About the Hackathon
Who Should Attend?The BROTHER MOBILE APP HACKATHON (the “Contest”) is designed to encourage programmers to submit software apps that integrate with a Brother QL Label Printer, P-touch label maker, a PocketJet series printer, a RuggedJet series printer/labeler, a TD series printer/labeler, or a Full size printer/scanner (“Brother Device”). Each person or team will need to build an application that utilizes a Brother Device to print labels, receipts or full-page outputs (invoices, logs, contracts, etc.) as part of the application. Judged by key influencers within the industry, the Contest seeks to identify talented programmers from across the U.S. The prizes will be awarded to the best entries submitted. Winning submissions will be as determined by the Judges (defined below) in accordance with the Judging Criteria below and these Official Rules and are subject to verification.
What Should We Do?Anyone with any idea that can challenge coders and graphics designers should sign up and present the idea. An iOS or Android coder can spend as little as 30 minutes to download the SDK and have the printer working within minutes. The graphics designer will design the output that the coder can print. The team will design a great user experience. Together you will try to complete the mobile app as much as possible using any one of the Brother's printers. There are lots of things you can do. You can validate your ideas, find talented people from Seattle Washington and vicinities, and enjoy a great event. The best part is that you can start now. But why wait? Grab a free ticket and if you come to one of our pre-events, we will match you with coders and designers. Please visit FAQ below for download SDK instruction, sample code tutorials (Objective-C, Swift, Android, Xamarin) and reading the optional reference guide.
How to Register?Click here to get your free Eventbrite ticket!.
What are the Prizes?There are a total of 6 prizes provided by Brother: 1. Platinum Award ($5000), 2. Gold Award ($1000), 3. Silver Award ($500), 4. Vertical Awards (Brother VC500W: Retail, Healthcare, Education), 5. Mini-Hackathons (up to $200 will be announced in the workshops). All prizes are per team.
Our two-day virtual hackathon will be jam-packed with fun activities and coding workshops! At the first night of the event, each team will be given a 3-minute introduction via Zoom Video Conferencing. Teams will get together to prepare the presentation. Participants are welcome to continue their projects with overnight virtual hackathon with one-on-one support from Brother engineers. On Saturday, teams will complete the apps. Each team will shoot a 3-minute video, and upload it to Youtube. There will be several panel discussions, including multiple virtual rooms to assist participants with coding, design, and video production. Winners will be announced at 7PM, with award ceremony and a raffle of many great prizes.
Mini-Hackathon Submission Due
Welcome and Introduction
9.00 PM (overnight available)
Team Collaboration. Overnight Continuous Hacking.
09.30 AM (optional)
One-on-One Support Virtual Rooms
10.00 AM (optional)
Submission Support All Hands
Video Submission Due
Live Viewing Presentation Judging
Mini-Hackathon Live Viewing
Raffle, Feedback and Survey
Winner Announcement, Q&A, Award Ceremony
Judges & Speakers
Sr. Product Manager, QL Label Printers, Brother International Corp. Judge
Technical Marketing Specialist, QL Label Printers, Brother International Corp. Judge
Manager, Solution Support & QA, Printers & Scanners, Brother International Corp. Judge
Manager, Application Development,Printers & Scanners, Brother International Corp. Judge
Vice President of Sales, Brother Mobile Solutions Inc.
Celebrity Judge, the Voice behind Dad Logic, a Seattle-based tech blog.
Brother is a leading provider of office equipment technology and document management solutions, including award-winning color and black and white multifunctional printers, scanners, label printers and device-based cloud and mobile technologies. The Brother P-touch line of features label and ribbon printers that feature laminated and specialty tapes along with printable ribbons. Brother printers are recognized as the best in the industry, and consistently earn product and industry accolades including PC Magazine’s 2017 Readers’ Choice and Business Choice awards for reliability and overall customer satisfaction. Brother International Corporation’s At Your Side philosophy demonstrates a dedication to product quality, customer service and dynamic partnerships. Established in 1954 and headquartered in Bridgewater, N.J., Brother markets business, home office and industrial products, along with home appliances. For more information, visit www.brother-usa.com.
Brother Mobile Solutions is a division of the multinational Brother Group of companies, and is headquartered in Westminster, CO. We offer a wide range of mobile printing and mobile/desktop labeling solutions to improve performance and efficiency across multiple industries. With custom engineering, cutting-edge technology, and expert support, Brother Mobile Solutions delivers the latest thermal printing technology and trusted, reliable designs to suit virtually any market need, helping equip businesses with superior printing mobility for the modern world. For more information, visit www.BrotherMobileSolutions.com.