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Presidential Innovation Fellows Seeks Entrepreneurs, Innovators

The Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) Program launched three years ago by US CTO Todd Park is one of the greatest programs we’ve seen to help transform government by applying some of the knowledge and approaches used by our private sector’s top entrepreneurs and innovators. It’s one of the best examples of large scale “Open Gov” approaches, making public data available and useful in a range of key areas. 

What’s particularly interesting – and close to our hearts and minds – is that this year’s announcement includes a specific call to help make the national labs’ technologies and research more available in a user friendly way to US business and entrepreneurs. Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs are actually among the leaders in tech transfer, but we all recognize the process can be improved. While this PIF program will be headquartered in DC with the NNSA, we expect both labs to play key roles in this initiative. 

Since many in our communities have already been thinking – and working – on these very issues, we’d love to see some NM applicants to this important program!

I’ve included the basics below, but for the announcement and more information, please visit:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/05/presidential-innovation-fellows-round-3-serve-create-innovate

PRESIDENTIAL INNOVATION FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Presidential Innovation Fellows program brings the principles, values, and practices of the innovation economy into government through the most effective agents of change we know: our people. This highly competitive program pairs talented, diverse individuals from the innovation community with top civil servants to tackle many of our Nation’s biggest challenges, and to achieve a profound and lasting social impact. These teams of government experts and private-sector doers are using approaches like design thinking and lean startup to achieve results for the American people in months, not years.

Data Innovation

The Data Innovation projects focus on accelerating and expanding the Federal Government’s efforts to make information resources more accessible and usable for companies, entrepreneurs, citizens, and others to fuel the creation of new products, services, and jobs. Also within this effort are projects that focus on empowering Americans with secure and useful access to their own personal data—such as their own health or energy usage information—as part of the Administration’s MyData initiatives. The Data Innovation Presidential Innovation Fellows will serve in the following agencies for the following projects:

 
  1. The U.S. Department of Energy

    is working to accelerate the commercialization of National Laboratory-generated technologies, in part by making information about those technologies more easy to find and use.

NMTC Community Events & Activities Update

Greetings from NMTC! 

Innovate ABQ. STEMulous Center. Fat Pipe Incubator. ABQ ID. Lumidigm Exit. Levitated Toy Factory Phase 1 Complete. Lobos and Aggies in the NCAA Tournament, again. These are just a few recent developments that are shaking up New Mexico and putting us on track to become a place to watch for tech and innovation. As a tech community, we’re essential to making the most of these opportunities.

How can we work together to help our communities grow?

ATTEND AN EVENT: TECH COMMUNITY REPRESENT
No one can attend every event, nor should they try. We try to capture many of the best groups and events here and on Facebook, and it’s new voices and connections that keep them all fresh. If you haven’t participated in anything recently, please pick something. And if you do already get out there, how about trying something new?

TECH COMMUNITY REPRESENT II: GET ON THE MAP
It’s not all about ‘startups’ but efforts to build startup communities have launched some cool tools and one is “Startup Genome.” If your company or organization is a startup, was a startup or helps startups, please add yourself to the map so we can get a better sense of who and where we are. (Outside of Albuquerque? Go ahead and add yourself too.)

JOIN THE TECH COUNCIL
There’s no way we can become the vibrant state we want to be without a thriving tech sector and no way we can have a vibrant tech sector without strong associations like the NM Technology Council. Your membership and participation help us grow and our state become more competitive. 
JOIN NOW

Reinventing Albuquerque’s Business Ecosystem
Albuquerque Business First has launched a redesigned publication and site – and has challenged our business community to not only get involved, but lead. Please take a look at the articles (available FREE) at: http://bit.ly/reinventingABQ

Looking for discussions on Tech business related topics in New Mexico? Join us and other other Linked In groups here: http://bit.ly/nmtc_linkedin

There’s always a lot going on. Let us know if your tech community event should be on our list. And JOIN US if you’d like to help us grow New Mexico’s tech business community!

