Thanks to all participants, mentors, sponsors, and organizers for making the Transforming Lives Hackathon a success.
Special thanks Ryan Derfler, Shamichael Hallman, Kurian Babykutty, Blake Burris and Chris George for an amazing event logistics job.
Here are the challenges to get you started. Please remember that more challenges may be presented on the first day of the Hackathon. If you would like to discuss with potential team members, or even with the champions of these challenges, please join and leverage our Google Plus community.
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.
Human Trafficking Prevention – Not in Our Town
How can technology disrupt sex trafficking activities in our own towns?
The war against human trafficking is won one battle at a time. Large sports events, such as the Super Bowl, bring increased human trafficking activity. The Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition (BAATC) is leading the “Not in Our Town” initiative to fight human trafficking by preparing the community for the 2016 Super Bowl to be held in Santa Clara, CA.
You can help BAATC create and launch the “Not in Our Town” app, which will offer users an interactive, personalized “game plan” for their city with actionable steps to fight trafficking in their neighborhood. “Not in Our Town” will be unique in prompting users to demand action of community leaders and businesspersons most likely to encounter human trafficking victims. The app will accomplish this impact by encouraging users to ping their local officials with requests for essential training of law enforcement, hotel, hospital, and transportation personnel. “Not in Our Town” personalization to particular hometowns is posed to virally enhance citizen voices and their collective ability to safeguard their communities from this crime. Join with BAATC to knock off a corner of darkness.
The New Good Samaritan
Can you create technology that would foster a new Good Samaritan personal ethos, in which each and every one of us would have the tools to see, hear, report, and help met the spiritual and physical needs of others?
There are initiatives and technologies empowering churches and non-profits to help meet the needs of people in their communities. But what if instead of thousands of churches and non-profits taking the lead, it was millions of individuals all over the world doing so as part of their lifestyle? Imagine how many more people would be served and lifted.
How many times have some many of us walked by the Tenderloin district not really seeing the ones in need. Whether you are volunteer or not, you could record the need, pinpoint the location, report it to local charities like San Francisco City Impact, and collaborate with SFCI to activate your friends, and any individual and any organization that can help meet the need of that individual. Whether it is a prayer request, a pair of glasses, warm clothes, housing, or any other need, the ability to set change in motion would switch to each one of us.
How can technology help alleviate and/or combat the effects of fatherlessness in a child’s life, in turn strengthening families, reducing poverty and crime?
Fatherlessness is epidemic, affecting one out of every 4 children in the United States. According to the US Census and other data, fatherless children represent: 75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers, 85% of youths in prisons, 63% of youth suicides, 90% of all homeless and runaway children, 85% of all children who show behavior disorders, 71% of all high school dropouts. Fatherless children are four times more likely to be poor, and at least twice as like to be involved in criminal activity.
What if technology could foster ways by which every fatherless family could receive love, opportunities, mentorship, support, kindness, healthy relationships, and genuine acceptance from others?
The Bible in China
What new technology can help make the Bible in Chinese be available, known, and heard on the top Chinese social networks, particularly on Qzone, Sina Weibo, and WeChat?
For over 80 years the Bible has been suppressed in China. But now it is being made available broadly and freely across technology platforms. Yet, the Chinese people are largely unaware of The Bible’s availability.
How can we let the entire Chinese nation become aware that they have access to the Bible? How can we allow Chinese Christians to share scripture with others? How can we use technology to accelerate the presentation of The Gospel in China?
Small Group Facilitation
How can technology help Small Groups prosper and grow by providing facilitation mechanisms?
Small Groups help us nurture our faith, and build stronger relationships. In small groups, every participant should be seen and heard, we can ask questions, participate discussions, and share insights. Yet, as small groups grow the need for structure during the meeting also grows, so all can be heard and the meeting kept on track.
What if there was a Small Group Facilitation app that would help the Small Groups Leaders and Participants, as well as Church leadership, plan, execute and stay on track with the purpose and design for the particular group?
Digital Volunteer Record
What if there was a way for individuals to carry a digital “volunteer record” that would allow ministry leaders to see their background checks, gifts, skills, endorsements, past ministry and volunteering experience, etc, fast tracking their involvement in ministry?
Because of the transient nature of our culture, churches have many new members walking through their doors each year. Many of these members have experience and expertise in volunteer ministry that is often left idle due to complicated approval processes, poor follow up, and an overall lack of information sharing.
A Digital Volunteer Record could not only shorten the on-boarding time and simplify the process required to engage new members in ministry, but it could also cut down on a lot of duplicate administrative work that is often done in large churches where the same information needs to be collected and shared across multiple ministries. This Electronic Record would not be limited to church activities but it could be used for all type of volunteerism.
Reaching pre-literate and illiterate children
Can you create beautiful visual storytelling technology to help pre-literate or illiterate children engage with the Bible and easily share with friends?
One of OneHope’s most successful ways of spreading the Gospel is through their 17 Stories curriculum. They reach hundreds of thousands of children all over the world each year through this set of 16 trading cards that capture the metanarrative of the Bible. Children receive one card each week they attend, and when all the cards are assembled in the right order, the backs of the cards create one whole image that shows how the children are included and a part of the whole story of the Bible. This program has proved highly successful in attracting children to return to local church programming on a regular basis, and is also effective in outreach to pre-literate audiences.
Do not feel constrained to attempt to duplicate the experience with these physical cards. Rather, use what One Hope has created as a starting point and explore new ways that these cards, images and stories could be used in a mobile digital context to reach children.
How can a mobile game disrupt the mindsets of atheism, postmodernism and secularism among youth today?
Research OneHope conducted in Europe this year showed that a startlingly high percentage of youth were entirely disinterested in God, discussing Him, learning more, or reading material concerning God; it was all completely out of the question for them. In an environment like that, we cannot start with the Bible, or even a contextualized version of the Gospel. Instead, we need a game for a secular audience that is fun, challenging, and subtly brings users to reexamine their own presuppositions about the world, open the door and spark a curiosity that could lead to a willingness to listen to what the Bible has to say.
Even if all you build is a framework, or a concept or an intro video or a single level that can be developed further, that would be a great start in only 48 hours.
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.
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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.
The Code for the Kingdom Bay Area Hackathon is being organized by Leadership Network with the collaboration of Carpenters, The SF Bay Christian Entrepreneurs Meetup Group, and CrazyLove.org.
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.
Yes: Transforming Lives. How can technology help alleviate and eradicate all forms of injustice while teaching about God’s unconditional love?
Yes. Join us.
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.
Yes; we do not provide computers. Please bring anything you’ll need to code.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each team will have 5 minutes for their demo and 3 minutes to answer questions from the judges.
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.
Yes. We will give over $10K in cash awards.
The jury’s composition will be announced closer to the date of the hackathon.
The judges will consider Kingdom impact, viability, innovativeness / originality, and completeness.