How can technology help alleviate and eradicate all forms of injustices, teach about God’s unconditional love, and build a healthier and stronger society?

This May, we want to develop new technologies to transform lives through a holistic Christian approach that combats social injustice, creates a culture of generosity, facilitates spiritual justice and unleashes the fullest capacity of each individual.

Code for the Kingdom is a weekend Hackathon where global issues are tackled with a Christian perspective. Join us at Redwood City, CA as we battle the challenges confronting people all over the world.




    How can technology alleviate the social maladies that oppress so many? How can you help knock off a little corner of darkness?


    Every person has the right to receive God’s Word and discover His unconditional love, because only God’s truth has the ability to transform the heart and the mind. Join forces with other like minded individuals and create technologies that help reduce spiritual poverty in every nation, city, community, family, and individual.

    Build mobile applications to help children learn the Word of God, bury it in their hearts and share it with their friends. Create technologies for prayer, evangelism, mentorship, and other innovative means to spiritual formation.


    The Church and non-profits are always significantly underfunded. The Great Commission could be tremendously impacted and enhanced if financial resources were available.

    What better opportunity than this to cultivate generosity with Generis? Build fresh user experiences that can help organizations redefine the giving experience for their patrons.  Leverage the power of technology to encourage individuals and families to become generous to the causes and churches.


    Every person has something unique to contribute to the community, society, and church. Yet, less than 20% of us are actively engaged in doing what we could do. Most of us do not understand how we can leverage our skills and ideas to improve the lives of others.

    What if we could discover how to use our unique gifts for God’s Kingdom? Build technologies to mobilize and equip every member of your community, church and family. Empower them to release their skills as well as to accelerate great ideas and initiatives that could transform the lives of the child or adult down your street.

Register now to join us in Redwood City, CA as we work to leveraging technology to transforms lives. Plus, you get to rub shoulders with some of the most effective global ministries, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, hi-tech accelerators, church leaders and creative individuals from every discipline.


Leadership Network was created in 1984 by the close collaboration between Bob Buford and Peter Drucker in order to foster innovative movements among churches that activate the broader church for greater impact.

Believing that meaningful conversations and connections can change the world, Leadership Network seeks to help leaders of innovation navigate the future by exploring new ideas together to find application to their own unique contexts. Through collaborative meetings and processes these leaders map future possibilities and challenge one another to action that leads to results.

Through our gatherings, publications, books and online experiences we share the learnings and inspiration to others and surface new conversations worthy of exploration. Leadership Network is a Dallas, Texas, based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose global ministry includes programs around the world.


DAY 1 – FRI MAY 30
Friday May 30th, 2014
6:00 PMDoors Open
6:00 PM - 7:15 PMDinner & Networking
7:15 PM - 7:20 PMWelcome,
7:21 PM - 7:29 PMTroy Carl,
Vice President Faith Comes By Hearing
7:30 PM - 7:50 PMPat Gelsinger,
7:51 PM - 8:00 PMPrayer
8:00 PM - 8:20 PMFormat & Sponsor API
8:25 PM - 8:45 PMReview - Official Challenges
8:45 PM - 9:00 PMOpen Floor - pitch your own "Transforming Lives" challenge
9:00 PM - 11:59 PMTeam Formation/Hack Away

This venue will remain open around the clock. Participants are encouraged to utilize the facility and take advantage of the meals and healthy hacker activities day and night, if desired.

DAY 2 – SAT MAY 31
Saturday May 31st, 2014
12:00 AM - 11:59 PMHacking
8:30 AMBreakfast
12:00 PMLunch
6:00 PMDinner and Networking
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMMeet the Mentors

Meet with Mentors is a great opportunity to connect with industry experts who can guide you and your concepts. The organizers will help you connect with mentors of your choice on Friday/Saturday.

This venue will remain open around the clock. Participants are encouraged to utilize the facility and take advantage of the meals and healthy hacker activities day and night, if desired.

Sunday June 1st, 2014
8:30 AMBreakfast
11:00 AM - 11:20 AMSermon/worship
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PMPresentation Walk-thru & Judges Make Rounds
2:30 PMTeam Presentations Begin (5 min max presentation, 3 min max Q&A)
4:30 PM Judges adjourn
4:50 PMCall-back
5:00 PMAwards Ceremony
5:30 PMClosing


The challenges will be announce on May 16th. Please come back then to learn more about our challenges.

