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

Freelancers Meetup
Every First Wednesday of the month, 5:30pm
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



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.


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.

GangplankMondays@4:Pokemon Go, Augmented Reality & the Gamification of Business, October 17, 2016

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 Monday, October 17, 2016, 4PM at Gangplank Chandler 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.


Carol Stambaugh, Principal and Owner of FreeUp Web Studio, is the current Arizona WordPress Meetup Organizer with a membership of 1400+ around the Phoenix metro area. FreeUp Web Studio handles website design needs from concept to full implementation, hosting and ongoing management.

Kameron Williams is the Creative Director and originator of Lillimedia. His passion is to tell the stories of the businesses that Lillimedia works with, and to provide web based solutions to help businesses grow.

Refreshments, Q&A and networking follow the talk.


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.


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.

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.


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:

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

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.


Whenever we here at Gangplank Jr receive feedback, it always seems the most common request is for more fire.

Well, we heard the cry and answered the call with a flameworking class.

Glass artist Laurie Nessel provided a live demonstration on how to shape glass beads using a propane torch. Children were invited to ‘pull stringers’, which involves putting a glass rod in the flame, then pulling the ends apart while rolling the ends. This makes a thinner rod which is then used to decorate the beads.

Children aged 9 and over where then permitted to try their hand at making a bead, which meant heating the end of a glass rod and then attaching it to the ceramic holder to shape.

If you weren’t able to make the event, Laurie also teaches classes through the Mesa Arts Center, as well as private lessons.

Story Writing Workshop #2

The first story workshop in 2010, which resulted in stories of candy and dinosaurs, was such a success that we have planned another for this Saturday, January 22nd at 2:00pm.

Kids will learn basic story mechanics, then collaborate with one another to write a story. This activity is suggested for ages 6+. Materials will be provided at the workshop.

Bring your outrageous ideas and big dreams to share! RSVP on the Facebook page.

2011 Gangplank Jr. Kickoff Recap

Talk about starting the year off right. More than 20 parents attended the Gangplank Jr 2011 Kickoff, providing valuable feedback and ideas that will drive our programming this year.

The meeting began with Gangplank Executive Director Derek Neighbors providing background on the organization, as well as how Gangplank Jr fits into the larger vision of Gangplank as a whole. Gangplank began as a place for adults to break out of the traditional corporate sphere, challenging themselves to learn new skills and collaborate with one another. As that concept grew, it became apparent those ideals needed to start being taught much younger, as the state of education continues to decline. Gangplank Jr offers an opportunity for kids to explore, be creative, and most importantly, fail in world that increasingly bars them from those experiences.

A recap of 2010 events followed, along with a discussion on what types of programs parents would like to see in 2011. Afterward Mike Benner, Gangplank Jr initiative leader for 2011, shared his goals for the year. Both the feedback and goals can be found at the bottom of this post.

The evening closed with a description of volunteer opportunities for parents. As the organization continues to grow, Gangplank Jr will rely on parent involvement to maintain structure and communicate effectively with its members. If you are interested in reading more about current volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page and fill out an interest form. Please keep in mind we need parents not only for leadership roles, but also to help out with single events. If you have expertise in an area listed within our ideas or goals section below, please contact us.

A huge thanks to all the parents that took time out of their busy schedules to attend. We are blown away by the level of participation we’ve seen right off the bat and are excited to get cracking!

Big thanks to Floridino’s and Jeff Weninger for donating food for the evening.

Programming Ideas

  • Learning to/from Fail
  • Cooking
  • Basic Mechanics – car, house, “handyman”
  • Audio/Podcasting
  • Xtranormal
  • Glass Fusing
  • “Take Apart Box”/Break Down Day
  • Manga/Comic Create/Go Animate
  • Ice Skating/Roller Skating
  • Hiking/Rock Climbing
  • Running
  • Falconry/Reptiles
  • Adventure Racing
  • Tech+Art (ie claymation)
  • Creative Writing
  • Volunteering/Charity
  • Photography/Videography
  • First Aid/Safety
  • CPR
  • Bullying/Self Defense
  • Orange Picking for the Food Bank
  • Local Orphanage Tour
  • Music+tech
  • Financial planning
  • Music appreciation
  • Theater

2011 Goals

  • Full robotics curriculum for FIRST LEGO League
  • GP Jr Camp during school break
  • Highschool internship/shadowing program with Gangplank anchors
  • Tutoring/mentoring program
  • At least two Gangplank Jr events per month
  • DangerScouts / Monthly Big Events, not weekly little events / Badges
  • Diversify activities (Art, design, video, tech)
  • Track membership
  • Work with GP Health for more kid’s health activities
  • Movie and Game Night (family night/open house)
  • Work with under privileged groups and orphanages
  • Contests (best game, design, art)

Weekly Roundup – November 28- December 5

This week at Gangplank Junior:

Tuesday, November 30th

Saturday, December 4th

  • (9:00am-4:00pm) FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifying Tournament. Open to the Public. Located at Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA. Come cheer on the Master Builders and Mechanic Masters!

Sunday, December 5th