ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WWJ) – The next great computer gizmo could be in the making at the University of Michigan this weekend.

Over 500 computer whizzes will be on the U of M campus, putting their IT skills to the test, as part of a “Hackathon.” But, the “Hackathon” isn’t about breaking into websites; participants will try to build something that has some real-world use, such as a revolutionary new device, security system, game, or app.

“These web or mobile applications — or sort of a hardware hack — like an Arduino device, that may be used as some sort of controller,” said Daniel Friedman, a senior at U of M majoring in Business. “And we’d like to see them do something for a positive impact to build something that would help solve a problem or be more convenient for someone to get things done.”

Five thousand dollars in prizes are up for grabs.

The Hackathon runs Friday through Sunday. It’s free to attend, but registration is suggested.

Click here for more information and/or to register.


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