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Are you an entrepreneur, technologist or innovator? 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 India’s first mission-based weekend Hackathon that kicks off on Oct 31, 2014!

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 others collaborate to advance common good and serve God’s Kingdom.

Code for the Kingdom hosted its first-of-a-kind mission based weekend Hackathon in San Francisco last year. In the span of a year, the weekend event gathered momentum and members with weekend gatherings across Austin, Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, for the first time, Code for the Kingdom is expanding beyond American shores and what better destination to connect technologists than Bangalore, India?

Join the top 100 leaders in the country as they collaborate with innovative non-profits and churches to write code and create technology to help release the oppressed, teach God’s word, heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and support the church and the body of Christ.

This weekend event will focus the passion, purpose, and creativity of our entrepreneurial and creative community, connecting incredible innovators with organizations, and initiatives that need their talent. Join us in Bangalore, India as we battle the challenges confronting our communities, our society, our families, and our spiritual lives.


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Event Theme

Social Justice

How will you knock off a little corner of darkness in the world? What creative works can you make that will alleviate the social maladies that oppress so many? Work with non-profits to help rescue victims of human trafficking, combat poverty, lift the fatherless, release the oppressed, heal the sick and feed the hungry. Use your skills to create a brighter world and lift up your community.

Spiritual Justice / Spiritual Formation

Every person has the right to receive God’s Word and discover His unconditional love. Join creative and coding forces to develop technologies to reduce spiritual poverty. Create technology to help believers transform their characters to be more like Christ, and their actions to conform to God’s will. Create works for prayer, evangelism, mentorship and other innovative means to spiritual formation.


Help Create a culture of Generosity

The Follower of Christ is called to a life of generous sacrifice extending beyond simple financial generosity, to include generosity of our mind, time and possessions. If the Kingdom of God is to truly to be advanced by us, we need to answer the call of radical generosity. It is only when we live out this radical generosity that the Church will be unleashed in thoughtfulness, action, and resources to advance the Kingdom of God in the world. Create technology to encourage individuals and families to become generous in every aspect of their lives.


Engaging and Releasing Our best

Every person has something unique to contribute to the community, society, and church. Yet, most of us do not understand how we can leverage our skills and ideas to improve the lives of others. What if we could discover how to use our unique gifts for God’s Kingdom? Use technology to mobilize and equip every member of your community, church and family. Empower them to release their skills as well as to accelerate great ideas and initiatives that could transform the lives of the child or adult down your street.

Register now to join us in Bangalore, India as we work to transform lives. Work closely and build new relationships with some of the most effective global ministries, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, hi-tech accelerators, church leaders and creatives from every discipline.

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WINNERS

Here are the winners.

People's Choice

Bible Blitz

A multisensory app that makes learning Bible verses fun.

Team Members: Evans Thomas, Rahul Jethwani, Rachel Stuckey, Joanne George, Vinay George, Philvee Varughese, Derick Mathew

Best Overall App or Site started at the event

Biblang

Learn a new language with bible

https://murmuring-sea-8883.herokuapp.com - please use chrome to use this website

Team Members: Salil Panikkaveettil, Suvodhoy Sinha, Akash Sinha

Runner-up Overall App or Site started at the event

Bible Blitz

A multisensory app that makes learning Bible verses fun.

Team Members: Evans Thomas, Rahul Jethwani, Rachel Stuckey, Joanne George, Vinay George, Philvee Varughese, Derick Mathew

Best Overall App or Site started prior to the event

Jesus Gives All

Start a campaign to help a friend in need in Jesus name. A Social crowdfunding technology platform for individuals, NGOs, Christian organizations, churches and more.

http://www.jesusgivesall.com/

Team Members: John Jim, Rachel Jim, Vijetha Jillella, Mrs Usha,Suresh Babu, Joseph Vardhan

Runner-up Overall App or Site started prior to the event

Try Forgiveness

Try forgiveness and reclaim your freedom.

http://www.tryforgiving.com/#

Team Members: Melvin Immanuel, Ashish Jadhav

Winner of the One Hope official challenge

Will You Be My Voice?

