About the Hackathon

WINNERS ANNOUNCED! CLICK HERE. Brother Hackathon Seattle is running 6 online mini hackathons and 1 major hackathon to promote Social Good apps between now and May 16th, 2020. You can start building your app as soon as today! Build a high market impact app that is innovative and original, that utilizes the Brother QL-820NWB printer or other professional Brother mobile printers, supplied free of charge. Win up to $5,000 cash prize and you get to keep these printers upon completion of the hackathon.

Who Should Attend?
The Brother Mobile App Hackathon is designed to encourage developers, designers, business professionals, and students to submit mobile apps that integrate with a Brother QL Label Printer, Brother PocketJet, a Brother RuggedJet printer/labeler, or a Brother scanner. Each team will receive a brand new QL-820NWB printer and supplies. Scanner and additional hardware can also be requested and awarded. We will contact you once you have completed your registration. Remember, each team must have at least one developer (iOS or Android) member. To keep social distancing among team members and for practical purpose, we can only ship the hardware kit directly to the iOS/Android developer or your team. 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 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?

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 ($200 to $1,000).


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.

  • 12.01 AM

    Mini-Hackathon Submission Due

  • 5.00 PM

    Online Check-in

  • 6.00 PM

    Cha-Ching, Cha-Ching

  • 7.00 PM

    Welcome and Introduction

  • 7.30 PM

    Team Introduction

  • 9.00 PM (overnight available)

    Team Collaboration. Overnight Continuous Hacking.

  • 09.00 AM

    Online Check-In

  • 09.30 AM (optional)

    One-on-One Support Virtual Rooms

  • 10.00 AM (optional)

    Submission Support All Hands

  • 2.00 PM

    Video Submission Due

  • 3.00 PM

    Live Viewing Presentation Judging

  • 5:00 PM

    Mini-Hackathon Live Viewing

  • 6:30 PM

    Raffle, Feedback and Survey

  • 7:30 PM

    Winner Announcement, Q&A, Award Ceremony

Judges & Speakers

Bob Brady

Sr. Product Manager, QL Label Printers, Brother International Corp. Judge

Ronak Patel

Technical Marketing Specialist, QL Label Printers, Brother International Corp. Judge

Tom Sickles

Manager, Solution Support & QA, Printers & Scanners, Brother International Corp. Judge

Berard McLaughlin

Manager, Application Development,Printers & Scanners, Brother International Corp. Judge

Greg O’Connell

Vice President of Sales, Brother Mobile Solutions Inc.

Dan Anderson

Celebrity Judge, the Voice behind Dad Logic, a Seattle-based tech blog.

Our Sponsor

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.


