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Civic Service Forum: Civic Engagement

Civic Service

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Civic Service Forum: Civic Engagement

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The Civic Service Forum is a event series for employees of municipal government to share strategies on creating cultures of innovation within their organizations and to talk about improving the services they provide.

Civic Engagement

At our third Civic Service Forum event, we will be focusing on civic engagement. Noel Hidalgo from the Code for America Brigade will talk about open government and civic technology. Next, Dan Latorre from The Wise City and an advisor at desigNYC will talk about technology, placemaking, and community. Lastly, Noel and Dan will lead a discussion on the future of civic engagement within government.


6:30 - Introduction

6:40 - Noel Hidalgo, Code for America Brigade

7:00 - Dan Latorre, The Wise City

7:20 - Roundtable discussion on innovation

8:00 - Networking

***Please note that this event is only open to government employees from City, State, Federal, or International agencies, including public higher education and nonprofit partners. One of the goals of this group is to create a safe forum for public servants to share ideas and projects. There will be events open to the general public in the future.


Noel Hidalgo currently works for Code for America as NYC's program manager and organizes the Nation's largest open government and civic technology meetup betaNYC. He co-founded the New York City Transparency Working Group, a group of NYC civic groups who advocate for greater transparency in city government. From 2009 till 2011, Noel served the New York State Senate as the Director of Technology Innovation where his team launched, one USA's premier state legislative portals; organized the first unconference inside a State house, CapitolCamp. From June 2011 till October 2012, he worked at the World Economic Forum. In 2012, nycTWG lobbied for the passing of NYC Local Law 11 of 2012, then America's premier municipal Open Data law.

Dan Latorre has over 16 years of online experience in human-centered digital media design, online marketing and communications, social media product strategy, and online technology planning. He has managed project budgets ranging from thousands of dollars to $2.4 million with leading firms such as CKS Group, Razorfish, McCann-Erikson, Scholastic, and OpenPlans/Streetsblog/Streetsfilms. Daniel set up the Project for Public Spaces’ Digital Placemaking program starting in January of 2010. He set up this practice at PPS to authentically marry Placemaking with current online civic engagement best practices and build the right staffing mix to communicate it. Since February of 2013 Daniel moved into a senior advisor consulting role to further best practices at PPS and with other like-minded organizations. He recently left PPS to start the Wise City and has become an advisor at desigNYC.


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Parsons The New School for Design
55 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Civic Service

Civic Service inspires, trains & connects civil servants to create better public service outcomes and experiences for their constituents. Civic Service is an initiative from the Parsons DESIS Lab.

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