A mobile app designed to help stop violence against women and children, by allowing a woman to send a silent distress signal using her phone to people in her group of family and friends, and others she might chose to designate, and activate them in real-time to stop an act of violence.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed” -Proverbs 31:8

Team members: Paul Victor Sr, Shirish Hirekodi, Prithviraj Galinkala, Immanuel David Raj, M Raju, Sabir Ali, Vijay M, Roger R Amanna


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Schedule

Friday Oct 31st, 2014
7:00 PMDoors Open
7:00 PM - 7:30 PMWelcome & Format Review
7:30 PM - 8:00 PMIntroductions & Opening Keynote
8:00 PM - 8:20 PMOfficial Challenges
8:20 PM - 9:00 PMOpen Floor - Pitch your own Project
9:00 PM - 10:00 PMDinner & Networking
10:00 PM - 11:59 PMTeam Formation/Coding Kickoff!

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

Saturday Nov 1st, 2014
12:00 AM - 11:59 PMCode like Crazy
8:30 AMBreakfast
12:30 PMLunch
8:00 PMPoolside Dinner
10:00 AM - 6:00 PMMeet the Mentors/Breakout Sessions

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

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

Sunday Nov 2nd, 2014
12:00 AM - 2:00 PMCreating
8:30 AMBreakfast
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMSunday Service
12:30 AM - 1:30 AM PMLunch
2:00 PMPresentation Walk-through
2:30 PMTeam Presentations Begin
4:00 PM Judges Adjourn
4:15 PMAwards Ceremony
4:30 PMNetworking & Closing
5:00 PMDoors Closed

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Challenges

Here are the challenges to get you started. Please remember that more challenges may be presented on the first day of the Hackathon. If you would like to discuss with potential team members, or even with the champions of these challenges, please join and leverage the Code for the Kingdom India Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/c4tkIndia.

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

Stop violence against women and girls

How can technology help women and girls be safe and change the culture of violence?

According to UNICEF, 51% of men in India believe wife beating can be justified. And, incredibly enough 54.4% of women in India also believe in justified wife beatings. When violence justification is such a cultural belief, it is not a surprise that most women in India do not feel safe in public spaces. One rape happens every 30 minutes in India, according to the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.

There is no doubt that regardless of social-economic advances, stopping violence against women and girls requires spiritual and cultural transformation that only Jesus can bring. Jesus commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves. He said that is the second most important commandment, and it is that love that will stop the violence.

How can we help leverage technological advances so that all women and children in India can live freely without fear of crimes or atrocities against them? How can technology help alert, connect and protect God's precious people before any chance of crime can befall them? How can technology encourage men in India to stand against the violence towards women? How can technology help change a culture where neighbors commit acts of violence, condemnation, or indifference towards women, into a culture where neighbors love neighbors and protect the woman and girl down the street?

Champions

Resourcing people with disabilities

What if a person with disabilities could be aware of all resources, programs, facilities, and assistance which is available to them across all of India? How would that impact their lives and the lives of their families?

Champions

proVISION ASIA

Games

How can technology bring the word of God to the mobile first generation of children?

Did you know that more than 80% of Christians choose Christ between the ages of 4-14? Children are the biggest mission field, and they have impressionable young minds that are fertile ground for the Word of God.

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 more "awesome" and "cool" than Angry Birds, Temple Run, and Candy Crush.

Champions

One Hope

Mentoring

How can technology help create a new culture of mentoring that fosters stronger and deeper relationships and helps people find spiritual support where and when they need it?

Champions

CRU

The 12 - Your Personal Board of Directors

How can technology help every person build a team of trusted advisors to help them live a healthy life?

Champions

yesHEis


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Prizes

This is not just a weekend where we code for the Kingdom. It's also a weekend where we celebrate the Kingdom. So register now for this amazing weekend where your ideas can win these awesome cash prizes and more!

