|Date:||September 18, 2015|
On Monday, September 14, 2015, Ahmed Mohamed (a 14-year old Muslim high school freshman in Irving, Texas) constructed a digital clock at home and brought it to school to show his teacher, only to then be arrested on suspicion that he had built a bomb. A media firestorm erupted, decrying the arrest as a two-fronted attack on Muslims and on engineering mindsets. The internet lit up with support for Ahmed, including from U.S. President Barack Obama. The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed began trending, with engineers posting their praises for Ahmed's technical work and their own projects as a form of endorsement. Additionally, when asked, Ahmed mentioned that MIT was his "dream school", and MIT Postdoctoral Fellow Chanda Prescod-Weinstein extended an invitation for him to visit campus.
In support of Ahmed, hackers constructed their own digital clock display, and hung it over a banister in Lobby 7 on Friday, September 18. The working digital clock had a #IStandWithAhmed banner beneath as well as exposed breadboards and circuitry on the reverse. The hack remained up until approximately 12:40PM.