The C4TK hackathon event concluded with a judging panel deliberating over the 7 participating teams to narrow the standings down to 2 teams. The People's Choice Award went to the Help Me Button. Designed and coded by Brice Osterhaus and Drew Brokke, this app assists the user in taking the first step towards combating sinful desires by notifying a friend or accountability partner during times of weakness with a simple to use, easy to press button. The Technical Merit Award was given to the team of Google cardboard - world vision, who developed an app that intends to submerge the user into the environment of the area to be donated to. The Innovation Award was given to a team of students from Cal Baptist University who created "Sow," an app that would allow users to post needs that one may have, such as a new pair of shoes or a textbook for school. Also, users can decide to donate to those needs or simply offer up prayer. The award for the Best Overall project was for an app called Ruminate, which sends push notifications regarding the scriptures of focus in the users daily devotion time. Their intention is to give constant reminders of what the user learned from scripture and to help them keep those lessons on the front of their minds throughout the day. This weekend's event proved to be a large step of success towards advancing the kingdom of God.
We had 7 very creative groups working on a diverse range of projects. Here's a brief list of the projects that were tackled in response to global challenges given.
1. An app using Google Cardboard to allow users to view locations that their donations are helping
2. A "panic" button that allows people tempted by pornography to send an immediate message to accountability partners.
3. Discipleship software allowing groups to track discipleship growth and networks.
4. An app that takes a passage of scripture and pushes questions to the user in order to encourage meditation.
5. An app that offers users a network to donate items needed by other users, or list them for sale with all proceeds going to a user designated non-profit.
6. A viral Bible that allows users to upload sound/video recordings of scripture in order to reach as many people as possible.
7. Software that creates a network for people in need to be provided for in prayer and substance.
Join us Sunday 10.04.15 at 2:00pm for presentations! Come see what the 7 teams have been dedicating their weekend to. Please join us for a time of worship and award ceremony.
It will be held inside the Wilden Hall at Azusa Pacific University at 901 E Alosta Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.
For those unable to make it, there will be live-streaming on Periscope!
Code for the Kingdom LA would like to give a sincere "Thank You" to all of the mentors that took the time out of their busy schedules to lend their support for this event. These mentors helped make this event possible: Eden Chen (social entrepreneur), Phil Loden (mobile developer), Matthew C. Scholz (Sr. Cybersecurity Engineer), and Charles Hu (social entrepreneur) among others. We look forward to seeing the judges tomorrow so that they can vote on the most promising development that will help spread the word of God! Join us Sunday at 2:00pm for presentations. It will be held inside the Wilden Hall at Azusa Pacific University at 901 E Alosta Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.
On the weekend of October 2-4, 2015, developers have united around the world to participate in a global hackathon unlike any other. Teams work endlessly for 72 hours to find new and innovative ways to reach those who have been unreachable, until now. Computer hackers are participating in places such as Albuquerque, New Mexico and Atlanta, Georgia to Bengaluru, India, London, England, Nairobi, Kenya and many more, to fine a way to advance the kingdom of God through technological means. What makes this event so special is the fact that every participant, from volunteers to hackers, have a desire and passion to make an impact in the world through spreading the Gospel. This world-wide event is a true example of how every individual, no matter where they live, can use their gifts and talents in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. You don't have to be a traveling missionary to do your part in sharing your faith. These incredible people are influencing a permanent impact without leaving their hometowns through writing codes and creating new technology to teach, feed the hungry, aid the suffering and support the church of Christ.
A large event like Code for the Kingdom needs a team of organizers and volunteers to put it all together by setting up, tearing down, and helping developers focus in their projects rather than where they're getting lunch from. I was a part of a group of engineering students from California Baptist University, and didn't expect to learn so much just by observing. While interviewing and photographing participants for blog posts and social media, I got to hear people share their expertise, their passions, and how they're using their skills for God's kingdom. As I serve food and clean up, I can see the talent and effort that people put into solving problems for Christ. Kimberly Jo, and organizer, put it best when she said; "Organizing this event has been a blast because of the talented people that commited to making this a great event." And looking around the room at people hard at work, I can't help but smile and be thankful for everyone who made this possible.
Written by Camille Torrente
Day 2 at Code for the Kingdom Los Angeles, hosted at Azusa Pacific University, has begun as a busy race to complete programming tasks designed to expand the Church globally. Thirty-seven developers have formed into 7 teams to innovate solutions or opportunities in response to the Global and North Indian challenges presented. Coders are of all ages, ranging from high school students to college graduates. This convention is half way through beginning to pick up speed. Tomorrow is approaching quickly, sure to bring new developments in electronic ministry.
Registration at Code for the Kingdom LA has begun and we are ready to begin! Track with us this weekend through the blog as well as on Twitter and Instagram @c4tk_LA15. Be sure to post pictures and ask questions or create conversation using the #c4tkLA. The staff will be at the Registration table and roaming throughout the weekend. Let us know how we can serve you!