And please share!

NM TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL EVENTS

LOBONET CONNECT (3/26) 
Connect with the students, faculty and staff of UNM’s School of Engineering & others who are making Albuquerque an up and coming Tech Hub. 
WHEN:         Wednesday, February 26th; 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE:       Slate Street Cafe | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      FREE for Students and pre-registrationHERE.

NM WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY (3/27) 
Jane Betterton talks about the challenges of incremental organizational improvement and its management. Industry-specific maturity models provide a practical approach for organizations to build an objective framework to prioritize and execute improvements.  
WHEN:         Thursday, March 27th; 8:30 – 10:00 AM
WHERE:       TIG | Albuquerque 
SIGNUP:      Prices vary; sign up HERE.

SANTA FE SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS (3/27) 
Join Santa Fe area developers, designers and others in tech for our monthly happy hour/meetup.
WHEN:         Thursday, March 27th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:       Open Eye Scientific | Santa Fe 
SIGNUP:      FREE; sign up here.

NM CYBERSECURITY: COMMUNITY UPDATE (4/16) 
We’re inviting a variety of players from the NM Cybersecurity community to offer their thoughts on threats and opportunities we see in NM and how we can help the cyber business community grow. Join us! 
WHEN:         Wednesday, April 16th; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE:       bigbyte.cc | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Varied Pricing; Info & Registration here.

ABQ WEBGEEKS: MARCH HAPPY HOUR (4/16) 
This month ABQ WebGeeks happy hour goes West-side – and maybe even leaves Albuquerque just a bit. Join us for good conversation with others in web, software, tech and more :) 
WHEN:         Wednesday, April 16th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:       ArtBar | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      FREE – Sign up here.

NMTC COMMUNITY EVENTS

OPENHACK ABQ (3/27) 
OpenHackABQ’s purpose is to offer a space where people of any skill level and interest can get together to develop and design. It’s very novice friendly. Just interested in seeing what people are up to? Come on by and sit in on a project someone is working on. 
WHEN:        Thursday, March 27th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:      Convivium Coworking | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:     FREE; More info athttp://openhack.github.io/albuquerque/

NEUROGAME JAM AWARDS (3/30) 
Come see the works and congratulate the participants of the first ever NeuroGame Jam. We had over 60 participants, with some joining remotely as far as Ukraine, build games and applications that push the envelope of neurogaming. Join us in congratulating these folks and trying out their creations.
WHEN:        Sunday, March 30th; 1:00 – 3:00 PM
WHERE:      IFDM @ Mesa Del Sol | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:     FREE; More info athttp://www.meetup.com/RG-IGDA-Meetup-Group/events/172393712

STARTUP NEW MEXICO PITCH FIESTA (4/2) 
Do you have a great young business or a business idea you just know is set to blast off with the right exposure and resources? Or do you want to watch some interesting pitches and help support the founders and entrepreneurs who are part of New Mexico’s thriving startup community? Competing teams will have 120 action-packed seconds – no more, no less – to let the judges and crowd know why their startup is amazing and how they should win this competition and all the glory.
WHEN:         Wednesday, April 2nd; 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE:       Standard Diner | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Registration & more info HERE.

TVC INNOVATION SUMMIT (4/3) 
In three high-level workshops, speakers will equip attendees with three keys to forming and launching a high-tech startup, including how to Identify technologies emerging from our research institutions, establish an intellectual property position, map a technology to the marketplace and assess industry and market issues, participate in our annual Deal Stream Summit to be held October 7 and 8, 2014.
WHEN:         Thursday, April 3rd; 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM
WHERE:       Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Registration & more info HERE.

