A Migrahack is a hackathon about migration. 

It’s a two-day “unconference” that brings together members of the communities most affected by immigration with journalists, developers, data scientists, and students. Together, participants form teams and work together for several hours to analyze big data sets on migration and immigration. Working with that data, they jointly generate original story ideas and produce multimedia storytelling – videos, data visualizations, podcasts, and the like – that can be shared widely. 

Participation in the Migrahack provides students with a keystone experience that moves beyond the traditional educational model to include the multi-disciplinary, student-centered application of knowledge to address a key problem in society. Additionally, University of Denver students participating in the Migrahack will receive $100 for the completion of their team’s project. Find out more.

What is going to happen on September 27 & 28, 2019?

Please see our Schedule of Events for our full itinerary.

Friday September 27:
8:00 a.m.: Doors open and the breakfast buffet opens
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.: Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Lecture and Migrahack Kickoff Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Introduction to the hackathon process
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: First breakout session
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Workshop
12:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Project work
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Migrahack Community Roundtable
6:00 – 9:45 p.m.: Optional project work

Saturday, September 28:
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Project work
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Migrahack Closing Ceremonies, project presentations, and special presentation by Adán Medrano

What will happen with the stories, information, and materials created and curated by the Migrahack teams?

Several Colorado media outlets have expressed interest in or are already planning to have reporters involved in the event, including the Colorado Independent, the Colorado Sun, Colorado Public Radio, High Country News, Rocky Mountain PBS, Telemundo, and others. Additionally, some Migrahack teams will focus specifically on the information needs of new arrivals to Colorado and the organizations that serve them, providing website design and social media support. We aim to collectively decide on a “day on migration” for a simultaneous release of all of the stories to the public.

What kinds of things will be produced?

We’re aiming for some really good, Colorado-specific multimedia journalistic storytelling

We’re also hoping that community organizations will have support in their own efforts at sharing the information they want to share. 

And we’re open to other modes of storytelling, like performances, digital art, skits, music: anything that uses evidence and data to help tell stories that increase understanding about immigration.

See projects created at other Migrahack events nationwide on our Resources page.

Who gets what out of this? 

DU student and community participants will receive $100 each upon completion and presentation of their team’s project! Find out more on our FAQs page.

Who else benefits?

The Colorado community benefits from enhanced, rich storytelling about immigration and migration that could not have happened without the cooperation of many partners.

Students, developers, and community members benefit from opportunities to work directly with community members affected by and working in relationship to immigration issues in a rewarding project-based experience.

Recent immigrants to Colorado and those who work with and care about the concerns of these groups benefit from having a platform for telling the stories they would like to have told in the manner they’d like to see and hear. 

Community organizations benefit from opportunities to facilitate relationships and enhanced understanding between journalists, community members, and the university community. They may also have specific communication needs addressed at the event.

Journalists benefit from opportunities to develop deep stories in collaboration with the communities they serve and with the support of fellow journalists, developers, data scientists, and many others.

Who’s involved? 

The Colorado Migrahack brings together a wide range of people from partnerships with the following groups. 

Community organizations: 
Casa de Paz
The Latino Leadership Institute
The Bridge Project

Journalism organizations:
Several Colorado media outlets have expressed interest in or are planning to have reporters involved, including the Colorado Independent, the Colorado Sun, Colorado Public Radio, High Country News, Rocky Mountain PBS, Telemundo, and others.

Other Colorado Universities:
Colorado State University’s Student Media groups
University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI)
University of Colorado at Denver’s Communication department
Metropolitan State University’s Digital Media Program

University of Denver Partners:
See our full list of University of Denver partners on our Sponsors page.

Is this the first-ever Migrahack?

It’s a first for Colorado, but we are grateful to journalist Claudia Nunez for originating the idea of the Migrahack. She has been a leader in organizing many such events and has been long making a compelling argument about harnessing the power of data to turn challenges into successes. Watch her Knight talk about this here:

We’re also grateful to University of Arizona Professor Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante, organizer of the Arizona Migrahack, who has served as a consultant for the Colorado Migrahack.

Ready to sign up?

Registration for the Colorado Migrahack is now available.

Support the Colorado Migrahack Student Sponsorship Fund here: