Sniff Test: What Entrepreneurship Smells Like on Midwest Campuses

Blog excerpt provided by Huffington Post.

Written by Robert Hatta.

It’s 11:30 on a Friday night and 1,200 computer science and engineering students surround me. They have come from across the country to the University of Michigan’s North Campus to participate in MHacks, a career fair mashed-up with a weekend-long tech orgy, where sleep-deprived geeks try to build the next big app. On stage is a senior engineer from a big tech company, offering a $500 AR drone, $1000 cash and (presumably) a job to each member of the team that wins their sponsored challenge. MHacks is one of 40 hackathons his company is participating in this year and this is one of dozens of household name tech companies in attendance. The smell of money almost masks the growing musk of young hackers crammed into this swampy auditorium.

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Originally published November 16, 2014.

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