UNM ANDERSON: INDUSTRY NETWORKING (4/3) 
Hosted by Anderson Career Services, the Industry Networking Series will bring together students and industry professionals/employers at a networking information session. Designed to provide employers the opportunity to share information about their companies, as well as discuss jobs and internships that are or will be available to students.
WHEN:         Thursday, April 3rd; 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE:       UNM Anderson’s Jackson Student Center | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Employer Registration at:http://goo.gl/s6Lww

DREAM BUILDERS:  A CELEBRATION OF STEM+ARTS (4/11) 
STEM + Arts workshops for students, teachers, and professionals where stakeholders will provide information designed to increase the pool of Hispanic students who pursue degrees in STEM, to support the development of a scientific and technically trained student base, and to use the inherent relationship between Art and Science to increase interest in both disciplines..  
WHEN:        Wednesday, April 17th; 1:00 – 7:00 PM
WHERE:      National Hispanic Cultural Center | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      $100; Registration and more info athttps://www.nhccfoundation.org/dream-builders.aspx

STARTUPABQ (4/17) 
StartupABQ is a no-pitch environment. Business owners, entrepreneurs, investors & innovators are welcome. Each month’s event features four pitches from existing ventures w/ feedback from a panel of experts.  
WHEN:        Thursday, April 17th; 7:30 – 9:00 AM
WHERE:      Andaluz | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      $10; Registration and more info athttp://www.startupabq.org 

CVF: SOFTWARE STARTUPS IN NM (4/17) 
Our April 2014 Coronado Ventures Forum event will feature a panel of entrepreneurs developing software companies in New Mexico. We will discuss trends in the industry, challenges to software companies specific to New Mexico and how we expect the software industry to change in 2014 and beyond.  
WHEN:        Thursday, April 17th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:      Prairie Star Restaurant | Santa Ana Pueblo
SIGNUP:      $22.50; Registration and more HERE.

RECURRING COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Albuquerque WordPress Group has several meetups including a monthly session at WESST on the 2nd Thursday evening of the month, weekly Workalong Wednesdays, and Women Working w/WordPress the first Monday of each month. Visit http://www.meetup.com/albuquerque-wordpress/ for more info.

Lean Startup Monthly meets the first Tuesday night of each month at Ideas & Coffee. More info at: http://www.meetup.com/Albuquerque-Lean-Startup-Monthly/

The New Mexico .NET Users Group (NMUG) exists to help facilitate education and knowledge exchange among developers, architects and managers with an interest in Microsoft’s .NET technologies. NMUG meets on the first Thursday of each month. More at: http://www.nmug.net/

The New Mexico AIGA chapter produces a handful of events each month, from the S.I.P Social Hours to CoffeeTalks, workshops and more. Find it all at http://newmexico.aiga.org/local-events/

NM Internet Entrepreneurs is for internet entrepreneurs with an existing business or actively working
on a business idea. Meets monthly with info at: http://www.meetup.com/NM-Internet-Entrepreneurs/ 

The NM Tech Council and other community members post several tech meetups and other events 
at: http://www.meetup.com/nmtechscene

OpenHackABQ meets the third Thursday of each month at Convivium CoWorking, beginning at 6PM. More info at: http://openhack.github.io/albuquerque/

The RubiABQ Meetup Group for Ruby on Rails developers meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at Ideas & Coffee. Find them at http://www.meetup.com/Rubyists-in-Albuquerque/

Your Guide to New Mexico’s Tech Innovation Community (2/14)

Greetings from NMTC!

We publish an update on events and activities of potential interest to New Mexico’s tech business community on a weekly basis (with some additional emails to Shandra’s List and specific interest areas). Occasionally, we share that here. If you’d like to see the full email visit 

http://eepurl.com/N9kdv – and sign up if you’d like to see these on a regular basis.
 
 
Here’s the main text: 
 
 
Thanks again to all who attended our 6th annual Women in Technology Awards last week, Join us at our site (http://www.nmtechcouncil.org) for more info – and more updates to come!
 

This month also join us for an updated NM Cybersecurity Working Group lunch on vulnerabilities many organizations have from staff and other internal sources. In the wake of new revelations about the hacking of Target and others, this is must-have information for most businesses and organizations. Join us for lunch on Wednesday, February 19th (http://www.nmtechcouncil.org/event/cybersec19feb)!

