Rodrigo is a Research Assistant at MIT’s Center for Civic Media and an MS student in the Comparative Media Studies program. His research focuses on analyzing civic crowdfunding, the use of online funding platforms for projects that provide services to communities. Rodrigo has been an adviser and practitioner on civic projects with the Mayoral offices of San Francisco and Boston and prior to MIT he worked in digital media and product development.
Rodrigo is a civic technologist, researcher and problem solver whose work focuses on designing, building and analyzing tools that widen and deepen participation. He is a final-year M.S. student in MIT's Comparative Media Studies program and a Research Assistant at the Center for Civic Media.
As part of his research at MIT, Rodrigo is building a platform for social research on crowdfunding, and leads the development of Call to Action, a web-based tool to enable community groups to design and deploy voice-based services. He has served as an adviser and practitioner on civic projects with the Mayoral offices of San Francisco and Boston, the United Nations Development Program and Gateway House, a Mumbai-based foreign policy think tank. Prior to MIT Rodrigo was a founding editor of Conde Nast's digital operations in India and a broadcaster at the BBC.
Rodrigo has been invited to speak about civic technology, design and engagement by SXSW Interactive (Austin, TX), Personal Democracy Forum (NYC), the Library of Congress, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Boston Civic Expo.