What is Code for the Kingdom?

Are you a coder, developer, designer, or technologist? Have you ever wanted to solve problems that you see in your own city or community, or around the world? If so, join us November 6-8, 2015 for Code for the Kingdom’s first hackathon in Colorado.

Code for the Kingdom is a weekend Hackathon series and ongoing ecosystem where the challenges confronting our communities, society, families, and spiritual lives are tackled from a Christian perspective. Simply put, a hackathon is a 48 hour “hacking” marathon where coders, developers, designers, ideators and others come together to collaborate and serve God’s Kingdom using technology.

Code for the Kingdom’s previous regional and global events have already gathered over 2000 technologists to design and create over 250 new projects and solutions to real world problems. And now is your chance to join the movement. Together, let’s create technology to help release the oppressed, teach God’s word, empower the global expansion of the church, and offer hope to those in need.


Here are the winners.

People's Choice


An app for disrupting Human Trafficking. The Lifeline application is designed for a user driven community (a mobile neighborhood watch) to report threatening occurrences in communities such as a pimp or trafficker trying to recruit a minor, gang activity, violent crimes against others. People would be able to see what kind of activity reported by others is going on in their area.

Championed by Adrienne Livingston (WorldVenture) and built by Athan Clark, Jeffrey Josol, Robert Glover, and Michael Gurney.

Best of started at the hackathon

The Translate Assistant

The Translate Assistant project built upon a unique linguistic method pioneered by The Bible Translator's Assistant. The team created a web app that enables people without advanced linguistic education to contribute to Bible translation. The web app presents the text of the Bible and allows the user to specify the precise meaning of every sentence. With this information, The Bible Translator's Assistant can automatically generate initial draft translations using linguistic rules customized for a particular language. The Bible Translator's Assistant is currently helping produce accurate and natural translations of the Bible in the Philippines and additional languages are scheduled to be added in Vanuatu.

Championed by Matthew Rodatus and built by Matthew Rodatus, Jason Ardell, Nick Sackman, Erica Gonnerman, and Brianna Thorsen

Best of started before the hackathon

Outside of the Library Box

The Project was to simplify the Media Library Box UI for oral learners making it more graphical and less dependent on textual content for a cleaner user experience.

The Media Library Box is a self-contained, self-powered WiFi based portable media distribution system. It allows users to create a full featured ‘digital library’ from which Gospel/Educational media (text, video, audio, webpages, applications) can be shared to mobile phones, tablets, laptops, desktops in an off-the grid environment without depending on access to the internet or electricity. Any device with WiFi capability can wirelessly connect to the Media Library Box and access/download content with a simple web browser. The Media Library Box will support over 30 simultaneous browsing/download sessions from different devices with contextual menu's based on the users browser language setting.

Championed by Kirk Wilson (OM) and built by Josh Krueger, Ken Anderson, Zachary Hubbell, and Rachael Medialdea.

Best Use of the Church Community Builder API


This app was completed as a fully functioning needs sharing app where one community member could post a need and another community member could respond to that need, and it was build with full integration to the Church Community Builder platform.

The app came from the CCB team, championed by Brian Ferris (CCB) and built by Isaac Lewis, Howard Pflugh, Patrick McKay, Keiichi Lindley, and Abbas Angouti.

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WorldVenture, our Rocky Mountain Organizer

WorldVenture is a Christian missionary sending agency. We are a network of passionate people connected in the common cause of seeing the Great Commission of Jesus Christ fulfilled.

Our people serve in 63 countries working in the arts, media, business, education, family and medicine, church outreach, science and agriculture, and government. We exist to see people of all nations transformed by Jesus Christ in partnership with his church.

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Friday November 6th, 2015
7:00 PMDoors Open
7:00 PM - 8:00 PMHors D'oeuvres & Networking
8:00 PM - 8:25 PMWelcome & Review Format
8:25 PM - 8:35 PMAPI Presentations
8:35 PM - 8:50 PMReview - Official Challenges
8:50 PM - 9:20 PMOpen Floor - pitch your own project
9:20 PM - 11:59 PMTeam Formation/Create Away

Saturday November 7th, 2015
12:00 AM - 11:59 PMHacking
8:30 AMBreakfast
10:00 AMReboot and Rally
12:00 PMLunch
6:00 PMDinner
9:00 AM - 5:00 PMMeet the Mentors

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.

