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Cesar Hidalgo

Cesar Hidalgo

MIT Professor and expert in economic complexity and development


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Chilean born Cesar Hidalgo lead’s The MIT Media Lab’s Collective Learning Group. He is also MIT Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences. The main focus of his work is to understand the learning processes with regards to learning at team, organisational, city, and national level.

Besides his teaching career, Cesar Hidalgo is also the co-founder of Datawheel. The company specialises in digital transformation solutions for both governments and large companies. He is well known for pioneering the specific field of economic complexity, and for the creation of several data visualization and distribution platforms. Amongst these are included Pantheon, Immersion, DataViva, DataAfrica, DataUSA, DataChile, and Immersion.

Cesar Hidalgo has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. One of these is the Lagrange Prize in Complex Systems which he received in 2018. This is the highest prize given in the field of Complex Systems that can be given to a scholar who is under the age of 50 years. Other awards and accolades include the Bicentennial Medal of Science, the Indigo Design Award, The Webby Award for the best government and civil innovation site, nominated one of the Twenty Most Influential Latinos in Technology, and the Technological Person of the Year in 2015.

With regards to his education, Cesar Hidalgo studied Physics at Universidad Catolica de Chile, going on to obtain his PhD in Physics in 2008 from The University of Notre Dame. He joined MIT after two years at Harvard as a postdoc. He was promoted to the position of Associate Professor in 2014 and is the director of the MIT Media Lab’s Collective Learning Group.

Cesar Hidalgo has written numerous academic papers published in accredited journals. He is also an accomplished author. Of his book ‘Why Information Grows’, The Financial Times’ review reads “Hidalgo has made a bold attempt to synthesise a large body of cutting-edge work into a readable, slender volume. This is the future of growth theory and his thought-provoking book deserves to be widely read.”

Cesar Hidalgo – Speaker

When it comes to speaking, Cesar Hidalgo is passionate, intense, and eloquent. His mastery in his field comes to the fore, leaving his audiences with great takeaways and ideas for implementation.

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