Noemi was trained as a social scientist and had an interest in how IC&T-powered behaviors can contribute to social change. In 2011, Noemi landed her first formal job at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and met people whose vision goes beyond a project or mandate. A year and a half later they founded together EdgeRyders, a spinoff non-profit organization powered by a global community of individuals who collaborate loosely on the Internet. Together they help groups, organizations and decision makers to support techno-social innovation through community building, prototype funding or open research. As a Community Manager, Noemi is constantly learning how online social dynamics can be conducive to empowerment. Wondering what would it take for this generation to work and participate in society more meaningfully instead of being disenfranchised, she finds that online collaboration is a big part of the answer.