Sunday November 8th, 2015
12:00 AM - 2:15 PMHacking
8:30 AMBreakfast
10:30 AM - 11:10 AMSunday Service
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PMPresentation Walk-thru &amp
2:30 PMTeam Presentations Begin (3 min max presentation, 2 min max Q&A)
5:00 PMAwards Ceremony
5:30 PMClosing

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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



Here are the challenges to get you started. Please remember that more challenges may be presented between now and the first day of the event. If you would like to discuss with potential team members, or even with the champions of these challenges, please join and leverage our Indigitous community.

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

Disrupting Human Trafficking

How can technology for good be used to disrupt the technologies used by the human traffickers to conduct their business?

At the core of the human trafficking issue is supply and demand. Where there is demand, there is an industry working to create the supply. It is also a reality that the quicker and easier it is purchase something, the more likely a buyer will risk an impulse purchase. This is true in selling sex online. The growth of the online and mobile marketplace for sex fuels the supply of trafficked girls.

Technology has become the predominant tool of sex traffickers. The ease by which they can acquire mobile phones and new numbers, allows the traffickers to coordinate meeting points, terms of the transaction, and to maintain communication with the victims and the “johns”. Escort websites and online classified ad sites provide the traffickers with countless opportunities to conduct their businesses and publish those mobile numbers.

But what if you were to create technology that would take the very same information traffickers advertise, and use it to disrupt their business?

In Dallas this year, a team of developers decided to disrupt those recruiting girls to be trafficked, but overwhelming their hashtags with posts. The solutions was called #Ihaveaname

What can be done for other platforms? What else can we do to frustrate this dark industry?


World Venture

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?

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?

DESCRIPTION: 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?


Faith Comes By Hearing

Localized Online Evangelism

How can we make online evangelism effective and local, so that locals believers are reaching local seekers, starting here in the Front Range?

Problem #1: Online evangelism and outreach is no longer new. Whereas, it has great potential and statistically shows the world is full of people spiritual seekers online, it is facing the next great stage in growth: making offline disciples. All online outreach efforts, many of whom are very sophisticated, are facing the same problem with creating genuine, lasting offline disciples.

What if the problem with current online outreach is that we are thinking too global?

Currently, most major online outreach efforts lack a nearby faith community behind them. The resources are great, the ministries driving them are great, but they are often hosted great distances away and staffed by people available to meet in person.

What if we the new phase of global online outreach is local? Small groups, churches, or even groups of friends using online to connect with the place they live, connecting with seekers, and having the ready opportunity for offline connection?

What if we built an online outreach for the front range of Colorado specifically? Some topics are common to everyone seeking, but what questions or thoughts are specifically front range?

Using the Codex online e-coaching platform, we want to launch at the hackthon a beta platform for these spiritual conversations? One we plan to deploy in the next few months.

The Codex platform has years of success in Europe with the Jesus.net movement. The platform is developed with engagement and e-coaching at the heart, allowing deeper, personal conversations than are often possible in other social forums. How do we introduce Colorado people to Jesus in ways that make sense to them?

What groups are in Colorado that would be the right kind of places to offer spiritual seekers an offline experience? Meetup.com or Alpha Course style? Places ready to have conversations with people honestly “unconvinced” and even “religion-phobic”, but who at the same time can’t let the conversation go, and want to understand something more?

This challenge is for online marketers, communicators, writers, designers, and anyone with an understanding for bringing the gospel into this unique location.


World Venture South Fellowship Church

Group Prayer Walk App

How can we create an app that mobilizes Christians to pray for their neighborhoods?

This app project is intended to become a tool to the small groups, church leaders, and groups of friends and family to organize prayer walking in their neighborhoods.

The simple outreach lifestyle movement, “Prayer, Care, Share”, encourages a lifestyle for all believers that has three simple elements: Active PRAYER for the people around you, looking for tangible ways to show CARE for the people around you, and being ready to SHARE with the people around you.

Faith communities commit to prayer for their neighborhood, both from their homes and churches, but also by walking in those neighborhoods and praying. This simple idea of prayer walking is something that happens globally.

What if there was an app that you could track your prayer walking route like jogging and hiking routes do?

What if your prayer walking routes could be shared to your faith community where others are sharing their prayer walking routes? What if the church leadership used this to cover every street in their community with prayer? What would happen in their communities for Christ?

How could you create a social components to the experience of prayer walking?

A few key feature of the app would need to be: The ability to track your walking path The ability to save that walk The ability to share that walk and add it to a shared community page. The ability to challenge friends to join you Offer challenges to your friends to cover sections of the city Offer a way for people to share a thought with the Geo location


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Media Library Box – UI Project

How do you provide bibles content to mobile phones or tablets where there is limited or no internet connection?

