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.


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.


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:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

do it - procrastination concept

Saturday, November 19

East Valley Job Seekers, 10am – 12pm, Conference Room
For more information, contact:

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.


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.


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
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.


New Website Coming (Real) Soon

For years we have struggled with creating a site that helps people all over the world engage with Gangplank. Having multiple locations, each with a different set of initiatives, numerous events, and so many things happening in the Gangplank movement can be intimidating.

Instead of waiting to be perfect, we are going to Be Dangerous. This month you will see some major changes to our site. We will be launching a new, extremely simple, theme. We can figure out what is and is not working, and quickly iterate to improve the site for everyone.

Visit our github project to get involved and make the Gangplank experience better for everyone. Any and all skillsets are welcome.

Gangplank Domain Exchange Recap

On Wednesday, February 23rd, a few members of the Gangplank Community gathered together for the Inaugural Domain Exchange. The Domain Exchange was a loosely organized event setup as an opportunity for individuals to “exchange” ideas about domain names or clean out their URL library.

The importance of a quality domain is often overlooked by many online professionals. Owning a domain name is a chance to own a truly unique identity or online property, in addition to being wise investment strategies. Domain names are a powerful part of search optimizing a website, not to mention domains act as great vehicles of advertising and promotion.

The goal of the event, organized by Gangplank and local design firm Drawbackwards, was an attempt to connect people interested in buying or selling domains or developing out an idea with a domain. The gathering was also an attempt to express the importance of a quality domain name to ad agency professionals, brand managers and all creative people.

Bret Feddern, a developer and aspiring domainer, listed a few domains from his portfolio during the silent auction. He listed, and from his portfolio. “I’m a bit anti-social myself, but Secrets of Social Media would be a great title for an eBook where someone more social than myself could write about the ever-evolving world of Social Media,” Bret explained.

Eric Anderson also attended the event, and had several quality domains featured in the auction. In his portfolio are the domains,,

Nathan Sauser was also in attendance, and listed the domain for anyone interested in a self help site or online tutorials site. A few of the other domains listed in the silent auction were:, and

While the silent domain auction could not generate a noteworthy sale to attract local news headlines, it was successful in connecting like-minded people and generating ideas.

Never underestimate the importance of an effective domain name. If you are interested in any of the domains mentioned in this post, or listed below, please contact

Engagement for Nonprofits

Gangplank was pleased to host the ‘Engagement for Nonprofits’ seminar as part of WordCamp Phoenix 2011. The event was sponsored by Cox Communications and Gannett Local.

Greg Ensell of Cox Communications spoke on social media sites and how best to utilize the various mediums, providing examples for the Phoenix community.

Kevin Spidel of Gannett Local followed with specific CRM strategies.

Thank you gentlemen for the valuable information and for sponsoring the event! You can view their slide decks below.

Intel AppUp Application Lab: MeeGo series

Thank you to Wendy Coneybeer for this submission.

On the evening of Thursday February 3rd, Gangplank had the honor of hosting one of the stops along the Intel AppUp Application Lab: MeeGo series world tour. The purpose of this event was to introduce the AppUp Center and Developer Program, and to educate the Phoenix-area developer community on the tools they can use to create applications for the company’s upcoming mobile phone and tablet PC operating system, aptly named MeeGo.

Before the event, the main room was transformed from collaborative workspace to auditorium, trading the numerous tables and office chairs for two sets of large projectors and screens hanging from the rafters, and rows of white chairs to accommodate the 140+ attendees. San Tan Brewing Company also came in to cater the event, providing plenty of good eats and keeping our complimentary Intel beer mugs full.

Some of the key takeaways from Intel’s presentation:

  • AppUp a marketplace for applications to run on mobile devices that use Intel Atom or ARM processors
  • Apps can be developed in C+, Java, .NET, or Adobe Air
  • MeeGo is Intel’s new open source, Linux-based mobile operating system
  • Applications submitted to AppUp will be available to MeeGo users
  • Smartphones and tablet versions of MeeGo will have different user interfaces, but will use same API
  • MeeGo is on a 6 month development cycle, with the next release due in April

I had a chance to talk with Intel AppUp program representatives Rhonda Peters and Kelly Woods after the presentation. “We’re excited about the opportunity to bring education to the developers,” said Peters.

“We want to bring a sense of community with our events and give the developers the tools they need,” Woods added. “They control their own destiny and set their own prices with the AppUp store.”

At the end of the event, each attendee was presented with a Lenovo Ideapad S10-3T convertible netbook/tablet PC with MeeGo 1.1 installed, so they could experience the new mobile operating system for themselves, and get started developing right away.

Other AppUp MeeGo series events have been held in Dublin, Ireland and Paris, France, with the next stop in Barcelona, Spain on February 16th.

For more information on the Intel AppUp program and the MeeGo mobile operating system, check out