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Are you a technologist, entrepreneur or innovator or planning to be one? Have you ever wanted to impact your cities, circles and communities and solve problems that you see around you? If yes, don’t miss out on the second edition of Code for the Kingdom - India that kicks off on the weekend of Fri Oct 2 - Sun Oct 4, 2015.

Code for the Kingdom is a weekend Hackathon series and ongoing ecosystem where global issues are tackled from a Christian perspective. The movement hosts weekend gatherings in different cities where developers, designers, ideators and other collaborate to advance common good and serve God’s Kingdom. So if you’re a passionate technologist who would love to Code for the Kingdom, REGISTER NOW to save your spot for this awesome weekend in India!

REGISTER for HACKATHON


Code for the Kingdom hosted its first-of-a-kind mission based Hackathon in San Francisco in 2013 and another eight such events in the US, UK and India since then. This year, Code for the Kingdom is running a global Hackathon weekend simultaneously in 15 cities around the world on the Oct 2-4 weekend. In India, we return to Bengaluru, the national IT capital and premier hub of software development.

However, this time around, India seems to be on the verge of an entrepreneurship boom. So we want to engage both existing and aspiring entrepreneurs with CROSSPLAN, a business plan summit that will give these rising stars a chance to pitch their ventures in front of a panel of Indian and international Christian angel investors. So if you have an innovative idea or an existing venture, REGISTER NOW for an opportunity to take your business to the next level!


In any case, join the top 100 Christian technologists and 25 Christian entrepreneurs and spend your weekend,
     participating in the Hackathon with your team and Coding for the Kingdom
     watching the top 10 entrepreneurs pitch their concepts on the opening night
     attending breakout sessions by industry experts and mentors
     fellowshipping with Kingdom minded technologists, entrepreneurs & investors

This weekend event will witness collaboration to write code and create technological solutions to help release the oppressed, teach God’s word, heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and support the church and body of Christ. It’s your code, it’s your calling and we hope you will be there with us.

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Schedule

Friday October 2, 2015
12:00 pm - 2:00 pmRegistration Opens with Lunch
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmPrayer & Event kickoff
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmOpening Keynote
3:00 pm - 3:30 pmIntroducing Sponsor Challenges
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmIntroducing Hackathon Teams
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmBreak for High Tea & Coding Kickoff
6:00 pm - 8:00 pmCross Plan Top 10 Finals Live
8:00 pm - 10:00 pmDinner and Coding Continues
Saturday October 3, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pmDoors Open and Coding Continues
12:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch
2:00 pm - 3:30 pmCoding Continues
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmBreakout Sessions 1
4:30 pm - 5:00 pmHigh Tea
5:00 pm - 7:00 pmCoding Continues
7:00 pm - 8:00 pmBreakout Sessions 2
8:00 pm - 10:00 pmDinner and Coding Continues

Sunday October 4, 2015
9:00 am - 11:00 am: Doors Open and Coding Continues
11:00 am – 11:30 amDevotional
11:30 am - 12:00 pmCode Freeze and Presentation Demo
12:00 pm - 2:00 pmLunch
2:00 pm – 3:30 pmFinal Team Presentations
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmFlash Talks
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmAwards Ceremony
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmNetworking and Closing
6:00 pmDoors Closed

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Indigitious


We will be using Indigitous.org as the place for projects, community, and collaboration. Indigitous.org serves the Global Hackathon by providing a global online community site that connects all Code for the Kingdom participants and projects. Indigitous is a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. In addition to adding your project to Indigitous.org, the platform will also enable you to:


     Search for projects you might be interested in
     Learn about projects others are working on
     Join a project
     Recruit others to join your project
     Communicate with your project members
     Submit your project for judging

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Challenges

Here are the global challenges to get you started. Please remember that more challenges may be presented between now and the first day of the Hackathon.

In case you are already interested or working on a project, don’t change course. Make sure you submit your project on Indigitous.org, and check the projects others are submitting there. Keep in mind that your project must be aligned with the spirit of the Code for the Kingdom. Please come prepared to pitch your project at the Hackathon so that you can recruit teams to work on them.

Global Challenges

Gospel centered lives with wearable technology

What if you could create wearable technology to advance the gospel and help people live a Gospel centered life?

Wearable technology is the new frontier for the digital lifestyle. Whether it’s an Apple Watch, FitBit or Misfit, these new devices make us aware of our surroundings in subtle ways that are embedded in our lives more deeply than ever before.

What would it look like to pioneer wearable technology from a Christian perspective?

What could we create?

Could we use wearables to keep women and children safe from predators?

Could we detect people’s moods and notify loved ones to reach out with prayer, God's Word, and care when they are feeling down?

Could we use wearables to better connect us to the sick and lonely in order to serve them?

And of course, how can wearables help us stay connected with our spouses, parents, children, friends, and others for the sake of prayer and sharing the Gospel?

How does the hope of God's kingdom shape our use of wearables, enabling us to better love others?

Hashtags

#wearables

Additional resources

Ideas & Info for inspiration http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/06/19/wearable-tech-health-insurance/ - “...Quantified Self movement: that they’ll help us learn more about ourselves…” http://www.economist.com/news/business/21646225-smartwatches-and-other-wearable-devices-become-mainstream-products-will-take-more http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2015/05/09/the-revolution-will-be-digitized/ http://www.wearabletechworld.com/listaill.aspx

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Protecting marriages and cultivating pure hearts through technology

How can technology promote purity and faithfulness in singleness and marriage?

The recent Ashley Madison hack--a website that connects people in order to have an affair--devastated many families with revelations of hitherto hidden infidelities. And grievously, even the names of leaders from the Christian community appeared in the leak. But we don’t have to look that far to find abuses of technology to promote sinful practice. Online pornography has been an increasingly dangerous threat to purity and faithfulness, making it easier than ever for people to commit adultery in their hearts.

According to some statistics, many boys and girls are viewing porn before they reach their teens. 58% of over 2000 men surveyed believed viewing porn was wrong, but 56% admitted they tried to stop and could not. Porn has been a factor in 56% of divorce cases in the US and one study showed that porn users were 4 times more likely to visit a prostitute. Inevitably, demand for pornography fuels demand for sex trafficking.

Instead of abusing technology to promote impurity, immorality and injustice, how can we leverage it to advance purity, faithfulness and righteousness like never before?

How can technology help people enjoy the exceedingly superior promise of seeing God, which He reserves for the pure in heart?

What tools can we invent to help people experience genuine connection and love instead of dulling the emptiness and pain of life with porn?

What tools can we invent to increase marital intimacy and contentment in singleness?

How can technology help marriages flourish as reflections of the love of Christ for his Church and our joyful devotion to Him?

Hashtags

#purity

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Leadership Network

Global Evangelism in a Dangerous World

How can we ensure everyone on earth can safely access the Bible in their own language, even in the most remote and hostile corners of the world?

As Christians we are called to bring the hope of the Gospel to every person on the planet and as Paul demonstrated in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, we ought to present the Gospel to people in light of their technological needs and preferences.

How can we meet them where they are at with the technologies, media, and format that are relevant to them? How do we serve people in lower-technology settings, using different social platforms, dwelling in different cultures, and living in hostile situations?

How can we ensure the Scriptures are available in every medium from mobile & web apps, to social media and messaging platforms, to basic SMS, etc.? What new technology can you invent to make Scripture Engagement go viral?

How can we help people groups across the countries find the Bible in their heart language, the language their mothers spoke to them in, the language they pray in, across different platforms? Could you a create social awareness campaign for the Bible (leveraging the Digital Bible Platform API) to share the Good News in your country on the relevant social media platforms?