CATEGORIES

  • Rs. 50,000 for the Best Overall App or Site started at the event
  • Rs. 50,000 for the Best Overall App or Site started prior to the event
  • Rs. 25,000 for the Runner-up Overall App or Site started at the event
  • Rs. 25,000 for the Runner-up Overall App or Site started prior to the event

AND EVEN MORE...

  • Rs. 50,000 for the People's choice (voted by all participants across all submitted projects)
  • Rs. 50,000 for the winner of the One Hope official challenge
  • Rs. 50,000 for the winner of the Christian Vision official challenge

After the event, your creations will be featured in a Leadership Network Advance edition reaching over 50,000 church leaders worldwide.

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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 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 event,

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

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.


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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.

Alwin Daniel

Alwin Daniel
Development Manager, Christian Vision, India

Alwin Daniel has significant experience in design and developed of Software Solutions for the Web and Mobile devices. With over 15 years of experience in IT, Alwin believes that ‘Together we can!’. Alwin holds Master’s Degree in Software Systems from BITS Pilani, Rajasthan and currently works with Cisco Systems, India.
Chip Kingery

Chip Kingery
Founder Director at proVISION ASIA

Rev. Dr. Chip Kingery hails from the U.S.— an American by birth, but Indian by choice! He has lived in Asia for over 30 years; 25 of those in Bangalore— where he directed programs for World Hunger Relief. In 1986, Chip and Jean began proVISION ASIA, an NGO focused on all aspects of disability ministry: education, referrals for operations, provision of mobility aids, family and individual counseling, job-placement, physiotherapy and government advocacy. proVISION ASIA runs a school, Mithra Special School; and has created a wheelchair refurbishment unit in the Bangalore Central Prison— and will soon operate the first mobile diabetes clinic in south India. Their passion, along with 16 staff members here in Bangalore, is to give a hand up— not a hand out, to people with disabilities; and to provide Abundant Life for these friends
Derek Leavitt

Derek Leavitt
Founder & CEO, Rhythmsy

Derek Leavitt is an Oxford MBA has been starting companies his entire life. He successfully sold his first company, Computer Essentials, when he was 24. His digital passions include crowdsourcing, design, and social media.
Kurian Babykutty

Kurian Babykutty
Director of Innovation, One Hope

Kurian Babykutty tells stories for a living, really. He helps Christian ministries and ventures tell their stories better and develop meaningful relationships with a loyal target audience. With almost a decade of online marketing experience around the world, Kurian currently serves as one hope�s director of innovation. He is a software engineer with an MBA degree in marketing from Babson college, Boston.
Phil Smith

Phil Smith
Development Manager, CV, Australia

Phil Smith is passionate about helping people achieve goals for their online products. With 10 years of Business Analyst and Development experience in London and Australia, Phil believes strongly in the principles behind agile project methodologies. Phil has been educated through the University of Sydney and is Development Manager for Christian Vision in Australia.
Rachel Stuckey

Rachel Stuckey
Program Design Director, OneHope

Rachel Stuckey is a designer with 10 years experience in international nonprofit organizations. Living and working in North America, Europe, Africa, and East and South Asia, she especially enjoys the problem-solving process, cross-cultural exchange and design in the nonprofit world. She has a Masters of Design from the University of Cincinnati and currently lives and works in India.
Rajiv Khatr

Rajiv Khatr
Co-founder and CEO, LeadGrab

Rajiv has been a serial entrepreneur for the past 10 years with a focus on consumer internet, lead generation, and data analytics. After his second year of college, his passion for entrepreneurship led him to pursue his first start up opportunity. His introduction to entrepreneurship began in varied industries, including construction management (led business development team and achieved in excess of $30M in sales revenue per year), network security software, and consumer internet. Rajiv is Co-founder and CEO of LeadGrab, a lead generation and data analytics technology company.
Siji George

