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Migrahack México: A Collaboration that Crossed Borders, Disciplines and Cultures
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Migrahack México: A Collaboration that Crossed Borders, Disciplines and Cultures

Immigration crosses borders, sectors and cultures, so it is fitting that a hackathon on immigration would bring together Mexicans, Americans and Mexican Americans; journalists, programmers, nonprofits and other community members.

Migrahack México was our largest Migrahack to date and one of the largest hackathons ever held in México. More than 120 people came to the training day, from veteran programmers looking to take their work to the next level to those who had never before worked with data visualization.

Nearly 100 people stayed through the weekend to work on 15 projects. The work touched on the diverse issues that immigration encompasses, including the budget of the Mexican government, human rights violations against migrants on both sides of the border and the ordeal of deported women.

We are grateful to the MacArthur Foundation for funding Migrahack and believing that with collaboration, we can illuminate, educate and contribute to solutions. We are also thankful to our wonderful partners Periodistas de a Pie, Universidad Iberoamericana de la Ciudad de México, Wikimedia México and Social TIC.

Please explore and share the projects!

Winning Projects

First prize: More than 72
Between August 2010 and May 2012, the bodies of 214 people were found in the municipalities of San Fernando, Tamaulipas, and Cadereyta, Nuevo León.

Initially the Mexican authorities acknowledged that 72 bodies located in the ejido of El Huizachal in 2010 were of Central American migrants. Eventually they had to admit that the other bodies located were also migrants.

Through maps, videos, infographics and photos, More than 72 explores the journeys of the migrants, the botched government investigation of their deaths and the pain of the families they left behind.

Team Periodistas de a Pie: Mago Torres, Javier García, Ivan Castaneva, Daniela Pastrana, David Eads, Mónica Gonzalez, Cecilia Maya and Alberto Najar.

First Prize (tied): Government Spending on Migration

The Mexican government’s budget for migration is increasing year by year. Of the more than 3 billion pesos spent, the largest increase is for related operating expenses, while only a fraction is used to support individuals, families and migrant communities.

This project uses animation and charts to see where the pesos are going. Team members said they hope that with this knowledge, citizens will be galvanized to propose better ways on how to spend public money on migration issues.

Team Los tres Mosqueteros – Entusiastas: Irving Huerta, Joel Hernandez, Chemi Perez and José Antonio Mijares.

Honorable Mention: Retained Belongings

Being deported is bad enough, but many migrants also lose whatever meager belongings they had with them at the time of their arrest. Without their documents, phone contacts or money, they have little hope of returning to their families and places of origin.

Through an animated video, this project explains how authorities ignore the right of deportees to claim their belongings and the dire consequences for the deportees.

Team Programa de Defensa e Incidencia Binacional PDIB: Luz del Carmen Sosr, Cristian Torres Cruz, Carlos Galindo, Herbert Dánchez Alivera, José Luis Manzo Ramírez, Blanca Cinthya Navarrete and Rodo Meléndez Domingues.

Audience Favorite: Childhood Denied, Rights Denied

From 2011 to 2013, the number of child migrants detained in Mexico nearly doubled to 9,800. Through a video, map, charts and photos, this project explores the detention of child migrants and the human rights violations committed against them.

Team Niñez Detenida: Miguel Díaz, Hernán Villareal, Lucia Vergara, Juan Castelano, Antonio de Jesús Méndez Agüero, Gabriel Sánchez, Roberto Morales, Ignacio Carvajal Andalucía Knoll and María de Lourdes Rosas.

Other Projects
While we gave prizes to four projects, all the work produced was thought-provoking and noteworthy, particularly given that participants only had 1.5 days. Take a look!

Análisis México: A look at migration trends from Mexico to the United States.

Team Mexican Dreamers: Hugo Saucedo Saucedo, Silvana Carranza Navarro, Lucio Villa, Jesús Adrián Ledezma Reyes, José Miguel Resendiz García and Ernesto Aroche.

Migrando: Visual stories of the challenges faced by migrants.

Team Los Toffosis: Gricelda Torres Zambrano, Encarni Pindado, Carlos Emilio Ruiz Llaven, Mario Marlo, Nora Hinojo Consuelo Pagaza, Patricia Mayorga, Sonja Peteranderl and Prometeo Lucero.

Disposable Workers: The abuse of temporary Mexican laborers in the United States.

Team Trabajadores Temporales: Adriana Aguilar, Dan Hill, Maria Zamudio and Christian Solis.

Where to Now?: A video guide to help deported women so they do not lose custody of their children.

Team IMUMI – Instituto para las mujeres en la Migración: Angélica Vásquez, Miriam Gonzalez, José Luis Rangel and Sandra Ordoñez.

From here and there: The return of more than 4 million Mexican migrants to México from 2005 to 2012.

Team Ni de aquí, ni de allá: Fernando Sancen, Maru Ponce, Ismael Ortega, Juan Carlos González and Cesia Chavarría.

Journeys of migrants from Central America to Mexico on “The Beast.”

Team Estudiantes de TEC Monterrey: Roberto Fierros, Pablo Fierros, Diego Andrés Camargo and Jimena Madrigal.

Digital Mumisoc: A history of migration in the region of Soconusco.

Team Mumisoc – Entusiastas: Jorge Choy, Ximena Natera, Dan Hill and Luisa Cantú.

Border Peligro: The correlation between increased border patrol agents and increased deaths at the border of the Southern United States

Team Efecto Embudo: Celeste González de Bustamante and Dianne Solis.

Migrant Health: The health problems of Mexican immigrants in the United States and the challenges of their access to the health care system.

Team Salud en Migración: Gabriel Garcia Plata, Alejandra Galván Clark, Itzel Reyes Torres, Idalia Gómez Silva, Kevin Martinez , Edgar Lemus and Aura Montemayor Lara.

Migrant Check-in: A map of places where migrants can find help.

Team Caravana Digital: Victor Galindo, Omar Márque, Edsel Serrano and Patricia Carbajales.

Mapagrafía: An app to generate visualizations of México from your data.

Team Mapagrafía: Antonio Sandoval.

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