Code for the Kingdom is a weekend hackathon and ongoing ecosystem where global issues are tackled from a Christian perspective.

How can technology help alleviate and eradicate all forms of injustices, teach about God’s unconditional love, and build a healthier and stronger society?

This March, we want to develop new technologies to transform lives through a holistic Christian approach that combats social injustice, creates a culture of generosity, facilitates spiritual justice and unleashes the fullest capacity of each individual.

Code for the Kingdom is a weekend Hackathon where global issues are tackled with a Christian perspective. Join us at Seattle, WA as we battle the challenges confronting people all over the world.

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Event Theme


Every person has something unique to contribute to the community, society, and church. Yet, less than 20% of us are actively engaged in doing what we could do. 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? Build technologies 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.


Every person has the right to receive God’s Word and discover His unconditional love, because only God’s truth has the ability to transform the heart and the mind. Join forces with other like minded individuals and create technologies that help reduce spiritual poverty in every nation, city, community, family, and individual. Build mobile applications to help children learn the Word of God, bury it in their hearts and share it with their friends. Create technologies for prayer, evangelism, mentorship, and other innovative means to spiritual formation.


The Church and non-profits are always significantly underfunded. The Great Commission could be tremendously impacted and enhanced if financial resources were available. What better opportunity than this to cultivate generosity with Generis? Build fresh user experiences that can help organizations redefine the giving experience for their patrons. Leverage the power of technology to encourage individuals and families to become generous to the causes and churches.


How can technology alleviate the social maladies that oppress so many? How can you help knock off a little corner of darkness?

Register now to join us in Seattle, WA as we work to leveraging technology to transforms lives. Plus, you get to rub shoulders with some of the most effective global ministries, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, hi-tech accelerators, church leaders and creative individuals from every discipline.

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Here are the winners.

Best of New Code


WordCross provides a way by which parents can create their own faith based games for their children. As they share Bible verses with their children, parents can select words and concepts from those verses, that WordCross uses to generate a crossword puzzle, telling a story.


Team Members: Sarah William, Aaron Stockton, Dr. Michelle Zimmerman

Best of Existing Code


Vision is an eyeglasses inventory management app for volunteer optometrists working on short-term medical aid trips to the developing world. Vision matches patients with donated eyeglasses, but instead of the traditional eye-chart for eye exams, Vision integrates with Faith Comes By Hearing’s Digital Bible Platform to provide Bible verses in the particular native language as the eye exam tool.

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Runner-up of New Code


MinMap or Ministry Mapping is a mobile and web-based application used by individuals in ministry to help identify where services are being provided, and where they are needed, simply by checking-in. The data from these check-ins will be served in an online database. Ministries can see where services remain unfulfilled, find others to partner with in solutions, and to inform other organizations of the work they are doing. MinMap is for the church of 100 in the small town of 5000. MinMap is for the missions organization working in 120 countries. MinMap is for the budget-strapped municipality that doesn’t have the funds or capabilities to research what is going on in their city.


Team Members:

Runner-up of Existing Code

Church Admin Portal

Church Admin Portal was designed with church retention in mind. It allows church staff to make announcements, track visitors and members, take attendance, manage sermon archives, schedule events and mail newsletters. The portal was designed to increase retention by making your visitor outreach and follow-up programs more effective.

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People's Choice


This app was created in response to the “Helping the homeless” challenge from the hackathon: “How can technology help a homeless person or family find a home? How can technology equip leaders in their homeless ministry and increase their reach and impact?”

In Seattle, as in most large cities where multiple agencies work every day to help provide housing for the homeless, it is difficult for the homeless to apply for housing and for organizations to coordinate their work and applications queues. The IKOS team decided to help the homeless and homeless ministry by creating a digital universal housing application that connects organizations with the homeless. Their solution allows anyone with a smartphone to help a homeless person apply for housing in all the city’s homeless ministries…at once.

Team Members: Jim Speaker, Chris Maher, Chip Dong, Andre Smith, Ramin Sedighi, Brandon Camerer.

