Journalist Adam Shares his MigrahackTO Experience

Journalism Master’s Student from Ryerson, Adam Chen, shares how #MigrahackTO helped him learn a useful skill for his career and helped him get a head-start on data visualization. We Interviewed Adam after MigrahackTO, and here’s what he had to say.   What made you interested in Migrahack and what were you hoping to get out of it? I was interested in Migrahack because I’m a journalist who is interested in learning the ways we use…

What did we hope to get out of #MigrahackTO

If you had asked me 6 months ago what a Migrahack was, I would have drawn a blank.  My daughter who works in the technology space ran a hackathon 2 years ago and explained to me its purpose is to get together programmers, designers and project managers for an intensely short period of time, to create usable software. So what did MCIS hope to get out of MigrahackTO?  Did we get achieve it? Claudia Nunez…

Migrahack Founder Claudia Nunez

Claudia Nunez founded Migrahack in 2012. After experiencing hackathons at Stanford, Nunez wanted to increase the diversity of participants at these events. Migrahack unites journalists, developers and non-profits to learn from each other and create solutions to real-life challenges. We sat down with her to understand the inspiration and impact previous Migrahacks have had. How did you realize that journalists were not using data that non-profits, hackers and system users were producing to help write stories...

Never heard of a Migrahack? Well, now you have!

Migrahack combines “migration data” with “hackathon.” A hackathon (“hackers” and “marathon”) brings people of various disciplines together with the goal of developing open access digital projects that benefit society. Migrahack is unique because it specifically uses immigration-related data to develop digital projects such as maps, graphics, or databases. Why open access and digital journalism? There is data, and there is also “social” data. Social data is generated by non-profit organizations (NPOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social…