BetaNYC is led by a small team (aka Ops) of dedicated civic hackers. For the last few years, we have carried on the tradition of meeting Wednesday nights to hack on policy, programs, or events.

We are governed by a set of by laws that have been collectively written by Ops. The latest version of the bylaws was adopted on 1 Aug 2018. If you are interesting in contacting us, shoot us a message at ops -at- beta -dot- nyc. We’d love to hear from you.


Noel Hidalgo – Executive Director


Mr. Hidalgo stands at the crossroads of technology, government, community, and impact. He believes in participatory communities and uses technology to improve people’s lives. His work has been achieved through patience and organizing problem-solving teams. Mr. Hidalgo is known as an effective organizer who can walk between worlds.

Since 2009, he has organized BetaNYC to be a driving force to improve New York City’s use of technology and share its data. BetaNYC, with over 4,900 members, has advocated for a suite of government transparency laws, including the city’s transformative open data law and city record online law. BetaNYC runs the New York City Civic Innovation Lab/Fellows program, in partnership with the Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, and curates the NYC School of Data community conference.

Mr. Hidalgo is an Eagle Scout. He was a Technology and Democracy fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; served as an inaugural member of Code for America’s National Advisory Council, and is a former fellow / currently an affiliate at Data & Society Research Institution.

You can reach him at noel(-at-)beta(-d0t-)nyc or on twitter at @noneck.


Emily Goldman – Assistant Director of NYC Civic Innovation Fellows Program


Emily joined BetaNYC in 2014 when she was doing fieldwork research in Brooklyn for her Ph.D, and began analyzing changes in Brooklyn’s stock of rent-stabilized buildings. The data had to be extracted from PDF documents, a project which brought her to a BetaNYC “Civic Hacknight” in June 2014. Ever since presenting her work then, she has been an enthusiastic member of BetaNYC’s leadership committee.

Emily believes that recent developments in opening data and in civic technology hold the potential for societal improvement, and she is continuously excited to participate in helping this mission move forward. Co-directing and teaching in the third year of the Civic Innovation Fellowship program is proving to be a very interesting and rewarding first position after her Ph.D.


Lauren Rennée


Lauren approached BetaNYC in 2014 with the simple question, “how do I become a civic-hacker?” and has since volunteered her time supporting education initiatives and planning special events. She has been working hard to carve a space for non-coders in the civic tech community, insisting that everyone has a role in the fight for government transparency and greater data-literacy. Lauren has a deep appreciation for open data and uses it every day working as an Urban Planner at BFJ Planning, where she specializes in transportation planning. The values and design principles fostered within the civic tech community have made her a more responsible professional, effective advocate, and engaged citizen. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with government and community partners to address quality of life issues through human-centric design.

Twitter: @lbrennee



Tim McDermotttim

Tim retired from a 35 year career in IT in June 2014. After 6 months of “leisure” time, he stumbled upon a posting by Noel Hidalgo about a BetaNYC hacknight in downtown Manhattan. As a result of that meeting, he was hooked. Since most of his career centered around data and data management, he contributed by scraping the Compstat data from the PDF files posted on the NYPD web site and uploading to the BetaNYC web site.

He also attended the NYC DOT Open data forum in April 2015 where someone asked about historical road speed data. After some investigations and some “civic hacking” there is now more than one year’s worth of 5 minute interval observations data available.

In addition he is working with some civic minded individuals on Long Island to spread the word on Open Data and is also working on an Election Data visualization map for Nassau and Suffolk Counties.


Farheen Malik



Ashley Cortez


Benjamin Chrobot


Christian Moscardi


Heather Moore