Coding for the kingdom - weekend programming gets creative
Some 60 Christian coders, designers and entrepreneurs have completed an intensive weekend of computer programming to help the church and charitable projects ...
Some 60 Christian coders, designers and entrepreneurs have completed an intensive weekend of computer programming to help the church and charitable projects.
The event, held at the Innovation Warehouse in central London, started on Friday evening with short project pitches. Teams were then formed to work on the different ideas, and programming continued overnight until the results were demonstrated on Sunday afternoon.
• Be Seen – helps people struggling with depression/addiction/life get help right when they need it from trusted family or friends.
• PrayerTree – enables local churches to simply receive and distribute prayer requests to their congregation via text message and email.
• Illustrated Podcasting – a teaching and communications resource; to enable people to explore the websites related to a linked podcast.
Prizes were awarded in three categories:
1 Digital Evangelism and Discipleship, sponsored by the Church of England
2 Data Visualisation - how can we use data to assist ministry?
3 People's choice – voted for by the hackathon participants.
The winning teams were:
• Bible Chat – a project built for the Amazon Echo. It takes voice commands such as 'who is Jesus?' to help people explore Christianity (Digital Evangelism and Discipleship).
• MapThis – takes ministry data and presents it geographically, enabling ministries to see where specific areas of need are and make appropriate decisions (Data Visualisation)
• Discipleship Chat – built for securely helping people discover the Bible in a closed country (People's Choice)
The event also included a short service, which included sung worship and a talk on how faith informs our coding by Pete Nicholas, pastor at Inspire London, and co-author of Virtually Human (IVP 2015).
Co-Organiser James Doc said: “It's been a real privilege to see a group of technologists give up their weekend to build projects with the purpose of transforming lives for God's glory.
"We've had participants come to London from all over the UK and beyond. An incredible set of projects have been built, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how each of the teams will continue working on them over the coming months.”