Following President Trump's executive order regarding immigration, the country and the courts issued a resounding rebuke. Thanks to the actions of hard working organizations and lawyers, many of those detained have been released. However, the work continues and more executive actions on immigration are imminent.

Hack the Ban is a hackathon that brings together multidisciplinary creatives (technologists, designers, journalists, etc) and organizations working at the forefront of immigration issues with vulnerable communities. The intention is to help these organizations serve their communities effectively by providing digital media tools and solutions.

Our goals are straightforward:

  1. Design with purpose
  2. Create concrete solutions that can be used RIGHT. NOW.
  3. Foster a technical support community for the resistance

There is an enormous amount of work to do to share information with those targeted by anti-immigrant policies and enforcement. Join us! 



FEB 25th

Eventbrite - Hack the Ban



The Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project is housed at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. CLEAR primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counterterrorism policies and practices.

MPower Change

MPower Change is a grassroots organizing movement rooted in diverse Muslim communities throughout the United States who are working together to build social, spiritual, racial, and economic justice for all people.



DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center (formerly Desis Rising Up and Moving) is a multigenerational, membership led organization of low-wage South Asian immigrant workers and youth in New York City.

The Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Anti-Violence Project

AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

The Immigrant Defense Project

The Immigrant Defense Project works to secure fairness and justice for immigrants in the United States.


The Integrated Digital Media Program at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is our host for the hackathon.  We will be meeting at MAGNET (the Media and Games Network), a shared space for faculty and students from across NYU who are exploring experiences at the intersection of culture and technology. It houses several programs that offer undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students the chance to pursue degrees and research in game design, social science, digital media design, computer science and game engineering.