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NMSU to host first Campuslink technology and innovation event Oct. 29

New Mexico State University’s International and Border Programs will host the campus’ first Campuslink technology and innovation event, which begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 29 at Corbett Center.

NMSU representatives along with officials from the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua in Juarez met at the NMSU campus recently to plan for Campuslink, a technology and innovation conference planned for Oct. 29 at NMSU's Corbett Center. (NMSU photo by Adriana M. Chavez)

The daylong event, aimed at high school and college students interested in pursing careers in technology, will feature workshops on topics such as virtual reality, computer security and artificial intelligence, a panel on Women in Tech and well-known tech speakers. Speakers include:

•Alex Lightman, inventor of the 4G Network and alternative energy innovator.
•Guillermo De Anda, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Underwater archaeologist working on the Mayan culture.
•Corey Jaskolski, National Geographic explorer who designed the robots that explored the Titanic.
•Robin Farmanfarmaian, a futurist exploring 3D printable medicine and director of the Organ Preservation Alliance.
•Marco Antonio Castro Cossio, Media Lab director at the Metropolitan Museum, the second most visited museum in the world.
•Jose Cordeiro, director of the Millennium Project and founding faculty of Singularity University at NASA.
•Maria Konovalenko, molecular biophysicist at the Science for Life Extension Foundation.
•Martha-Edith Hernandez, CEO and co-founder of Startup Life Coach.

NMSU Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Howard is scheduled to give the event’s opening remarks.

“We’re very excited about this event,” said Cornell H. Menking, Associate Provost for International and Border Programs. “Not only is it bringing incredible people to our university to help our young people appreciate their own important roles in solving the complex challenges that face the planet, it will also offer attractive prizes for participants, and help us deepen our relationship with Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua.”

About 1,000 attendees, including area high school and college students, are expected to attend the event, which is organized in partnership with UACH. UACH is also hosting a Campuslink event in Juarez on Oct. 28. Both events are free and open to the public.

The highlight of the NMSU Campuslink event is the “IdeaHack” competitions pitting teams against each other to create solutions to real world problems. Competitions include the iOt Drone Challenge and Prototype of a Future Extrapolation Factory. Prizes include Apple Watches, Apple technology kits and a trip to attend a technology conference in Peru.

Campuslink is sponsored by Transtelco, Cisco, Cengage, Dell, Intel, Qualcomm, National Geographic Learning, Organizacion de Estado Americanos and the United States Consulate. Participants may register for workshops, keynote speeches and the “IdeaHack” by visiting http://ibp.nmsu.edu/campuslink2015/.