For the first time ever, the Brother Hackathon sponsored by Brother International Corporation and subsidiary Brother Mobile Solutions was open to contestants across the United States to crowdsource innovative software applications that stretched the boundaries of the Brother ecosystem of products and solutions for document management. Held virtually over the course of 20 weeks, culminating in the main competition on June 4 & 5, more than 50 participants vied for the grand prize of $5,000 for spurring innovation in software application development for Brother printing, scanning, and labeling solutions.
This year’s winner, Jim & Melinda Wyatt, won for their app, BoxItFindIt, which uses object recognition to identify what you are storing in the box. The custom app prints a label with QR code and item pictures to Brother label printers, supports scanning of documents on Brother scanners, and integrates with Alexa to recall which boxes your items are in.
Contestants were graded by a judging panel of Brother executives, as well as guest judge Marie-Philippe Gill, the voice behind the internationally renowned technology blog Girl Knows Tech. Each hackathon team was tasked with building an application that prints labels, receipts, or full-page outputs (invoices, logs, contracts, etc.) on the Brother QL Label Printer, P-touch label maker, a PocketJet series printer, a Brother RuggedJet series printer/labeler, a TD series printer labeler, or a full-size printer/scanner.
“I was beyond impressed with the level of skill and passion from the Brother Hackathon participants,” said Bob Brady, senior product manager, Brother International Corporation. “Every team put so much thought, creativity, and enthusiasm into each entry, applying their expertise for incredibly innovative results showcasing how Brother products and SDKs can solve for a range of needs.”
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