Immigration Hackathon: Undocumented Youth And Tech Giants Come Together
High-tech giants such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbeg, Groupon co-founder Andrew Mason and Dropbox’s Drew Houston, hosted a marathon computer coding session in Silicon Valley for 20 undocumented immigrants selected from hundreds who applied. On Thursday, Nov. 21, three of eight teams that worked on app protoypes were picked as winners. They will receive technical support and other help in developing their ideas.
A scene from the winning app "Undoculife," built by undocumented young techies to give users a sense of what is like to go through life without immigration papers.
Carlos Vargas, second from left (in background), and his team speak about their protoype at the hackathon.