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Albuquerque iOS developer Andrew Stone has often talked about being in the right place at the right time with the ideas, skills and connections necessary to take advantage of the iPhone when it was first launched (his “Twittelator Pro” has been one of the best and most popular twitter clients for the iPhone and iPad).
Both Andrew and Rio Rancho game developer Sean McCracken are now among the very limited first set of Google Glass ‘explorers’ – and it seems to be paying off. Sean’s only had his pair for less than a month, but already his first game for the platform – “Psyclops” – is getting noticed by the national press.
His story was picked up by the tech/gear/gadget site, Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/09/google-glass-space-aliens/):
“The premise of the game isn’t new — alien ships are attacking our home planet and it’s our sworn duty to protect Earth by blowing them up — but the method is: use Glass as your viewfinder, line the baddies up with the center of the display and hold for a moment to lock your position and fire. Sean thinks of the game as a “3D Space Invaders mixed with Missile Command,” which sounds like a perfect mashup.”
And also by Biz/Tech site, GigaOm (which also gets distributed by CNN Money). The full game isn’t out yet, but knowing Sean, it’ll be great. Catch a video here:
You can find Sean and other local game developers at this year’s NM Game Jam: “Circle of Iron” taking place in Albuquerque and Las Cruces the weekend of August 23rd (more info here: http://
Here’s our latest email update on local events and activities of interest (with sight modifications for this venue):
Startup Weekend, ABQ Civic Tech Day, Women in Tech, Cybersecurity, Web Geek & Software Developer Meetups are just part of what we do to connect and grow New Mexico’s tech business ecosystem. If you’re not a member already, please consider joining us (http://www.nmtechcouncil.org/membership-options) in our efforts to connect and grow a more prosperous tech community.
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ABQ TECH FIESTA: CALL FOR SESSIONS
The Tech Council is working with several partners to celebrate the people, groups and companies that make up the Albuquerque area tech/startup community with a week of exciting events and activities this September 7-15th. ABQ Tech Fiesta is accepting session proposals for Community Day on Friday 9/13. Submit yours by August 9th HERE (http://www.techfiestaabq.com/get-involved/call-for-speakers/). Want to learn more about getting involved? Join us this Tech Thursday: http://
INNOVATE + EDUCATE: TALENT ABQ LAUNCH
Innovate+Educate and the City of Albuquerque officially launch their collaborative economic and workforce development project “Talent Albuquerque” on Thursday, August 8th at 2PM in the Albuquerque Convention Center. RSVP with email@example.com
NMTC TECH THURSDAY: ABQ TECH FIESTA (8/8)
Learn more about ABQ Tech Fiesta and how to get involved!
WHEN: Thursday, August 8th; 3:30 – 5:00 PM
WHERE: O’Niell’s Pub | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: FREE; Sign Up Here: http://abqtechfiesta-nmtc.eventbrite.com
NM CYBERSECURITY: HEALTHCARE PERSPECTIVES (8/21)
Kim Sassaman, Director of Information Security & HIPAA Security Officer for Presbyterian Health Services shares his perspectives on the cybersec issues facing the healthcare industry and more.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 21st; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE: bigbyte.cc | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: FREE for members; $ for lunch; Sign up & more info here: http://nmcyberhealth.eventbrite.com/
NMTC: ABQ WEB GEEKS (8/21)
ABQ Web Geeks meet the third Wednesday of each month at a bar/restaurant for happy hour and good conversation. If you’re a developer, designer or otherwise working in web, mobile, software or tech, we’d be glad to see you.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 21st; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE: O’Niell’s Pub | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: FREE; Sign Up Here: http://www.meetup.com/nmtechscene/events/130390372/
AHCC & JT8: SMALL BIZ OPS DAY (8/22)
NMTC is one of many partners in the 2013 “Small Business Opportunities Day” with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. The day will provide a venue for small businesses to meet and interact with Federal, State, County, City, Tribal Governments and Private Sector Companies about their support needs, procurement plans, learn about Access to Capital opportunities and the Affordable Care Act and its impact on small business.
WHEN: Thursday, August 22nd
WHERE: Hotel Albuquerque | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: $60; More info and registration HERE: http://ahcnm.org/2013-smallbizops.aspx
SANTA FE SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS (8/29)
Meet up with software and web developers, IT professionals and others in tech for a few tech talks and good conversation. For this meeting we’ll be joined by interns and post docs – and a few other special guests.
WHEN: Thursday, August 29th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Flying Star (Railyard) | Santa Fe
SIGNUP: FREE; Sign Up Here: http://www.meetup.com/sf-dev/events/126723512/
OTHER EVENTS OF INTEREST
MVEDA: BUSINESS IN THE BORDERPLEX (8/6)
This month’s Business in the Borderplex luncheon will focus on three ongoing planning processes in Doña Ana County. Topics of discussion will include the Comprehensive Plan for Sustainable Development, the Camino Real Corridor Plan and the Border Economic Development Plan.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 6th; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE: Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces | Las Cruces
SIGNUP: $20 in advance; $25 day of; Registration & Info Here: http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/event/mveda-business-borderplex-luncheon
RURAL FORUM / NEW MEXICO IDEA: (8/6-8)
The 2013 Rural Forum will provide you with knowledge, strategy, tactics and the inspiration to energize you and your team to achieve your community goals. You’ll learn best-practices and practical approaches in economic development, tourism, and branding and marketing. In addition, you’ll experience great networking and be introduced to real growth opportunities for your region..
