Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us Hosting Hackathon For Young Undocumented Immigrants

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In an attempt to draw attention to immigration reform, a hackathon with be held next month by FWD.us for young undocumented immigrants.

The Huffington Post reports that tech-savvy DREAMers — individuals brought to the U.S. as minors — and some of the biggest names in tech will get together at LinkedIn’s California headquarters and divide into teams tasked with coding solutions to problems within the U.S. immigration system.

According to the FWD.us website:

Each team will create a project or application that could help supporters share stories, contact members of Congress or show family and friends why they want meaningful immigration reform. Teams will consist of DREAMers and Mentors; mentors are experienced engineers or product designers. Some of the top product innovators of our time — like Reid Hoffman, Drew Houston, Andrew Mason and Mark Zuckerberg — will be working side-by-side with DREAMers to advise them throughout the Hackathon.

The event is scheduled to take place on Nov. 20-21, and the deadline to apply to take part in the hackathon is Oct. 30.

Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, has called for a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration policies as well as loosening restrictions on visas for skilled workers such as engineers and scientists.

“There’s been a lot of delay and too little action coming from Washington this month,” FWD.us President Joe Green said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We hope that momentum coming from our hackathon — and the technology it creates — can help move immigration reform forward.”

Zuckerberg and other prominent tech figures launched FWD.us earlier this year and named immigration reform as one of the group’s top priorities, something Zuckerberg has garnered a particular interest in while working with local kids, according to the Huffington Post.

Sources: Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, FWD.us