Noel Hidalgo (New York Program Manager, Brigade) is an Eagle Scout, a social entrepreneur, an activist, technologist, and organizer. For the last 15 years, he has explored the innovative technologies that bring us together. His work has focused on building communities, transforming organizations, and building digital participatory frameworks to connect all of the in-between-bits. He started NYC’s Drupal Users Group, helped cement unconferences and hackathons in NYC, founded one of NYC’s first coworking facilities, and traveled the World meeting the other side of the Internet. In 2009, he helped reinvent legislative information portals by relaunching NYSenate.gov and providing Legislators and constituents a suite of 21st Century tools. In 2011, he was a founding member of the New York City Transparency Working Group, a network of NYC civic groups who advocate for greater transparency in city government. In 2012, nycTWG lobbied for the passing of NYC Local Law 11 of 2012, then America’s premier municipal Open Data law. Currently, he organizes betaNYC, America’s largest civic technology, civic startup and open government meetup, and works as Code for America’s NYC program manager.
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