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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 – and sign up if you’d like to see these on a regular basis.
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Thanks again to all who attended our 6th annual Women in Technology Awards last week, Join us at our site ( 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 (!

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 (!

Want to help us grow our state’s tech business community? Join us (or sponsor!) at

And please share!


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: | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Varied Pricing; Info & Registration HERE (
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 (
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:
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:
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 (
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
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 (
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
“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 (
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 (
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 (
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 (
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 (
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 for more info.

Lean Startup Monthly meets the first Tuesday night of each month at Ideas & Coffee. More info at:

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:

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

NM Internet Entrepreneurs is for internet entrepreneurs with an existing business or actively working
on a business idea. Meets monthly with info at:

The NM Tech Council and other community members post several tech meetups and other events

OpenHackABQ meets the third Thursday of each month at Convivium CoWorking, beginning at 6PM. More info at:

NM Women in Tech 2014 Awardees Announced!

For those who attended today, it’s obvious why we love our annual Women in Tech Celebration. We’re blessed to live and work in a state with so much talent and acheivement.

We’re proud to announce our 2014 NM Women in Tech Celebration honorees:



Lisa is a visionary leader and entrepreneur, dedicated to not only growing her company, the civic tech mobile platform, AppCityLife, but also creating opportunities to inform, connect and inspire women in tech and entrepreneurship through her writing, speaking engagements, coaching, and now “Hautepreneurs” – a newly launched peer network for women entrepreneurs. Her efforts are strengthening our local community are helping lead New Mexico into the future and put New Mexico on the map.





Kim is a passionate believer in the power of team projects and robotics to inspire students to learn and grow. The new tools and innovations she incorporates build enthusiasm for her students to create relationships with these technologies and empower them to control their learning. As a ‘Technology Champion’ for Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho and leader, coach and volunteer for robotics and STEM programs at her school and throughout New Mexico, she is a great role model for us all.




Deborah Peacock’s experience as a professional engineer and manager in the mining industry as well as CEO, Managing Partner, Director and Chair of a prominent intellectual property law firm has given her insight that’s helped guide Fortune 500 companies through myriad complex issues. Her work as a patent attorney and service on the Board of Regents for the New Mexio Institute of Mining and Technology, as chair of the Environmental Improvement Board for New Mexico and with other non-profits has contributed to tech business growth and helped raise the professional standards of our state as a whole.




Cochiti Elementary School’s Karen Pena is a part-time Technology Coordinator, but her dedication to ensuring her school has the best education technology resources possible has inspired students, teachers and community members alike. In addition to actively seeking new tools and pursuing grants and support to bring them to her school, Karen employs these technologies to reach both students and teachers, creating a supportive environment that embraces change and plants the seeds of success for young learners.





Accessing the tools and resources that help business grow and building connections with the tech community are challenging to many emerging entrepreneurs. In her role as WESST Albuquerque Regional Manager Julianna Silva is a tireless advocate for women and businesses in general. As a coach, volunteer and a driving force behind the WESST Technology Toolkit, she provides companies with the skills and environment they need to improve operations, seek funding, become self-sufficient and grow.




Dorothy has been a tireless advocate of women working in technology and programs that support the community good throughout her career. In her early days at Sandia she founded and chaired the “Women’s In-Reach Network” – now the “Sandia Women’s Action Network” – to promote networking, education, mentoring and support for technical and administrative women at Sandia. Through her leadership in both technical and management roles at Sandia as well as countless volunteer efforts in the community, Dorothy exemplifies much of why we celebrate Women in Tech.






Janet Webb founded Webb Design Studio in the early 1980’s and became an early adopter of Apple Computers for design and publishing, and later website development, registering the very first commercial domain in Taos County, ““ To ensure the reliability of her sites, she partnered to launch the region’s first Internet service provider, TaosNet. Her work – and work with – the community continues to evolve with award-winning sites that promote the region she loves. Today we recognize Janet as a true pioneer.

NMWIT 2014 Honoree Dr. Karin Wiburg

NMWIT 2014 Honoree Dr. Karin Wiburg



Dr. Karin Wiburg has been instrumental in changing the culture of how teachers use technology in the classroom. The research and development work she’s led with funding from NSF and DOE has helped put NMSU and New Mexico on the map for educational resources available online. Most recently, as PI for the “Math Snacks” project she led a team of developers, mathematicians and educators to create new interactive experiences that improve the teaching and learning of difficult mathematics concepts in middle school mathematics. 




#NMLeg 2014: Angel Investment Credit & Tech Jobs Credit

Via the NM Economic Development Department:

This afternoon (1/31) will see multiple bills heard in the NM House Tax & Revenue Committee (Room 317), scheduled to begin at 1:30 PM: 

HB94 – Angel Investment Tax Credit Bill (Powdrell-Culbert), which raises the number of investments that may qualify for the Angel Investment Credit; increases the maximum amount per credit, the number of credits a taxpayer may claim, and the total aggregate amount of annual credits that may be issued; allows for carry over for five years; and eliminates the sunset.

HB96 – Technology Jobs Tax Credit Act (C. Trujillo & M. Padilla), which amends the existing Technology Jobs Tax Credit Act to create the Technology Jobs and Research & Development Tax Credit Act. 

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