Weekend hackathon takes place at Wayne State University

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DETROIT - A marathon weekend hackathon takes place at Wayne State University's College of Engineering.

More than 200 high school and college students gather for "HackWSU" starting Saturday morning on the university's Detroit campus. They'll spend their time writing online-based software, creating mobile apps and designing computer programs.

Participants will work through the night — and organizers say they should bring pillows and sleeping bags. The event, which is billed as a 24-hour hackathon, is scheduled to wrap up Sunday afternoon.

"HackWSU" is hosted by the university's Blackstone LaunchPad student entrepreneurship center. Students are expected from the Detroit area and across the border in Windsor, Ontario. It's a pre-launch event for Detroit Startup Week, which begins Monday.

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Online:

http://hackwsu.com

http://detroit.startupweek.co

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