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NM Legislature 2014: Think Jobs & More

We’ve got a short NM Legislature session this year, but there always promises to be action in Santa Fe, some of which could directly affect our technology business community. Which bills and issues (specific to business climate) are you tracking this year? 

One of the packages we’re looking at was developed by our friends at THINK New Mexico, a “a results-oriented think tank whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans” backed by non-partisan independent research. (Read more about Think New Mexico at their site:

While the New Mexico Technology Council hasn’t taken a position on any legislation this year (yet), a few items on the Think New Mexico agenda are worth considering, including SB9 ( which will be introduced today. SB9, the ONE-STOP BUSINESS PORTAL ACT ”would reduce administrative burdens on businesses by creating a one-stop business portal for all fees and filings.”

While the energy around entrepreneurial development and some other signs on the ground seem quite promising, we’ve been bombarded by news recently on the dismal state of NM job growth overall. Please take a look at the Think New Mexico “Jobs Creation Initiative” ( if you have a chance. 



NMTC Announces 2014 Women in Tech Celebration Nominees

NMTC Announces 2014 Women in Tech Celebration Nominees

We’re excited to see another diverse list of women from New Mexico’s technology communities throughout our state, representing a variety of different roles, from tech business, science and academia. Our judges, comprised of previous honorees, will have a tough job ahead. We hope you’ll join us on Thursday, February 6th when we recognize this year’s winners!

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This year our 26 nominees include a variety of outstanding women from throughout New Mexico:

Lisa Abeyta
CEO, Co-Founder
APPCityLife and Hautepreneurs

Leslie Boni, PhD
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Finance
UNM Anderson School of Management

Kathy Cooke
Director, IT Operation
Summit Electric Supply

Lorraine Deck
Professor Emerita 
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, The University of New Mexico

Meredith Eisenberg
Magic Marketing Machine / Launch Ladies

Stephanie Forrest
Professor of Computer Science
University of New Mexico

Kim Griego
Teacher, Robotics
Cleveland High School

Laurie G. Hudson
UNM Regents Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Health Sciences
Center,  The University of New Mexico

Linnea Ista
Research Assistant Professor
Center for Biomedical Engineering, Department of Chemical & Nuclear
Engineering, The University of New Mexico

Patricia (Marquez) Knighten
Prescient 360, Inc.

Lisa Kuuttila
President & CEO

Ciara Martinez
Twenty Fourward

Jackie Kerby Moore
Executive Director
Sandia Science & Technology Park

Renay Moya
Technology Talent Scout
Robert Half Technology

Pamela Nicolary
Information Security Analyst
Central New Mexico Community College

Justyna La Pay
Director, Strategic Development and Marketing
Ultimate Knowledge Institute

Deborah Peacock
President / CEO / Managing Partner
Peacock Myers PC

Karen Pena
APS Technology Teacher
Cochiti Elementary School

Julianna Silva
Albuquerque Regional Manager & Marketing Director

Zetdi Runyan Sloan
Director, Arrowhead Technology Incubator
Arrowhead Center at NMSU

Dorothy Stermer
Sandia National Laboratories

Susie De La Torre
Career & Tech Teacher
Deming High School

Janet Webb
President, Webb Design Inc
Webb Design Inc

Dr. Karin Wiburg
Distinguished Professor, Learning Design and Technology

Carolyn Zerkle
Associate Laboratory Director, Information Technology
ADIT, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Jan Zimmerman
Watermelon Mountain Web Marketing

This year’s event will also feature New Mexico’s Aspirations in Computing Awardees from the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Come see some of New Mexico’s brightest young female students who’ve chosen to pursue schools and careers in computing as part of our event. 

Additionally, we’re still taking nominations for our first professional development scholarship for female NMTC members (and employees of member companies) in need of some financial assistance and mentorship to change or advance her career in technology. If you – or someone you know – might be interested, please complete the application and submit by US mail to the New Mexico Technology Council by January 27th. Find more information about the event, qualifications, and submission details at:

NMTC 2013 End of Year / Community Update

Dear Community Member,
It’s been a big year! And we’ve done a lot of events and activities to help grow New Mexico’s tech business community. While it’s true that we like to spread the word about other organizations’ events, we thought it might be useful to take a look at the events NMTC has put together. In 2013 that includes:
Startup Weekend Santa Fe (3/1-3)
Startup Weekend Albuquerque (6/21-23)
6 Tech Thursdays
6 Entrepreneurial Mixers
9 Women in Technology Events
9 NM Cybersecurity Events
22 Web/Software Meetups
Additionally there are several events in which NMTC played a leading or significant supporting role:
ABQ Civic Tech Day (6/1) with UNM and the City of Albuquerque!
ABQ Tech Fiesta (9/7-15) with the Albuquerque Tech Community!
TechJunction ABQ* (11/7) by TechJunction!
Google DevFest* (11/9) by GDG Albuquerque!
We’re excited to work with community partners in continuing to make New Mexico a great place for tech business to thrive. If you’re not already a paid member, we hope you’ll consider joining us:!
One way to help shine a spotlight on the great work going on in New Mexico is by recognizing the state’s top female talents in the tech world at our big Women in Tech celebration coming February 6th in Albuquerque. Nominations are due soon! Find more information HERE:
NMTC CYBERSEC: Soylent Green Is People: Ten Ways Your Internal Staff Sabotage Your Best Security Efforts (1/15)
As techies, we are used to engineering security solutions that cover as many situations as possible. But as good as our engineering is, Darwin finds a way to create ever evolved security threats from within. This talk will look at ten ways the insider can ruin an information security professional’s day and efforts you can take to prevent or minimize the effects.
WHEN:        Wednesday, January 15th; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE: | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Varied Pricing; Register HERE:
The month WebGeeks happy hour returns in a new venue! Join us for good conversation with others in web, software, tech and more :) 
WHEN:         Wednesday, January 15th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:       Seasons | 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, January 22nd; 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE:       ArtBar | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      FREE w/ pre-registration (late registration costs!) at
Join us for the NM Tech Council’s annual celebration of women in technology with keynote from TEDxABQ’s Justyna La Pay! This year’s breakfast event will feature a range of dynamic awardees, New Mexico’s Aspirations in Computing awardees and our Women in Tech scholarship winner.
WHEN:         Thursday, February 6th; 8:30 – 10:30 AM
WHERE:       Marriott Pyramid | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Early Bird Pricing Available! Info & Registration HERE:
Read the rest of this community update (with far more events from other groups and associations) at:
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