Best Use of Digital Bible Platform

Speak The Word

You speak a word or phrase into this app and using speech recognition, the app searches in your language the Faith Comes By Hearing’s Digital Bible Platform to identify Bible verses that relate to that word or phrase. The app then suggests to you one or more related verses from The Bible. You can play those verses, save them, memorize them, or even forward them to a family member or friend to encourage them with The Word.

Team Members:

Best Use of the Logos API


LightWeave creates a visual interactive interface for engaging with deep theological concepts in The Bible. LightWeave is an experiential interface for the Bible that lowers the barriers to accessing deeper knowledge, engagement and appreciation for the Scripture's depth and richness of theological content previously only accessible through intensive study.

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Friday MArch 21st, 2014
6:00 PMDoors Open
6:00 PM - 7:00 PMDinner & Networking
7:00 PM - 7:25 PMWelcome & Review Format
7:25 PM - 7:35 PMAPI Presentations
7:35 PM - 7:50 PMReview - Official Challenges
7:50 PM - 8:20 PMOpen Floor - pitch your own project
8:20 PM - 11:59 PMTeam Formation/Hack Away

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 March 22nd, 2014
12:00 AM - 11:59 PMHacking
8:30 AMBreakfast
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.

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 March 23rd, 2014
8:30 AMBreakfast
11:00 AM - 11:20 AMSunday Service
12:00 PMLunch
1:00 PMPresentation Walk-thru & Judges Make Rounds
2:30 PMTeam Presentations Begin (3 min max presentation, 2 min max Q&A)
4:30 PM Judges adjourn
4:50 PMCall-back
5:00 PMAwards Ceremony
5:30 PMClosing

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Here are the challenges. 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 Transforming Lives Theme of the Hackathon. Please come prepared to pitch your project at the Hackathon so that you can recruit teams to work on them.


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.


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How can technology help people experience the joy of giving?

Knowing that generosity brings about spiritual growth and that generosity is a like a muscle (the sooner they start exercising it the stronger the person will become), how do we radically shrink the amount of time it takes someone to become generous to a cause?



Helping the Homeless

How can technology help a homeless person or family find a home? How can technology equip leaders in their homeless ministry and increase their reach and impact?

So you are a homeless kid, living in your car with your sister and mom. How is mom supposed to submit applications to housing providers to get into a shelter or transitional housing? She can’t send or receive faxed applications. She doesn’t have the $5 to send it to RiteAid or Bartels… She doesn’t have the gas money to go pick one up. She doesn’t have a mailing address so we can’t send her one… and even if she did, she can’t get to the post office to pay for it and mail it… BUT!! She can get to the library or a service center to fill out the form online and submit it!

Right now organizations serving the homeless, like Vision House, are using paper forms , that they try to fax, mail or email to the homeless client. Yet, it is really difficult for the homeless to get it back to them for the reasons above.

Furthermore, the homeless has to fill a separate application to every single organization, increasing their frustration and despair, while at the same time creating more work and inefficiencies for the organizations which are working from separate applications queues that contain many of the same homeless cases. What if there was an online free service that would allow the homeless to complete a single form, and update when their information changes, which then would go in a service queue from which all organizations providing housing will pull from? What if that service allows better communication with the homeless, and between agencies? What else can that service do to bring the hope that is Christ and the generosity of our communities to positively affect the life of the homeless child down your street?

What if the service had a mobile app that church volunteers can leverage to go on the street and help homeless people apply for housing? What if by providing such mobile app, you could foster an “adopt a corner” movement by which a Christian would take responsibility for bringing the application process to the homeless person on that corner? What if those “adopt a corner” volunteers can also help the homeless update their information on the mobile app?


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Asset Based Ministry Mapping

How can technology be used to identify, promote, evaluate, collaborate, augment, and fill the gaps of ministry programs around the city?

When a major restaurant chain looks into expansion in the city, they have market research to understand everything about how that community is being served by others. They know who is serving the community, what they serve, where they serve, who they serve, how they are serving, and how the community perceives the service.

How can Christian ministries do the same? How can a comprehensive, up to date, asset based map be created to provides a holistic map of resources, needs, efforts, and gaps? The goal would be to foster collaboration, improve service quality, and focus giving to the areas where it can be most effective.

How can technology be used to identify, promote, evaluate, collaborate, augment, and fill the gaps of ministry programs around the city?

