Noel Hidalgononeck

"noneck" Noel Hidalgo is an Eagle Scout, 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 co-founded 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 premiere municipal Open Data law. Currently, he organizes Open NY Forum, NYC's civic technology and open government meetup, and works as Code for America's NYC program manager. When not riding his bike or playing bocce, you will find him glueing together NYC's civic technology, open government, and business communities.

Posts by Noel

Notes from the field: BetaNYC’s PLUTO Hacknights

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For the past month, New York’s civic hackers visited PLUTO. We are not talking about the “formerly” ninth planet, we are talking one of the most important datasets any city could provide as open data — tax lot and zoning …

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Notes from the field: BetaNYC #BikeHack

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This week, BetaNYC partnered with OpenShift to demonstrate the swift ability to take a GitHub repo and spin up a number of CitiBike tools. In a developing partnership with NYU Rudin and an ongoing partnership with OpenPlans, civic hackers shared their …

Epic win for NYC’s Open Data Community! PLUTO is free!

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Since the signing of New York City’s Open Data Law on March 7, 2012, open data and geo-spacial nurds have been wondering when the City’s extensive land use and geographic data at the tax lot level would be liberated. Today, New York City Department …

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Brigade 101: How to Hack Night

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Following in the footsteps of Chicago’s Open City Open Gov Hack Night, Code for America Brigades are increasing innovation and building a national network of weekly meetups to socialize, code, and foster interdisciplinary collaboration for civic change. These hack nights …

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What does the next NYC Mayor of think of tech?

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#betaNYC,  Code for America’s Brigade in New York City, the Coalition for Queens, Museum of the Moving Image, Partnership for New York, Startup Box: South Bronx, BLIP: Brooklyn Law Incubator Project, NY Tech Meetup, and Queens County Young Democrats have …

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National Day of Civic Hacking Report Back from NYC

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This past weekend, the New York City metro area hosted five National Day of Civic Hacking events! (Two in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, one in Queens, and one in Newark, N.J.) One of them was the City’s first CityCamp and …

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National Day of Civic Hacking is NYC’s First CityCamp

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  On Saturday, June 1, New York City will hold its first CityCamp and NYC BigApps Demo Night! This is one day to celebrate and explore NYC’s civic technology community — hack, polish, and learn! As part of National Day …

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Noel Hidalgo: Why I’m Coding for America

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We are living on the horizon of a bright tomorrow. Transparency, efficiency, and participation are echoing through the halls of government and in the streets of New York. In 2009, when a small group of organizers and technologists walked through …

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