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Los Alamos Science Fest – A Few Highlights

LA_ScienceFest2014Several of us with the NM Technology Council have been hard at work supporting this year’s Tech Fiesta ABQ (running September 14th – 23rd – it’s going to be great!), but that’s also something we like to call the “Season of Innovation” with events going on throughout New Mexico.

And one prime location is Los Alamos. It’s simply a great week to visit, and here are a few reasons why:

The main reason is the new Los Alamos Science Festival – formerly The Next Big Idea fest. It’s a fantastic time of year to learn more about the many people and organizations doing ground-breaking work in tech, the sciences and innovation in general. Great also for budding entrepreneurs and for companies interested in hiring and working with high end talent. Please consider attending! 

Learn more about the Los Alamos Science Fest here: 

Entrepreneurial Teen Grand Challenge
This event will bring together winners of teen entrepreneurial events in Taos, Espanola, Santa Fe and Los Alamos. These teams will present their winning pitches to a panel of judges from the startup and investment community who will select the grand champion to be the coveted top Teen Entrepreneurial idea in Northern New Mexico!
WHEN:                September 8 @ 5:00 pm
WHERE:             UNM-LA Lecture Hall Room 230, 4000 University Drive, Los Alamos, NM 87544
‘Atomic Ant Sand’ with Robb Hermes
Ever wonder how a scientific discovery is made? Learn from Robb Hermes, one of two curious scientists who, through their interest in the sand from ant hills, rediscovered the droplet forms of Trinitite and came to a theory on how the Trinitite formed. Trinitite is the glassy mineral that was made by the first atomic test.
WHEN:                 September 8 @ 6:00 pm 
WHERE:              Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, NM 87544 

Conversation with Scientists
LANL scientists will engage in an informal chat with attendees, sharing their research expertise in a selected group of technologies. This is an excellent opportunity to chat with world class scientists on the cutting edge of their research field. Registration is required.
WHEN:               September 9, 2014,  9:00 am – 10:00 am
WHERE:             Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM
SIGNUP/INFO:   To attend please register at:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Postdocorate Career Fair
The Postdoc Program Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will host its Annual Postdoctoral Career Fair from September 9th thru 11th in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Come meet some of the top talent nationally – and help keep them in New Mexico!
WHEN:               September 9-10th, 2014
WHERE:            Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544
SIGNUP/INFO:   Phone 505-665-1305 /fax 505-665-3125 

Learn more about the Los Alamos Science Fest here: 


Vote to Accelerate Albuquerque!

You should have heard that the City of Albuquerque has been building a relationship with “Living Cities” “…an innovative philanthropic collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions (that) blends the collective financial resources of its members and deploys their collective knowledge and experience to improve the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live.” (Read more about them here:

It’s tough to overstate the potential importance of this relationship and its impact on Albuquerque, and as we’ve moved to rev up our local startup scene, it’s been clear that our efforts haven’t been just about high tech and high growth (though we at NMTC are part of that too). Instead there is work underway to engage a wide variety of potential entrepreneurs with different skill sets and dreams, from different walks of life. 

The City of Albuquerque is now a finalist in the inaugural round of the Living Cities’ “City Accelerator” program along with San Jose, Denver, Philly, Nashville, and Louisville. Please support our city’s initiatives (and look at the work being done by others) by voting and rating our video!


 See all the City Accelerator videos at:

Senator Heinrich Seeks Input, Engagement with FCC; FCC Chairman to Visit

US Senator Martin Heinrich has sponsored “Net Neutraility” Legislation and is inviting the tech business community – and wider public – to provide our thoughts and feedback on these important issues. Read the press release below and contact him here:

In related news, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will be in New Mexico this coming Monday for a roundtable discussion with State Senator Jacob Candelaria and local youth about “net neutrality, telehealth, prison phones, rural broadband access, improved internet in schools and libraries, Lifeline, and the recent telecommunications mergers.” Read more here and sign up for the event here:


For Immediate Release 
Date: June 23, 2014
Contact: Whitney Potter (202) 228-1578

Heinrich Cosponsors Net Neutrality Legislation; Urges FCC Chairman To Hold Hearings To Hear Directly From New Mexicans About Open Internet Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2014) – In an effort to ensure an open Internet, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored S. 2476, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, a bill that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish rules that prohibit preferential treatment or prioritization of Internet traffic. The legislation would ensure that start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to the marketplace and consumers can access all content on the Internet equally.

“New Mexicans have made it clear that they want to protect net neutrality,” said Sen. Heinrich. “The Internet must remain open and conducive to free expression, innovation, and competition, not a tiered system based on financial relationships with Internet service providers. It is important that the FCC prohibit providers from discriminating against small businesses in order to ensure that competition is preserved and consumer protections are strengthened.”

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Proposal (NPRM) seeking public comments on how best to restore the Open Internet rules that were struck down by the D.C. Circuit earlier this year.  One of the questions that the FCC poses in its NPRM is whether certain practices, such as paid prioritization, should be banned entirely.

Senator Heinrich, a strong proponent of net neutrality, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the Commission to hold a series of field hearings in New Mexico and across the country on the new Open Internet rules.

The Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, which was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), member of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, would require the FCC to prohibit paid prioritization agreements between Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) and content providers on the last mile Internet connection, the connection between the ISP and the consumer.  In addition, it would prohibit broadband providers from prioritizing or otherwise giving preferential treatment to its own last mile Internet traffic or the traffic of its affiliates over the traffic of others.

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