How can technology help ethnic minority Christians living in hostile environments reach their non-Christian neighbors? How can it empower & encourage them to make disciples? How can it help protect minorities from persecution while creating safe places for Muslims to engage with the Gospel?

How can technology help missional communities share the best resources that help them share Jesus with others in their community? Could you create a slack integration that enables people to share and review resources?

Hashtags

#GreatCommission #ScriptureEngagement #DBP #Bible #MinorityChristians #IslamicWorld

Additional resources

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/christianity.spreading.in.iran.via.multimedia/11248.htm http://leadnet.org/technology-and-the-gospel-reaching-every-living-person-on-earth/

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Faith Comes By Hearing

Games with a Kingdom Purpose

Can we invent games that will help future generations seek, desire, delight in, and know God?

A startling European study conducted by OneHope in 2014 showed that most youth were completely disinterested in God: discussing God, learning about God, reading material about God--everything was out of the question.

In such environments, it is nearly impossible for even a contextualized version of the Gospel to take root. Instead, we need to work at the intersections of faith and culture--everything from business to science to movies to music to gaming--to demonstrate the significance of the Gospel for all of life.

Games are notoriously fun, addictive, lucrative, pre-occupying and inviting. Oftentimes, these experiences are designed to leverage human psychology to keep people in an immersive state of “flow”, where they have a continual sense of challenge and accomplishment. This high engagement often translates into profit.

How can we instead leverage the best that game technology and psychology has to offer in order to help people engage with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Could you create a game that immerses people in a virtual world (e.g. Minecraft) that leads them to question their own presuppositions about the real world?

Could you craft a plotline that points characters and players to the only real hope for saving themselves and the world?

Could you design a fun casual game that helps people feed the hungry, engage with Scripture or serve their neighbor?

How do games fit in God’s Kingdom and how can we help players young and old experience a foretaste of that future today?

Hashtags

#games #children

Additional resources

What are people saying http://gamechurch.com/game-measure-games-usefulness/ http://thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/cults-and-daggers-can-you-fit-god-in-the-machine Possible Resources/ideas to inspire https://ccgaming.com/about/ http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/april-web-only/let-gamers-say-amen.html?start=3 http://christgaming.com/

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One Hope

Tell Transformative Stories with Google Cardboard

How can we leverage inexpensive virtual reality technologies like Google Cardboard to create immersive experiences that motivate people to help solve global challenges like the Clean Water crisis?

Most people do not realize that an estimated 663 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Or that about every 90 seconds, a child under 5 dies as a result of diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and unsafe hygiene practices. Let’s change that.

Your challenge is to bring awareness to the global water crisis through an immersive virtual reality experience. Leveraging Google Cardboard create a mobile experience that informs the public of the challenges associated with contaminated water and connect the public with opportunities to be part of the solution.

Check back in the weeks ahead for additional resources pertaining to this challenge.

Learn more about the global water crisis (http://www.worldvision.org/our-impact/clean-water). Learn more about Google Cardboard (https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/).

Hashtags

#GoogleCardboard #VirtualReality #WorldVision #cleanwater

Additional resources

Global Water Crisis

Examples of World Vision’s Response Impact On Safe Drinking Water - http://www.worldvision.org/our-impact/clean-water Press Kit on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene - http://www.worldvision.org/about-us/media-center/water-sanitation-and-hygiene-wash-press-kit Fact Sheet - http://www.worldvision.org/about-us/media-center/water-sanitation-and-hygiene-wash-press-kit

Videos 11 Year Old Tyler Brunst raises $16K for clean water - https://youtu.be/w7oekO4AZ1s World Vision, P&G and the Clinton Foundation - https://youtu.be/4gyUrHzK3do WASH in schools - https://vimeo.com/129741499 Water Empowers Women - https://vimeo.com/125941887 The Zambia Project (Sequel) - https://vimeo.com/123043924

Opportunities to Partner with World Vision

Run/Walk for clean water - http://www.worldvision.org/get-involved/run-for-water Start Your Own Fundraiser - http://mycause.worldvision.org Give a donation - http://donate.worldvision.org/ways-to-give/by-category/clean-water

Background Information

United Nations, Global Issues, Water - http://www.un.org/en/globalissues/water/ Un-Water, United Nations Inter-Agency - http://www.unwater.org/statistics/en/ Troubled Water, How Clean Water Differs for Families Across The World - http://mashable.com/2015/08/23/water-scarcity-family-portraits/#grH1kHTqkkks AidWorks - http://www.worldvision.org/sites/default/files/InterAction2014_AidWorks_WASH.pdf World Water Day 2015 Learning Pack, Cap-Net - http://www.cap-net.org/world-water-day-2015-learning-pack One Water - http://www.onewater.org/

Google Cardboard

Designing for Google Cardboard - http://www.google.com/design/spec-vr/designing-for-google-cardboard/a-new-dimension.html Developer Overview - https://developers.google.com/cardboard/overview

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World Vision

Activating a culture of Generosity

How can we use technology to enable and inspire people to be radically generous?

Jesus Christ said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Yet many times we find it hard to believe. Our view of giving is often limited to money such that we ignore what God truly desires--our hearts and everything that flows from it as described in Isaiah 58:6-12. God wants more than religious actions, he wants our fasting to result in freedom for and radical generosity towards the weak, the poor and the oppressed.

How can technology help people experience the joy of giving above and beyond their money? How can it unleash people to radical acts of generosity that spurs others on as well? How can you make generosity go viral?

With so many generosity apps focused on processing online giving, what new technology can you create to foster a more holistic and lasting generosity? Could you change the paradigm of online giving?

Can your creations inspire children to be generous with thoughts, time and resources? What if you created a simulation game to help children understand the consequences of stinginess in contrast to the blessings of generosity for their family, community and society?

Could you create an app or micro-social network that leverages social effects to motivate you and your friends to compete in showing generosity and kindness towards others?

Hashtags

#generosity

Additional resources

Articles of Interest https://www.gci.org/church/ministry/poverty http://www.summitrdu.com/all-in/generosity-ladder/ http://www.lifeway.com/churchleaders/2015/05/28/plates-clicks-and-generosity-in-the-church/ https://www.smartcrowdz.com/cultivating-generosity-using-technology-church/ http://aspengroup.com/blog/7-patterns-churches-need-to-change-to-increase-millennial-generosity A pastor’s guide to accelerating generosity in churches

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Local Challenges

SEE MORE LOCAL CHALLENGES AND PROJECTS ON INDIGITOUS


Awards

The best projects will be awarded cash prizes in the following three categories:

Category: New Projects (Started at the Hackathon)

  • Best Overall New Project - Rs. 25,000
  • Runner-up - Rs. 15,000

Category: Existing Projects (Started prior to the Hackathon)

  • Best Overall New Project - Rs. 20,000
  • Runner-up - Rs. 10,000

Category: Popular Projects (Started at the Hackathon)

  • People's Choice - Rs. 20,000
  • Best Idea - Rs. 10,000

Also, every participating team will be connected with a specific mentor who will be best suited to guide the project. In addition, the winning teams will also be connected to one specific sponsor organization who will prepare each team for market viability and entry.

