Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 4.03.30 PMJamii is the catalyst for Ideas and Coffee. She’s also the co-owner of Southwest Cyberport, one of the first local ISPs in New Mexico. She’s wears a wide variety of hats from scheduling talks, and building websites to washing the coffee cups. She’s a developer for Udorami, a social list making tool. You can usually find her hanging out in Ideas and Coffee, Monday through Friday after 10am and before 7pm.



andrew-at-cocoaAndrew Stone is the quintessential lone wolf developer, brilliant and quirky. Over a thirty year period Andrew has developed  an amazing collection of Macintosh and iPhone applications, including the infamous Twittelator app, the first Twitter app for the iPhone. (And it’s still the best one out there).

Of late, Andrew has been investing time in building a community of local iPhone developers. The Cocoa Conspiracy group started out as a social and networking gathering, happening on Thursday mornings at Winnings Coffee shop. Anyone interested in discussing iPhone app ideas, code, or other tech related topics could show up and chat with an eclectic group of interesting people. When Ideas & Coffee came into being it seemed only natural to invite Andrew and the Cocoa Conspiracy to have some space for more formal conversations and classes. A place where we could throw up some code on the projector screen and dig into how an iPhone app is actually built. In the last year the iOS developer’s workshop has become a great place to get code and idea critiques, learn more about building iPhone apps, and meet lots of interesting people with fascinating ideas.  Andrew’s easy going style makes people of all skill levels feel welcome, and brings out contributions from everyone. He has attracted a great group of like minded  people who are very willing to share knowledge.

We’re really lucky to have such a successful and knowledgable developer who is so willing to share ideas, resources and insights with the community. Thank you Andrew!

Check here to find out more about Cocoa Conspiracy, and join us on the first and third Fridays (10:30-12:30) of the month at Ideas & Coffee.


IMG_3589Alice is the driving force behind  505 Access, a brilliant concept  founded to help people with temporary or permanent disabilities. It draws from her personal experiences of months of recovery from  a horrible car accident.  Even given the length of time she was out of work and recouperating, Alice considered herself lucky. She had a job to go back to and health coverage to help her during the recovery time. She realized that not everyone was as lucky as she had been and began thinking about the problems of high cost medical equipment. Because Alice has an   inquisitive, and innovative mind she  took this issue on and began educating herself about the plight of people living with disabilities. One of the serious issues the disabled have to contend with is the high cost of mobility devices. She realized that this was in part due to a lack of standardization and the inability to use off the shelf widely manufactured parts. Alice began experimenting with making custom designed mobility enhancing tools. She worked with customers to solve their specific needs using parts on can find in hardware stores. This allowed people to have solutions that exactly solve their particular mobility issues, as well as something that can be repaired inexpensively, and quickly. I’m in awe of her clever solutions and her ability to look at something like a gate latch and turn it into to a shopping cart dock. She’s a truly innovative individual, as well as kind hearted and someone working for a better world.

Read more about Alice’s story here. And check out her website at 505 Access.