We will update this FAQ for all questions submitted to us. Feel free to use the contact information here, or via the meetup messaging. ATTENTION: Please note we have decided on March 27 to bring the Brother Hackathon online. All information that referenced to physical event will be changed to virtual. We are now working 24/7 to support all your needs working from home. Don't hesitate to contact us. For your team collaboration, please observe the social distancing guideline. We encourage the use of Zoom video conference. Thank you.
This is the most frequently asked questions. The QL printers print on a variety of labels and films. It also prints on non-sticky heavy-weight paper, such as tickets, coupons, etc. The RJ and PJ printers print on thermal papers from 2" to full letter or legal sizes. They all require no ink. They are professional grade printers designed to last for a long time and will work under some extreme environments. We want you to explore their endless possibilities.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND TO DOWNLOAD SDK. When filling out information, please enter "BROTHER HACKATHON 2020" under Company Name. Proceed to download the SDK after the registration. For iOS developers, we will provide you with a beta SDK. Due to the fact it is NOT released to the public yet, please email SDKSupport@brother.com or BrotherHackathon@gmail.com and we will send you a link to download. We apologize for this little inconvenience.
Yes, the SDK includes a fully functional sample app for Objective-C, Swift, and Android. It should take you no more than 30 minutes to have your sample code running and have your first image being printed.
Yes of course. Coders who wish to work alone can participate as an individual. We also welcome industry executives who wish to challenge coders and designers with any problems they wish to solve.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REFEREENCE GUIDE. Brother Hackathon Seattle organizers have put together this reference guide for everyone. It contains lots of information on the verticals and the horizontals. Verticals include all U.S. 20 sectors, from Agriculture to Public Administration. It also includes product information, success stories, links to Brother's websites, and example scenarios. Please read it at your own discretion.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AVAILABLE BROTHER'S PRINTERS. If you sign up before April 30th, you are guaranteed to receive a Brother QL-820NWB printer and supplies. You can pick an alternate printer if your app requires it. If your app requires more than one printer, please contact the organizer.
Please email SDKSupport@brother.com. Brother usually responds within a business day. You may also contact the organizer from here, or via the meetup site. We normally respond within 2 business hours.
Yes, of course. Here is a link to a sample Xamarin iOS binding with Brother SDK. CLICK HERE. For more information, contact us.
Yes, of course. Here is a link to an instruction by a developer who had successfully done so. CLICK HERE. There are a lot of information available online to show you how to import third-party native SDKs into React Native. Feel free to contact us for more information.
We have not tested PWA yet. If you can explore the Brother SDK and perhaps you, as an expert of PWA, can determine its feasibility. Just a note, if you are using Windows instead of web-apps, you need to use Brother b-PAC SDK and Chrome extension for JavaScript. We would still recommend you to use iOS or Android as they are proven and they came with plenty of information. Once again, don't hesitate to email SDKSupport@brother.com for any questions.
No purchase is necessary. We will provide a QL-820NWB label printer for each registered team. You may keep the equipment if you attend and complete the hackathon.
The theme is "Mobile App Printing Innovations." Do you know that there are 1000 plus industries in the U.S.? Every one of them can be an opportunity and a niche market. Be creative, be courageous, and please spend a few minutes read the hackathon rules.
The judging criteria are clearly defined inside the hackathon rules. All judges are from Brother International Corp., None Brother's employees or family members are eligible to participate in the competition.
Super easy! Sign up takes less than a minute, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AT DEVPOST. Follow the 3 easy steps.
Yes it sure does. We welcome Android developers to participate in this hackathon. There are lots of information on Brother's website for Android developers. If you wish to help other Android developers, please reach out to us and we will set up a hotline for you.
Come and pick up at any of our events VISIT Brother Hackathon Seattle to sign up. You can also contact the organizer by tapping at CONTACT US above. We will be happy to ship or deliver to you in person. We will also arrange more pickup dates and locations soon.
Yes, you certainly can. There is no catch. Obviously you must attend the hackathon and compete.
You can participate as an individual. You can find your coding and design partners from your network of people. There are lots of iOS and Android meetup groups in Seattle. Optionally, you can attend any of Brother Hackathon Seattle events and meet potential iOS/Android developers and UX/UI designers. After you register at DEVPOST, you may also indicate that you are seeking a teammate.
Hackathon is a lot of fun. More than 90% of hackathon first-time attendees return again and again. Brother Hackathon is many times better because you get free hardware, you can start early, you get lots of support via workshops, you can ask questions anytime, and not to mention you will enjoy the gourmet food that will be served at the event. The judging criteria is clearly defined under the rules and terms and conditions link from this website.
Students are always welcome. We normally have 2 or 3 teams from colleges or coding schools. Keep in mind that you should possess the basic coding skills in either iOS or Android platform. Most of our student teams from the past worked extra hard and they did win some of the top prizes. Many of them are getting internship jobs quickly because of the experience. So, why not?
Brother Hackathon is unique because each team is being treated like a VIP start-up. We support teams from idea inception to the completion of the project. With that said, team formation is done prior to the event. Please read the terms and conditions of our hackathon. You are welcome of course, to join any of our pre-hackathon events, which we have at least 2 per months. You can meet other developers, designers and pitch your idea. Again, at the event, only those who already have a team can participate. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We really appreciate your interest.
Yes, we welcome participants from all U.S. States. Please read the hackathon's terms and conditions. Keep in mind that you must make your travel arrangement and we do not pay for your travel expenses. The official rule requires in-person attendance May 15 and 16.