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Entry Fees

The Hackathon is a 3 day event that runs from 12pm Fri Oct 2 till 6pm Sun Oct 4 and the ALL ACCESS PASS comprises the following benefits:

  • Full access to participate in the Hackathon and compete for prizes
  • Full access to all 4 excellent breakout sessions by industry experts
  • Watch the CrossPlan (Christian Business Plan Summit) Finals live
  • Enjoy 3 days in the company of mentors, technologists and entrepreneurs
  • Enjoy 5 sumptuous networking meals with your peers at the venue

The ALL ACCESS PASS for this weekend Hackathon is priced at Rs. 2,000.

Please note that we are looking to engage only 100 of India’s top technologists. We’d love to have your gifts and skills speak into digitally serving the Kingdom better. So if you believe your voice needs to be heard in this conversation, please scroll down and click on REGISTER NOW. There’s a seat with your name on it and great food, fun and fellowship waiting for you!

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Mentors

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.

On-site Mentors

Virtual Mentors

Show mentors who can help in:

Aaron Ginn

Aaron Ginn
Head of Growth, StumbleUpon


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 10am US PDT until 12pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Currently the Head of Growth at Stumbleupon, Aaron is an expert on growth and has a passion for public policy issues and philosophy. He applies his personal and professional study of people and metaphysics to marketing, product, and entrepreneurship. His approach to markeitng is product driven, data inspired, and cross-disciplinary (pulling in his experience with philosophy and behavioral economics).He helped grow the Romney Campaign to the millions and StumbledUpon’s users to the tens of millions. He hopes to bring the same success in growth and engagement from the startup and technology community to political arena with LincolnLabs.

Alain Ayoub

Alain Ayoub
Engineering Manager, Google


Mentor hours: Sunday Oct 4, 830am US PDT until 930am and 1pm until 6pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

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.

Ali Llewellyn

Ali Llewellyn
Co-founder, International Space Apps Challenge


Mentor hours: Saturday Oct 3, 10am US PDT until 12pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Ali works on expanding the scale and scope of public-private mass collaborations that improve governance and engage citizens in creating a better world. Her background in education, cross-cultural communication and theology provides the passion and articulation necessary to help companies and communities take their mission to the next level. She was a co-founder of the International Space Apps Challenge and National Day of Civic Hacking, two of the largest mass collaborations in history, and has traveled widely with a vision to ignite church planting movements in the nations.

Andrew Sears

Andrew Sears
Executive Director, TechMission


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 12pm US PDT until 2pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Andrew is the founder and Executive Director of TechMission and the President of City Vision College. He serves as the Director of City Vision’s Master’s program in Technology and Ministry that is a startup accelerator for Christian tech projects. He received his MS in Technology and Policy and MS in Computer Science at MIT where he co-founded the Internet and Telecoms Consortium with one of the fathers of the Internet. He has also done consulting in new product development to companies including St. Paul Venture Capital and Sprint as well as many ministries.

Brent Dusing

Brent Dusing
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Lightside Games


Mentor hours: Saturday Oct 3, 9 am US PDT until 11 am US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Brent Dusing is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Lightside Games. The company is the outgrowth of his passion for quality, biblically authentic entertainment. Before founding Lightside, Brent was the co-founder and CEO of Cellfire, the nation’s leading mobile coupon company used today at grocers like Safeway and Kroger. He started Cellfire with Preston Tollinger at the age of 26. Prior to Cellfire, Brent was a venture capitalist and also spent a year working with refugees and the homeless in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been featured on CNN.com, FoxNews.com, ABC News, and Fox Nightly News, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and other places. Brent has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University.

Brian Abbott

Brian Abbott
Director of Digital Development, Group Publishing


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 12:30pm US PDT until 2:30pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME
Chris Chan

Chris Chan
Hacker, Yahoo


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 10pm US PDT until 12am (midnight) US PDT and Saturday, Oct 3, 3pm US PDT until 6pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Chris is a leader in product innovation at Yahoo. He dominates Hackathons at Yahoo and has won the most number of Hackathons in the company’s history. He has a particular passion for mentoring new hackers at Hackathons. In his day job, he works as an engineering lead at Yahoo Search, where he is currently bringing his inventions to market. Chris also sits on the Yahoo For Good Council where he works on hacks focused on bringing positive social impact. He has 15+ years of experience in programming, and holds a Master’s Degree in computer science from the University of Victoria in Canada.

Dusty Gulleson

Dusty Gulleson
Founder, ORA, eResources


Mentor hours: Sunday Oct 4, 8am US PDT until 5pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Dusty Gulleson is Chief Executive Officer and has built eResources from a one-man web consulting firm into a thriving competitor in the Content Management, Online Application Management, and custom applications market. In addition to managing the growth and strategic vision of eResources, Gulleson serves as the Chief Software Designer. He is responsible for the design and development of the company’s flagship product eResources Content Management System and various SaaS-delivered custom applications, such as the paperless Online Application Manager.In 2012 he formed ORA, a mobile and community building app to introduce a new way to pray. ORA leverages existing social networks and mobile devices to connect individuals in the most meaningful relationship they can have with others and with God. ORA technology creates a personal mobile experience for the individual to invite, connect, share, respond and interact with one another in intercessory prayer. ORA collects, organizes, tracks, reminds, connects and securely shares prayer requests and answers with anyone you choose. ORA does this at a personal and intimate level with your friends and family through the mobile platform or 'app' on their smartphone. And ORA does this at the organization level through software that your organizations can use with your existing infrastructure (i.e. - church management software, emailing system, website cms, etc.)

Eric Swanson

Eric Swanson
Missional Specialist, Tango and Leadership Network


Mentor hours: Saturday, Oct 3 8am US PDT until 10am DPDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Eric has a passion for engaging churches worldwide in the needs and dreams of their communities toward the end of spiritual and societal transformation. He served with Cru for twenty-five years before joining the staff of Leadership Network where he currently works as a missional leadership specialist, serving as Leadership Community Director for Externally Focused Churches, Missional Renaissance and Global Connection Churches working with scores of missional churches around North America. He also works with leaders around the world who are focused on kingdom transformation and serves as adjunct faculty at Denver Seminary. He holds a D.Min. degree in “Transformational Leadership in the Global City” from Bakke Graduate University and is co-author of The Externally Focused Church, The Externally Focused Life, The Externally Focused Quest, and To Transform a City. Eric also has a passion for and a level of expertise in principles of human behavior as it relates to lean startups and digital technology. www.ericjswanson.com

Jason Illian

Jason Illian
Founder/CEO, BookShout


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 7:30pm US PDT until Saturday, Oct 3 11pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

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.

Jim Straatman

Jim Straatman
Vice President of New Products, Faithlife


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 9 pm US PDT until 11pm US PDT and Saturday Oct 3, 9pm US PDT until 11pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME
John Tornow

John Tornow
President and COO, Oven Bits


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 1pm US PDT until 3pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

John Tornow is the President and COO of Oven Bits, a 70-person software product studio based in Texas, where he leads business operations and product development. In addition to operations, John drives technical architecture and system design for Oven Bits’ major projects. Prior to Oven Bits, John ran technical operations for The Richards Group and oversaw large teams of front-end, back-end and multi-media engineers. Some of his past clients include the Department of Navy, Chick-fil-A, Home Depot and The Salvation Army.

Julie Barrios

Julie Barrios
Director of Spiritual Formation, Reality SF


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 11am US PDT until 1pm US DT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Julie Barrios serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation at Reality SF. She studied Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at Talbot School of Theology and is passionate about the interconnection of spiritual theology and every other craft of culture. It's in these intersections that we discover a robust, embodied awareness of what it means to be human. This was greatly influenced by her time at the Loyola Institute, where she specialized in Ignatian (Jesuit) spirituality and it's invitation to "find Christ in all things." With playful joy, Julie has made odd friendships with unlikely disciplines, developmental spirituality and fashion, technology, economics, and art, to name a few. She is a voracious learner and loves to discover Christ in new and unlikely ways.


Justin Miller

Justin Miller
Director of Technology, Global Media Outreach


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 9:30pm US PDT until Saturday Oct 3, 1am US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Justin Miller is the Director of Technology at Global Media Outreach, an internet ministry whose vision is to share, disciple, and connect people with the gospel. As Director of Technology, Justin oversees a highly skilled team of developers who are responsible for 200 websites in 26 languages and have scaled them to reach over 1.3 billion people with the gospel. Justin believes anything is possible with enough time and hardware and loves solving practical problems with technology. Prior to GMO, Justin worked on technology teams at Cru and UCF, and graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2007 with degrees in math and computer science, and a focus on cryptography, computer forensics, and network security

Ken Churchill

Ken Churchill
Senior Vice President. Morgan Stanley


Mentor hours: Saturday Oct 3, 7am US PDT until 9am US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Ken Churchill is Portfolio Manager Director, Senior Vice President, and Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley. In the 1980s, Ken was the Administrator of World Vision in the central region of Sudan, and worked in Nairobi, Kenya, in public health. He worked twice in Thailand. During the first of these assignments he lived and worked in the Banvinai Refugee Camp near the Mekong River. Later he returned to run World Relief Thailand and the Christian Medical Team, both in Bangkok.

Kenneth Finsaas

Kenneth Finsaas
Strategic Development, Thrivent Financial


Mentor hours: Saturday Oct 3, 6am US PDT until 10am US PDT and Saturday, Oct 3, 11am US PDT until 6pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Ken has worked within the technology space for a couple of decades. Along the way, he has held executive positions both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, creating innovative and disruptive solutions for organizations of all sizes and shapes. Recently he was the Executive Director of the Table Project, a social media tool that helps churches create a more connected environment. Currently he is the Director of Strategic Development for Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit Fortunate 300 organization dedicated to helping Christians be wise with money and live generously. He has three grown children and lived with his wife, Anne-Marie, in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Kent Shaffer

Kent Shaffer
Founder, Open Church


Mentor hours: Saturday Oct 3, 10am US PDT until 5pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME Kent Shaffer lives in an RV with his wife and 2 kids. It's part of his work with Open Church - an initiative to help disciples of Jesus collaborate, learn from each other, and share resources. At the core of this collaborative ecosystem is a free, global library of digital content and tools. He also co-founded a design and marketing firm, launched and sold a few tech startups, and gave strategic counsel to groups such as LifeChurch.tv, Saddleback Church, charity: water, Leadership Network, and OneHope. He writes at ChurchRelevance.com about the intersection of theology and methodology - what we do vs what Christ said. His ministry roots began as a missionary’s kid in Peru and evolved into 10+ years of youth and children’s ministry at Church on the Move, LifeChurch.tv, and Frontline Church.
Kevin Kim

Kevin Kim
Crazy Love Ministries


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 10am US PDT until 2pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Kevin Kim is the executive director of Crazy Love Ministries and is working on a house church movement in San Francisco with Francis Chan. He received his B.A in Biology from the University of Virginia and his M.Div from Biblical Theological Seminary. He is passionate about the intersection of worship and justice, innovation and the church. In his free time he enjoys basketball, snowboarding and spending time with his wife and three children.

Laura Slezinger

Laura Slezinger
Intellectual Attorney and Partner, Venture Gained Legal


Mentor hours: Saturday Oct 3, 8am US PDT until 3pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Laura is a startup attorney from Silicon Valley. She counsels entrepreneurs and early stage companies on intellectual property, advertising and internet law issues. She has a passion for the intersection of law, technology, and the creative, entrepreneurial spirit. Laura has a heart for women and the unique challenges they face today. She was Managing Director of Girls in Tech, San Francisco from 2009-2014, where it was her pleasure to promote women’s innovative and entrepreneurial achievements in technology. Some of her speaking engagements include: “Intellectual Property for Startups” at Stanford University Technology Ventures Program; “Women Entrepreneurs: Founders + Successful Brands” at Social Edge Summit; “Top Legal Mistakes Startups Make” at MobileMonday Silicon Valley; Keynote at Pitch Mixer Entrepreneur Forum; Guest Attorney on “This Week in Law” episode #142; and TedxConstitutionDrive. Laura earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley; her J.D. from the University of San Diego, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Motions. She earned an LL.M. in Intellectual Property & Technology Law from the University of San Francisco, School of Law where she worked on the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin and participated in the IP & Internet Justice Clinic, advocating for students being sued by the RIAA.

LouAnn Hunt

LouAnn Hunt
Digital Bible Manager, Faith Comes By Hearing


Mentor hours: Saturday Oct 3, 9am US PDT until 11am US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

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..."

Mark S

Mark S
Founder, Generous, Product Development Director, Horizons International


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 6am US PDT until 10am US PDT, Friday Oct 2 7pm PDT until 9pm PDT, Saturday Oct 3 6am PDT until 9am PDT, 6pm PDT until 8pm PDT, Sunday Oct 4, 7am PDT until 8am PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Mark is an entrepreneur, product manager and Director of Product Development for Horizons International, a Christian non-profit with ministries focusing on the Middle East. Mark lived in the Middle East for 7 years, and has worked with Muslims for over 17 years. He has done Business as Missions in the Middle East, starting a software company with a US and Middle East presence. Currently, Mark’s start-up Generous.org is focused on solving the problem of the Church and generosity via nontraditional methods.

Nicholas Skytland

Nicholas Skytland
Co-founder, National Day of Civic Hacking


Mentor hours: Saturday Oct 3 11am PDT until 1pm PDT, Sunday Oct 4, 9am PDT until 11am PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Nicholas Skytland is an expert on harnessing the power of open innovation, data and technology to reform business and government. He founded NASA's Open Innovation Program, where he led the implementation of numerous White House mandates, including the Open Government, Open Data and Digital Strategy directives, with a focus on liberating high value data sets, pushing forward the use of open source software, developing cutting-edge technology, and creating participatory opportunities to engage citizens in solving humanity’s grand challenges.

Roberto Ortiz

Roberto Ortiz
Director of Mobile Design, Yahoo


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 7:30am US PDT until 9:30am US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

Roberto is currently Director of Mobile Design at Yahoo, where he helps lead a design team focused on native mobile experiences. His journey at Yahoo began less than a year ago after being acquired for a mobile product he helped design with his close friend. Prior to Yahoo, Roberto spent a couple of years at Google where he focused on UX design, however he jump started his career in software and design when he was recruited by Lockheed Martin when he was 17 years old. He is also a co-founder of ELEO (eleoconference.com), a meetup and conference held in the bay area that focuses on leadership + entrepreneurship.

Shawn Ring

Shawn Ring
Executive Pastor of Table/myGateway, Gateway Church


Mentor hours: Friday Oct 2, 11am US PDT until 3pm US PDT, Saturday Oct 3, 1pm US PDT until 3pm US PDT SCHEDULE YOUR MENTORING TIME

As Executive Pastor of Table/myGateway of Gateway Church, Shawn oversees the technology-based ministries of spiritual formation, community and mobile engagements. Shawn has over 20 years experience in leading and integrating ministry, technology and business. Prior to joining Gateway, Shawn co-founded a national, filtered internet service provider, Integrity Online. He also led several overseas ministry initiatives, including serving as President and CTO of Assemble Communications, a multi-national telecommunications company. He has been married to his wife, Brenda, for over 21 years, and together they have two girls and two boys.a.