Also this month, join us for our Women in Tech breakfast on Thursday, February 27th to learn the “Secrets of Successful Negotiation” for women. Sign up here (http://nmwit27feb.eventbrite.com)!

Want to help us grow our state’s tech business community? Join us (or sponsor!) at http://www.nmtechcouncil.org/membership-options

And please share!

NM TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL EVENTS

NM CYBERSECURITY: SOYLENT GREEN REDUX (2/19)
Many regulars couldn’t join us last month, and in light of new relevations about the Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches we’re bringing back Dale Leschnitzer, Sr. IT Advisor at LANL to discuss internal security treats to your organization.
WHEN:         Wednesday, February 19th; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE:       bigbyte.cc | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Varied Pricing; Info & Registration HERE (http://www.nmtechcouncil.org/event/cybersec19feb)
 
ABQ WEBGEEKS: FEBRUARY HAPPY HOUR (2/19)
The month WebGeeks happy hour returns to its new venue! Join us for good conversation with others in web, software, tech and more :)
WHEN:         Wednesday, February 19th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:       ArtBar | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:       FREE w/ pre-registration HERE (http://www.meetup.com/nmtechscene/events/160346432/)
 
LOBONET CONNECT (2/26)
Connect with the students, faculty and staff of UNM’s School of Engineering & others who are making Albuquerque an up and coming Tech Hub.
WHEN:         Wednesday, February 26th; 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE:       ArtBar | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:       FREE; $5 Late Registration; $10 at the door at: http://lobonet26feb.eventbrite.com
 
SANTA FE SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS (2/26)
Join Santa Fe area developers, designers and others in tech for our monthly happy hour/meetup.
WHEN:         Wednesday, February 26th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:       Whole Hog Cafe| Santa Fe
SIGNUP:       FREE; sign up at: http://www.meetup.com/sf-dev/events/162764922/
 
NM WOMEN IN TECH: SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL NEGOTIATION (2/27)
Please join Marsha Lichtenstein, founder of Women in Negotiation (WIN) as she shares strategies for helping women negotiate in workplace (and life). Know your worth and how to communicate it with nuts-and-bolts expertise in how to understand your worth and communicate it, negotiate for what you want clearly and effectively, and resolve negotiations and disputes with win/win outcomes.
WHEN:         Thursday, February 27th; 8:30 – 10:00 AM
WHERE:       TIG | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:       Varied Pricing; Info & Registration HERE (http://nmwit27feb.eventbrite.com)
 
NMTC COMMUNITY EVENTS
STARTUPABQ (2/20)
StartupABQ is a no-pitch environment. Business owners, entrepreneurs, investors & innovators are welcome. Each month’s event features four pitches from existing ventures w/ feedback from a panel of experts.
WHEN:        Thursday, January 20th; 7:15 – 9:00 AM
WHERE:      Andaluz | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      $5; Registration and more info at http://www.startupabq.org
 
NM-ISRAEL BUSINESS EXCHANGE: GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TECH COOPERATION W/ ISRAEL (2/20)
Come learn about Israel’s dynamic technology driven economy and how the Israeli Federal Government is investing in American companies that tap into their high-tech research and development capabilities.
WHEN:        Thursday, January 30th; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
WHERE:      STC.UNM | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Non-NMIBE Members $25; Registration and more info HERE (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/grant-opportunities-for-technology-cooperation-with-israel-tickets-10208256169)
 
OPENHACK ABQ (2/20)
OpenHackABQ’s purpose is to offer a space where people of any skill level and interest can get together to develop and design. It’s very novice friendly. Just interested in seeing what people are up to? Come on by and sit in on a project someone is working on.
WHEN:        Thursday, February 20th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:      Convivium Coworking | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      FREE; More info at http://openhack.github.io/albuquerque
 
