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211 LA UNDOCUHACKS 2017
September 08, 2017
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MEDIA ALERT 
211 LA OFFERS ACCESS TO COUNTYWIDE RESOURCE DATABASE TO YOUNG HACKERS DEVELOPING TECH SOLUTIONS THAT EMPOWER IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES AT UNDOCUHACKS 2017

WHAT:  UndocuHacks 2017 – First Immigrant youth-led hackathon in Los Angeles 

WHO:  UndocuMedia, Univision, Codesmith, UCLA’s Dream Resource Center, Latino Coalition for Healthy California, 211 LA County and more. 

WHY:  Develop technology tools supporting people affected by immigration policies

WHEN:  Sept 9-10, 2017

WHERE: Codesmith, Los Angeles, CA

211 LA County, a sponsor and presenter at UndocuHacks 2017, a hackathon organized by UndocuMedia taking place in Los Angeles September 8-10, is offering access to its database of over 50,000 services in Los Angeles County for participating hackers to use to build new tools that educate, empower, connect and support immigrant communities. 

UndocuHacks 2017’s theme is Building Bridges, Breaking Borders, and features 45 young hackers selected from over 200 applicants. UndocuHacks 2017 will be the first of its kind immigrant youth-led hackathon in the country and will serve as a collaborative meeting platform for professionals in the tech industry and people directly affected by immigration policies to develop technology tools of protection, education, healing, and empowerment.

211 LA has built an API that allows users to tap its powerful database to be able to selectively filter and pull the resources that meet their project or community’s needs without having to invest in creating their own resource database or risking promoting fraudulent or outdated services. API keys will be offered for a limited time to hackathon participants.

211 LA Executive Director Maribel Marin: “We hope that by offering our resources at UndocuHacks we can help people cut through the fraudulent or predatory misinformation out there targeting immigrants and instead connect people to verified sources. We look forward to seeing the innovative solutions these hackers create to more effectively serve and empower immigrant communities in need by tapping the knowledge and resources that already exist.”

Media Contact:  Alana Hitchcock, Public Affairs Director, 211 LA County (626) 300-1302

UndocuHacks Media Alert PDF English

 UndocuHacks Comunicado de Prensa Espanol - Spanish

About 211 LA County:
211 LA County is a non-profit 501c(3) connecting close to half a million people to resources throughout LA via our 24/7 hotline and online through text and chat. 211 LA maintains the official resource database for the County of Los Angeles, and builds custom information technology solutions to connect people to resources and coordinate their care across the County’s vast and highly complex social services system. 211 LA’s deep knowledge of service delivery infrastructure informs and shapes its technology development, resulting in customizable solutions that bridge system gaps and support information sharing, outcomes tracking, and client case management across organizations.