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API

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 APIs, in order to enable you to build better and faster. That said, please note that there is no compulsion that these APIs 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. So leverage these APIs and the best resources around so that together, we can create technology that matters.

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.

The API for organizations to build apps that search and understand their audio and video.

Clarify is a self-service API that allows you to make your audio and video files actionable via search and extracted keywords and topics. The Clarify API provides a RESTful API to extract knowledge from audio and video content.

Biblia.com and Faithlife.com API.

Biblia.com API

http://api.biblia.com/docs/

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).

Faithlife.com API

https://developer.faithlife.com/

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.
Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard enables to us to create virtual reality experiences for the masses. Check it the developer documentation here: https://developers.google.com/cardboard/


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Rules

Why the rules?

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!

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

USE WHAT YOU KNOW

Participants are free to use any tools that they know, in order to help them code.

CODING RULES

There will be identical but separate 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 awards.

TRY TO USE OUR SPONSOR’S API’S

Although not mandatory, participants are encouraged to use our platform sponsor’s technologies.

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.

FINISH ON TIME

Participant must submit their project by the submission time on Sunday afternoon. No late submissions will be accepted.

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FAQ

What is Code for the Kingdom (#C4TK)?

Code for the Kingdom or #C4TK is a weekend hackathon and ongoing ecosystem where global issues are tackled from a Christian perspective. #C4TK has hosted over 10 individual hackathons in the U.S., U.K., India etc. in the last couple of years. On Oct 2-4 2015, 15 cities around the world will be hosting a Christian Hackathon over the weekend. Cities from America, Europe, Africa and Asia, will for the first time, host a simultaneous Christian hackathon and Bengaluru is India’s sole presence on that map. We would love for you to join us in Bengaluru!


Nice! When and where is #C4TK happening?

The upcoming edition of #C4TK is slated to occur simultaneously in 15 cities around the world on Oct 2-4, 2015. The Indian edition will be held in the nation’s I.T. capital - Bengaluru at the Fairfield Marriott located at 59th C Cross, 4th M Block, Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru - 560 010, India.Now that you know when and where we are gathering, we pray that you will consider joining us for a fabulous time serving the Kingdom.


Great. How much does it cost to participate in the Hackathon?

The ALL ACCESS PASS for this weekend Hackathon is priced at Rs. 2,000. The Hackathon is a 3 day event that runs from 12pm Fri Oct 2 till 6pm Sun Oct 4. Please note that we are looking to engage only 100 of India’s top technologists. We’d love to have your gifts and skills speak into digitally serving the Kingdom better. So if you believe your voice needs to be heard in this conversation, please scroll down and click on REGISTER NOW. There’s a seat with your name on it and great food, fun and fellowship waiting for you!


What does the ALL ACCESS PASS for the weekend Hackathon include?

It includes 1) Full access to participate in the Hackathon and compete for prizes, 2) Full access to all 4 excellent breakout sessions by industry experts, 3) Watch the CrossPlan (Christian Business Plan Summit) Finals live, 4) Enjoy 3 days in the company of mentors, technologists & entrepreneurs, and 5) Enjoy 5 sumptuous networking meals with your peers at the venue.


OK. What if I cannot afford the Hackathon ticket pass but really want to come?

“Passion trumps everything” - Dave Tate. While #C4TK has expenses to meet, we believe that affordability should never be an issue for a passionate believer who wants to be a part of this digital community for the Kingdom. If you think you need to be a part of this gathering, please send an email to [email protected] and tell us more about yourself, your passion, your profile and why you should be with us for such a weekend. While we cannot guarantee an automatic acceptance, we will consider each request on a case by case basis and get back to you within 3 business days.


Sounds interesting; by the way, who is organizing #C4TK Bengaluru 2015?

#C4TK or Code For the Kingdom is a global Christian Hackathon movement facilitated by Leadership Network. The 2015 Indian edition in Bengaluru is organized by Indigitous (www.indigitous.org) and YCL (www.youngcreativeleaders.com).


What is #C4TK Bengaluru’s objective?

#C4TK Bengaluru’s objective is both short term and long term. In the long run, we want to build a digitally inclined and advanced community of Christian technologists and entrepreneurs who will band together to code and create for the Kingdom. As a start, #C4TK Bengaluru 2015 will be the first of many regular such events that will bring together such people who can prototype solutions for challenges that the Kingdom is facing.


Pivoting, what is this CrossPlan that I hear about?

CrossPlan is probably India’s one and only Christian business plan summit. CrossPlan will be bringing Indian and international angel investors, incubators and accelerators to help nurture and nourish new business ideas and existing ventures that will glorify God and serve the Kingdom. YCL (www.youngcreativeleaders.com) is honored to collaborate with Code for the Kingdom and the Hackathon weekend to present CrossPlan from 6 - 8pm on Fri Oct 2 at Fairfield Marriott, Bengaluru.


What is the format of CrossPlan?

CrossPlan really kicks off when passionate believers who have a new business idea or an existing business venture submit their concept for review at www.c4tk.in/crossplan. All entries will be considered and shortlisted to the top 10 winners (5 new business ideas and 5 existing business ventures) who will then be invited to present their concepts in person at CrossPlan. This in person finals will be held at 6 - 8pm on Fri Oct 4 where these top 10 winners will pitch their ideas/ventures to a group of Christian angel investors, incubators, accelerators and a community of technologists and entrepreneurs.


That’s new! Who is this event really for?

This event is really for Christian entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial Christians! We’d like to honor Christian entrepreneurs who have taken a stance to solve a problem or challenge in the Kingdom and have an existing venture that is serving people or the Kingdom. So if you have an existing venture, company or non-profit that is glorifying God in some way or created for that purpose, please log onto www.c4tk.in/crossplan to get started.


Is CrossPlan only for entrepreneurs and business minded people?

No. We also want to encourage entrepreneurial Christians who have always wanted to start/do something for the Kingdom and make an impact in the community with your God given skills and talents. Hence, this opportunity is open to musicians, teachers, social workers and every kind of entrepreneurial Christian who wants to do something good. So even if it’s just a business idea or a working prototype or even a beta project, please get started on www.c4tk.in/crossplan.


What prizes are in store for participants of CrossPlan?

Regardless of whether you have a new business idea or an existing venture, you stand to win seed capital upto Rs. 1, 50, 000 in cash prizes, mentoring, incubation space, infrastructure etc. and much more. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please send an email to [email protected] and write to us to get instant clarification.


I’m game. How much does it cost to participate in CrossPlan?

Zero. Zilch. Zip. Nada. Nothing. You don’t have to pay anything to participate in CrossPlan. What’s more, you could win seed capital upto Rs. 1, 50, 000 in cash prizes and much more in terms of mentoring, funding and support! Wait, you’re still reading this? You should be heading over to www.c4tk.in/crossplan and submitting your idea/venture for consideration. #Justdoit.


It’s FREE??? What is the application process?

Yes. It’’s absolutely free to participate in CrossPlan. Simply go to www.c4tk.in/crossplan to submit your business concept and get started. There are two categories - New Business Idea and Existing Business Venture. Please select an appropriate category and submit your application for review.


Will someone steal my business idea if I pitch it publically in its nascent stage?

