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July 12, 2017
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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 FWD.us and Illicit Mind, will host a 24-hour hackathon at Impact Hub at 394 Broadway in New York City kicking off at 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, FWD.us, 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.
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, FWD.us
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 on Friday, July 14 or the final judging at on Saturday, July 15 MUST RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, July 14 at 12:00 PM ET.
ABOUT "I AM AN IMMIGRANT”
"I Am An Immigrant" is part of Welcome.us, 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 IAmAnImmigrant.com.