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Answers to NMTC's Mayoral Candidate Forum held on August 17, 2017:

To the tech and small business community members who attended our Mayoral Candidate Forum on August 17, 2017:
My name is Lisa Adkins and I moderated the tech and small business Mayoral Candidate Forum held at FatPipe ABQ the evening of August 17, 2017. We had a fabulous turnout with 7 of the 8 candidates participating in the forum and about 200 audience members.
Our theme and format meant to be inclusive of our tech and small business community and we allowed attendees to drop their question in a bucket for the mayoral candidates. Like all the forums being held in our city this summer, there were more questions than could be answered in a single two-hour session.
Before we broke for the evening, I asked the candidates if they would be willing to respond to ALL of our questions if I typed them off and sent to each of them. We seemed to have agreement, so I took on the task of compiling our questions and sent them to each campaign. We requested answers by September 8, knowing it was a near impossible task with the campaign trail in front of them.
I’m happy to report that we got answers from three of the mayoral candidates and we will share them with you HERE. In the linked document, you’ll find answers to our questions from Tim Keller, Brian Colón and Gus Pedrotty. No other candidates responded to our request.
We hope everyone takes the time to vote for our next mayor. The continuity of our efforts in our local ecosystem is imperative and we can’t complain unless we take action to vote. Early voting is already open (find location here: http://where2vote.unm.edu/) and the Albuquerque Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
Happy reading!!
Lisa J. Adkins
COO & Director, FatPipe ABQ & The BioScience Center
COO & Cofounder, Ingenuity Software Labs, Inc.

2017-09-25T12:10:04+00:00September 25th, 2017|

Announcing our New Executive Director


Change is Good – Meet Our New Executive Director

Let’s face it. No one likes change. But, change is never optional and everyone knows that nothing truly great happens without it.
The New Mexico Tech Council has undergone tremendous change over the past year.  We have overhauled our operations to better manage our membership and deliver greater value. We have re-crafted a portion of our sponsorship opportunities (now called partnership investments) to better deliver and report our impact. We refreshed our logo, added new peer groups and launched several new initiatives around talent, women in tech, and STEM. And as you will notice with this month’s communications, we are changing the way we communicate to our members and our stakeholders – more personal conversations, shorter and sweeter emails and newsletters. (See more about that below.)
All of this change is about taking our organization to the next level. At the end of the day, what makes this step-up possible is the team (or the person) that leads you through it. For the New Mexico Tech Council, that person has been Ms. Nyika Allen and we are proud to announce that as of October 1, 2015, she has assumed the position of Executive Director of NMTC.
Lisa Adkins, Director of FatPipe ABQ and Chairwoman of the New Mexico Technology Council had this to say about Nyika and her new role: “I am so very pleased that Nyika has accepted the full-time position as our Executive Director. Her youth, energy and enthusiasm is a breath of fresh air for our organization and I know new and existing members are already seeing the benefits of Nyika’s leadership.”
Over the past year, Nyika has served as the Director of Community & Operations at NMTC and has worked to affect all the changes above with the board and other interim staff at NMTC. Nyika brings a variety of experiences from within and outside of the technology industry coupled with a fresh energy around what makes New Mexico THE place for technology businesses to start, grow, and thrive.
Nyika’s experience since graduating with a degree in International Management from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management includes being the Tech Expert for 2KASA Fox, Director of Business Development at Volante Software, and President of Nyika Media.  And, did we mention that in her spare time she was a speaker at TedXABQ 2015?
Join us in celebrating Nyika, the changes at NMTC and the future of the technology industry in New Mexico. This is a great time to get involved.  We have so much more to tell you, so many more efforts where we need our members and community to get involved.  But, as promised, our newsletters will be shorter and sweeter going forward and will include more unique news, perspectives and happenings in the tech industry. After all, the business of technology is everybody’s business.

