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...

MCIS 2017 International Translation Day Event – the Future of Work 101.2

As conflicted as we may be about technological disruption in the translation industry, technology is here to stay. So in the second part of our International Translation Day Event, I really wanted to give an opportunity to all translators who had joined us to really voice their concerns and challenges, but also think about ways in which they can embrace technology to make their own work better, more efficient and productive. This had to be…

MCIS 2017 International Translation Day Event –the Future of Work 101.1

“Each culture in the world should be in control of its destiny. By promoting diversity of cultures and  languages, we can hope to create a world full of possibilities for learning, growing and sharing a peaceful vision for humanity based on mutual understanding and respect.”  –International Federation of Translators International Translation Day, celebrated on September 30th every year, is always such a special day for us, language professionals. But this year was all the more special…

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…

MCIS’ Language Impact Grant Opens Today!

Do you have an advocacy aptitude?  Are you passionate and informed about language rights?  Do you enjoy educating others about the causes you support? Do you have any ideas about advocacy kits that might create an impact at the municipal, provincial or even federal level? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are might be interested to apply for an the MCIS Language Impact Challenge grant ($25,000)! We are inviting Individuals, non-profit/ grassroots…

Does Canadian education help International students? Statistics Canada study elaborates

“It is when the moon covers the sun that you see a solar eclipse,” says a mother turning to her son in Hindi on the way to the Ontario Science Centre. On the left, traffic is blocked, as everyone is scrambling to check out the one of a kind solar eclipse viewed by thousands on Monday afternoon. A block away from the centre, a Chinese couple walks fast towards the centre holding special glasses meant…

Haitian Asylum Seekers Gather in Montreal

Montreal’s Olympic Stadium has new tenants! Born and raised in Montreal, I have many fond memories of watching the Expos from the nose bleed section. Built to host the 1976 Summer Olympics it was revered for its “unique” architectural design but also loathed for that very reason and the astronomical cost to have it built. The stadium houses a very complicated legacy. Currently, it also houses hundreds of Haitians that have migrated to Canada from…

Things are Changing in Montreal

“Where do you want to go again? Do you know how to get there? Looks like my app is not working,” as the Uber driver asked me these questions on the busy streets of Montreal, I gave him a puzzled look as every anxious traveler should. “Could you restart it again?” I asked nervously. I had ten minutes to catch my train and the situation was not helping. The driver turned around and then said…