Social Media Breakfast Tech Valley #6
Friday, April 16, 2010 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
Twitter hashtag: #smbtv
In order to cut down on the number of no-shows, tickets for SMBTV 6 will be released at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6.
Follow @smbtv on Twitter for updates, read about SMB-TV or join our Facebook group. Come to Social Media Breakfast to eat, meet, share and learn about social networking technologies and strategies. SMBTV #6 is made possible by our host, The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, EMPAC at Rensselaer and our livestream sponsor, MZA Multimedia.
Government: a platform for socializing data and engagement
Across the country, geeks inside and outside of government are developing a new model for participatory and transparent governments. Built upon social media, open-source tools, open standards, and best practices, this presentation will highlight examples of initiatives from the New York State Senate, other NY governments and the private sector.
Featuring guest speakers from the New York State Senate Office of the Chief Information Officer:
Noel Hidalgo, Director of Technology Innovation
Currently, Noel Hidalgo is working to update the New York State Senate's technology infrastructure and helping the public understand the power of an open, transparent, and efficient legislature though NYSenate.gov. Mr. Hidalgo has spent several years exploring the interaction between innovative technologies, the public's interaction with government, and community building activities.
He's traveled the world documenting communities that live off of the Internet via LuckofSeven.com and has used digital media to lifecast the process of becoming a New York City Yellow Cab driver. With Students for a Free Tibet, he helped expose China's broken Olympic promises and was detained and subsequently deported.
During 2008, he helped crystalize a political video remix culture at RemixAmerica.org, contributed to an election monitoring system built on Twitter at Twitter Vote Report. In 2005, he helped organize the New York City Drupal community, and in 2006, he helped establish Williamsburg Coworking at The Change You Want to See, an alternative working community in Brooklyn.
Mr. Hidalgo is an Eagle Scout, advocate for human powered transport, collegiate dropout, news junky, former Salzburg Seminar Instructor and a member of the British Council's Transatlantic Network 2020.
Ken Zalewski, Director of eGovernment Infrastructure
Ken came to the Capital District in 1987 as a freshman at RPI, and has called Troy his home ever since. He received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science from RPI, in 1991 and 1994 respectively. While a student, he worked as a systems programmer for the campus computing department, a research assistant and teaching assistant for the Computer Science department, and an ice hockey referee for the Intramural Sports program.
In 2007, Ken was elected to the Troy City Council, and now represents approximately 8,000 citizens in the city's Fifth District. As the resident computer geek on the City Council, Ken is constantly looking for ways to use technology to make government more transparent, efficient, and interactive.
He currently works in the CIO's Office of the New York State Senate as the Director of e-Government Infrastructure. In his short time there, he and his team have redesigned, enhanced, and consolidated many facets of the Senate's computing environment. Their staff continues to pursue Government 2.0 initiatives that save taxpayer money and bring state government closer to the people.
Questions for our speakers? Post them to the discussion thread on the SMBTV Facebook Group.
The breakfast will be held at EMPAC on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus in Troy, N.Y. Registration and breakfast will be in the cafe area on the 5th floor and the event will be in the theater.
On-street parking is available on 8th Street and College Ave.
The event will be live-streamed online courtesy of:
Breakfast consists of coffee, tea, juice, bagels and cream cheese.
About Social Media Breakfast
Social Media Breakfast was founded by Bryan Person in August 2007 as an event where social media experts and newbies alike come together to eat, meet, share, and learn. Marketers, PR pros, entrepreneurs, bloggers, podcasters, new-media fanatics, and online social networkers are all welcome to attend.
The breakfast series began in Boston and has now spread to more than 35 cities throughout the United States and around the world. It was brought to Tech Valley by Amy Mengel in June 2009.