Eta Kappa Nu
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
imo Hackathon@Michigan

About the Hackathon

imo Hackathon@Michigan is an event hosted by HKN and sponsored by, a quickly growing Silicon Valley start-up co-founded by one of the first 10 employees at Google (he also received a Ph.D. in CS from Michigan!). The hackathon is designed for university students to build collaborative apps that can be discoverable by imo's millions of users.

Coders will have 22 hours to build an app for the chance to win big prizes and get a leg up in imo's recruiting process. And of course, it wouldn't be an event without free food and swag.

We're excited to have you show your innovation and creativity in a real-world situation with tangible, real world results.

We will check student IDs at the door.

Check out the rules section for more details.

Address of event:
Room: 1670 BBB Building
2260 Hayward St.
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
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Grading scale

Projects will be judged on creativity and execution. Execution is divided into three parts: stability, usability, functionality. Because contestants are building their projects within a short time frame, stability and usability should not be given much weight. It's more important that a project is functional and does what it's supposed to do.

Breakdown: Creativity- 25% Execution- Functionality - 50% Usability - 15% Stability - 10%

If you are attending the event and would like to send in your resume before or after the event, please email with the subject line JOB ID: 012.


Ralph Harik, imo CEO

Ralph has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in computer science from MIT. He spends his free time playing ice hockey, soccer, and tennis.

Erdal Tuleu, imo Engineer

Erdal likes playing basketball, working at imo, and traveling. His favorite place is his hometown, Constanta. He holds a Computer Science and Mathematics degree from Florida Tech.


Please email with any questions.


*Subject to change

Friday, Jan 18

5:00 p.m.: Doors open
5:15 p.m.: Introductions
6:00 p.m.: Let the hacking begin!
6:15 p.m.: Dinner
10 p.m.: Late night snack

Saturday, Jan 19

10:00 a.m.: Breakfast
1:00 p.m.: Lunch
3:45 p.m.: Submit code
4:00 p.m.: Demos start (up to 3 minutes per team)
5:00 p.m.: Winners announced; Hackathon ends


The point of this hackathon is to have fun while building new and cool collaborative tools. Please conduct yourself in alignment with these values and with fairness in mind.

*Coders will need to bring their own computers for this event.

Before the Event

  1. Please create an imo Network account at
  2. Then email with your username. You will be added to a group chat which you can IM before and during the event with questions.
  3. Once your account has been created, please Edit your Public Profile by clicking the settings gear in the top right -> Edit Public Profile -> and add your university email address in the "Email Domains" text field. You will receive an email asking you to verify your domain.

If you are looking for a teammate, please post on the Facebook event page

  1. You will have 22 hours to build whatever you want as long as you use imo's api
  2. You may not come in with prior work.
  3. You are allowed to spend as much time as you want before the event to come up with ideas.
  4. Your creation must exhibit the slightest functionality of its intended behavior.
  5. You may work in groups or individually. The number of members in your group will be taken into account when judging. Teams are limited to three people.

We encourage you to try imo on the Web, and on your mobile device (iPhone/iPad, Android) to familiarize yourself with the product before the event.

Note: You will own the rights to the software you produce.


Thanks to our sponsors at for providing our winners with these prizes!

All gift cards are to Amazon

About the sponsor

When brothers Ralph and Georges Harik began building what would come to be known as, they had one goal - to make it easier to keep in touch with each other and their transcontinental family. They quickly realized how important communication is in our day-to-day activities, and decided to turn into what you see today - an all-in-one messaging platform with more than 700,000 daily unique users who send more than 50 million messages per day. The mobile apps have had more than 5 million mobile downloads and 7 million unique users - and we're not slowing down anytime soon.

Based in Silicon Valley, is a fast growing start-up founded by one of the first 10 employees at Google. We're building products that help millions of people around the world connect with their friends and make new ones.

With features like voice IMs, location sharing, group photos, voice calling and more, has been built as an all-in-one communication app with users like you always in mind.

Our team is highly motivated, hardworking, and loves to solve problems. More importantly, we have fun and love what we do.

We're really excited to sponsor this hackathon, and can't wait to see what you come up with.

Examples of apps from imo’s most recent hackathon

WINNER: SHOOTER X SHOOTER A first-person shooter, turn-based game.

2ND PLACE: meet’NU Scheduling app modeled after Doodle that helps users find out when friends and project group members are free to meet. A chat room allows users to set a final meeting time.

3RD PLACE: redditmash Users are presented with two of Reddit’s most popular photos, and then vote on which photo is best. They are then connected to a chat room with others who were shown the same photos to discuss their choices.