UCLA Labor Center

UndocuHacks 2017



September 4, 2017

CONTACT: Rubi Martinez, rubimartinez@ucla.edu


The Dream Resource Center, FWD.us, and UndocuMedia Partner With Community Leaders and Tech Companies to bring Immigrant Youth-led Hackathon in Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES, CA – This weekend, the Dream Resource Center is partnering with a host of community organizations and local technology companies to hold “UndocuHacks 2017” a youth-led hackathon in Los Angeles, just days after President Trump made the decision to end the DACA program. The event will bring together professionals in the tech industry, national leaders, advocates, and others personally affected by immigration policies to develop digital tools for protection, education, and organizing. The event will take place from Saturday, September 9, to Sunday, September 10, at Codesmith in Los Angeles, California (5300 Beethoven St., Los Angeles, CA, 90066).

Attendees will help create tools to address our country’s broken immigration system, assist with deportation defense and rapid response efforts, and devise ways to make health services more accessible to the immigrant community. This event is intended to provide an opportunity for attendees to share their skills and develop technology tools of protection, education, healing, and empowerment. Mentors will be on site to provide assistance and support every step of the way to help bring developed ideas into reality.

The hackathon will be held just days after President Trump decided to eliminate the DACA program, which will cost the United States $460 billion in GDP loss over the next decade and comes with far-reaching moral consequences. No new DACA applications are being accepted, but DACA recipients whose renewals expire on or before March 6 can submit renewal applications through October 5.

Hackathon event sponsors include FWD.us, UndocuMedia, the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC), Mi Mentor, UCLA Labor Center, Techqueria, Codesmith, Startup business box/ SUBB and Enplug.

WHAT: Immigrant Youth-led Hackathon

WHEN: Saturday, September 9 — Sunday, September 10

The event is open to the media during the following windows:

Saturday 9:00 – 10:30 am  (During breakfast and welcome ceremony)
Sunday 12:00 – 2:30 pm (During lunch and presentations)

WHERE: Codesmith (5300 Beethoven St., 4th floor/penthouse, Los Angeles, CA 90066)

**Note: Due to space constraints, media requesting to cover the event MUST RSVP to rubimartinez@ucla.edu no later than 5:00 PM PT on Friday, September 8.**