“The value of an idea lies in using it”. - Thomas Edison. Remember, no one became successful merely because they had a great idea. The reward (and risk) lies in execution. That said, C4TK or any partnering organization WILL NOT use any of your pitched idea(s) and run a business with it. On the contrary, we want to help you connect with those who can invest, support and guide you to translating those ideas to reality.


Are only Christian concepts entertained or accepted?

No. Our goal is to serve Christian entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial Christians and help them reach their goals faster. We welcome either Christian ideas and ventures or ideas and ventures founded by Christians. So even if your venture is a regular business idea that doesn’t have a direct Christian connection, please go ahead and submit your concept on www.c4tk.in/crossplan.


Which category of CrossPlan does my idea/venture fit into?

CrossPlan exists to honor both new and existing business ideas/ventures that glorify God and serve the Kingdom. If you have an existing offering that has been serving people as of Aug 10 2015, it is an existing business venture. If not, we consider your venture to still be in the “idea” phase and reckon it is a new business idea. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please send an email to [email protected] and write to us to get instant clarification.


How many applications can I submit for CrossPlan?

Unlimited! You can submit applications for as many ideas and/or ventures in the two CrossPlan categories - New Business Idea and Existing Business Venture. Please note that each idea/venture requires only one submission. However, please make sure that you don’t submit multiple applications for the same idea/venture. Multiple submissions for the same idea/venture do not offer any additional benefit for you and it only makes our job harder as we try to delete the duplicate submissions.


What if I have a team working on my business idea/venture?

The more, the merrier! It doesn’t matter how many of you are working on your idea/venture. Anyone can submit an application on behalf of your idea/venture. In fact, you can submit an application on behalf of a friend’s idea/venture as well. So be generous and help a budding entrepreneurial friend by getting his/her business concept submitted on www.c4tk.in/crossplan.


Let me get started then! What happens to those who are selected?

While we are thankful for all the entries, we can afford to shortlist only the Top 10 Winners. We will then invite these Top 10 Winners (five (5) new business ideas and five (5) existing business ventures) to the weekend Hackathon on Oct 2-4 2015 in Bengaluru. These Top 10 Winners will then get a chance to pitch their ideas/ventures to a group of Christian angel investors, incubators, accelerators and a community of technologists and entrepreneurs. One winner and runner-up from each category will then be awarded seed capital of upto Rs. 1, 50, 000 in cash prizes and much more in terms of mentoring, funding and support.


What happens to the Top 10 Winners who don’t go on to win cash prizes?

Unfortunately, no. However, all the top 10 winners will get a chance to connect with the large digital community at the venue comprising angel investors, technologists and entrepreneurs who might be able to support these ideas/ventures further. In fact, we will ensure that each of the Top 10 Winners are connected to at least one mentor/ organization to guide the idea/venture forward.


Oh! What about those who apply but are not selected?

In the Kingdom, we believe that no effort should go unrewarded as said in Luke 10:7 - “A laborer is worth his wages”. For those who applied but were not selected, we’d love to invite you to join us on Friday Oct 2 for the kickoff from 2 - 10pm. We’d love to have dinner with you and know you better while we hear the opening keynote, watch CrossPlan and hear our hackathon pitches. However, this invitation is not open by default to all applicants as there are limited seats available for that evening. If you applied and did not get selected but still want to attend the kick off evening, please write to us at [email protected] to request a Kickoff Pass for yourself.


Sounds fair. Can I attend CrossPlan without attending the Hackathon and vice versa?

FYI, while the #C4TK Hackathon runs from 12noon IST on Fri Oct 2 till 6pm IST on Sun Oct 4, CrossPlan is a two hour program that runs from 6pm to 8pm IST on Fri Oct 2. If you apply for participating in the Hackathon and are selected, yes, you can attend the Hackathon without attending CrossPlan. If you apply for participating in CrossPlan and are selected as one of the Top 10 Winners, yes, you can attend CrossPlan without attending the Hackathon.


How can I get the latest updates about the event?

The best way for this would be to VISIT our facebook page - www.facebook.com/c4tkIndia - because all participants’ and organizers’ conversations will live on that Facebook page. We strongly recommend that you LIKE this page so that you can get automatic updates daily as we expect new conversation threads to happen daily on this page.


Will do. If I think I can contribute differently or have an idea, how do I get in touch?

If? We are sure that many of you have tons of amazing ideas and would love to hear from you about how to make this a better experience for everyone. We’d love it if you can drop a line onto [email protected] and reach out to us with your best ideas and/or any other way you can contribute for His greater glory.


Talk soon then! Is there anyway I can help #C4TK?

Absolutely. We hope you will consider PRAYING for, PARTICIPATING in and PROMOTING this event. There is nothing more powerful and valuable than your prayers. While we would to serve as a platform for you to participate and serve the Kingdom with your skills and talents, we also pray that you will spread the word to your near and dear ones. Together, let’s code and create for the Kingdom.


Wait, I’m not based in Bengaluru. Can I still attend?

Of course. Only half the attendees are expected to be based in Bengaluru. In fact, people are not just coming from other states, but from a few other countries as well. So don’t worry about your base and rush to www.c4tk.in/crossplan to run this race!


Awesome. What if I’m not a Christian. Can I still attend?

if you are not a Christian, we would love to have you consider joining us for this weekend. However, please bear in mind that this event is primarily a Christian Hackathon attended by Christians who love Jesus Christ so much that they want to offer Him their talents and time. That said, in Isaiah 55:9, God says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts”. So if you feel God is leading you to participate, please get started on www.c4tk.in/crossplan!


In case I’m not a technologist, entrepreneur or designer, can I still attend?

Yes. Anyone who wants to participate in the Hackathon needs to sign up by www.c4tk.in/hackathon. However, if you are interested in participating in CrossPlan, please get started by www.c4tk.in/crossplan.


What’s the last date for registering for either the Hackathon or CrossPlan?

Registration for both the Hackathon and CrossPlan will close by 9pm IST on Tuesday Sep 10 2015. All results will be announced latest by 9pm IST on Friday Sep 14 2015. The clock’s ticking and we’d love to have your talents and time contributing to the Kingdom. So CLICK on www.c4tk.in/hackathon to participate in the Hackathon and/or CLICK on www.c4tk.in/crossplan to participate in CrossPlan.


So what happens in September if registration ends on Sep 10 and the event starts on Oct 2?

Registration closes at 9pm IST on Tuesday Sep 10 2015. The shortlisted results will be announced latest by 9pm IST on Friday Sep 14 2015. Immediately, the organizers will be in touch with the selected applicants as we form teams and connect you either to the official challenges or projects that you want to work on. We will then connect you with project managers and co-ordinate with you via weekly meetings. The timing, frequency, mode of communication etc. will be decided by you, your team and your project manger. On Fri Sep 25 2015, all the teams will connect with their managers for a final update of the project status.


What happens after Oct 4 when the event ends?

Ideally and hopefully this movement will never end. We are hoping and praying that the momentum we spark off in September will fan the flames in October and result in regular meetups and similar events. We are already contemplating a post event meetup at the end of the year and would love more chances to gather with you.


Allrighty! I’m in. What all do I need to bring to the event?

We follow a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. Please bring your own laptop and any other mobile/tablet device that you may need. If you have your own 3G/4G router, data-card or Wi-Fi source, please bring that as well although we will have a general Internet access provision at the venue. We also suggest you bring business cards to connect with new friends that you will meet at the event.


Thanks. What all will be provided at the venue?

