Learn About the CNM New Mexico Information Technology Apprenticeship Program

In New Mexico and nationwide, Information Technology (IT) jobs are growing while workers continue to lack the skills needed to meet the demand. In New Mexico alone, the IT sector is expected to grow 20.7% between 2010 and 2020.
CNM Ingenuity Inc. has developed an Information Technology Apprenticeship Program (NMITAP) designed to bridge the gap between qualified applicants and employers. Learn about the program from John Mierzwa, Director of STEMulus Initiatives as he sits down with New Mexico Technology Council Executive Director Nyika Allen.
If you are an employer looking to hire or interested in becoming an apprenticeship, visit the NMITAP website for Frequently Asked Questions and more.
The New Mexico Technology Council will be hosting a free breakfast and informational session for employers on August 10th. Register here to attend.


2016-07-20T15:11:03+00:00July 20th, 2016|

innovationACADEMY Student Pitch Competition Fund Needs Your Support

You may have seen our post about the upcoming STC.UNM Innovate New Mexico Student Pitch Competition on April 25th. 
Even if you don’t have a student at home or can’t make the event on April 25th (though we hope you’ll attend!) you can still support this important program and STEM efforts in our state by donating to the fund. This money will be split among the 5 teams who win the competition to help bring their idea, service or product to market.
You can find the GoFundMe page here at at the above image.
This is part of STC.UNM and the innovationACADEMY helping to change our community for the better!

2016-03-19T14:42:22+00:00March 19th, 2016|

STC.UNM Presents Innovate New Mexico Student Pitch Competition 4/25/16

Innovate NM Student Pitch


Would you like to win money to help turn your idea into a reality? Top 5 teams will split the Innovate New Mexico Competition Fund. Students with product ideas, crazy innovations, a genuine startup, or just a desire to practice their presentation skills are encouraged to enter.  Open to New Mexico Tech, New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico students.


To be eligible to compete in the Innovate New Mexico Student Pitch Competition, you must submit an application with your video submission by April 11th, 2016.
Instructions and Guidelines:
There will be two rounds in the competition.
Submission Criteria for First Round
Record a 90 second video of a student or team of students delivering an elevator pitch for your business/idea. Videos should capture student(s) delivering the pitch to the camera. The pitch should be delivered in a single take. Videos should not be edited together or produced with visuals or effects. This doesn’t mean it needs to be filmed on the first take, but there should be no post-production done to the pitch (i.e. don’t edit two halves of different takes together). Avoid reading from scripts or cue cards. Please be sure to record the video in a reasonably quiet environment to make it easier for the judges to hear and understand. Avoid recording outdoors or in loud hallways.
A panel of judges will view the video submissions and determine the finalists that will move on to the Final Round at Bow and Arrow Brewing on April 25, 2016.  Finalists will be announced by April 18, 2016.
Final Round
Finalists will present a 90-second “live” pitch to at an evening reception on April 25, 2016 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in front of the business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and others in the community. Winners will be determined by audience voting.

2016-03-19T14:28:15+00:00March 19th, 2016|

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: http://www.heinrich.senate.gov/contact/write-martin

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: http://act.freepress.net/survey/internet_fcc_abq/


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.

Related files:


2014-06-26T09:23:30+00:00June 26th, 2014|

Celebrate CS Education Week w/ Hour of Code & More!

Schools and other programs around New Mexico will recognize Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15) with events like #HourOfCode and more. The week is an effort to increase awareness of the need for Computer Science education and provide opportunities for students to learn and connect. The annual celebration was launched in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906).

Picachu Elementary School has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Code.org to purchase laptop computers and other technology to recognize their work (story here). 

In the Albuquerque area, Middle & High School Students are invited to join Albuquerque’s tech having fun with Svenskkasinon online casino guide community for an “Hour of Code” at Deep Dive Coders where students will learn the concepts behind coding with hands-on instruction from professional programmers! For more info, contact Jen Lake at jrlake@unm.edu Download a pdf here.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 10th; 5:00 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: Deep Dive Coders | Albuquerque
SIGNUP: FREE; Registration required http://mgt.unm.edu/events/code


YDI’s computer clubhouse will also open for hour of code activities for youth from 12 to 18 who will learn more about working in programming/coding and STEM, as well as instruction in coding with tools from www.codeacademy.com and scratch.mit.edu (more information here). 

For a map of New Mexico schools and organizations participating, visit: http://csedweek.org/events


2013-11-30T08:10:55+00:00November 30th, 2013|