Here are a few challenges from our sponsors to get you hackers started. Please remember that more challenges will be presented on the first day of the Hackathon. If you would like to discuss with potential team members or even the sponsors of these challenges, please join and leverage the wonderful group on our Google Plus community.
In case you are already interested or working on other challenges, don’t change course. We are more than happy to add new challenges everyday and look forward to the ones that you are passionate about. Please come prepared to pitch your challenges at the Hackathon so that you can sign up teams to work on them.
How can technology be used to capture the attention, hearts and generosity of Gen X and Millennials in order to end global hunger within one generation and thereby transforming the lives of children all around the world?
Feel free to get your brains hacking and cracking. Convoy of Hope will present more information about the challenge at the event.
How can technology be used to close the gap between children and ministry? What kinds of solutions can a new mobile app called Children’s Ministry Mapping offer?
With this challenge, One Hope is looking at a mobile app that feeds into a global map where people check in during sessions of ministering to children with types of ministry being provided to children. This app would achieve the following goals.
How can we create a Task Rabbit for Children’s Ministry?
Children’s ministry tends to be underfunded and often led by someone with a big heart, but that doesn’t mean they can do everything that might be needed. All of us need help with various things and there could be someone in our city that would love to help with their area of expertise, but not know how to find the person who needs the help. The challenge is to link those who need help doing ministry to those willing to help them.
In Latin America, for example, there is a new movement to equip young people with technical skills, but the question remains, how to match them to people who need that expertise? What if there was a task rabbit for those doing ministry and those who want to volunteer. No money is exchanged, but rating systems could still identify satisfactory volunteers and “customers”, so that those accepting the offer of help can have confidence that the one offering it is safe, effective, and dependable—and volunteers don’t offer their time to someone who misuses it.
Volunteer opportunities could be limited in size so that no volunteer is exploited. Young people looking for community involvement/service hours would have an easy way of finding opportunities. People working in professions could offer their services and those doing ministry could find the type of service they need. Some of this work requires physical involvement, but other types could be done remotely (ex. IT help, set design, creating a parent newsletter template, etc.).
How can you bring light into the dark world of commercial sex trafficking? Can you locate the child, who is lost and hopeless in the hands of her owner? Join us in searching for the lost child just as Jesus went after the lost coin or the lost sheep.
Create technologies that would disrupt the business of sex trafficking, bring tools to men, women, and organizations fighting sex trafficking globally, and bring hope and safe passage to the victims.
For example: Build a mobile application that tourists and residents can use to alert suspicious activity in the area, with GPS, photo, time of day, video, audio, and text. Include tips to teach users to successfully identify suspicious activity. Perhaps even alert users of successful rescues in the area.
Build a web front-end that can be used to dispatch agents of sex trafficking fighting organizations to the locations, based on urgency, and accuracy of the information. Track when an agent decides to accept the location, their notes, as well as any subsequent trips to the location. Visualize all interactions using maps, timelines, photo albums to tag people etc.
Build a mobile application for agents to intercept jobs near their location and record their own notes, photos, GPS, video, time of day, audio, and text. Rank urgency of rescue, and certainty of the crime. This must have the ability to go into silent or incognito mode once inside a facility, for the safety of the agents.
How can technology bring the Word of God to this mobile-first generation of children?
Build a mobile application to help children learn the Word of God, bury it in their hearts and share it with their friends in a fun, interactive, and engaging way, using the platforms they’re already using while making the Bible and Christian content more “awesome” and “cool” than Angry Birds, Temple Run, and Candy Crush.
Simpler and quicker to give with automated responses to givers, Crowd funding and synergy with other churches.
Overarching theme for generosity challenges
For the last 63 years or so (roughly since 1953), giving in the US church has been on the decline, to the point that giving as a percentage of income is at about the same level it was in 1928-1930, the time of the Great Depression. During the same period, wealth accumulation, as measured by key stock indices, has increased dramatically. Some call it one of the largest accumulations of wealth ever in such a short time. We have plenty of financial resources but we are not being generous with them.
The result of the decline in giving is that the vision of the US church is significantly underfunded. Consequently, children transformation initiatives by churches and non-profits are immensely undermined. There is significant work that can be done in Jesus’ name if the financial resources were available.
The US church is struggling to come up with effective giving process and mechanisms using technology solutions. The ones that are currently available are clunky, ineffective, expensive or some combination thereof. The challenges we are presenting are directed toward helping the church solve those issues.
Challenge #1: Simpler and quicker to give with automated responses to givers
Key question to frame the challenge: Knowing that generosity brings about spiritual growth and that generosity is a like a muscle (the sooner they start exercising it the stronger the person will become), how do we radically shrink the amount of time it takes someone to become generous to a cause?
Giving and generosity systems in churches are set up mainly to appeal to the Boomer generation and older. As giving motivations changes, younger givers are not only looking at different reasons to give but also different methods to give. Churches are notorious for only promoting cash and checks in their weekly offerings. This will not work as we try to encourage church people (especially the younger generations) to become more generous to the church.
