FWD.Us Hosts Hackathon for undocumented young immigrants

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Skilled Young ImmigrantsFWD.us will be holding a Hackathon next month for undocumented young immigrants. This is an attempt to highlight immigration reform.

According to a report from the Huffington Post, the tech-savvy DREAMers and a few big names in tech will gather at the California headquarters of LinkedIn and divide into teams. The task is to code solutions to problems in the immigration system of the US.

According to the FWD.us website:

Every team will create an application or a project that can help supporters show friends & family their reason for wanting a meaningful immigration reform, contact members of Congress or share stories. Teams will consist of Mentors and DREAMers; Mentors are experienced product designers or engineers. A few of the top product innovators of this time like Drew Houston, Reid Hoffman, Mark Zuckerberg and Andrew Mason will work side-by-side with DREAMers giving them advise throughout the Hackathon.

30th October is the deadline to apply to participate in the Hackathon, and the event is scheduled to take place on 20th & 21st November.

Facebook’s CEO, Zuckerberg, has called for an extensive overhaul of the immigration policies of the US as well as easing restrictions on visas for skilled workers like scientists and engineers.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Joe Green, President of FWD.us said that there’s been too little action and a lot of delay from Washington this month, and they hope that the momentum coming from the Hackathon along with the technology created by it, will help move forward the immigration reform.

Earlier this year, Zuckerberg and some prominent tech figures launched FWD.us and immigration reform is named as one of the top priorities of the group.

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