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Americas Datafest focuses on immigration issues

While the matter of immigration reform remains unresolved in our nation’s capital, businesses in the field of technology have continued to voice support for an overhaul that would make it easier for high tech workers from other countries to move to the United States to work. Many of these businesses see foreign workers as imperative to the growth of their business. Earlier this month, some high tech workers joined others in what was called the Americas Datafest . The 48 hour hackathon involved not only individuals from 20 U.S. cities, including Miami, but techies, activists and journalists in some Latin American cities as well.

The idea behind the hackathon, which was sponsored by several businesses including Univision and Facebook, was multifaceted. In addition to developing relationships between those who work in the technical field and journalists, the focus of the event was on the migration patterns across the Western Hemisphere. More specifically, the collaborations were designed to focus on the creation of migrant specific websites, apps and programs. The event also provided an opportunity for young, developing techies from diverse backgrounds to hone their skills. Many believe that fostering diversity is the key to creating innovative solutions to issues.

This is not the first hackathon to focus on immigration issues. Others occurred in June and October of this year.

While there are many questions regarding the future of the immigration system in the U.S., as these hackathons illustrate the matter is not going away. For those who have questions regarding their own status or the status of a loved one, an immigration attorney could most likely be of help.

Source: The Miami Herald, “'Hackathon' aimed at helping migrants, research,” Laura Wides-Munoz, Nov. 1, 2013

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