NM MICRO-NANO NETWORK: TECH FINANCING: FRIENDS & FAMILY, CROWDFUNDING & THE SMALL IPO (2/25)
“Small Tech” entrepreneurs can have trouble finding investment capital. If you have an interest in funding your tech venture from friends & family, crowdfunding, or the elusive IPO, please join us on Feb 25th for the next “Small Talk” Roundtable.
WHEN:        Tuesday, February 25th; 3:30 – 5:30 PM
WHERE:      3D Glass Solutions | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      $11.50; ($17.50 on-site) Registration and more info HERE (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tech-financing-friends-family-crowdfunding-the-small-ipo-tickets-9537381565)
 
TEDxABQ EDUCATION (2/28)
An event where participants will be challenged to interact before, during, and after the event. Engage your passion for education, and join TEDxABQED in their commitment to expand the definitions and horizons of what it means to be a successful learner in New Mexico.
WHEN:        Friday, February 28th; 1:00 – 5:00 PM
WHERE:      African American Performing Arts Center | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      $40; Registration & more info HERE (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tedxabq-education-tickets-7744350561)
 
NMAMA LUNCH & LEARN: SUPERCHARGE YOUR MARKETING ROADMAP (3/4)
Learn 10 innovative ways you can improve your website’s user experience and watch your ROI soar. Surprise and delight your customers, and they will become your brand champions, your roadmap inspiration, and a reliable source of repeat revenue. With Stef Miller from UserTesting.
WHEN:        Tuesday, March 4th; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE:      Romano’s Macaroni Grill | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Registration & more info HERE (http://nmama.org/event/supercharge-marketing-roadmap/)
 
GDG ALBUQUERQUE: PEEK INSIDE THE GOOGLEPLEX (3/15)
Google Developer Group organizers will be visiting the GooglePlex – and you’re invited too! Join organizer Dustin Brand and others by video for a short tour and Q&A.
WHEN:         Saturday, March 15th; 12:00 – ?? PM
WHERE:       Bosque Brewing Co | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:       FREE; Registration HERE (https://plus.google.com/events/cbh8m2sddsdi6om5vlbgsuke55c)
 
TVC INNOVATION SUMMIT (4/3)
In three high-level workshops, speakers will equip attendees with three keys to forming and launching a high-tech startup, including how to Identify technologies emerging from our research institutions, establish an intellectual property position, map a technology to the marketplace and assess industry and market issues, participate in our annual Deal Stream Summit to be held October 7 and 8, 2014.
WHEN:         Thursday, April 3rd; 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM
WHERE:       Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:       Registration & more info HERE (http://www.techventures.org/innovation-summit/)
 
RECURRING COMMUNITY EVENTS
The Albuquerque WordPress Group has several meetups including a monthly session at WESST on the 2nd Thursday evening of the month, weekly Workalong Wednesdays, and Women Working w/WordPress the first Monday of each month. Visit http://www.meetup.com/albuquerque-wordpress/ for more info.

Lean Startup Monthly meets the first Tuesday night of each month at Ideas & Coffee. More info at: http://www.meetup.com/Albuquerque-Lean-Startup-Monthly/

The New Mexico .NET Users Group (NMUG) exists to help facilitate education and knowledge exchange among developers, architects and managers with an interest in Microsoft’s .NET technologies. NMUG meets on the first Thursday of each month. More at: http://www.nmug.net

The New Mexico AIGA chapter produces a handful of events each month, from the S.I.P Social Hours to CoffeeTalks, workshops and more. Find it all at http://newmexico.aiga.org/local-events/

NM Internet Entrepreneurs is for internet entrepreneurs with an existing business or actively working
on a business idea. Meets monthly with info at: http://www.meetup.com/NM-Internet-Entrepreneurs

The NM Tech Council and other community members post several tech meetups and other events
at: http://www.meetup.com/nmtechscene

OpenHackABQ meets the third Thursday of each month at Convivium CoWorking, beginning at 6PM. More info at:http://openhack.github.io/albuquerque
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