THATCamp first took place in January 2017 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and attracted a crowd of 50 participants. With support from the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Doug Patinka, attendees identified topics they wanted to discuss as well as skills they were willing to teach, and then set an agenda for the day. Most of the participants were educators or librarians so many of the workshops focused on the use of technology and resources.
NMHC partnered with the New Mexico Technology Council and Upslope Brewing Company to host an after hours event to extend the conversations. Conversations ran the gamut from telling Native legends through the medium of digital film to philosophy in the digital age to expressing intersections between art, nature, and technology. Plans for a THATCamp for southern New Mexico are underway, as well as a continuation of the January event in Albuquerque.