- April 28th from 10:00am – 2:00pm

Startup Drinks – Monthly on the third Thursday from 6:00-8:00pm

Elective Workshops – Additional classes available in sales/marketing, social media, building a tribe, etc.

The next overview will be 6:00pm on January 24th at ASU’s Memorial Union (3rd Floor Board Room). Admittance is limited to the first 25, so first-come, first-serve on seats.

For questions, please contact Scott Yacko.

Gangplank Chandler

You’ve heard talk for the past few months about our new locations opening in Tucson and Avondale. As these locations come online, the identity of the original Gangplank is changing. HQ is no longer confined to the activities and stories of Chandler, but the experiences of Gangplankers across the state and soon, the nation. Gangplank’s home in Chandler is becoming the base of operations for an entire network of Gangplanks. Continue reading

Popup Hackspace Event

Popup Hackspace @ The Night Gallery

What: A popup hack night with free pizza, red bull, music, networking, and fun opportunities to innovate, create, and collaborate. Come see what the Phoenix-metro area has to offer innovators of all ages. The event will include burlesque dancers, improv comedy performances, and presentations by Gangplank, ASU’s Venture Catalyst and HeatSync Labs. Stop by for food, music and hanging out.
When: Saturday, January 7, 2012; 3:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Where: The ASU Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace
Who: Anyone with a pulse is invited!
Why: To raise the community’s awareness about the ways creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship are being supported at Gangplank and ASU.

Tentative Schedule
3:00-4:00pm — Capoiera Demonstration & Torch Theatre performance
4:00-5:00pm — Presentation by HeatSync Labs
5:00-6:00pm — Belly Dancing & presentations by Venture Catalyst and Entrepreneurship @ ASU
6:00-7:00pm — Open Beta (come share your own startup product and vote) – See details below & Gangplank presentation
7:00-7:20pm — Scandalesque Performance
7:30-9:00pm — Startup Speed Dating – See details below
9:00-10:00pm – Hack wrap

**If you are a creative, collaborative group in the valley that is interested in participating, email katie@gangplankhq.com

Open Beta Session Details
If you’re going to fail with a new product or service, fail fast. The only way to stay ahead of the market is to get your stuff into the hands of testers as quickly as possible. Who cares if it’s not perfect? You don’t need to add that new feature UNLESS your customers tell you it’s necesary. At Open Beta, get the feedback you need on your startup NOW. Quick and dirty presentation [3-5 minutes] followed by live testing and feedback.
RSVP: To participate in Open Beta, email katie@gangplankhq.com.

Startup Speed Dating Session Details
Everyone needs somebody to love…for their startup team. Your co-founder, developer or designer is out there, you just need to be thrown in a room together to see if sparks ignite. Register for Startup Speed Dating and we’ll do the work for you. We’ll pair you up with prospects and give you the time you need to get to know each other.
RSVP: Register for Startup Speed Dating at http://startupspeeddating.eventbrite.com/