Siji George
Senior Member of Technical Staff, VMWare

Siji George completed his MTech From MIT (Manipal Institute of Technology) in the field of Computer Science and Engineering and then interned with VMware. He has been working for VMware for the past 9 years, starting with the System Test Team for the products ESX & VC and then moving to Automation; working with the VIM API's to build commandline tools using STAF (open source) in Java to enable writing automation in Perl/Python to interact with the products. He as also been involved with building Automation Frameworks in Perl, worked on Python to enhance the functionality of a continuous integration tool used in the company to understand the stability of a release. He is noted for debugging skills to identify issues in a product and provide workaround for the same.
Derek Leavitt

Derek Leavitt
CFO, Rhythmsy

Derek Leavitt is an Oxford MBA has been starting companies his entire life. He successfully sold his first company, Computer Essentials, when he was 24. His digital passions include crowdsourcing, design, and social media.

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Organizers

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Sponsors

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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 event or at the event. So what are you waiting for? Register now and get started!

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Read the rules

You can start creating ahead of the event or at the event.

USE WHAT YOU KNOW

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

creating RULES

There will be identical but separate cash awards for teams that started coding before the event as well as teams that started coding at the event. However, some or all of the coding must take place at the event, in order to be eligible for the prizes.

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 event and are free to do with it as they wish. If you code as a team, the IP is shared by the team. If you code as an individual, the IP is all yours.

COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL

You must secure permission for public and web display if you use any copyrighted material in your creation.

FINISH ON TIME

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

TAXES

Prizes are non- transferable by the winner. Prize winners will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting a prize.

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FAQ

What's a hackathon?

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


Who is organizing the 2014 Code for the Kingdom event in Bangalore?

The Code for the Kingdom Bangalore event is being jointly organized by One Hope and Christian Vision, in association with Leadership Network, Young Creative Leaders and yesHEis.


What is this event trying to accomplish?

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


Is there a main theme to the Code for the Kingdom event in Bangalore?

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


I'm not based in Bangalore. Can I still participate?

Yes. Join us. Everyone is welcome to this wonderful weekend.


I'm not Christian. Can I still participate?

Yes, absolutely. In fact, some of the great brands that have been born at Code for the Kingdom were built by non-Christians too!


What if I am not a technologist, entrepreneur or designer?

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


Do I have to bring my own laptop?

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


Is food provided?

Yes – We will provide dinner on Friday Oct 31st, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday Nov 1st, and breakfast, and lunch on Sunday Nov 2nd.


I can’t stay the entire 46 hours, can I still participate?

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 should be present for the initial few hours of the kickoff, 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 project presentations and judging.


Can I sleep at the venue?

Please connect with us as we have secured great rates for rooms at the Chancery Pavilion booked under the Code for the Kingdom brand.


Are there showers at the venue?

Yes. There is a gym as well as adjacent restrooms/showers


Will I meet my team members before the event?

Possibly. You can use the Code for the Kingdom Facebook Community https://www.facebook.com/c4tkIndia 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 event.


Can I present a technology that I have already built or worked on?

You can build on top of something you have, but whatever you present must be in alignment with the event theme and have something new created for at least one of the challenges or projects of the event and you must do some of that work at the venue during the event hours.


Won’t other teams who are building on top of their existing works, have an unfair advantage over people like me who plan to start creating during the actual event hours?

Not at all. There will be separate prizes, but of similar amount, for teams that present projects built on their existing works, and for teams that start fresh at the event. We want to honor all of you, regardless of whether you have been working for a while on something you are passionate about, or whether you decide on something brand new.


Do I have to work non-stop?

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


Who owns the IP of what we make?

This is ultimately a question for your team. But neither the local organizers nor Code for the Kingdom will claim any ownership of anything that you develop.


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

Yes!


What's the format of the final presentation?

Each team will have 3 minutes for their demo or presentation and 2 minutes to answer questions from the judges.


Who will be in attendance at the final presentations?

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


Will there be awards given?

Yes. We will give cash awards. We believe not just in coding and creating, but also in celebrating. So check our awesome prizes and be there to claim them!


What's the hashtag?

#C4TK


Who will be on the jury?

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


What are the judging criteria?

The judges will consider Kingdom impact, viability, innovativeness / originality, and completeness.