Using a portable, lightweight server and wifi point, Library Box, we can now deliver content in offline environments and serve audio bible content, videos, or educational material to available mobile devices and tablets.

The LibraryBox project has a lot going on, but it also needs a lot to really provide for the needs of people in rural, poor, or otherwise offline environments throughout Africa, Asia, and South America.

The LibraryBox can offer content for download, but it has no ability to upload content through the web interface. Adding this feature to the box will release it to be an influenciql

We’re looking for people with skills in design, UX/UI, Development, Programming, Mobile, Web Design, Linux System is based on OpenWrt, Linux Kernal 3.3, ash, Lighthttpd, python, Php, sqlite3, minidlna and h5ai customizations. Imagine being part of bridging the gap between the vast, free digital work and those who have the least access to those resources.

Below is an overview of the project:
Type: Programming + Hardware
Outcome: Captive Web based media server hosted on battery operated pocket sized WiFi access point
Description: This challenge is to extend an existing design of a multi-lingual UI to create an administrative password protected upload/management interface for managing media, reading/clearing file upload statistics, and configuring device specific parameters.
Target Audience: People looking for media content off the grid or those who can’t afford internet access. People looking for free WiFi
End Users: Churches, Pastors, Missionaries, Educators, Organizations, People
Skills Required: Design, UX/UI, Development, Programming, Mobile, Web Design, Linux System is based on OpenWrt, Linux Kernal 3.3, ash, Lighthttpd, python, Php, sqlite3, minidlna and h5ai customizations. Linux subcoding.
Organization: Operation Mobilization, Open Source Community
Partners: Based on Open Source work from PirateBox, LibraryBox, h5ai, OpenWrt
Overall push content to the device.


Operation Mobilization

Expanding Affordable Power in Uganda, Africa

How would you grow the quality of life for Africa’s rural poor by expanding on the foundation of a simple Rent-to-Own solar power system?

Lumi provides Rent-to-Own (RTO) solar power systems (also known as Pay-As-You-Go Solar) to low-income families living without electricity in Africa. By changing the business model to small payments over time with a rent-to-own system, Lumi turns an expensive, often cost-prohibitive asset purchase into affordable electricity access. Shifting away from kerosene and other fossil fuels to RTO solar for energy saves money, reduces health and safety hazards, and improves education and quality of life for Lumi’s customers. Lumi's sales process and ongoing customer relationship also provide a ready-made platform for ministry.

Challenge Overview:

In order to reach more and more people and do so effectively, Lumi needs to design hardware devices and supporting software better suited for the people who use them: the rural African villager who has never used a computer, may have only completed a 3rd grade education and yet has a mobile phone.
How can Lumi's devices be improved to be more attractive to customers by providing more value and better features? How can Lumi add functionality to its software to communicate more effectively with customers and virally expand it's reach to more customers?

Challenge Details:

  •      Lumi's flagship product is a small device provides light, USB charging (phones or anything running off 5V) and a radio.
  •      What functionality or features could Lumi add that use the existing components? Example: play mp3 files from a USB drive, deliver media via the transfer process.
  •      How could Lumi change the "hockey puck" design to something more appealing and/or functional? Example: more functional shape, more exciting colors, customization (i.e local 3D printer).
  •      Could the device provide more feedback to the customers via the existing LED indicators and/or a small LCD?

    Hardware / Software Intersection: the Rent-to-Own system
  •      Lumi's current system activates the device (or adds "credit") via bluetooth using a smartphone app operated by Lumi "Agents" who have storefronts, kiosks, etc. in markets near where customers work and live. The credit is solely based on time and when the time expires the device deactivates until the customer buys more credit.
  •      In the past Lumi has used a scratch card and sms system which proved too costly and cumbersome for both customers and Lumi. Lumi opted to migrate to the bluetooth system but still challenges remain - it's more centralized, dependent upon network connectivity, still no telemetry, etc.
  •      What other activation methods could be used? Or how could the bluetooth system be improved to be more efficient, effective, etc.? Example: add a wifi chip, offline functionality for the bluetooth app, etc.

  •      Lumi's Agent mobile app has enormous potential and currently functions for the rent-to-own system but is not effective for collection information from customers, communicating with Lumi or disseminating information to customers.
  •      Nearly all of Lumi's customers have a phone, but not a smartphone, and so are limited to voice and sms.
  •      Lumi is implementing CRM and Call Center software to better serve our customers (hopefully to be at least functional by the hackathon).
  •      How can Lumi use sms to more efficiently and effectively communicate with customers? Example: build or implement an app that receives customer sms for support, feedback, etc. and integrates with CRM and Call Center software.
  •      Lumi customers are our best advocates and salespeople. How can Lumi incentivize and systematically track customer referrals? Example: sms-based system for tracking referrals and rewards, agent app feature for monitoring customer referrals



Free mobile calls to spread the Gospel

How can you use mobile telephony to bring the Gospel to billions of people?