In case you are already interested or working on a project, don’t change course. But please keep in mind that your project must be aligned with the Transforming Lives Theme of the Hackathon. Please come prepared to pitch your project at the Hackathon so that you can recruit teams to work on them.



The rules are in place to give every participant the same opportunity for success. In order to be eligible for the prizes, participants must follow the rules. However, if you want to participate and not follow the rules below, you will be permitted to do so, although you will not be eligible for the prizes.

Importantly, you can start coding ahead of the hackathon or at the hackathon. So what are you waiting for? Register now and get started!


You can start coding ahead of the hackathon or at the hackathon.

  1. USE WHAT YOU KNOW Participants are free to use any tools that they know, in order to help them code.
  2. CODING RULES  There will be identical but separate cash awards for teams that started coding before the hackathon as well as teams that started coding at the hackathon. However, some or all of the coding must take place at the hackathon, in order to be eligible for the prizes.
  3. TRY TO USE OUR SPONSOR’S API’S Although not mandatory, participants are encouraged to use our platform sponsor’s technologies.
  4. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Participants have full ownership of what they build during the Code for the Kingdom hackathon and are free to do with it as they wish. If you build as a team, the IP is shared by the team. If you build as an individual, the IP is all yours.
  5. FINISH ON TIME Participant must submit their project by the submission time on Sunday afternoon. No late submissions will be accepted.
  6. TAXES Prizes are non- transferable by the winner. Prize winners will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting a prize.


Meet with Mentors is a great opportunity to connect with industry experts who can guide you and your concepts. Schedule your sessions with mentors of your choice on Friday/Saturday and get connected.

Pat Gelsinger

Keynote Speaker

Patrick P. Gelsinger has been the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of VMware since September 1, 2012. Prior to joining VMware, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer, EMC Information Infrastructure Products at EMC from September 2009 to August 2012. Mr. Gelsinger joined EMC from Intel Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of advanced integrated digital technology platforms, where he was Senior Vice President and Co-General Manager of Intel Corporation's Digital Enterprise Group from 2005 to September 2009 and served as Intel's Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer from 2002 to 2005. Prior to this, Mr. Gelsinger led Intel's Desktop Products Group.

Troy Carl

Vice President
Faith Comes By Hearing

Revolutionary initiatives and programs led by Troy Carl include the development of the 40-day MP3 Bible program called You've Got The Time, the BibleStick, the Military BibleStick, the Audio Bible Ambassador software system, and the Digital Bible Platform, which features API Scripture distribution in nearly 800 languages via radio broadcast, digital download, SMS, streaming, and its premier mobile app network Bible.is. This platform has reached over 100 million unique users in 246 countries in under 36 months. Troy brings a strategic understanding of how to employ Internet and mobile technology in the service of God’s kingdom. He manages diverse teams of professionals across multiple disciplines including, fundraising and development, marketing and communications as well as digital technologists. Troy has sought out and developed Bible engagement campaigns that use state-of-the-art tools to bring people closer to God. One of these Bible listening initiatives is You’ve Got The Time, which is designed to combat biblical illiteracy and raise awareness of the need for Audio Scripture outreach to the world’s poor and illiterate people. Since 2006, nearly seven million men, women, and children in over 16,000 churches from 140 denominations have participated. Troy was also the president and CEO at eStarNetwork, a telecommunications Internet company. He also served on the board of directors of Cognigen Networks Inc. (OTC:BB CGNW), a publicly traded Internet company with gross sales of more than $50 million a year. Prior to that, he was the senior vice president/director of sales for WorldConnect Communications Inc.