Challenge 1a: One Possible Solution
How do we make it very simple for people to give electronically? How can we develop easy to use giving mechanisms (mobile devices) that would be appealing and easy to use? And, after they give, how can we created automated responses based on their giving activity (amount of gift, frequency of gift, etc.). An additional feature would be automatically generated reports for the senior leadership team showing changes in giving activity – increase in regular giving, significant one-time gift, decrease in giving.
Note: We are not looking to challenge a team to create a giving solution. There are plenty of those (Pushpay, Kindrid, SecureGive, SimpleGive, et. al.). This is about enabling all the devices and giving interfaces to work together in such a way as to promote generosity.
Challenge 1b: Another Possible Solution
Additionally, givers are motived when they know their giving makes a difference. In other words, “How are lives changed when I give?” Stories of impact make a big difference. However, churches are challenged when it come to collecting the stories and telling them to their constituency. What if we could create a “generosity channel” in the church – a place where people would be encouraged to upload their stories. The church would need to have a curator to screen and organize the videos. People could subscribe to the channel. Alternately, the church could push the videos to people as they make contributions to the church.
Simple, economical online tools allow leaders to do what they do best, without worrying about the technical details of raising money. Providing a simple interface to encourage givers to start giving will advance generosity, especially with people who do not typically write checks to the church.
Challenge #2: Crowd funding and synergy with other churches
Key question to frame the challenge: While some churches and Christian organizations struggle to realize their vision, often there are many congregation members within churches who can help with the required resources and capital. How can we create a platform within a Christian environment where congregation members can support their own churches and other organizations including children focused causes? How can we empower single individuals with concepts of Crowd Funding/Crowd Contributing in a Christian environment to serve large churches and organizations at their point of need?
Communities have needs that are not funded. Churches do not typically come together to fund community needs. Many times, those churches would fund community type projects if they had the resources. The idea here is to unite multiple churches in a community and, at the same time, create a crowd funding mechanism to raise the resources. For example, an urban ministry has a legitimate need for $100,000. Churches do not pay attention because they know they do not have $100,000. What if we could unite 4-5 churches at $20,000 – $25,000 each and then use a crowd funding mechanism inside each church to raise the $100,000 total?
(Note: Though we have only mentioned community needs, this mechanism could be used to fund all kinds of needs – church plants and startup ministries, for example. Can we create an application that will grow with the needs of leaders, especially when they transition from ‘startup’ to ‘established’? Users will be able to create instant giving sites, with TANGIBLE items pre-populated that we know new churches need (i.e. trailers, microphones, stage equip, insurance, etc.). Similar to Kickstarter, but context specific to meet known needs church leaders need, the system will automatically generate a giving micro site and give leaders full control over their own giving area.)
Simple, economical online tools allow leaders to do what they do best, without worrying about the technical details of raising money. Processing costs will be distributed across the community so that individual ministries are not bearing brunt of all those costs. Gives leaders a ‘jumpstart’ on casting vision for tangible needs, because the system will pre-populate their giving area with common needs. Integrations with Mail Chimp, Social Media etc. will allow leaders to quickly cast vision and start raising money.
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. And for the curious ones, we have also instituted a cash prize of $500 each for the best usage of the two API on offer. So leverage these API and the best resources around so that together, we can create technology that matters.
Biblia.com and Faithlife.com API
Logos Bible Software, provides APIs for Bible content, user authentication, and community. Logos will award a Platinum base package ($2,149 value) to the team that best leverages Logos APIs during the hackathon. We will also award a $500 prize to the best use of the Logos platform.
The Biblia.com API provides access to information about available Bibles (Find, Image), access to text in those Bibles (Content), and the ability to find content within those Bibles (Search). Additional services support validating Bible references (Parse), comparing Bible references (Compare), and finding Bible references in text and HTML (Scan, Tag).
The Faithlife API provides Community and Accounts functionality. The Accounts API encompasses user and group data, such as a user’s role in a group or what groups a user is a member of, while the Community API encompasses all social interaction between accounts, such as messaging and commenting.
* If you plan to use both APIs, you’ll have to register with each independently.
The Fellowship One REST API
Fellowship One is a web-based church management software system that allows a church of any size, from new church plants to multi-site mega churches, to be more effective in ministry, more efficient in administration, and more engaged with their communities. Fellowship One provides a unique 360-degree, single view of the involvement and needs of the families in your church so that you can personalize their care.
The Fellowship One REST API is a REST-based web application that uses several open protocols and patterns to enable 3rd party integration with Fellowship One and provide consumers with access to secure resources. We will also award a $500 prize to the best use of the Fellowship One API.
Use the participation code CFTK13 at: http://developer.fellowshipone.com/codeforthekingdom
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 Austin Hackathon is being organized by Leadership Network with the collaboration of Gateway Church, Eternally Minded Ventures, OneHope, the Startup America Partnership, and Carpenters.
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, 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 Children’s Lives. How can technology help alleviate and eradicate all forms of injustice in a child’s life while teaching him/her about God’s unconditional love?
Yes. Join us.
Everyone has something to offer to help transform children’s 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 the 25th, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday the 26th, and breakfast, and lunch on Sunday the 27th.
Yes. We realize that 46 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 hours) 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.