2015-10-12T15:08:02+00:00October 12th, 2015|

Nominations Are Open for Women in Tech Achievement Awards

NMTC’s Women in Technology Celebration is our most popular event! Held annually to recognize the achievements of women working in New Mexico’s technology arena, promoting the role of women in tech and science, and encouraging women to pursue careers in these fields.
Do you know of an exceptional woman in NM who is leading the way in a tech-related field? Consider nominating her for a recognition award at our celebration breakfast to be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:30am at the Albuquerque Marriot.
The criteria for nomination is simple:  The woman must be a leader in a tech-related field, or a woman who encourages other young women to pursue career paths in technology and science.
Submit a nomination here before Friday, February 20, 2015. Women may be nominated more than once, but previous winners are not eligible.

2015-01-08T15:01:31+00:00January 8th, 2015|

NMTC Announces 2014 New Mexico Women in Technology Awardees

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., February 6, 2014– The New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) announced the winners of its New Mexico Women in Technology Awards for 2014 at a breakfast celebration in Albuquerque. Nine women were honored, leaders from throughout New Mexico in IT, Social Media, Education and Entrepreneurship.
2014 award winners were:

  • Lisa Abeyta, Founder & CEO, APPCityLife
  • Kim Griego, Robotics Teacher, Cleveland High School
  • Deborah Peacock, CEO & Managing Partner, Peacock Myers PC
  • Karen Pena, APS Technology Teacher, Cochiti Elementary School
  • Julianna Silva, Albuquerque Regional Manager & Marketing Director, WESST
  • Dorothy Stermer, Manager, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Janet Webb, President, Webb Design Inc
  • Dr. Karin Wiburg, Distinguished Professor, Learning Design and Technology, NMSU

About the New Mexico Technology Council
The New Mexico Technology Council (www.nmtechcouncil.org) was founded in 2000 as the New Mexico Information Technology and Software Association (NMITSA) to promote the growth of New Mexico’s technology business community.

2014-11-14T09:06:32+00:00November 14th, 2014|

Tech Fiesta ABQ (Sep 5-14) – events brought to you by NMTC

TechFiesta ABQ is 10 days of presentations, panels, and gatherings from the brightest minds in tech in the Albuquerque area. Attended by those working and interested in the technology field join to get a big picture view of the future of our industry as well as gain valuable information about thriving in Albuquerque’s current tech culture.

Here are the events happening September 5-14 that are sponsored by the New Mexico Technology Council:

PNM Innovation Speakers Series – Economic Transformation through Synergy – Sept 8, 5:00pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Three panelists from Austin will discuss the efforts made over the years to reshape Austin, how each piece fits with the other in order to create a thriving economy that is more than the sum of its parts, and how Albuquerque can learn from the experience.  Tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance and at the door.

NMTC Women in Tech Luncheon – Sep 11, 11:30am at the Albuquerque Convention Center – Ballroom A. The Tech Fiesta 2014 entrepreneurs’ panel includes a group six of seasoned and successful professionals that have been integral to launching one or more technology or consulting businesses. The forum includes individuals from Albuquerque businesses with information technology, scientific, legal, business, and consulting expertise and discussions will be focused on common issues women face as entrepreneurs. Tickets are $25 for NMTC Members, and $35 for non-members – register here.

TechRev Conference Day – Sep 12, 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Albuquerque Convention Center. TechRev is a full day conference featuring tracks for technologists, entrepreneurs and the business community produced by the NM Technology Council. One highlight will be a special lunchtime panel, “Collective Impact for a Smarter City: Data Driven programs to transform Albuquerque” with remarks from Mayor Richard Berry, and featuring representatives from ABQ Heading Home, the Living Cities Initiative and Mission Graduate. This is an all-day event at the Albuquerque Convention Center and tickets may be purchased for conference only, lunch only, or a full-day pass to both.

Email lisa@nmtechcouncil.org for coupon codes for NMTC members and students.


2014-08-19T11:01:54+00:00August 19th, 2014|

6th Annual NM Women in Technology Celebration 2013


We’re excited to announce the date for the 6th Annual NM Women in Technology Celebration and that nominations for awards are now open. Join us on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 to recognize the achievements of women working in New Mexico’s technology arena, promote the role of women in tech and science, and encourage women to pursue careers in these fields.

