Last September, Concours du Soleil raised over $200,000, the most in the event’s history. $113,000 of that was reserved for the Driving to the Future initiative that would provide funding for computers and a permanent classroom for the Microsoft YouthSparks Camps.
Thanks to the collaborative work of Mayor Berry, the City of Albuquerque and UNM, Driving to the Future found a home in downtown Albuquerque. The appropriately named Epicenter, will be housed in the old Noon Day building, next door to the future home of Innovate ABQ in the 1st Baptist Church on Broadway.
Work to get the classroom ready for the next Microsoft class in June has already begun and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 10th. Thanks to the generous donation from Jack Vigil of Harmonix Technologies, the epicenter will host a state-of-the-art network and high-speed internet.
Check out this great article about the Epicenter ribbon cutting from the Albuquerque Journal.