November 2016 Events & Meetups at Gangplank Chandler

Tuesday, November 1

Modfit continues their free pilot clinic through the end of the month, open to the entire Gangplank community as well as your business associates, friends, or family. Modfit is a Chandler based startup building personalized clinics for today’s desk-bound workforce, and are equipped with the latest fitness technology to help you lose weight, alleviate stress, reduce pain, and power through you workday. Download the Modfit app from the iTunes or Google Play app stores to schedule your first session.

Wednesday, November 2

Freelancers Meetup: Setting Boundaries with Demanding Clients, Spark Phoenix, 5:30pm, Main Space

This month, we’ll swap invaluable insight around questions like: How do you decide who to work with? How you set up parameters from the start of the relationship? How do you project manage yourself and your clients? Regardless of industry, we all share similar experiences as independent business owners! We try to ensure everyone leaves with insights and connections that will help their business thrive. Networking & refreshments. RSVP

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.

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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.

GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 7 – 9pm

Selecting the next book to read: Before the meeting: 1. Pick a book you want to read. 2. At the meeting: Present your book to the group. 3. At the meeting: Once all books are presented, we vote. Book presentations may be simple or fancy. Your choice. Voting will likely be approval-style. That is, each member may approve (vote for) any number of books. The winner is the most-approved book.

Thursday, November 3

SouthEast Valley .NET Newbies Group, 6 – 9pm, Main Space

We will be continuing our review of the internal project selected for development via the full SDLC, focusing on finalizing the requirements, making final selections for the team members and formalizing the development process. For the MVC portion, a review of routes is next on the agenda. There will be a brief review session for those new members that are new to C#, continuing with the basics of declarations, classes, SOLID and dependency injection.

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Women Who Code Show Your Stuff – HTML/CSS, 6 – 7:30pm

Study group open to women working with or learning HTML/CSS. Beginners always welcome.

Saturday, November 5

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room
For more information, contact: LuisWongCampos@cox.net.

AZLOCO Install-fest/Linux Workshop, 10am – 5pm

Anyone interested in Linux is welcome. We can just chat or we can install on almost any version of Linux on your computer, router, server, or Raspberry PI. Fix or learn open source programs in a one on one training class.

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Wednesday, November 9

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

Guilt Free Book Club, 6 – 7pm

We will discuss The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon. Amazon summarizes: “A witty, intelligent cultural history from NPR book critic Glen Weldon explains Batman’s rises and falls throughout the ages—and what his story tells us about ourselves.” Also, at our next meetup we will pick books to read for the next six months. Please bring your ideas. Guilt-free because you don’t have to read the book to join the discussion.

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Thursday, November 10

Arizona WordPress Group, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Gather and discuss the best ways to work with WordPress and find out the advantages of using WordPress for your Business and Personal website.

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Saturday, November 12

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room

2017 Goal Setting Lab, 1 – 5pm, Main Space

Join local facilitator, Trish Gillam for fun filled afternoon of exploring and designing a more meaningful 2017! Where do you want to be in December 2017? We will spend time reflecting and designing a year that fits the life you want to live. This will include a variety of games and activities to clarify goals and accelerate decision making. We will then spend some time creating action plans to help you follow through on your new goals. These hands on, group oriented activities are also a great way to build new connections with fellow Goal Setting Lab participants. You will leave this event with a personal action plan to help make the most of 2017 and hopefully new friends to support you with your plan.

There is no cost to this event. However, seats are limited so make sure to claim your ticket via Eventbrite.

Monday, November 14

Craft Hack: Sewing 101 & Teddy Bear Cosplay, 6 – 8pm

Our November Craft Hack features costuming teddy bears (we’ll re-stuff cleaned recycled bears at the demo) which will involve learning some fundamentals about sewing so if you need some tutoring or to brush up on your technique, bring your machine or use one of ours. Bring extra fabric scraps and stuffed animals to attire (or re-stuff one of our bears). As always, you are free to bring your own project to work on instead of or in addition to our demo.