Our Keynote Speaker and Emcee will be announced soon!

Our annual NM Women in Technology Awards are one of our most popular and we expect this event to sell out again. Visit the registration page here to sign up!


Help us recognize the women who are leading the way both by their work in tech-related fields and in encouraging young women to pursue career paths in technology and science. Submit a nomination here.


Each year, the New Mexico Technology Council makes cash scholarships available to women pursuing degrees in tech-related fields in programs at New Mexico’s universities and colleges. Scholarship nominations will be open soon.


Are you and/or your organization willing to help support the Tech Council’s efforts to promote the role of Women in Technology? Please consider sponsoring our celebration and our scholarship program. Find more information here.

2013-05-21T14:24:21+00:00May 21st, 2013|

NMTC Announces 2012 New Mexico Women in Technology Awardees

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Nov. 1, 2012  — The New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) announced the winners of its New Mexico Women in Technology Awards for 2012 at a breakfast celebration in Albuquerque. Nine women were honored, leaders from throughout New Mexico in IT, BioTech and Life Sciences, Media, Education and Entrepreneurship.

The celebration, their fifth annual, included a keynote talk from Valerie Plame Wilson, author of the bestselling memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House as well as cash scholarships to ten female high school seniors pursuing degrees in technology and the sciences at institutions of higher learning in New Mexico. Over 200 people attended the event. 

2012 award winners were: 

  • MyChelle Andrews, Data Architect and Business Intelligence Manager, City of Albuquerque
  • Grace Brill, Founder, Market Intelligence Solutions
  • Agnes Chavez, Multi-Disciplinary Artist/Edu-preneur, Sube, Inc.
  • Sonya Cooper, Associate Dean, College of Engineering at NMSU
  • Charlotte D. Mobarak, CSO, ProteaSure, Inc.
  • Katie Stone, Host/Producer, The Children’s Hour KUNM
  • Loraine V. Upham, CEO, Azano Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr. Angela Wandinger-Ness, Professor, UNM Health Sciences Center
  • Dr. Cheryl Willman, Director & CEO, UNM Cancer Center

The awards were created to “highlight some of the great talent we have in New Mexico,” said NMTC Executive Director, Eric Renz-Whitmore. “Each year we’re amazed by the ground-breaking work being done locally.”

“Our Women in Technology group was created to connect female professionals, provide mentorship opportunities and encourage young women to pursue careers in technology,” said Lisa Adkins, NMTC Chairwoman and Director of Albuquerque’s new BioScience Center. “The stories of women like Valerie and this year’s awardees inspire all of us.”

Additional information about this year’s awardees can be found at the NMTC site.

The group and annual award series are part of efforts by the New Mexico Technology Council and its partners to address the relative lack of women in technology and related fields like tech entrepreneurship. A recent study by the Computing Research Association found that less than 12% of Computer Science degrees were awarded to women in 2010-2011*.

For more information, please see:
New Mexico Technology Council Women in Technology Celebration 2012: http://www.nmtechcouncil.org/newsevents/wit2012

Computer Research Association: CS Degree and Enrollment Trends 2010-2011: http://www.cra.org/uploads/documents/resources/taulbee/CS_Degree_and_Enrollment_Trends_2010-11.pdf

About the New Mexico Technology Council
The New Mexico Technology Council (www.nmtechcouncil.org) was founded in 2000 as the New Mexico Information Technology and Software Association (NMITSA) to promote the growth of New Mexico’s technology business community. 

2012-11-01T09:09:11+00:00November 1st, 2012|

Technology Ventures presents Deal Stream Summit in New Mexico

I have been talking about Technology Ventures Corporation’s CCET classes in past weeks and want to share with you another really cool service offered by TVC. Once a year, TVC holds its Deal Stream Summit (formerly known as the Equity Capital Symposium), an annual conference focused on starting, building and financing research-based technology, start-ups and innovators. By January of this year, start-ups and established companies were invited to submit business plans to TVC for selection to present at the Deal Stream Summit. My new company, Food Sentry, LLC, was one of nine companies selected to present and since mid-January, we’ve been meeting regularly with our project manager, George Friberg, and a team of advisors to polish our business plan and Summit presentation. Let me tell you, this is no easy task! Our adviors consist of business and IP attorneys, a retired banker, engineers, and even an Angel investor. They have helped us refine our business model and really take the business plan and presentation to the next level.

