The September meeting and speaker of the High Tech Consortium (HTC) of Southern New Mexico will be on the 25th of September [Wednesday], from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center [located at 3655 Research Drive, Genesis Center, Building C, on the campus of New Mexico State University].

Free to attend.

Presenters: Two local SHARK TANK participants [SHARK TANK presentation: October 3, from 4-6 pm at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts: 1000 E University Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88003].

  1. Pascual Camacho founder of Vita Health – has created a monitoring and dispensing system for opioid medications.
  2. William Welsh creator of ScamKick – has created an app that will block scam phone calls from calling your cell phone.

Pascual Camacho is the CEO of Project Vita Health. His startup objective is to provide a solution through a trackable, tamper-resistant, dispensing device to ensure that patients properly take controlled medications. Additionally, it facilitates a strategy for front-line providers to address abnormal behavior. The product has two main components. First, the device will dispense the medication according to the prescribed dose and record all activity. Second, the cloud platform will allow monitoring of medication use and send real-time alerts to providers and pharmacies. Each party will have a unique ID that will allow access to the device and record the interactions. Since 2001, the US Government has increased spending to address the opioid crisis, and abuse cases continue an upward trend. In 2013 alone, the cost of opioid abuse and overdose was $78.5 billion USD, yet there is no proper way to identify or combat this epidemic.

William Welsh is the co-founder of Scam Kick. Scam Kick is an application to stop robocalls and scammer calls over Voice Over IP and Cellphones. The application collects scammer numbers and puts them to a database through a server and publishes them onto a website. The application runs in the background collecting no personal data. In 2018 alone, the Federal Communications Commission received 232,000 complaints regarding unwanted calls like robocalls and telemarketing offer. In June, the Federal Communication Commission voted unanimously on a proposal to give mobile phone companies greater power to "aggressively block" unwanted robocalls.

HTC membership meetings are open to the public. Anyone interested in growing technology in southern New Mexico is encouraged to attend. There is no charge for attending. For more information please call the HTC President, Dr. Ed Pines, at 575-646-2730, or Terry Jack 720-201-7344.

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Economic Analysis: Protect the Public Lands in Doña Ana County For Future Economic Development in the Region

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico – A new report shows that protected public lands are a competitive economic advantage in southern New Mexico and Doña AnaCounty.  The analysis confirms that protecting the world-class public lands surrounding Las Cruces will aid the region’s economic development strategy. 

“Permanently protecting the iconic Organ Mountains and the surrounding natural treasures will boost our economy and benefit Doña Ana County. This Headwaters report explains how stimulating tourism, attracting new residents, and creating jobs goes hand in hand with permanently protecting public lands”, said Richard Majestic from the High Tech Consortium of Southern New Mexico. 

WHAT: On Monday, September 26th, Mesilla Valley community leaders will tour Sapphire Energy’s test and development facility in Las Cruces’ West Mesa Industrial Park. Sapphire is working to commercialize “green crude”—a renewable petroleum replacement that is produced from algae, sunlight and CO2.  Sapphire Energy believes that algae will become a very substantial agricultural crop, and make a major difference to the world’s energy balance. 

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