Imagine a real time map to track every ministry initiative in the city. Imagine the crowd providing information about who is doing what, and how they are serving the community. Imagine a Yelp for Ministry with some level of quality control to vet the entries.

Now imagine, as an example, tracking children ministry efforts in a city:

Help direct children to locations where they can be taught and show gaps where ministry in unavailable.
Data could be categorized by type of ministry and number of children typically involved, including overlays of population and youth statistics
Enable leaders to check in with category and numbers. Frequency of check in at location would communicate frequency/consistency of ministry provision.
Help potential volunteers and funders find local community opportunities to contribute.
Helps families learn where the nearest sports ministry or literacy training or grief counseling for children is available.
Also begins to show where new initiatives and resources might be strategically directed.
When gaps are found, there could be an aspect of a Christian Kickstarter.com the Church. All ideas funded are not for profit but rather to fill an area of need in the world of ministry

Then imagine similar possibilities for any type of ministry.


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Ministry Task Rabbit

How can technology link those who need help doing ministry to those willing to help them?

Ministries tend to be underfunded and often led by someone with a big heart, but that doesn’t mean they can do everything that might be needed. All of us need help with various things and there could be someone in our city that would love to help with their area of expertise, but not know how to find the person who needs the help.

How can technology link those who need help doing ministry to those willing to help them?

In some countries there are new movement to equip young people with technical skills, but the question remains, how to match them to people who need that expertise? What if there was a task rabbit for those doing ministry and those who want to volunteer. No money is exchanged, but rating systems could still identify satisfactory volunteers and “customers”, so that those accepting the offer of help can have confidence that the one offering it is safe, effective, and dependable—and volunteers don’t offer their time to someone who misuses it.

Volunteer opportunities could be limited in size so that no volunteer is exploited. Young people looking for community involvement/service hours would have an easy way of finding opportunities. People working in professions could offer their services and those doing ministry could find the type of service they need. Some of this work requires physical involvement, but other types could be done remotely (ex. IT help, set design, creating a parent newsletter template, etc.).


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Language, Literacy and the Unreached

How can technology promote worldwide biblical literacy? How can technology help people with limited reading skills to understand and engage the Bible?

50% of the world is illiterate and will never be reached with the printed page. And yet, every person has the right to receive God’s Word in their own language because, only God’s truth has the ability to transform the heart and the mind.

Even among the literate, biblical content in their heart language may be scarce and even in languages where there is an abundance of content, many people are not biblically literate.

How can technology promote worldwide biblical literacy? How can technology help people with limited reading skills to understand and engage the Bible?

There is such a thing as “heart language.” These are the thoughts in your head, the phrases you naturally repeat, the songs that make their way from your lips into your psyche. Most of these are first heard with our ears and repeated with our lips.

For the first time in history the Bible in text, audio and video has now been normalized and made available via APIs so YOU can reach 5.7 billion people in over 800 languages. Through the Digital Bible Platform you can integrate the Bible in all of your most effective digital evangelism, discipleship and engagement tools? Faith Comes By Hearing is looking for the most creative ways to apply this platform to reach the World! And they want to support you all the way to accomplish this.

What if people around the world could remember the whole counsel of God in their heart language? Can believers have the promises, reasoning, implications, songs and stories of Scripture readily available in their hearts and minds instead of simply on their smartphones or bookshelves?

Can we build oral translation technology to help multilingual churches thrive and promote the witness of a united church that spans language and cultural barriers?

Can we invent tools that empower people to create multilingual video and audio content that engages people who are not proficient readers with the Scriptures?


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Fighting Pornography

How can we leverage technology to disrupt the production, consumption, and promotion of pornography online?

There’s a growing body of evidence that directly connects pornography to human trafficking and sexual slavery. In fact, 1 in 5 pornographic images online involve child victims of sex trafficking. Traffickers are using technology to exploit people more effectively than the organizations who are trying to protect and rescue them.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, and the second largest after the global drug trade! There are an estimated 27 million people in slavery around the world, which is more than any other time in history. The average age of entry into prostitution in the United States is 12-14 years old.