Last week we met at Tamaya with the other presenting companies for a dry-run of all of the presentations. The room was packed full of TVC advisors and the external advisors for all teams. Each company had 10 minutes on stage to practice their pitch in preparation for the April 3-5 event. Talk about a humbling experience! This is not a competition and each company has an opportunity to receive funding. Being able to share the room and stage in such a collaborative nature with so many incredible entreprenuers and their technologies was the experience of a lifetime. What start-up wouldn’t benefit from the advice and recommendations of so many experts and entreprenuers in the same room?

In case you’re interested, here are the nine companies selected to present at the Deal Stream Summit this year:

  • Asgard Enterprises LLC
  • Enerpulse Inc.
  • Food Sentry LLC
  • HT Microanalytical Inc.
  • IX Power LLC (“Nine Power”)
  • OBI Inc.
  • Rival Theory Inc.
  • RockinBoat LLC
  • TriLumina Inc.

Are you considering starting a business or have an idea that’s worthy of investment? I recommend you get involved with Technology Venture Corporation and let them help you strengthen your business case and prepare to raise funding from equity investors. The Deal Stream Summit is open to everyone – join us!

2012-03-12T10:21:16+00:00March 12th, 2012|

Is it time to patent your idea or technology?

I told you last week about the Center for Commercialization & Entrepreneurial Training (CCET) at Technology Ventures Corporation. Well if you have an invention, idea or technology that is ready to patent, consider attending their session on “Writing Your Own Patent Application” on February 22, 2012 from 8:30-12:30 am.

My partner and I attended this same session last August and had our patent application written in less than two weeks. Bruce Winchell gave us all the information we needed to write a compelling patent application on our technology, and provided samples of correctly submitted applications. Mr. Winchell also met with us prior to filing to confirm our application was well written, correct and complete. And it was all free! It costs $625 to file a utility patent with the USPTO, and would probably cost thousands more if you out-source this to an IP attorney. I’m certainly not recommending you forego the legal help, but if you’re a start-up like ours bootstrapping your way to success, then attending this session is certainly to your benefit.

The seminar will include:

  1. A review of the Patent Laws and most recent case law related to writing patent applications that will stand up in court.
  2. A review of the latest Patent Office Rules and mechanics of actually writing the application to maximize the probability of being issued as patents.
  3. Claim drafting to maximize the scope while providing best ability to survive legal tests in the courts.

With patent laws changing to “First to File,” you really don’t want to hesitate on getting your inventions patented.

Learn more and register online for CCET seminars at techventures.org.

2012-02-15T11:04:12+00:00February 15th, 2012|

Are you familiar with CCET at Technology Ventures Corporation?

New Mexico is full of entrepreneurs and start-ups, some out of our national laboratories and some as a result of the great technology and dynamic work force in our state. If you are one of these entrepreneurs, have you heard of the Center for Commercialization & Entrepreneurial Training (CCET) at Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC)? If not – you should check it out!

I’m an entrepreneur at heart and strive to stay educated and learn as much as I can about being successful in my ventures. TVC’s CCET development program incorporates an extensive national experience base with local professional and academic subject matter expertise. Their seminars last a half day and cover topics you need as an entrepreneur, such as Entering the Entrepreneurial World, Market Research and the Marketing Plan, Financial Management and more. The seminars are taught by successful business owners from our own community and are completely free.

I’ve attended most of them, some more than once because the presenters change and you always get a fresh prospective. I will be sharing more about my experience with the mentoring and professional services offered by TVC in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Learn more and register online for CCET seminars at techventures.org.

2012-02-09T10:19:06+00:00February 9th, 2012|