This past spring, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg helped form the FWD.us group. FWD.us is an advocacy group comprised of men and woman in leading positions in the technology fields. They support causes in immigration reform and education. In November, FWD.us will be holding a hackathon, which will give people involved in the DREAM program a chance to be mentored by leaders from the tech industry.
A hackathon is a large event where participants spend multiple days focused on computer programming. The FWD.us hackathon aims to show lawmakers the kind of talent within the immigrant community.
FWD.us stated on its website that, “Members of the tech community are keenly aware of the critical contributions immigrants—and particularly DREAMers—are already making to our economy and our country. This Hackathon is a way to make those contributions more tangible by connecting DREAMers… with some of the most innovative product design and engineering talent in Silicon Valley.”
The event will be held on Nov. 20 and 21.
Children brought into the U.S. illegally by a parent have a path to U.S. citizenship through the DREAM act. To participate, those eligible must fill out an application, If it is accepted DREAMers must graduate from a college in the U.S., or join the military. Children involved in the program are generally referred to as DREAMers.
FWD.us was formed by leaders in the tech community who want to ensure the country remains competitive in the global economy. To do this, they support efforts in immigration and education reform that can help intelligent, talented people become a part of the country’s workforce.
According to the Washington Times, Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields have been lacking the skilled workers they need to keep growing. Not enough college students are graduating in STEM subjects to fill the available positions. Allowing skilled immigrants access to visas will fill empty positions, strengthening the economy.