About the Hackathon
Who Should Attend?The Brother Mobile App Hackathon is designed to encourage developers, designers, business professionals, and students to submit mobile apps or prototypes that integrate with a Brother QL Label Printer, or a Brother RuggedJet printer/labeler. Each team will receive a brand new QL-820NWB printer and supplies. A team can have up to 5 people. Individual participants are also welcome. Team can keep the printer as long as the team members participate in the competition. Judged by key influencers within the industry, the Contest seeks to identify talented individuals and teams from across the U.S. The prizes will be awarded to the best entries submitted.
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 Southern California, and enjoy a great event. The best part is that you can start now or start on March 23rd. But why wait? Grab a free ticket and we will match you with coders and designers. Please visit FAQ below for download SDK instruction, sample code tutorials for Objective-C and Swift, and reading the optional reference guide.
How to Register?Sign up takes less than a minute, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
What are the Prizes?There are a total of 5 prizes provided by Brother: 1. Platinum Award ($2000), 2. Gold Award ($1000), 3. Silver Award ($500), 4. Two - Honorable Mention Awards ($200 Amazon Gift Card). The event organizer - SoCal iOS, will also present many special awards, including but not limited to: 1. Best UI Design Award, 2. Best User Experience Award, 3. Best Use of the Technology Award, 4. Best Student Submission Award, 5. Best Video Presentation Award, and 6. Fan Favorite Award.
Our two-day 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. Individual can pitch an app idea and invite attendees to form a new team. Teams will get together to prepare the presentation. On Saturday, teams will complete the apps or prototypes. Each team will shoot a 3-minute video, and upload it to Youtube. There will be several panel discussions, including stations to assist participants with coding, design, and video production. Winners will be announced at 6PM, with award ceremony and a raffle of many great prizes.
Onsite Registration and Sign In
Dinner with Burnt Truck and Jazz Trio from Happiness Band
Welcome and Introduction
Sign In and Light Breakfast
Bob Brady on QL lineup and integration tools
Berard McLaughlin on BSI integration for MFC/Printers
Nick D’Alessio on Product and programs
Ice Cream Time, YouTube Submission Opens
Live Presentation (YouTube and Leader Presentation 3 minutes)
Winner Announcement, Q&A, Award Ceremony
Food Truck Lime Truck, Celebration and Raffle
Judges & Speakers
Product Manager, Brother International Corp. QL line-up and Integration Tools. Judge
Application Development Manager, Brother International Corp. BSI integration for Brother's MFC/Printers. Judge
Director, Application Architecture, Information Technology, Brother International Corp. Judge
Senior Software Engineer, Brother Mobile Solutions Inc. Judge
Senior Business Development Manager, Brother Mobile Solutions Inc. Product and Programs
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.