Josh Kwan

Co-founder & Board Chair

Josh Kwan is the Board Chair for Praxis and the Director of International Giving for the David Weekley Family Foundation, where he helps provide growth capital to a portfolio of young nonprofits tackling global poverty. In addition to financing, he provides strategic planning, financial assessment, and often serves on the Board of Directors. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Government, and also has an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Kevin Koym

Founding Partner
Tech Ranch Austin


Brian Howe

Executive Director & Co-Founder
Impact Hub Seattle

Brian supports entrepreneurs in structuring, launching, and scaling ideas. He is our CEO, as well as the town crier who started yelling about Impact Hub Seattle a few years ago, and has loved watching the village help raise it. Currently, he wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about how this space, community, and resources can best inspire entrepreneurs to build ventures worthy of their full humanity.Prior to launching Impact Hub, he founded Vox Legal PLLC, a law firm that specialized in setting up structures for social ventures, start-ups, and nonprofits. He loves to teach and gets to do so at a few graduate universities, talking about business, social justice, and possibility. He currently serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the UW Center for Commercialization, an advisor to Fledge.co and SiFP.net, a board member with Arts Aftercare and Realize Impact, of counsel with Apex Law Group, and as a partner with VenturScale. He's never happier than when cooking with his wife, hanging out on a rooftop with friends, or playing with his nephews.

LouAnn Hunt

Digital Bible Manager
Digital Bible Manager

LouAnn Hunt is the Digital Bible Manager at Faith Comes By Hearing. She leads an awesome team who created the second-most downloaded Bible app, Bible.is, offering Bibles in over 800 languages. LouAnn also oversees the Digital Bible Platform, the world's largest digital library of Bible text, audio, and video content, which is available via API. Digital initiatives she manages include localization strategies, Deaf Bible app, KIDZ Bible app, Smart TV apps, radio, and satellite.She loves all things digital and is passionate about getting God's Word to everyone, everywhere in their heart language through every digital means available now and in the future. She is always looking for innovative solutions and out-of-the-box thinking to get the Bible into the hands of every human on earth. Her team's vision is for no one to have to search for the Bible in their language, "the Bible should just BE..."

Neil Ahlsten

Co-Founder, CEO
Carpenters Code

ContentNeil has a passion for innovation that serves the Gospel. Neil is Co-Founder/CEO of Carpenters Code, which has built Abide, an iPhone app for praying together. Neil is on leave from Google, where he spent six years managing business development for vertical ads, launching access and mobile projects in Africa, and a variety of other roles. Before Google, Neil was the Darfur / Chad refugee program manager for the U.S. Department of State, and served in hotspots across Africa for Food for the Hungry and the World Bank.

Scott Hagan

Senior Pastor
Real Life Church Sacramento, Church Multiplication Network

Scott Hagan is a visionary leader with a passion for the outcast. From neighborhoods to nations he loves to inspire unity and minister to the needs of leaders. He is an articulate speaker, published author and an experienced leader and pastor. Scott’s personal creed is being a wonderful husband to his wife Karen and a loving father to their 4 children.

In 10 years of pastoring the church he and wife pioneered in Elk Grove, California, they saw it grow from 9 individuals to 1,700 in Sunday attendance. Harvest Church was able to “mother” 7 other churches during that 10 year window. In 2001, Scott and Karen became the leaders of a great historic church in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they served for 5 years.

In the early part of 2005, Scott and his wife Karen together felt the desire to once again return to church planting. They are currently serving as the directors of church planting for the Northern California Nevada District of the Assemblies of God as well as senior pastors of Real Life Church in Sacramento.

Scott serves on the executive Lead Team for the Church Multiplication Network as well as the national board advisors for MinistryCoach.tv

Scott is also a regular contributor to Charisma Magazine, Ministries Today and The Enrichment JournalContent

Jim Sheppard

CEO & Principal

Jim Sheppard is CEO and principal of Generis. He is an avid student of generosity and is passionate about spreading it throughout the church. For over 19 years, he has devoted his life to helping church people become more generous.

Jim is a frequent writer on generosity and ministry funding. His articles have been featured in NACBA Ledger, Your Church, Church Business, Church Solutions, Worship Facilities and BuildingForMinistry.com. He is co-author of the upcoming book, “Contagious Generosity.” He is also an inspirational speaker and he has spoken at national church related conferences including WFX (Worship Facilities), National Association of Church Business Administrators, Christian Leadership Alliance and Leadership Network. Jim is active in sharing his thoughts about generosity through Twitter (Jim_Sheppard) and his blog, www.jimsheppard.net.

Jim and his wife Nancy have two daughters, Anna and Emily, and live in Atlanta. He is actively involved in his church where he serves as an officer and provides leadership to the Generosity Ministry Team.