WHEN: Tuesday – Thursday, August 6-8
WHERE: UNM, Valencia County | Los Lunas
SIGNUP: $200 (w/ some discounts avail.); http://www.nmrural.org for info
HTTQ: #NOSPEC & OUTSOURCING (8/7)
#NOSPEC & Outsourcing – How do these issues affect your opportunities & community? How do you keep your opportunities in reach when so many businesses seek out cheap labor overseas, or call on crowdsourcing for “more options”? Spec (speculative) work, contests, competitions, pro-bono , and a little bit about outsourcing, it’s affecting the industries of graphic designers, photographers, developers, and writers.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 7th; 6:30 – 8:00 PM
WHERE: Convivium Coworking | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: FREE; Please register HERE: http://httq-august-2013-eorg.eventbrite.com/
TEDXABQ: WOMEN’S VOICES IN NM (8/7) SOLD OUT
TEDxABQ has partnered with NMPBS to bring one of New Mexico’s most recognized voices, Megan Kamerick, to the stage in a discussion on women’s voice in today’s society at their August TEDxABQSalon.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 7th; 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE: Albuquerque Museum | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: $15; Please register HERE: http:// http://tedxabqsalonwomen.eventbrite.com
ETEBA: FOCUSING NM ON THE BIZ OF SMALL TECH (8/8)
Mr. Scott Bryant and a wide group of Micro-Nano practitioners from academia, industry, and government have been working behind the scenes to build New Mexico’s private sector capacity to engage this technology platform and attract world-wide attention and partnership to New Mexican “Small” business. Mr. Bryant will bring together a talk reflecting interests of ETEBA members in the overall market relevance of Small Tech, examples of energy-related applications, and a brief on hot topic issues in nano OEHS regulation.
WHEN: Thursday, August 8th; 5:30 – 8:00 PM
WHERE: DoubleTree Hotel | Santa Fe
SIGNUP: $45 for non-ETEBA members; Please register HERE: https://eteba.org/events/listing/eteba-new-mexico-membership-meeting
NM BIO: INTERNSHIP STRATEGIES TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY (8/13)
Join NM BIO to hear a panel of business leaders share their experiences in developing and managing internship programs. Panel members Dr. Jim McNally of Applied Technology Associates, Hap Stoller of TPL Inc., and Jacque Rodgriguez of RIEtech Global will provide information on the benefits of involving interns in a company.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 13th; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE: The BioScience Center | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: $35 for non-NM BIO members; Please register HERE: http://nmbio.org/event/august-13-meeting-nmbio-awards
PACA: BRIEFING FOR INDUSTRY (8/19-21)
The 2013 Professional Aerospace Contractors Association (PACA) Briefing For Industry (BFI) will provide a comprehensive summary of Department of Defense, Department of Energy and other new business opportunities , plus provide a local and national perspective on Government strategies and future directions.
WHEN: Monday – Wednesday, August 19th – 21st
WHERE: Hotel Albuquerque | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: More info and registration HERE: http://pacanm.org/briefing-for-industry/
NM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (8/23)
The New Mexico Economic Development Commission will meet on Aug. 23, in Taos at the Sagebrush Inn. The meeting will allow the Commission to conduct its work to complete the Five Year Strategic Plan with public input. The August meeting is the final of several sessions for public input.
WHEN: Friday, August 23rd; 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Sagebrush Inn | Taos
NM INFRAGARD QUARTERLY MEETING (8/23)
Privacy and personal security in the age of social networks w/ guest speaker, Supervisory Special Agent Bradford Bleier. Supervisory Special Agent Brad Bleier leads the Cyber and Tech Squad for the FBI Albuquerque Field Office. His program is responsible for the full range of cyber threats including criminal computer intrusions, Nation State cyber threats and cyber terrorism.
WHEN: Friday, August 23rd; 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE: Honeywell | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: $5, $15 w/ lunch; Please register HERE: http://infragardnm0823.eventbrite.com/
ALBUQUERQUE MINI MAKER FAIRE (8/24-25)
Maker Faire is the World’s Largest Show (and Tell) festival—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Join the Maker Faire Movement here in NM!
WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, August 24th-25th
WHERE: Albuquerque Balloon Museum | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: Various options; Please register HERE: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6451804521?ref=ebtnebregn
The New Mexico Programming Group (NMPG) convenes technologists, entrepreneurs, and the broader innovation community regularly to learn and share. Each month, innovators gather to share interests, see demos, launch products and meet their future co-founders and partners.
WHEN: Thursday, August 29th
WHERE: Arrowhead Center | Las Cruces
SIGNUP: FREE; More info HERE: http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/NMPG
We’re excited to be part of the upcoming ABQ Tech Fiesta from September 7th to the 15th at spots around the Albuquerque area – it’s part of our ongoing collaboration with groups at the state and local level to strengthen the communities – and leverage the assets – we need to encourage tech sector growth.
Want to get involved?
There are just a few days left to submit your panel/presentation topics and ideas. Have ideas or suggestions that will help us grow, keep and attract tech talent? Voices and thoughts to build the region’s tech scene? Submit your idea today at: http://ow.ly/nxc68
The week as a whole and individual events (including ours!) are also seeking sponsorships and other support. Contact me for details!