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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. Learn new techniques and best practices for creating your story and using tools like YouTube to share with the world. 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.

Wednesday, November 16

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 8 – 10pm

Thursday, November 17

Southeast Valley .NET User Group, 6 – 8pm

Southeast Valley .NET User Group (SEVDNUG) was established in December 2007 as a hub for .NET developers in Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, and surrounding areas who want to learn and share knowledge about .NET technologies. Come join us on the 4th Thursday of each month.

Friday, November 18

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.

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Saturday, November 19

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room
For more information, contact: LuisWongCampos@cox.net.

Rock the Block, 12 – 10pm

Rock the Block! is an annual, free, family-friendly block party that celebrates the fun, dynamic lifestyle that Chandler offers while promoting Chandler-based businesses. The event has garnered more than 18,000 attendees in the past and is expecting to attract even more in 2016.

Monday, November 21

Women Who Code Show Your Stuff – JavaScript, 6 – 7:30pm

Study group open to women working with or learning JavaScript. Beginners always welcome.

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Wednesday, November 23

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving

Gangplank closed.

Monday, November 28

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.

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Wednesday, November 30

Community Meeting, 12pm, Main Space

Hacknight, 6pm until last keyholder leaves (late-ish), Main Space

GP Software Engineering Reading Group, 8 – 10pm

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

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

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For more info, message Eileen.

Modfit Pilot Clinic at Gangplank Chandler

Guest Post by
Chris Adams,
Modfit

We are excited to announce the October 17th launch of the Modfit pilot clinic at Gangplank Chandler!  Modfit is a Chandler based startup building personalized clinics for today’s desk-bound workforce, and are equipped with the latest fitness technology to help you lose weight, alleviate stress, reduce pain, and power through you workday.  Recharge & refresh in a comfortable setting and refuel with a healthy beverage and snack.

This pilot clinic is open to the entire Gangplank community as well as your business associates, friends, or family.

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Participants are asked to commit to THREE 15-minute sessions a week for 30 days starting the week of October 17th.  We will have an on-site coach MondayFriday from 1-5pm, and we have lots of goodies & giveaways for participants too!

This is a pilot clinic, so all we’re asking for is your honest feedback on how we can make our clinics better, and referrals to other business owners who might be interested in a clinic for their workspace.

Download the Modfit app from the iTunes or Google Play app stores to schedule your first session.

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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.

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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.

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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Community Podcast Studio fundraiser, Fundraver, June 10, 2016, Gangplank Chandler

Join us, Friday, June 10, 2016, 7:00PM to Saturday, June 11, 2016, 1:00 AM for Fundraver, an Electronic Dance Music event to raise funds to improve the Gangplank podcasting studio. The podcast studio is part of Gangplanks Studios Initiative which strives to build culture and vibrancy in cities, creating cities where people desire to live, work and play. Fundraver features bass music artist Viperactive.

“We want to build a better sound environment at Gangplank. Gangplank’s sound studio has brought together some of the best groups, podcasts, and solo vocal artists in Chandler,” said Julian Gooden, Viperactive. “Many artists have used this collaborative space to cut their first album in all kinds of genres from EDM and house to rap, R&B and even classical guitar. Many artists have been able to cut their first album thanks to this immeasurable resource.”

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“The space has been an incredible help to many artists and collaborators who had the talent but needed a place to make their first professional-level recording,” said Christopher Murray, Gangplank volunteer and Marketing Analyst with Gangplank anchor company, HiringSolved. “Our fundraising goal is $2200 for this project.”

“It’s about time we upgraded the aging equipment at Gangplank studios and create a sound-proof space to encourage more sonic collaboration and creation,” added Gooden. “Our goal is to upgrade the studio by constructing a sound-dampening roof and adding soundproofing material to the studio walls.”

Buy tickets or donate to the cause via the Eventbrite page.

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!

GP Brownbag: Chad Smith & Open Forum

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.

Jay Roger’s 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.

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Announcing Gangplank JR Book Club

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”.

Recommended ages are 10-14. 208 pages.