Jason Illian


Jason is the founder and CEO of RethinkBooks.com, a dynamic social e-book company which focuses on engaging and interactive content allowing people to read together. With more than 10 years of technology and executive experience, Jason Illian is a visionary in the mobile and social new media space. Having raised over $30 million for new business ventures, Jason has a passion for taking great ideas and making them businesses. His strategic thinking has helped corporations, organizations, non-profits, churches, and leaders be more innovative.

Jason is also the former CEO of Big Jump Media (godtube.com and tangle.com), a Christian video network that had over 4 million monthly users.

Blake Burris


Blake is one of the leading minds in hackathons and the creation of grassroots technology communities. He was one of the first podcasters, promoters of the unconference movement, FacebookDevGarages and a founding member of iPhoneDevCamp. He has worked with the White House, US Embassies and Consulates in Rome, Milan, Tel Aviv, Ulan Bator and Istanbul and started the first coworking space in Dallas. He has served as advisor to C4K since its inception.

Brent Dusing

Lightside Games

Brent Dusing is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Lightside. Brent founded Lightside out of his passion for quality, authentic Christian entertainment.

Prior to Lightside, Brent was the Founder and CEO of Cellfire, the nation’s leading mobile coupon company. Prior to Cellfire, Brent was a venture capitalist. Prior to that, Brent spent a year working with homeless people and refugees in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Brent has a bachelors cum laude in Economics from Harvard University.

Alain Ayoub

Engineering Manager

Alain is a software engineering manager at Google responsible for bringing fast Internet access to everyone in the world. Most recently, he helped launch Google+ and built software to connect Google's data centers. Prior to Google, Alain held engineering positions at Symantec, Pillar Data Systems, and Maxtor. He has a passion for advising innovative Jesus-centered tech start-ups and brings over a decade of experience in the tech industry.



OVER $10,000 IN CASH

cash-prizeA panel of judges will award over $10,000 in cash prizes.

  1. $2,500 to Best Overall started at the hackathon
  2. $2,500 to Best Overall started before the hackathon
  3. $1,500 to Runner-up started at the hackathon
  4. $1,500 to Runner-up started before the hackathon
  5. $1,000 to People’s choice (voted by all participants across all submitted projects)
  6. Plus, other cash prizes for best use of sponsors’ platforms and judges’ special awards.

After the hackathon, your solutions will be featured in a Leadership Network Advance edition reaching over 50,000 church leaders worldwide. The registration fee will be refunded to all participants who are members of teams that present their solutions on Sunday June 1st.



  • Faith Comes by Hearing


At Code For The Kingdom, we value your precious time and don’t want you to reinvent the wheel. That’s why our sponsors have come forward to offer their API, in order to enable you to build better and faster. That said, please note that there is no compulsion that these API must be used or any other restrictions on technologies that you may use at the Hackathon.

We believe that these platforms may assist you as you create effective solutions to today’s problems. We have also instituted cash prizes of $500 for the best usage of each of the two APIs our sponsors have provided. So leverage these API and the best resources around so that together, we can create technology that matters.


  • API

  • Digital Bible Platform
  • Digital Bible Platform

    Access digital Bible content in hundreds of languages. Free.

    Easy access to Bible text, audio, and videos with simple API calls to the Digital Bible Platform.

    Become one of the few developers to provide Deaf Bible videos in your app.

    Help Faith Comes By Hearing enhance the Digital Bible Platform for the developer community. Provide your feedback and in turn support enhancements for your apps.

    During the event, this username and key will be active so developers can immediately use the API. If you want to continue using the API after the event you can sign up for your own key.

    Username: sea.c4tk@digitalbibleplatform.com

    Password: Seattle2014

    Login URL: https://www.digitalbibleplatform.com/site/wp-login.php

    DBT Key: fd82d19821647fa4829c7ca160b82e6f

  • abs-logo
  • The American Bible Society REST API

    Access to hundreds of versions and languages.

    Get access to hundreds of Bible versions available across multiple languages. We are constantly adding new versions to BibleSearch and try to offer the most popular versions through our API. View all API versions.

    Search the Bible.

    Search the Bible for any reference or keyword directly from your site. The API makes it easy for you to integrate search functionality so that your users can find the verse that they are looking for quickly.

    Access to entire Bible.

