New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Immigration Advocates, Tech Community Join Forces to Hack For Change at the Second Annual Immigrant Heritage Hackathon


July 12, 2017



Immigration Advocates, Tech Community Join Forces to Hack For Change at the Second Annual Immigrant Heritage Hackathon

“I Am An Immigrant” and Illicit Mind Partner With New York-Area Startups to Hold Hackathon in Celebration of Immigrant Heritage

NEW YORK, NY – On Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, “I Am An Immigrant,” in partnership with and Illicit Mind, will host a 24-hour hackathon at Impact Hub at 394 Broadway in New York City kicking off at 5:30 PM ET to bring together talented, engineers, designers, and advocates to develop new strategies, products, and creative ideas on how to highlight New York’s unwavering support for immigrants.

The hackathon will feature speakers, judges, and mentors from the New York City Council, New York State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance,, Fueled, Major League Hacking, New York Immigration Coalition, CUNY Dreamers and other New York-area organizations. Event sponsors include Impact Hub NYC, The Studio Project, Innovation Collective, “I Am An Immigrant,” Major League Hacking, Civic Hall, and AlleyWatch.

This year’s hackathon theme is “I Stand With Immigrants.” Participants will come together to build apps, websites, and other digital products to highlight the immigrant experience and create opportunities for allies to stand in solidarity with New York’s vibrant immigrant community. The theme is a continuation of the new Immigrant Heritage Month 2017 campaign from “I Am An Immigrant,” titled “I Stand With Immigrants,” a call for immigrants and allies across the country to celebrate our nation’s shared immigrant heritage.

More details are below and available at or on the Hackathon website.

WHAT: #IStandWithImmigrants Hackathon 2017


Councilman Ben Kallos, New York City Council, 5th District

Aaron Cohen, Venture Director, Fueled

Georgie-Ann Getton-Mckoy, CEO & Founder, Illicit Mind

Jorge Montalvo, Associate Commissioner, New York State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance

John Lynn, Co-Founder of The Studio Project & Co-Founder, Chairperson at NYC Innovation Collective

Angie Kim, Community Organizer, MinKwon Center for Community Action

Immigration Advocates & Members of the Tech Community

Todd Schulte, President,

WHERE: Impact Hub – 394 Broadway, New York, NY, 10013

WHEN: Friday, July 14 at 6:00 PM ET: Hackathon Kickoff

Saturday, July 15 at 6:30 PM ET: Final Presentations & Judging

NOTE: Reporters interested in covering the hackathon kickoff at 6:00 PM on Friday, July 14 or the final judging at 6:30 PM on Saturday, July 15 MUST RSVP to by Friday, July 14 at 12:00 PM ET.


"I Am An Immigrant" is part of, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that coordinates Immigrant Heritage Month every June. Started in 2014, Immigrant Heritage Month honors the countless contributions made by immigrants to our communities, our economy, our culture, and our collective American identity. "I Am An Immigrant" is an ongoing public awareness campaign to encourage Americans to share stories of their families’ immigrant heritage, and what it means to be an immigrant in America. Learn more about "I Am An Immigrant" and Immigrant Heritage Month by visiting


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