Prepaid mobile plans are the predominant mobile services in developing countries. India alone has over 800 million prepaid mobile customers. A very large number of these mobile users run of of minutes before their plans renew, causing them to have to add minutes to their plans in an as need basis.

Sponsored calls provide users with free minutes of mobile calls in exchange for listening to, or viewing, a short advertisement. Sponsored Call services have not been truly successful in the marketplace as they have not proven to convert users from listener to consumer. But we know that God’s Word has a different impact in people’s lives. Any presentation of the Gospel is a good thing. We are called to share God’s Word with all. So what is instead of an advertisement, a Sponsored Call played a verse of the Bible? What if Christian non-profits could leverage sponsored calls to further their mission?


Leadership Network

Fulfilling needs app for communities around the country

How can the Church Community Builder API be leveraged to fulfill needs in and around the communities of the churches using the software?

At Church Community Builder, we’ve always designed our Church Management Software with church leaders in mind. Our goal is to equip church leaders and volunteers with the tools they need to do ministry, and that seeps into every corner of the software. Your church is full of dedicated leaders and volunteers who fill vital roles that keep your ministry thriving. We’re here to support them.

The Church Community Builder software is actively being used by approximately 4,000 churches in the United States. So many of the individuals who attend our churches have strengths and skill sets to offer to the community, but don't have a way of understanding the needs of their community.

This app, or mobile responsive site, is intended to solve this problem. Your challenge is to form a team and build an app that can aggregate needed services (mechanic, plummer, accountant) of those in need (single parents, low-income families, etc.) in every community our software exists and match those needs to those in the community willing to fill them.

Refer to the API section of the website for access to the sandbox.


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Participants will compete for $2000 cash prizes and non-cash Recognition Awards in multiple categories:

  • Best Overall started at the hackathon
  • Best Overall started before the hackathon
  • People’s choice (voted by all participants across all submitted projects)
  • Best Use of the Church Community Builder API
  • Best Use of the Digital Bible Platform API
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Meet with Mentors is a great opportunity to connect with industry experts who can guide you and your concepts.

Show mentors who can help in:

Charles Roach

Charles Roach
Founder and President, Scriptive, Inc

Charles has extensive experience in startup development and project leadership - specifically vision and concept development, value assessment, and implementing go-to-market and growth strategies. As the Founding Employee of AdThrive, he led the growth of annual revenue from $65k to $25M. He's also the Founder of Scriptive, a Christian-based search technology that won the 2013 C4TK Hackathon in Austin for Best Existing Code and is currently being absorbed by a 195 million user app.
Chris Armas

Chris Armas
Founder/ Managing Director, Code for the Kingdom

Click here to get in contact with Chris via Slack

Chris Armas leads the Code for the Kingdom Initiative globally. Chris is a consummate business and technology thought leader. Chris has been a global technology entrepreneur having launched two successful startups, as well as being CIO/CTO at Fortune 500 companies. Chris focus now is to help engage, challenge, release, and support the most brilliant minds of the entrepreneurial and tech sector to create technologies that would affect our communities and culture from a Christian perspective.

Chris Lim

Chris Lim
Founder, TheoTech

Click here to get in contact with Chris via Slack

Christopher Lim is founder of TheoTech, a company activating a movement of Technology Entrepreneurship for the Gospel. This means beginning with God as the Customer and working backwards to create the things He desires to see in the world.

As a practitioner, Chris is focused on Ceaseless, a technology-supported movement to personally pray for everyone on earth. He is also developing a system to help churches reflect the multilingual glory of God's kingdom by subtitling messages in real time so that congregations no longer need to be segregated by language. He is available as a mentor for: Ideation & Pitching Full stack web development (Java, NodeJS+Express, AngularJS, MySQL, Redis, MongoDB, ...) Mobile app development (iOS, Ionic Framework) Artificial Intelligence (machine learning, natural language processing, machine translation, automatic speech recognition, ...) You can also reach him on twitter @meritandgrace or read his blog at www.meritandgrace.com.
Chris Wynn

Chris Wynn
Director of Communications, WorldVenture

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Chris is Director of Communications at WorldVenture, a global Christian sending agency, and leader of WorldVenture’s Arts and Media initiative. He is the privileged leader of a crew of artists, musicians, designers, writers, and hackers. Service to WorldVenture over the last 10 years has allowed him to travel in and out of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America, producing video, photography, and consulting ministries on media/digital strategies. He has 20 years in professional web development and can assist with following markups and languages: HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, jQuery, PHP, .NET, MySQL, and SQL … and can offer mediocre help with: JSON, XML, SOAP, various RESTful api, and APEX.

