A MULTI-CITY HACKATHON ON
MIGRATION IN 
THE AMERICAS
NOVEMBER 2-3, 2013  |  #americasdf







WELCOME! 






AMERICAS DATAFEST 
AT A GLANCE




JOIN US! 

Do you write code? Work with data?  Research migration issues? Work with migrants? Report migration news? You are invited to  our Datafest on November 2-3.  You can participate in-person or virtually.

The event will focus on  
immigration to North America and Europe and human flows between and within countries in Latin America as well as on general population shifts within the United States and Canada.

Let's leverage the surge in mobile, social, computing power,  data analytics and address  the challenges and opportunities of migration in innovative ways! 




MAKE AN IMPACT!

Write awesome code and build web applications, mobile apps, tools and resources that will help migrants to manage their daily lives, experts to examine existing patterns and emerging trends, NGOs to provide services, journalists to report migration news and societies to combat human trafficking.



SHAPE THE FUTURE! 

Analyze data and help policy makers and advocacy groups to better understand issues and develop better policies. There are challenges in all steps of the process: data collection, preparation and analysis. 



WIN AWARDS! 

Showcase your skills, compete and take a prize!  Top two among the winning teams at each location will be nominated for the event's global awards. 



LET'S GET STARTED!

Please use the collaborative features of this website to connect with others, learn about challenges, discuss project ideas and find teammates. 


What is A Hackathon?  
A hackathon is an event in which people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. Participants pitch ideas, form teams, and create new and useful software. Typically, a hackathon lasts two days. 



Migration   
While our event focuses on a specific region, many of the migration issues are similar across the world. Your Datafest project could be useful beyond the Americas and benefit some of the world's  214 million migrants. 



How to Participate 
You can participate by: 
  • organizing a local hackathon 
  • helping define challenges 
  • offering ideas for projects 
  • attending a hackathon in-person 
  • competing as a virtual team member (if you live somewhere where you can’t join a local event).
Please see the Participation page on this site for details. 



Connecting with Others  
We'll be using IRC and social media and posting details on the Connect page of this site.



Collaborating on this Site 
This website is built for collaboration. The sharing of ideas happens through writing and editing pages  on this site. For discussion, we use a Google Group. Please see the How To Use This Site page for more. 



How to Organize a Local Event  
Please email us and check out our Local Hackathon Planning Guide