Please note that only whatever is mentioned below will be provided at the venue. Please consider bringing anything else that you may personally need for this weekend. We will provide 5 sumptuous meals (Lunch and dinner on Fri Oct 2, unch and dinner on Sat Oct 3 as well as lunch on Sun Oct 4) and serve coffee and cookies during the day. We will also provide Internet access and extension cords for charging for your devices. That said, if you have any 3G/4G router, data-card or Wi-Fi source, we strongly encourage that you bring it for faster speeds. Please note that we do not provide any devices such as laptops or mobile/tablets for you to work on. Hence, please adhere to our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy.


But just to clarify, do I need to bring my own laptop?

Yes. We follow a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. Please bring your own laptop and any other mobile/tablet device that you may need. If you have your own 3G/4G router, data-card or Wi-Fi source, please bring that as well although we will have a general Internet access provision at the venue.


Just clarifying the most important question! Will food be provided at the venue?

Burrp, of course! We will not only offer 5 sumptuous meals (Lunch and dinner on Fri Oct 2, lunch and dinner on Sat Oct 3 as well as lunch on Sun Oct 4) but will also serve coffee and cookies during the day. Food for thought? Sign up now to participate in the Hackathon by www.c4tk.in/hackathon before hungrier, faster people beat you to it!


Delicious! Can I sleep/shower at the venue?

Unfortunately, we do not offer any rooms to sleep or shower and hope you will have ensured overnight accommodation for yourself as doors will remain closed from 10pm to 9am everyday. You can always use the restrooms to freshen up but please note that the restrooms do not offer showering facilities. If you have any special case that you’d like to talk to us about, please contact us by writing to [email protected] and explain your situation and we will try and help you as best as possible.


Fingers crossed; must I work non-stop at the venue?

Nope. You’re your own boss. You get to decide when you and your team members (if applicable) should work and when you should stop. Just remember to have everything ready to present by 12noon IST on Sunday Oct 04, 2015. In fact, we are trying to add activities to brighten the weekend. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates.


All right, I’m in but I can’t stay for the whole weekend. Can I still participate?

Of course. A lot of the work is going to happen before the Hackathon itself. So even if you can’t stay for the whole weekend, you can still connect and collaborate with the teams beforehand and start coding and creating for the Kingdom. Please scroll upwards to the section titled SCHEDULE to see the event schedule so that in case you can’t be present for the whole weekend, you at least know what’s happening and when. That way you can plan your attendance in accordance with what suits you best!


Thanks. So do technologists and non technologists sign up the same way?

Yes. Anyone who wants to participate in the Hackathon needs to sign up by www.c4tk.in/hackathon. However, if you are interested in participating in CrossPlan, please get started by www.c4tk.in/crossplan.


What’s the last date for registering for either the Hackathon or CrossPlan?

Registration for both the Hackathon and CrossPlan will close by 9pm IST on Tuesday Sep 10 2015. All results will be announced latest by 9pm IST on Friday Sep 14 2015. The clock’s ticking and we’d love to have your talents and time contributing to the Kingdom. So CLICK on www.c4tk.in/hackathon to participate in the Hackathon and/or CLICK on www.c4tk.in/crossplan to participate in CrossPlan.


So what happens in September if registration ends on Sep 10 and the event starts on Oct 2?

Registration closes at 9pm IST on Tuesday Sep 10 2015. The shortlisted results will be announced latest by 9pm IST on Friday Sep 14 2015. Immediately, the organizers will be in touch with the selected applicants as we form teams and connect you either to the official challenges or projects that you want to work on. We will then connect you with project managers and co-ordinate with you via weekly meetings. The timing, frequency, mode of communication etc. will be decided by you, your team and your project manger. On Fri Sep 25 2015, all the teams will connect with their managers for a final update of the project status.


What happens after Oct 4 when the event ends?

Ideally and hopefully this movement will never end. We are hoping and praying that the momentum we spark off in September will fan the flames in October and result in regular meetups and similar events. We are already contemplating a post event meetup at the end of the year and would love more chances to gather with you.


Allrighty! I’m in. What all do I need to bring to the event?

We follow a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. Please bring your own laptop and any other mobile/tablet device that you may need. If you have your own 3G/4G router, data-card or Wi-Fi source, please bring that as well although we will have a general Internet access provision at the venue. We also suggest you bring business cards to connect with new friends that you will meet at the event.


Thanks. What all will be provided at the venue?

Please note that only whatever is mentioned below will be provided at the venue. Please consider bringing anything else that you may personally need for this weekend. We will provide 5 sumptuous meals (Lunch and dinner on Fri Oct 2, unch and dinner on Sat Oct 3 as well as lunch on Sun Oct 4) and serve coffee and cookies during the day. We will also provide Internet access and extension cords for charging for your devices. That said, if you have any 3G/4G router, data-card or Wi-Fi source, we strongly encourage that you bring it for faster speeds. Please note that we do not provide any devices such as laptops or mobile/tablets for you to work on. Hence, please adhere to our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy.


So, why is the #C4TK Bengaluru hackathon any different from other hackathons?

#C4TK is India’s one and only Christian Hackathon which brings together the nation’s top 100 technologists and entrepreneurs who are passionate about serving the Kingdom. So if you love the Lord and want to offer your gifts and talents in this digital/tech era, just click here to get started - www.c4tk.in/hackathon. In case you have an existing business venture or a great new business idea, consider participating in CrossPlan - India’s first Christian Business Plan Summit by clicking on www.c4tk.in/crossplan. Please scroll down for more detailed information about CrossPlan.


Just to be sure, who will own the IP of any/all of the work done?

Great question! Whoever builds the demo/prototype/product will own the IP of the work done. If the development is done as a team, all the members of the team will own the IP of the work done and it is up to the team members to decide who owns how much of the IP. Code for the Kingdom will not interfere in or own any IP of any project/program/product at any point of time.


Phew! At the end of the hackathon, what happens to the work done by the teams?

Our mentors will be in touch with the teams to help navigate your next steps towards market viability and feasibility. We want to ensure that all your hard work will soon impact the Kingdom and will be working with you for that through our mentors and associated industry experts.


Realistically, what are the possibilities of getting funding for project ideas?

Some of our Christian angel investors have already confirmed that they are actively looking out for at least 4-5 project ideas that they’d like to fund and scale rightaway, depending on which stage your project is at. For more information, please contact us at [email protected]


Interesting! What’s the application process to get selected as a participant for the Hackathon?

Log onto www.c4tk.in/hackathon and answer the questions to register for a spot. Once you submit your application for review, we will contact you within three (3) business days and confirm your status. You will then be guided to make your registration payment of Rs. 2,000. Once your payment confirmation is received, one of our project managers will be in touch with you latest, by or before Sep 14 2015 with next steps regarding team formation, project choice etc. We will then see you at the event on Fri Oct 2 at the Fairfield Marriott, Bengaluru.


I understand. So how can I give myself the best chance to get selected?

The trick is simple. 1) Like the Facebook page for the latest updates,2) Apply early before seats get filled up, and 3) Connect with us at [email protected] for any further questions.


On it! Can I only work on the official challenges or can I also work on my own project?

You can work on your own project as well. If selected, you will be contacted by a project manager who will try and work with you individually as we form teams. You can then explain the project in detail and co-ordinate with the project manager for whatever works best for you.


That sounds fair. But then how will teams be formed?

Our project managers will contact you and work with you individually to form balanced teams that comprise individuals who have the same goal yet complementary skill sets. For any issue, please feel free to mail us at [email protected] and we shall ensure its resolved quickly.


OK. Will I meet my team members ahead of the event?

