Hackathon Aims To Diversify Tech Workforce

May 10, 2016
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Native American students Twylastar Warkie and Madison Castillo laugh and gather in front of a Macbook computer.  They are playing an early version of a game called Jelly Cat Trap.  They designed this game with help from some coding mentors at the Native My Brother’s Keeper Hackathon. The event took place at the Epicenter in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tribal College Students Simulate Mars

Mar 30, 2016
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A small battery operated rover rolls back and forth across a tiled floor. It slowly jerks past foam boulders and a green Martian cutout. A few feet away a student types on a computer, controlling the vehicle. The mini-Mars yard room is in full swing at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Teeniors Connects Youth And Elders

Nov 25, 2015
Derrick Toledo

Technology is increasingly a major factor in everyone’s life. Advances in smart phone, computer and TV technology demand higher and higher levels of tech knowledge. For older folks, adapting to these newer devices isn’t always that easy. But a group of younger folks is stepping in to help.

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The White House has been calling for college campuses to better protect students from sexual assault. And last year a task force presented recommendations for what should change. But universities across the country may be struggling to keep up. We checked in on how the University of New Mexico is faring—and one way technology might help.

An App To Map Moles

Nov 9, 2015
Tim Lee of British Columbia Cancer Research Agency

  Melanoma is the most dangerous kind of skin cancer, accounting for 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths. And it affects people of all ages—especially folks in sunny New Mexico.

A researcher at the University of New Mexico’s Cancer Center helped develop a free app that aims to track any funny-looking moles on your body, so you can catch melanoma in its early stages. 

Rita Daniels

Albuquerque welcomed a crew of techies on Tuesday as part of a fellowship program. Over the coming year the team will focus on connecting the people of Albuquerque with services and opportunities to make money.

The Code for America fellows are cutting-edge computer designers and developers.

They’ve come to town to help Albuquerque develop an online hub where people can more easily tap into some of the city’s underused services.

Free App Enrolls New Mexicans in Obamacare

Dec 19, 2013
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Medical residents at UNM created a free app to help New Mexicans get hooked into health care.

The app, called Get Covered New Mexico, can aid folks in calculating what they're eligible for. It links directly to websites people can use to apply for Medicaid and the health care exchange. It also points the way to the nearest physical location to apply for services in-person.