(Winners Announced)

Platinum Award ($5,000) - Joe Mestrovich

Gold Award ($1,000) - Ken Berkun

Silver Award ($500) - Yonathan Zetune, Anooj Shah, Dylan Theriot

Vertical Education (VC500W) - Sara Wong, Michael Boone

Vertical Healthcare (VC500W) - Akash Yadav, Chickee Fuerman

Vertical Retail (VC500W) - Neelima Potharaj

Mini Hackathon 1 ($200 and more) - Manish Dwibedy

Mini Hackathon 2 ($200 and more) - Lazaro Herrera, Mary Pouleson

Mini Hackathon 3 (RJ2150 and more) - Lathe Abusaid

Mini Hackathon 4 ($200 and more) - Ed Arenberg

Mini Hackathon 5 ($200 and more) - Mackensie Alvarez

Mini Hackathon 6 ($200 and more) - Zafer Ozsoy

Most Helpful Award (VC500W and more) - Lazaro Herrera

Most Promising Award (VC500W, PJ763MFi, iPad, Vizio Tablet) - Srinivas Babu

Captain Award (in presentation sequence) - Sameer, Brian/James Jhong, Mary Crawford, Fredrick Thornton, Evan Li, Sunny Park, Ramesh Emarajan, David Schwarz, Vance Ashworth. 

Plus an amazing 10 social-good apps successfully released in app stores, 12 soon to be released, and 10 on GitHub. Thank you and congratulations to all!!


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!

Mini Hackathon 1 - Build a Gift Card app for small businesses that allows them to sell gift cards to their loyal customers. The revenue generated will support their businesses during these challenging times.

Mini Hackathon 2 - Build a Signage app for essential businesses that prints instant signs for use in their normal course of business and for unexpected circumstances. The signs will also serve to inform their employees and customers of the changing local mandates.

Mini Hackathon 3 - Build a Social Good app to help seniors and persons with disabilities who live in local nursing homes. The app can be a simple bingo or raffle app that keeps the seniors entertained. The app must observe social distancing yet allows family and friends to join.

Major Hackathon - 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.

Winners of the mini hackathons will receive a $200 Amazon gift card and up to $1,000 worth of professional mobile printers. Each contestant will also win various other prizes. Receive a free Brother printer if you wish to proceed to compete at the major hackathon. Submission due: May 15th, 2020 @2PM.

All contestants of the major hackathon will receive a brand new Brother QL-820NWB printer and accessories, valued at $300. The grand prize for the major hackathon is $5,000. Each contestant will also receive $20 food credit to be used during the hackathon online events.


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 brotherhackathon@gmail.com 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.

Hackathon Sponsors


$26,600 in prizes





Retail, Healthcare, Education. Prize is a Brother VC500W.


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

Mini Hackathon (6)

Build a social impact app and win a $200 Amazon gift card and/or up to $1000 Brother hardware to be used in your app. Visit Brother Hackathon Seattle meetup website for more information.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Robert Brady

Robert Brady
Sr. Product Manager QL Label Printers / Brother International Corporation

Ronak Patel

Ronak Patel
Technical Marketing Specialist, QL Label Printers, Brother International Corporation

Tom Sickles

Tom Sickles
Manager, Solution Support & QA, Printers & Scanners, Brother International Corporation

Berard McLaughlin

Berard McLaughlin
Application Development Manager, Printers & Scanners, Brother International Corporation

Greg O’Connell

Greg O’Connell
Vice President of Sales, Brother Mobile Solutions Inc.

Dan Anderson

Dan Anderson
Celebrity Judge, Tech Blogger, Dad Logic

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?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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