Jeff Swanson

Jeff Swanson
CEO and Cofounder, StreetBuff Inc

Jeff Swanson is the CEO and Cofounder of StreetBuff Inc, a consumer app focused on connecting travelers with locals. Jeff has a strong background in B2B and B2C sales and technical skills in graphic arts, animation, videography and website design. Jeff's passion is to build and scale on ideas that draw people together, encourage people to engage in their God given talents, and ultimately continue the work on this earth that God has started. Jeff is a husband, father, combat veteran and CU Buff.

John Benza

John Benza
VP of Finance and Administration, WorldVenture

John is the VP of Finance and Administration at WorldVenture, a global Christian sending agency, who has been leading the migration of WorldVenture’s IT, health, HR, receipting, and finance systems to Salesforce and other cloud systems. He was co-founder and CFO for two Palo Alto tech startups, SportingLogos.com and Stats Insight. And he gained his foundation in the tech industry working in executive leadership at IBM for 20 years.

LouAnn Hunt

LouAnn Hunt
Digital Bible Manager, Faith Comes By Hearing

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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

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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.

Rob Colwill

Rob Colwill
CEO, Coldwater Software

Rob is the CEO of Coldwater Software, a self-funded startup in Denver, CO. Rob has years of experience in creating innovative software for both small business as well as Fortune 100 companies – including a decade spent with Microsoft. Rob has implemented systems, trained users and presented at conferences around the globe.


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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 to the Church Community Builder database via public API. FREE

Access to the Church Community Builder API is free for all church partners and developers. However, you still need to have a login and password assigned from each church's cloud-based software. All API services are protected by HTTP Basic Authentication. If your application cannot provide credentials through Basic Authentication, then it will not be able to communicate with the API.

All service calls to the API require a parameter named srv that has the value of the service being called. All API services accept an optional parameter named describe_api with a value of 1. This will cause the service to return the values it accepts as parameters (parameters that must be sent via POST may not be listed).

The API services can be accessed via the https (port 443) protocol. For the security of church partner data, Church Community Builder has chosen to encrypt all transmissions of data, instead of using the standard http (port 80) port.

During and after the event, the API user credentials will be active so developers can immediately use the API and continue after if needed.

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.

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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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Read the rules

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


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


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.


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


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.


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

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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 creative marathon where at the end you have some product to show for.

Who is organizing the 2015 Code for the Kingdom Rocky Mountain Hackathon?

The Code for the Kingdom Rocky Mountain Hackathon is being organized by Leadership Network in collaboration with WorldVenture.

What is this hackathon trying to accomplish?

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

Is there a main theme to the Code for the Kingdom Rocky Mountain Hackathon?

Yes, Catalyzing Movements for the Gospel.

I'm from outside the Rocky Mountain. Can I still participate?

Yes. Join us.

I'm not Christian. Can I still participate?

Yes, absolutely.

What if I don’t know how to program?

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

Do I have to bring my own laptop?

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

I can’t stay the entire time, can I still participate?

Yes. We realize that 47 hours is a long time, and that some people might have other commitments, or might prefer to work remotely, or need to go home/hotel to rest and shower. Yet, you need to be present for the initial few hours during the startup demos, and at some point you need be at the venue and do some work onsite. You will also need to be present for the final few hours for the presentations and judging.

Can I sleep at the venue?

Yes the venue will be open for the duration of the event, please bring a sleeping bag, a pillow, or whatever you might need, and find a place at the venue to take a good nap.

Are there showers at the venue?


Can I present a technology I already have?

You can build on top of something you have, but whatever you present must have new code developed for at least one of the challenges of the hackathon and you must do some of that coding at the hackathon venue during the hackathon hours.

Do I have to work non-stop?

No. The work space will be available non-stop entire durantion of the 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 organizers nor Code for the Kingdom claims any ownership of any technologies you develop.

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


What's the format of the final presentation?

Each team will have 3 minutes for their demo and 2 minutes to answer questions.

Who will be in attendance at the final presentations?

The final screening is public, although space is limited.

What's the hashtag?