In October 2012, I joined more than one hundred NYC creatives at Re3, a storytelling hackathon hosted by Brooklyn design studio, Hyperakt, at Parson’s, worked with an amazing team and won the Audience Choice Award for a video aimed at exposing the abuse and injustice in the system of U.S. immigration detention.
Being the first of its kind, this story hack is different than others because of its intention for the common good instead of commercialization. Professional talents were divided into teams and paired with non-profits trying to tackle real-world problems such as poverty, homelessness, gun violence, no-pay sick days, minimum wage, immigration detention, solitary confinement, and more. Within two days, videos, websites, campaigns and apps were created for the non-profits to shift attention, change perception and call for action.
“34,000 Sold: How Human Rights Are Traded for Profit in the United States” is the video that I helped create with the team of film makers, photographers, designers and writers, for CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement). It has had thousands of views on Youtube and hundreds of petitions signed since the hackathon. You can help end the injustice here.