    Provide your users with full access to the Bible. Not only do they have the ability to search the Bible, but you can provide direct access to books, chapters, and verses in a way that fits your application.

    Multiple versions in a unified format.

    Access multiple versions all with single unified format. We’ve done the hard work of converting varied and proprietary text formats so that you can focus on building your app and not on text conversion.

    Create your own app.

    We provide the Bible text so that you can dream up the the next app that truly helps individuals engage with the Bible.

    Get Started!


What’s a hackathon?

Hackathon is an event where people get together and develop awesome technologies in a short time span. Think of it as a creative marathon where at the end you have some product to show for.

Who is organizing the 2014 Code for the Kingdom Bay Area Hackathon?

The Code for the Kingdom Bay Area Hackathon is being organized by Leadership Network with the collaboration of Carpenters, and CrazyLove.org .

What is this hackathon trying to accomplish?

This Hackathon is a non-profit event to encourage the activation and on-going collaboration of a larger ecosystem of all sort of creative individuals ( including programmers, designers, creatives, entrepreneurs, and leaders of churches, non-profits, and the marketplace) who are passionate about creating technologies to tackle from a Christian perspective the challenges confronting our society, our communities, our churches, and our spiritual lives.

Is there a main theme to the Code for the Kingdom Bay Area Hackathon?

Yes: Transforming  Lives. How can technology help alleviate and eradicate all forms of injustice while teaching about God’s unconditional love?

I'm from outside the Bay Area. Can I still participate?

Yes. Join us.

I'm not Christian. Can I still participate?

Yes, absolutely.

What if I don’t know how to program?

Everyone has something to offer to help transform lives. If you come full of ideas there will be technologists eager to be in a team with you.

Do I have to bring my own laptop?

Yes; we do not provide computers. Please bring anything you’ll need to code.

Is food provided?

Yes – We will provide dinner on Friday May 30th, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday Mat 31st, and breakfast, and lunch on Sunday the June 1st.

I can’t stay whole 24 hours, can I still participate?

Yes. We realize that 47 hours is a long time, and that some people might have other commitments, or might prefer to work remotely, or need to go home/hotel to rest and shower. Yet, you need to be present for the initial few hours during the startup demos, and at some point you need be at the venue and do some work onsite. You will also need to be present for the final few hours for the presentations and judging.

Can I sleep at the venue?

Yes the venue will be open for the duration of the event, please bring a sleeping bag, a pillow, or whatever you might need, and find a place at the venue to take a good nap.

Are there showers at the venue?


Will I meet my team members before the event?

Possibly. You can use the Code for the Kingdom Google + Community at anytime to meet other participants, propose ideas, and recruit or be recruited into a team. But you can also bring your own team, or come alone and become part of a team at the hackathon.

Can I present a technology I already have?

You can build on top of something you have, but whatever you present must have new code developed for at least one of the challenges of the hackathon and you must do some of that coding at the hackathon venue during the hackathon hours.

Won’t other teams who are building on top of technologies they already developed, not have an unfair advantage over me who plans to start coding during the actual hackathon hours?

We don’t think so. There will be separate prizes, but of similar amount, for teams that present solutions built on their existing technologies, and for teams that start fresh at the hackathon. We want to honor all of you, regardless of whether you have been working for a while on something you are passionate about, or whether you decide on something brand new.

Do I have to work non-stop?

No. The work space will be available non-stop ( the entire hackathon 47 ) but it is up to you and your team to decide on your work schedule.

Who owns the IP of what make?

This is ultimately a question for your team. But neither the organizers nor Code for the Kingdom claims any ownership of any technologies you develop.

Will I be able to test my presentation before the final presentation?


What's the format of the final presentation?

Each team will have 5 minutes for their demo and 3 minutes to answer questions from the judges.

Who will be in attendance at the final presentations?

The final screening is public, although space is limited. Expect a mixture of participants, hi-tech executives, venture capitalists and angels, ministry and non-profit leaders, press, and observers.

Will there be awards given?

Yes. We will give over $10K in cash awards.

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Who is on the Jury?

The jury’s composition will be announced closer to the date of the hackathon.






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Make a difference by writing much-needed code or designing beautiful interfaces. Find a community of peers who want to have fun while serving the Lord.