June 19, 2014
In conjunction with a White House initiative to promote the “maker movement” and acknowledge cities that have taken a leadership role, Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry, Intel Corporation and CNM have announced a collaboration to strengthen the downtown Innovation District. Intel will be a Strategic Lead Technology Partner and Sponsor for CNM’s new STEMulus Center in downtown Albuquerque. The announcement comes as the White House hosts its first ever Maker Faire.
Opening in the Fall of 2014, CNM’s STEMulus Center will be located in downtown Albuquerque. It will support Albuquerque’s drive to skill up the central New Mexico workforce and will feature a maker space protyping lab, a business accelerator and co-working space, and entrepreneur boot camps as well as coding and cyber security training academies. The STEMulus Center will reposition CNM as a Community Learning Lab and will augment activities underway in Albuquerque’s Innovation District.
Intel will provide funding, technology, equipment and technical support for the STEMulus Center as well as numerous Intel programs such as Sparkfun Teacher Training, a two-day hands on training session for teachers on the basics of coding, making and curriculum development with Intel® Galileo development boards.
CNM anticipates serving 2,000 entrepreneurs, community members and students at the STEMulus Center each year. By the close of the decade, CNM will reimagine online learning in New Mexico through the additional capacity and technology focus at the STEMulus Center, providing a hub for individuals, businesses, and students in STEM fields alike to learn and test new ideas. CNM’s STEMulus Center will create a pipeline of talent for local employers in business and technology.
"After several months of discussion, I’m excited about our collaboration with Mayor Berry and CNM to inspire Albuquerque’s vibrant local maker scene, and to create opportunities for economic and workforce development as well as job creation," stated Intel’s Fab 11X General Manager Kirby Jefferson.
“CNM is very grateful for the generosity and shared vision of Intel. Together we fill a vital community need, strengthen our workforce and provide new, exciting opportunities for entrepreneurs, veterans, students and others. As the higher education institution with the largest enrollment in New Mexico, we are honored to create so many strategic pathways to enhanced training and employment preparation through innovative private and public partnerships like this,” said Dr. Kathie Winograd, CNM President.
Mayor Berry signed on to be part of the “Mayors Maker Challenge” earlier this month. The Mayors Maker Challenge involves local leaders taking up the charge to bolster entrepreneurship in their own communities, an effort that Mayor Berry has long been committed to through initiatives such as Innovate ABQ and the Innovation District. The maker ideal is a key part of the city of Albuquerque's innovation based approach to economic development which includes several other key initiatives:
- "Quelab" - a growing non-profit 'place to make things' that offers classes, workshops and equipment and has recently moved to expand its capacity.
- The Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire, now in its 3rd year, will return to Albuquerque Balloon Museum September 13th & 14th during ABQ Tech Fiesta - and was recognized as one of the top ten growing "Mini Maker Faires" across the United States.
- A wide range of fabrication and design services to create and build prototypes for both local and national businesses.
“Thanks to collaborations such as this, we are proud to be recognized as a maker city as part of this important national initiative. I've pledged the city's commitment to the "Mayor's Maker Challenge" to encourage a larger maker movement in the city and a culture of innovation. I commend Intel and CNM for being on the forefront of this effort,” stated Mayor Berry.