2018-19 Supercomputing Challenge Kickoff

The Kickoff Conference at New Mexico Tech in Socorro will be held on the weekend of October 13-14, 2018.

Keynote 1: Carly Mertes Beneke

     I am an Applied Scientist with Descartes Labs, a geospatial startup based in Santa Fe, NM, where I specialize in remote sensing and data science. I came to New Mexico two years ago by way of Wisconsin, where I served as the technical lead for a statewide land cover mapping effort managed by the Department of Natural Resources and the State Cartographer's Office. I earned my MSc degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. During graduate school, I collaborated with the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice (GPSURR) on an Australian-Aid funded project investigating the spatial components of urbanization in East and Southeast Asia. The datasets and analysis we developed helps support the World Bank and their government partners assess and plan for equitable and sustainable urban growth.

Keynote 2: Victor Kuhns


Victor Kuhns, a Supercomputing Challenge alumnus, is a High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems Analyst at Sandia National Laboratories. Over the last 24 years, he has worked on the Labs' capability supercomputers, including ASCI-RED, the world's first teraflop massively parallel system. His current role involves Advanced Architecture research, along with HPC Education.
Title: Experiencing HPC - The 21st Century Skill
Description: Victor will give an overview of the world of High Performance Computing, along with an introduction to a project to lean High Performance Computing on a desktop computing system.

Keynote 3: 2017-2018 Supercomputing Challenge Winners


Los Lunas High School

Team Members: Jen Marie Phifer, Forest Good

Teacher: Ann Loveless


Conference Tracks

Beginner Track

The students who take this track for coursework are all Pre-Algebra students and have little to no experience in Netlogo coding.

Intermediate Tracks

These two tracks are for students who have taken Algebra 1 and have some experience in NetLogo programming or want to learn Python or Java programming.

Experienced Track

This track is for students who have at least Pre-Calculus math level and have some experience with at least one programming language and/or have participated in the Challenge for multiple years.

Teacher Track

This track is for teachers attending the Kickoff. They will learn some coding, technical writing, and Supercomputing Challenge milestones.


Remember that Supercomputing Challenge teams need to bring a Proposal with you to the Kickoff. See proposal guidelines.

Be sure you have registered for the Supercomputing Challenge.

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