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City & Microsoft Team Up to Offer Students

Microsoft YouthSpark Digi Camp available to Albuquerque students

Albuquerque, N.M. - Students in Albuquerque, New Mexico will have the opportunity to participate in a free Microsoft YouthSpark Digi Camp this August to learn about careers in technology and connect with Microsoft employees and local business leaders. Available to junior high school students entering the seventh and eighth grades, the camps will provide them the opportunity to participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops to learn more about digital literacy, coding and business development.


Mayor Richard J. Berry met with Microsoft representatives in Washington DC last year, where he encouraged the group to consider providing services in Albuquerque.  Microsoft responded to the Mayor’s invitation, and at a recent NAIOP, commercial real estate development association meeting, together with Microsoft, Mayor Berry announced the launch of the camp. 


“We need new and innovative ways to get the future generations engaged in the job-rich, high paying field of technology. This program does just that, by providing amazing opportunities for Albuquerque students to get first-hand experience and knowledge directly from innovators working for a premiere software and computer corporation,” said Mayor Berry. “I’m thrilled Microsoft is coming back to our city and I look forward to continuing and growing this great partnership.”

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Albuquerque Community Foundation’s Cinco Amigos Fund, the 50 Microsoft Surfaces that will be utilized by students have been paid for. The approximately $50,000 donation gets the latest technology, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, in the hands of the young students, eager to learn about the ever-evolving world of technology and exploring future career paths in the high-tech industry. The Cinco Amigos sponsor an annual fundraising event each September, Concours du Soleil.  Funds raised from the annual event are used to fund local nonprofits and programs such as this. 


“As local businessmen, the Cinco Amigos feel it is important to participate in economic development initiatives and educational opportunities.  We expect this partnership to support both,” said Jason Harrington of HB Construction.  


The camps will be offered at the offices of Fat Pipe. The classes for young women will be from August 4 through August 5 and for young men from August 7 through August 8.  Space is limited and those interested can register here:


“We’re committed to investing in the youth of Albuquerque to build awareness and teach the skills needed in our digitally savvy society” said Brian Field, general manager for Microsoft’s state and local government business. “We’re looking forward to continuing this work with the community and providing opportunities for more youth to learn 21st century skills that will help prepare for them for college and careers.”


Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries by 2015. This companywide initiative includes more than 30 programs that empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. Learn more at