Free $300 Professional Hardware Kit. Win $5,000!

ATTENTION:Due to the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Brother Hackathon 2020 will be held online. We will strive to keep our online activities as closely to the physical event as possible. The event will proceed accordingly and will remain as scheduled for May 15-16, 2020.

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, or a Brother RuggedJet printer/labeler, and/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 free of charge. 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.

Our two-day hackathon will be jam-packed with fun online activities and coding workshops! At the first night of the event, each team will be given a brief introduction. There will be no team formation component at this hackathon. Team can work overnight on Friday but it is optional. On Saturday, teams will complete the apps that are functional. 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. These sessions are optional as teams can continue working on their apps. Winners will be announced at 7PM, with award ceremony and a raffle of many great prizes.

To participate in the hackathon, you must visit Brother Hackathon website (click here) and follow the simple steps to enter the competition. Get your early bird free ticket now.

Once you complete your registration, please contact us to arrange delivery/pickup of your free Brother hardware kit, see below. You are also encouraged to attend at any of our pre-hackathon workshops by signing up to our free Brother Hackathon Seattle meetup group (click here).

Don't forget to visit Brother Hackathon official website at Scroll down to the FAQ section and you will find many answers and additional resources, if needed.

View full rules


$26,000 in prizes





Retail, Healthcare, Education


Each captain of the team will receive a professional hardware kit that is valued at $300 to $1,000.


This Contest is open only to legal residents and physically located in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or District of Columbia and who are at least eighteen (18) years old at time of entry (except Alabama and Nebraska residents must be at least nineteen (19) years old at time entry and Mississippi residents must be at least twenty-one (21) years old at time of entry). Persons who are any of the following are not eligible to participate or win the prize offered: (a) employees, officers, or directors of BROTHER, its parent company and affiliate and subsidiary companies, participating advertising and promotion agencies; and (b) immediate family members (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse, regardless of where they reside) and/or those living in the same household (defined as those living in the same household shall mean people who share the same residence at least three (3) months a year, whether legally related or not) as any person in (a) above.


Please follow the 3 easy steps after you register here at DEVPOST:

1. Grab a free ticket from Eventbrite website here

2. Register as Brother Developer Sapphire Member here. Under Company, enter "BROTHER HACKATHON 2020." Be sure to download the SDK. 

3. Pick up your free Hardware Kit from Brother Hackathon Seattle Meetup group here.

You are now ready to build a mobile app (iOS or Android) with the Brother's SDK. Shoot a 3-minute video about your app, upload it to YouTube and provide a link with your final submission. And of course, even though it is an online hackathon, you must be present on MAY 15 and MAY 16, 2020. Complete your submission and present your project to the judges. Good luck to you all!

Claim your captain award now: we will contact you once you have completed your registration. You can message the hackathon manager at to arrange delivery or pickup of your hardware package. 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. For more information, please visit Brother Hackathon official website.


Robert Brady

Robert Brady
Sr. Product Manager QL Products / Brother International

Nick D'Alessio

Nick D'Alessio
Senior Manager, Business Development, Brother Mobile Solutions Inc.

Tom Sickles

Tom Sickles
Manager, Solution Support & QA, Brother International

Berard McLaughlin

Berard McLaughlin
Application Development Manager / Brother International

Judging Criteria

    How much impact (quality and quantity) can this project have? Does it solve a big problem or a little problem? What level of scalability does it have? What Brother integration tools were use?
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or take a fresh approach to an old problem? Is the project new and something that hasn’t been attempted before?
    How well is the app designed and usable? Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work?
    How well did the team communicate their project? Are they effective in telling the story of the project and why it is important?


  • Machine Learning/ AI
  • IoT
  • Productivity