Quite possibly. Since most team members will be decided in September itself, your project managers should have sufficient time to help you connect and co-ordinate ahead of the event. While we cannot guarantee it, if you are based in Bengaluru or are willing to travel to Bengaluru, this is a strong possibility.


Can’t wait! Can I present or pitch projects or technology that I’ve already worked on?

Of course. Once selected, you can pitch projects or technology of your choice to our project managers. They will help you get started and find teams that can help your goals. While the primary focus is to work on the official challenges, the project managers are also interested in knowing projects that you want to work on and help provide you with the required team/support that will help make you successful.


Oh nice, can I bring a friend along?

Please remember that invitation is restricted to those who register on www.c4tk.in/hackathon or www.c4tk.in/crossplan and are shortlisted. If you get selected and want to bring a friend along, please contact us personally at [email protected] as otherwise entry is restricted by invitation alone.


What is CrossPlan?

CrossPlan is a Christian Business Plan Summit and India’s first such platform where Christian entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial Christians can pitch their new business ideas or existing business ventures to Christian angel investors. Check www.c4tk.in/crossplan for more information or scroll for more FAQ about CrossPlan.


So, how is it different from other business plan competitions?

CrossPlan is a Christian Business Plan Summit where we try and support innovative ideas and ventures from a Christian perspective which serve the Kingdom. Christian entrepreneurs who have existing business ventures as well as entrepreneurial Christians who have new business ideas are invited to apply on www.c4tk.in/crossplan so that we can shortlist the top 10 winners for the Finals on Oct 2 at Fairfield Marriott, Bengaluru. All the panelists on the show will be Christian angel investors who are looking to invest in new business ideas or existing business ventures that can serve and impact the Kingdom for the greater glory of God.


Thank you. Who all are eligible to participate in CrossPlan?

Anyone! Absolutely anyone. There are no restrictions. All you need to do is to log onto www.c4tk.in/crossplan and register. Get, set, go!


I’m loving it! Is there a maximum limit on number of entry submissions?

Are you crazy? Of course not. There is no limit on the number of entries that you can submit. The more the number of entries that you submit, the better chance you have for getting shortlisted and you know that’s where the magic starts! So get cracking on all your business ideas and ventures so that we can try and support them and help them impact the Kingdom. If you’re ready, just click here on www.c4tk.in/crossplan and get started today!


I’m on it. When is the last day for submission?

While the last day for submission is Tue Sep 10 2015, we strongly recommend you to apply as soon as possible as applications are rolling and seats could fill up soon. So rush to www.c4tk.in/crossplan and send in your submissions as soon as you can.


Awesome. What is the next step after submission?

On submission, you will receive a confirmation email along with suggested next steps. Please ensure that you submit your application before Sep 10 2015. While the official announcements for the top 10 shortlisted entries will be made on Sep 14 2015, we will try and respond personally on an earlier date if possible. Since it’s a rolling application, seats could fill up fast and hence, we encourage to submit your applications quickly.


What happens to the shortlisted Top 10 Winners?

All shortlisted Top 10 Winners will be invited to attend the #C4TK Hackathon weekend at the Fairfield Marriott in Bengaluru and the entry fee of Rs. 2,000 will be waived for them. They will then get a chance to pitch their ideas/ventures to Christian angel investors on Friday evening on Oct 2 from 6 - 8pm in front of the whole community of #C4TK attendees. One winnner and one runner-up in each category (new business idea and existing business venture) will be awarded prizes on Sunday evening on Oct 4.


That’s like Shark Tank! How many projects will be shortlisted for the next round?

That’s right. It is like Shark Tank, but angels are nothing like Sharks. Sharks are aggressive and they bite. Angels are gentle and they guide you instead. That said, we will accept all the applications and then shortlist 10 Top Winners who will be invited to attend CrossPlan at the Hackathon weekend.


What’s in store for those who get shortlisted?

All those who get shortlisted will get detailed emails about next steps in a timely manner latest by or before Sep 14 2015. If you think you haven’t received any emails by error, please contact us at [email protected]


What about those who did not get shortlisted?

In the Kingdom, we believe that no effort should go unrewarded as said in Luke 10:7 - “A laborer is worth his wages”. For those who do not get shortlisted, we’d love to invite you to join us on Friday evening on Oct 2 for the kickoff from 5-9pm. We’d love to have dinner with you and know you better while we hear the opening keynote, watch CrossPlan and hear our hackathon pitches.However, this invitation is not open by default to all applicants as there are limited seats available for that evening. If you applied and did not get selected but still want to attend the kick off evening, please write to us at [email protected] to request a Kickoff Pass for yourself.


Hmmm… So for those who are shortlisted, how and what can they prepare for?

If you got shortlisted as one of the Top 10 Winners, first of all congratulations! Along with your confirmation email, you will receive a PDF file that confirms everything step by step. If you got the confirmation email but not the PDF file, please mail [email protected] to request that copy again. Regardless, we will be in touch in person and ensure you are all set. If you do not get shortlisted, please refer to the previous question and answer how you can still benefit from this opportunity.


OK. What if I already paid for the Hackathon and then got selected for CrossPlan?

Never fear! If you get selected for CrossPlan and have already paid for the Hackathon, we will instantly refund your Hackathon payment. As a Top 10 Winner, if you’ve already paid for the Hackathon, you will also have the option to forfeit the refund and instead bring a companion to the event. As soon as the results are announced, we will be in touch to help you plan this out smoothly. So go ahead and click on REGISTER to SIGN UP for the Hackathon or log onto www.c4tk.in/crossplan to SIGN UP for CrossPlan.


I’m getting nervous… Can I test my project before the final presentation?

Absolutely. Code Freeze will happen sharply at 12noon IST on Sunday Oct 4. From 12 noon till 2pm IST, participants will have a chance to test their presentation for audio/video interaction. That way, presenters will be all set at 2pm to seamlessly reap what they’ve sown, in style!


That helps! Who will be in attendance during the final presentation?

Apart from an well qualified jury of Christian ministry and industry experts, the room will be filled with 150 Christian technologists, entrepreneurs, designers, businessmen/women, theologists, ministry personnel etc.


Wow. I’m game. Are there any prizes on offer?

Cash prizes of over Rs. 2,00,000, mentorship, connections with organizations etc… What??? You’re still here? Get over www.c4tk.in/hackathon or www.c4tk.in/crossplan and register a spot for yourself!


Whaaaa??? That’s awesome. How will prizes be shared among team members?

We know you’re big boys and can figure this on your own. Code For The Kingdom, YCL and Indigitous are here only to facilitate this digital commission and will not interfere in how each team decides to share the spoils. When the winners are announced on Sunday at 4pm, they will be asked to confirm how to divide the cash and other prizes amongst the team members.


Cool! Who will be on the jury?

The jury will be a six member panel comprising Indian and international Christian investors, technologists, entrepreneurs and ministry heads. Last year’s #C4TK Bengaluru Hackathon had a similar mix and we will confirm this year’s judging line up on Sep 25 2015. If you feel equipped to judge this competition or would like to recommend a potential judge, please write to [email protected] and tell us rightaway. Thank you so much!


What are the judging criteria for the Hackathon and CrossPlan?

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What if I have any other unanswered query or want to connect?

We’d love to hear from you. Just mail us at [email protected] and we shall try and respond quickly and latest within 3 business days. In the meantime, we hope you are already signing up for the Hackathon on www.c4tk.in/crossplan or for CrossPlan on www.c4tk.in/crossplan. Thanks again for reading the FAQ. God bless and we hope to see you in Bengaluru on Oct 2-4!


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