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: http://www.losalamossciencefestival.com/ 

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: http://great-conversations.lanl.gov

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: http://www.losalamossciencefestival.com/ 


2014-08-18T23:46:16+00:00August 18th, 2014|

Community Update 5/12 (Part 1)

New Groups & More Events!?

Yep, all the time. We’d like to highlight two groups whose events will appear in the ongoing section toward the bottom – and sometimes in the Community Events section too.

(Note: this is an edited version of our most recent community update. This section includes most events and activities from the NM Technology Council. For community events, visit HERE.)

There’s an ongoing iOS Developers Workshop meeting the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at Ideas & Coffee – many other good things there as well. (Much) More at http://www.meetup.com/Friday-at-Ideas-and-Coffee

Also at Ideas & Coffee TONIGHT, our friend Bill Bergman demystifies the world of modern web technology with “Putting the Web Together in your Mind” (sign up HERE).

New Mexico SolidWorks User Group is a user community for the SolidWorks 3D CAD program dedicated to improving the technical abilities of their members as well as providing a forum for business and employment networking.  Their meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of alternate months at 5:30pm with pre-registration requested at https://nmsug.eventbrite.com

Can your business recover from data loss? “Don’t get caught with your pants down” is the title for this month’sNM Cybersecurity Lunch on May 21st, addressing issues in business continuity and disaster recovery (Sign up HERE).

On Thursday, May 22nd, join our Women in Techgroup for “The Advantage: is Good Communication Really That Important for Your Business?” A session that translates ‘The Advantage’ model into something you can use to improve your business or organization (Sign up HERE).

Learn more about Open Data and Civic Tech on ABQ Civic Tech Day, May 31st. 

Are you getting the emails from us that you want? We send emails to several groups, through they’re primarily lists for NMTC paid members (join here!), those interested in NMTC, and those with a general interest in business development activities around New Mexico (Shandra’s List). Update your preferences HERE

Is that all a bit much anyway? Check out the NM Innovation Community Calendar!

There’s always a lot going on. Let us know if your tech community event should be on our list. And JOIN US if you’d like to help us grow New Mexico’s tech business community!

And please share!

There is no Business Continuity w/o Disaster Recovery. In 2002, our speaker’s finance company collapsed when it didn’t protect its data when migrating from ACT to Goldmine. After losing all of the company’s data, and an average of 1 million dollars a month, the company closed its doors In just 13 months. 
In this session we’ll learn more about how this catastrophe happened and a variety of tools and approaches to ensure this doesn’t happen to you and your company.Join us! 
WHEN:         Wednesday, May 21st; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE:       bigbyte.cc | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Varied Pricing; Info & Registration here.

Meet others in web design and development, software and other tech at the area;s longest running tech meetup. 
WHEN:         Wednesday, May 21st; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:       ArtBar | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      FREE with 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, May 28th; 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE:       ArtBar | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      FREE for Students and pre-registration.

ABQ Civic Tech Day is part of the “National Day of Civic Hacking” on May 31st. The day is intended to build awareness around ‘Civic Tech.’ ‘Open Data’ and ways our communities can work together to provide useful tools that not only increase civic engagement and more responsive government, but also improve our experience as we live and work in the Albuquerque area. What ‘app’ or other civic tech tool would you suggest to improve our communities? Share your ideas and vote at: http://bit.ly/abqcivictech_ideas
WHEN:         Saturday, May 31st; 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
WHERE:       UNM City Lab | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      $5 Register HERE.

To sign up for our e-news letters and other communications, please visit http://www.nmtechcouncil.org/about-nmtc/media-channels

2014-05-12T12:52:17+00:00May 12th, 2014|

Presidential Innovation Fellows Seeks Entrepreneurs, Innovators

The Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) Program launched three years ago by US CTO Todd Park is one of the greatest programs we’ve seen to help transform government by applying some of the knowledge and approaches used by our private sector’s top entrepreneurs and innovators. It’s one of the best examples of large scale “Open Gov” approaches, making public data available and useful in a range of key areas. 

