Poker Tournament Success!

33 individuals descended upon Gangplank last night for a chance at the Gangplank Poker Champion title…and to donate to a fantastic cause.

The tournament, which lasted into the wee hours of the morning, raised more than $1,400 for our Gangplank Junior Lego League. Thanks to your donations, we will be able to fund not one, but TWO Lego League teams. The donations ensure that we can keep the program free so that all kids can participate, no matter their family’s current economic state. Continue reading

Downtown Chandler Construction – Walkability is Coming!

This morning is a glorious day.  Construction is in full swing for doubling the size of the sidewalks in front of Gangplank 3.0.  It was one of the things that we required to move.  Seeing it be built before our eyes is great.

Normally the sound of a jackhammer would be irritating, but today it is sweet sweet music.  This is the beginning of a new chapter for downtown Chandler and we are excited to be involved.  In a time when other cities are panicking Chandler is preparing for it’s future.

Oh, and by the way, you’ll need to enter from the back door for the next week or so.

Unveiling Gangplank 3.0

You’ve been patient. You waited for us to (finally) move to the new location. You waited for the completion of the fancy project rooms, then the seriously fast Wifi. We’d like to reward your patience and get you excited for the next, and last, step in the evolution of Gangplank 3.0.

Gangplank 3 Rendering

Construction will begin shortly on the 260 building, which will eventually house the anchors, coworking, recording studio and game room, leaving the 250 building open as a full-time event space.

We’ve received several renderings of the planned construction of the new building that we’d like to share with you. Thanks to Chad Smith of Being Studios for giving some life to the design.

Gangplank Garage Update

This afternoon, a small group sat down with Jay Rogers of Local Motors to gather initial ideas on what a Gangplank Garage would look like. Jay is very passionate about innovation in the automotive industry and collaborating to make that happen.

Today’s conversation centered around how to attract the right type of people to work with this level of machinery, as well as be an asset to the Local Motors design community. A community garage of this type would need to send the message that we are about creating new ideas to move automotive forward, as opposed to concentrating on basic maintenance or restoration. We are looking for a group that would manufacture innovation. The rough idea of the garage would be to start with meetings centered around specific projects – a monthly meeting of a dedicated group that would be a ‘hacking time’. Community members would have access to Local Motor’s crew members and tools to work on a specific project.

When the group becomes established, Local Motors may be willing to have 2-3 desks in the Local Motors space that would be reserved for Gangplank Garage members. Trusted members would have access to the desks during business hours to design and experiment. This desk area could be manned by a project coordinator of sorts, who would organize space reservations, request for equipment usage, etc.

There are some fantastic opportunities coming out of Local Motors. DARPA has proposed a project to show the military that an open source design model can make great military vehicles more efficiently than traditional defense contractors. A Gangplank Garage full of innovative minds would be exactly what Local Motors is looking for in terms of proving this point, as well as provide us with the chance to drastically chance the way our government designs, builds and pays for our defense.

You can’t get more dangerous than that.

The next Gangplank Garage meeting will be at Local Motors for their Burgers, Cars and Welding event on Tuesday, September 14th from 6:30-8:30pm. We will be discussing the garage further after 8:30pm, so feel free to come for the entire meeting or after 8pm.

Networking Gangplank

Yes, we saw the tweets. We heard the complaints. We know – the Gangplank wifi has sucked.

Part of it was waiting for the project rooms to be done in order for us to move the server out of the temporary space and allow for more permanent wiring in the main space. Another part was the sheer cost of hundreds of feet of cable, ports, and switches.

Thankfully, our anchors stepped up, donating funds and time to build the Gangplank network.

A tremendous huzzah to Will Bradley and HeatSync Labs, whose members volunteered over several weekends and weekday evenings to pull cable, install ports and climb into the dusty rafters of Gangplank to maximize our network. Without their generous donation of their time, all the equipment would still be sitting in a corner.

Volunteers needed ASAP

With the completion of the project rooms in the back of the current space, Gangplank will need to move out of the temporary space we are occupying in Suite 3. That means the podcasting studio and HeatSync Labs will need to be moved this week. For those of you who have seen these rooms, you know this is no small feat – especially in 3 days.

So…help us out!

Come out tonight beginning at 6pm to help us move. Who knows – perhaps the evening will end with a few beers at San Tan ;-)

School supply drive over!

Remember your first day of school when you couldn’t wait to show off your new GIJoe or Barbie folder and pencil box? Or those times you would leap off the school bus, excited to parade your latest art project in front of your parents? Unfortunately, more and more children are missing out on those special moments as the result of these hard economic times. Parents facing long-term unemployment or under-employment are forced to send their kids to school without the necessary supplies, depending on shrinking school budgets to provide for their children.

Back in June, we asked Gangplank members and the local community to step up and ease the burden on Chandler families and schools. Gangplank Jr hosted a School Supply Drive, with a goal of 100 donated backpacks.

This week, 43 fully-stocked backpacks were picked up by the Chandler Unified School District. We may not have reached our goal of 100 backpacks, but the backpacks that were donated have all the students will need for the upcoming year.

Backpacks lined up, ready to go!

A mix of superheroes, Hannah Montana, plaid, black, blue and every color in between, each backpack was filled with supplies for the upcoming year. Donations of glue sticks, scissors, folders, paper and pencils flooded in over the six-week drive. No one that walked through the doors of Gangplank could miss the ever growing pile of backpacks that gathered by the front door and began taking over the large front window.

Getting loaded up by the Chandler Unified School District.

Thank you to everyone that donated backpacks and supplies. Due to your efforts 43 students can concentrate on their school work and succeeding in the classroom, instead of worrying about how they will be able to afford the paper to work on.

Barely able to fit all of them!

Process Mapping Live Blog

Today’s brownbag on ‘Process Mapping’ by Nathan Eskue, will be live blogged beginning at noon. You will be able to ask questions and follow real-time updates.

Gangplank Wish List

Transferring a 60 person office is never easy – but with the help of more than 30 Gangplank members, we were able to get everything moved to the new space in one day. Thank you to everyone that braved 115 degree heat to help us move, and came back again on Saturday to help organize.

If you weren’t able to help out during the move, there are other ways you can contribute to Gangplank 3.0. A new space means new needs, and we are currently looking for certain items to be donated.

Check out the Gangplank Wish List below. Email Katie Charland if you would like to donate.

  • Full audio set-up (2.1 system preferred; individual pieces are awesome as well)
  • IKEA desks (Galant, black-brown with silver A-legs; 63′)
  • Networking hardware
  • Router
  • Power over ethernet switch
  • Desk/Office chairs
  • Blackout curtains (10 feet long, 3-5 feet wide panels; talk to Katie about color)
  • Batteries (AA, AAA)
  • Extra water dispenser