Gangplank, Arizona’s only collaborative workspace, will be hosting 98KUPD radio personality, Shan Man(bio), as a part of our recurring brown bag series. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at noon. The title of his presentation is: “Banging Your Head to the Beat of Your Own Drum: Innovating through Social Media and Someone Else’s Inspiration.”
Photo courtesy of 98KUPD
Shan Man’s presentation will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet – particularly how social media has impacted the radio industry. He will share his experiences with finding inspiration through shared thoughts online and how he has applied those to his dream of working in radio.
Shan Man, real name Shannon Hernandez, is an Arizona native and has worked in radio for more than six years. His favorite bands include Metallica, Sevendust, Korn, Soulfly and Slipknot. Though he’s known for his extroverted personality on air, he admits he’s “a bit intimidated to be surrounded by such powerful minds”.
His station, 98 KUPD, has been the only Active Rock station in the Valley for more than 25 years. The station delivers popular to aggro-styled rock and frequently informs their listeners of any promotional incentives, events, and concerts. It is home to critically-acclaimed and top-rated morning show, John Holmberg’s Morning Sickness.
The brown bag is open to the public, free of charge. Bring your lunch, have a few laughs and be prepared for an in-your-face account of social media and radio.
When you think of animation, most likely the first image that pops into your head is either a Disney or Pixar character. Ever since that black and white mouse came onto the screen as Steamboat Willy, animation has taken a place in our minds as an entertainment medium.
Yet, there is so much more to the animation field than we are aware.
Chad Smith of Being Studios, will be our featured speaker for Wednesday, June 30th’s brown bag presentation. Smith has recently taken up residence at Gangplank and has already created a series of hilarious cartoons based on the regular activities taking place inside our walls.
More than that, Smith will be talking about the many opportunities available in the animation field, and how businesses can use the medium to tell their stories. Anything and everything you ever wanted to know about animation will be answered, and perhaps you’ll even end up as part of Smith’s Gangplank cartoon collection.
Something a little different
Some of you may recall that a few months back, Derek held an informal discussion about the future of Gangplank after a brown bag. We are planning on making this a regular occurrence, to hear your thoughts and share updates about Gangplank. These open forums will take place the last Wednesday of the month, before the brown bag presentation.
This open forum is for the curious, new members and Gangplank veterans alike. Want to know what Gangplank is? We’ll cover it. Want updates on the move? Come and ask. The open forum will begin at 11am. Stick around to catch the brown bag.
Local Motors CEO and Co-Founder, Jay Rogers, was kind enough to come share his vision of the future of the car industry with us last month. Rogers explained the traditional model of car building and how that model is no longer sustainable. He shared the history of Local Motors, as well as how open-source car design localizes a vehicle and involves the purchaser in the process. Below is his presentation for your enjoyment. Local Motors will be hosting an Open House for their new factory in Phoenix at the end of July. Check back for details about the event.
Gangplank Junior has decided the grown-ups shouldn’t be the ones having all the fun.
Starting next month, the kids of Gangplank will begin hosting their own book club. Each month’s book will target a different age range, from 7-15, though all children are welcome to attend any of the book club meetings. We will post the reading grade-level of each titles, as well as caution parents for any strong language or themes.
Our first meeting will be Tuesday, July 20th at 6pm inside Gangplank HQ. The discussion will be led by Brittany Neighbors, a Queen Creek High School Junior.
For our first title, we will be reading Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. The book takes place in Arizona, with main character Stargirl Caraway making a splash at her new high school. Having been home schooled for the majority of her life, Stargirl moves to beat of her own drummer in dress, behavior and personality. In this book, Spinelli “captures the collective, not-always-pretty emotions of a high school microcosm in which individuality is pitted against conformity”.
Hacknights were started to provide an opportunity for like-minded individuals to connect, share ideas and launch new ventures in the community. Every Wednesday around quitting time, a hodge-podge of developers, bloggers, artists, techies and entrepreneurs are thrown together in one giant room – and crazy things happen.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend a Hacknight, here’s a taste.
Last night, more than 40 people showed up to Gangplank for Hacknight. Our first ever roller-hockey game was played in the loading area behind the building. Josh Strebel of Page.ly acted as videographer, riding around on the new Gangplank bike shooting the bloody battle. Injuries were sustained, with the Conrey–Hurst–Charland team pulling off a 3-1 victory. Who says girls can’t play?
In the midst of the game, lots was going on inside Gangplank. Nicholas Dibiase and Brandon Franklin struck up an impromptu jam session, playing percussion and guitar for attendees enjoyment. Also on the music front, Stern Savage stopped by to drop off a sneak preview of his mixtape, to be released July 31st.
Hacking activities were in full swing as well. Heat Sync Labs set up a lock picking table, with various levels to challenge Hacknight attendees. Nick Hammond managed to pick all the locks, save the hardest.
And of course, what’s a Hacknight without a ridiculously awesome YouTube video about college sports?
Even with all the distractions and activities, Hacknights main draw is the amazing conversations between people. Artists, musicians, dating advice bloggers, marketing consultants and coders discussing sports, differences between the sexes and getting to know one another. These initial meetings are the stepping stones that create projects and passions that move the world.
The company’s CEO Eric Keosky-Smith has taken local social media by storm with the concept of social powered generosity. His site gives away premium products, such as Amazon Kindle, to encourage real generosity by brands and promote consumer loyalty. Members get a shot at unique, high-quality products and the participating companies get advertising through social media buzz and happy customers.
Keosky-Smith has a long history with developing marketing strategies that break new ground. With over 25 years experience in technology and consumer marketing, he’s been behind some of the largest product launches and initiatives of the past decade.
His extensive history may be why he had trouble picking a topic – there’s just so much be wants to share with Valley-area entrepreneurs! His topic, ‘Opportunities in a time of mass upheaval’ will encompass many of the subjects he wanted to cover, including marketing and relationships in a social media world, as well as how to bridge generation/technology gaps in business.
Wednesday, June 16th @ Noon
Bring your lunch (and questions).
You’ve been to Gangplank a few times and you like what you see. If you’re thinking about setting up a more permanent base of operations, we now have a “Gangplank Space Request” form to streamline the demand. You can find the form on Gangplank’s website under the ‘Participate‘ and ‘Collaborative‘ tabs.
There is no fee to make Gangplank your base of operations. Our wifi, conference rooms and podcasting studio are at your disposal. We simply ask that you respect the space and work of fellow Gangplank members, as well as be willing to collaborate with the community.
We want you to there! Our guests are at their best with a live audience that keeps them on their toes with lively discussion and questions.
But if you absolutely can’t make it…
Yes, we are filming them. Yes, the video will be posted to the website as soon as is possible after the talk. We also will be posting summaries of the presentations and providing information about speakers to come. If you can’t make it to the brown bags each week, best bet is to bookmark this blog.
We had a good time during the last iPhone 101 class. It was far from perfect, but people really got a lot out of pair programming as a learning technique to explore iPhone development. There were lots of requests to have another class so we are happy to announce iPhone 101 Part 2 (sign up) is up on deck. Monday, March 08th at 6:30pm we will be the next session. Saul Mora of Magical Panda will be the presenter.