What’s particularly interesting – and close to our hearts and minds – is that this year’s announcement includes a specific call to help make the national labs’ technologies and research more available in a user friendly way to US business and entrepreneurs. Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs are actually among the leaders in tech transfer, but we all recognize the process can be improved. While this PIF program will be headquartered in DC with the NNSA, we expect both labs to play key roles in this initiative. 

Since many in our communities have already been thinking – and working – on these very issues, we’d love to see some NM applicants to this important program!

I’ve included the basics below, but for the announcement and more information, please visit:


The Presidential Innovation Fellows program brings the principles, values, and practices of the innovation economy into government through the most effective agents of change we know: our people. This highly competitive program pairs talented, diverse individuals from the innovation community with top civil servants to tackle many of our Nation’s biggest challenges, and to achieve a profound and lasting social impact. These teams of government experts and private-sector doers are using approaches like design thinking and lean startup to achieve results for the American people in months, not years.

Data Innovation

The Data Innovation projects focus on accelerating and expanding the Federal Government’s efforts to make information resources more accessible and usable for companies, entrepreneurs, citizens, and others to fuel the creation of new products, services, and jobs. Also within this effort are projects that focus on empowering Americans with secure and useful access to their own personal data—such as their own health or energy usage information—as part of the Administration’s MyData initiatives. The Data Innovation Presidential Innovation Fellows will serve in the following agencies for the following projects:

  1. The U.S. Department of Energy

    is working to accelerate the commercialization of National Laboratory-generated technologies, in part by making information about those technologies more easy to find and use.

2014-04-03T10:30:00+00:00April 3rd, 2014|

NMSBA Seeks Proposals for 2014 Leveraged Projects

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program leverages the talent and other resources of federal labs in our state to benefit New Mexico small businesses. “At no cost to the business, small businesses with a technical challenge can seek assistance from lab scientists or engineers for projects that require testing, design consultation and access to special equipment or facilities.” Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories are accepting proposals January 14th through February 4th. 

Find more information at http://www.nmsbaprogram.org

FAQ From the site:

  • Does your company qualify?
  • Are you a for-profit business?
  • Are you located in New Mexico?
  • Is your company a small business? [US SBA guidelines]
  • Is your company US owned and operated?
  • Does your company pay/file gross receipts taxes to the State of New Mexico?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, you can qualify for researcher hours:

$20,000 if located in a rural county

$10,000 if located in Bernalillo County

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2014-01-13T06:30:33+00:00January 13th, 2014|



Technical assistance awards of $20,000 to $100,000 available 

The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program at Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories is currently soliciting proposals for leveraged projects for calendar year 2014. NMSBA leveraged projects allow multiple small businesses that share technical challenges to request assistance collectively. Leveraged projects fund lab staff time and incidental materials at a range of $20,000 to $100,000 (the sum of the assistance for which each participating company is eligible) and must be completed within one year. Proposals must comply with NMSBA guidelines, eligibility requirements and meet the criteria outlined in the call. Deadline for submission is September 12, 2013.

Click HERE for more information.

We request your support in disseminating information concerning the NMSBA call to companies in your area.

Thank you,

The NMSBA team



(Click here for more information)

Information Sessions:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Los Alamos Small Business Center

190 Central Park Square, Los Alamos


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

2:00 – 4:00 pm / McCorkle Conference Room

Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC)

1155 University Blvd SE

Albuquerque, NM 87106


Sharon Evans

Technology & Economic Development Department

New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program

SNL / Org 10619 / MS-1495

PH: 845-9671 Fax 284-9551


Mailing Address:

Sandia National Laboratories

Attn: Sharon Evans

PO Box 5800 MS 1495

Albuquerque, NM 87185

2013-08-21T14:28:24+00:00August 21st, 2013|