About #HackWSU!

Wayne State University invites you to come and be a part of HackWSU 2017! HackWSU is an open hackathon that invites every hacker, newbie to seasoned pro, to come get your tech on in the heart of Detroit!

It’s a 36 hour hackathon organized by Innovation Warriors, AngelHack, local Detroit tech partners and Wayne State student entrepreneurs, faculty and staff.

Time & Place!

May 19 - 21, 2017

The Undergraduate Library
Wayne State University
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202

(click for directions)


Day 1 - May 19

  • Registration + Food + Networking6PM
  • Opening Ceremony + Rules8PM
  • Project Pitches + Team Formation9PM
  • Hacking Begins!10PM
  • Midnight Munchies12AM

Day 2 - May 20

  • Morning Chow8AM
  • Workshops9AM
  • Demo11AM
  • Lunch12PM
  • Meet the Sponsors3PM
  • Dinner5PM
  • Music + Tech9PM
  • Midnight Munchies12AM

Day 3 - May 21

  • Breakfast8AM
  • Hacking Ends!10AM
  • Lunch11AM
  • Beginner Teams Presentations12PM
  • Intermediate Teams Presentations1PM
  • Experienced Teams Presentations2PM
  • Closing Ceremony + Awards3PM
  • Get Out!4PM

After HackWSU

> Detroit Startup Week < 

Frequently Asked Questions!

Who can attend? +

HackWSU 2017 is open to ages 11 and up, Open to Students (Middle, High School and College) and the general coding community. We ask that all participants register. (Under 18 will need to fill out a couple extra forms in order to attend.)

Will it all be software development or will there be hardware? +

Great question, we don’t want to leave out those like hardware (raspberry pi, arduinos, etc.) There’ll cool hardware for you to work with and hack on! We do encourage you to bring your own from home as well.

What should I bring? +

  • A laptop (if you don’t have one still come we have computer labs you can use)
  • Tools, If your doing a project with a specific hardware in mind, please bring all the necessary hardware you would need as it may not be available from what we will have.
  • A sleeping bag (if you would like) toothbrush and deodorant (probably a good idea)

What if I don’t have a team or idea? +

Not worries, most people don’t! During the event you will have time to meet those that do have ideas or can help you think thru your idea.

What is new with HackWSU? +

Happy you asked, we have made several tweeks to make HackWSU 2017 the best ever. We opened the competition to more competitors and also created a 3rd track, so know we have Beginner (don’t know how to code or very little coding experience), Intermediate (coding experience but not developing professionally), Advanced (Coding for money or built several different apps or websites)

How will the hacks be judged? +

What if I don’t know how to code? +

Not a problem! It’s entirely irrelevant what your experience is going into a hackathon, it’s more about your interest in technology. If you’re wanting to learn how to code outside of a hackathon, there will be resources to guide you.

What if I don’t know anybody there? +

Not to worry! You’ll meet people when you get there. A lot of people go to hackathons without teams. So it’s perfectly normal to go around to people, tell them you’re looking for a team, and ask if you can help out. Protip: Invite your friends to come to the hackathon too! That way you’re guaranteed to have at least one familiar face.

Will there be food? +

Absolutely! Your meals for the weekend will be free and there’ll be plenty of snacks and drinks to keep you energized. If you’ve got specific dietary requirements or allergies, we do advise that you bring your own food.

More Questions?

Contact us at: innovationwarriors@wayne.edu