The University of New Mexico’s Office of the Chief Information Officer hosts Tech Days 2023 on Thursday, April 20 in the Student Union Building (SUB). The annual event offers an exclusive opportunity for the campus community to participate in no-cost sessions, discussions, and hands-on demos of current and future technological innovations at the University.

Attendees can participate in sessions, discussions, and hands-on demos of current and future technological innovations at the University. Registration to attend Tech Days is required by Monday, April 10.

Cathryn McGill
Keynote speaker Cathryn McGill

Tech Days 2023 offers several themes this year including post-pandemic digital inclusion strategies that will be introduced by keynote speaker, Cathryn McGill.  McGill is the founder and director of the New Mexico Black Leadership Council. McGill has held senior management positions at the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Rape Crisis Center and the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. Cathryn describes herself as a cultural griot (pronounced gree-oh)—a musician, a storyteller and a unifier.

McGill's life passion and vocation is arts-based community development (e.g. – using the arts to strengthen and bolster marginalized and historically excluded communities and individuals). The New Mexico Black Leadership Council is tasked with managing a viable and sustainable social profit sector targeted at serving the needs of Black New Mexicans. The ultimate goal for all programming is to create true multiculturalism in New Mexico.

The agenda also includes several digital accessibility and inclusion topics led by experts at Accessible New Mexico and The New Mexico State Library. Attendees will hear from Adobe, Epson America, Office of Institutional Analytics, UNM College of Libraries and Learning Sciences, UNM Online, and Salesforce on technology tools and resources to enhance student engagement and success. In addition, Streamlyne, Workday and UNM IT will give presentations on how to be more productive in your departments.

Embedded in the Tech Days program is a “Qualtrics Day,” sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, where survey ethics, design, data collection, transparency and privacy are some of the important topics.

Attendees can meet with representatives from Apple and Adobe in hands-on workshops for iPad, Mac, Adobe Rush and Adobe Express Page to learn how to utilize these devices and software applications.

There are also several important offerings for researchers.  Presentations on research technology capabilities and needs, ChatDMP, and ORCID iD with an urgent federal regulation requirement are on the menu.

Lots of “cool” about the Metaverse and Digital Twins, VPNs, GIS, safety and emergency communications and other technology and infrastructure round out the program.

With over 30 hands-on and classroom presentations, attendees will learn about the latest technologies and productivity tools; there’s truly something for everyone.

As in past years, there will be a vendor showcase in the SUB Ballroom with representatives from most of the major technology vendors currently working with UNM.  Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the products and services that UNM uses on campus. The attending vendors often have treats and prizes at their booths and presentations.

There will be a buffet breakfast and lunch, and two coffee breaks as part of the daylong event.

For the complete program and schedule information, visit Tech Days 2023. Registration is open and closes on April 10. Admission is free, but capacity is limited for all events, so attendees are encouraged to register early.