ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico junior Kyle Guin is immersed from head to toe in the new Innovate ABQ high-tech research and development hub taking shape in the heart of Albuquerque.
Guin, 21, just launched his first commercial app through the Apple App Store, allowing users to instantaneously turn photos of things like course schedules, events or business cards into immediately accessible files logged into note, calendar or contact programs on mobile devices. He built the app through his new startup, Pencil-In, which is now housed at Innovate ABQ’s new Lobo Rainforest building, a six-story facility that opened in August at the old seven-acre First Baptist Church property at Broadway and Central Downtown.
Guin is enrolled in UNM Innovation Academy courses at the Rainforest building and lives in one of the 155 student apartments on the upper floors. And he was just appointed as a new “Lobo Rainforest Ambassador” to educate more UNM students about Innovate ABQ, get them involved and help brand the Downtown site as Albuquerque’s go-to place for innovation and entrepreneurship.
“This is now definitely the best business working space in Albuquerque,” Guin said. “It offers so many opportunities to tap into resources and surround yourself with people who have done amazing things. It’s unreal.”