Human trafficking has become one of the key issues of our time and people in every sector of society are rising up to end modern day slavery. Meanwhile, pornography is on the rise. The average age of first exposure to porn is 11 years old. 93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to porn before they turn 18, and 70% of 18-24 year old young men view porn monthly. Within the church, 50% of men and 20% of women are addicted to porn, and 37% of pastors say that it’s a current struggle.

What if a choice to view porn, was actually a choice to promote and condone sexual slavery? In a day when at least 1 in 5 porn images is a child victim of sex trafficking and 88% of all porn contains acts of physical violence or aggression, the line between porn and human trafficking is rapidly diminishing

Can you create technology to affect Demand Reduction?

This effort would focus on getting fewer men to buy sex and consume pornography by disrupting online channels to pornography and sex by presenting alternative messages to men, including targeted search ads (Google, Bing, etc.), banner/page ads (on Backpage, MyProviderGuide, etc), and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). This intervention could include information about where men can get help/counseling, the harmful effects of sex buying on trafficking/prostitution survivors, and possible consequences (legal, social, health) of buying sex.

Build technology for Victim Outreach

This consists of sending messages crafted by survivors of prostitution to ads online selling sex. Email and text replies are then received by survivor services organizations which are able to follow-up with information for support.

Use technology for Awareness & Victim Identification

Blanket awareness efforts on signs of possible trafficking through online channels and social media platforms to drive identification and reporting.

Create technology to produce better data for the Anti-Trafficking Movement

The current state of information and quality data in the anti-trafficking movement is limited at best. Develop an open dashboard to help existing organization leverage and share the data they do have in meaningful ways both internally and across the non-profit, law enforcement, and government ecosystem. Social media or other web data could be valuable for detecting popular sentiment about pornography and prostitution, or perhaps even detecting instances of illicit activity that’s difficult to track by conventional means.



Building Stronger Relationships

How can we leverage technology to create, cultivate and strengthen some of society's most foundational relationships--marriage, family, friendships?

So much as been written and researched about how technology, and social media in particular, has changed us as a society and as individuals. While there are many benefits that can be harnessed from these technologies, there are also many ways that these technologies have negatively affected us. One area that has been profoundly shaped by recent technology is community.

How can we leverage technology to create, cultivate and strengthen some of society’s most foundational relationships–marriage, family, friendships?

For example, can you build an app that helps husbands and wives build gospel-centered marriages?

Can you create a social network that fosters mentoring relationships between generations?

How about games or apps for latchkey kids to stay connected and avoid loneliness, boredom, and fear?

Can you make a game that includes children in the lives of their itinerant parents? Can you building an app for a parent who travels to develop closeness with child. Child gives parent the traveling challenge. e.g. photos of something from: each letter in child’s name numbers of phone number or street address what you liked best in the hotel you stayed the funniest thing you heard?

Researcher John Gottman says the best thing we can do is have a 6 second kiss every day with your spouse. Can you create the technology equivalent to the six-second kiss?


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A panel of judges will award over $10,000 in cash prizes.

  • $2,500 to Best Overall started at the hackathon
  • $2,500 to Best Overall started before the hackathon
  • $1,500 to Runner-up started at the hackathon
  • $1,500 to Runner-up started before the hackathon
  • $1,000 to People’s choice (voted by all participants across all submitted projects)
  • Plus, other cash prizes for best use of sponsors’ platforms and judges’ special awards.

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

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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.

April Moh

April Moh
Account Manager, Account Manager

April is Account Manager at award-winning PR firm, Allison+Partners. She brings an extensive experience that includes a unique cross-cultural background encompassing technology, consumer and corporate industries in Asia and the US. At Allison+Partners, April manages a range of technology clients ranging from start-ups to listed companies. With her finger firmly on the pulse of innovation, she understands what excites the media – and consistently secures high-value placements in top-tier outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Re/code, Engadget, TechCrunch and many more.
Blake Burris

Blake Burris
CEO, CleanWeb Initiative

Bob Pritchett

Bob Pritchett
President/CEO Logos Bible Software

Brian Howe

Brian Howe
Executive Director & Co-Founder, Impact Hub Seattle

Brian supports entrepreneurs in structuring, launching, and scaling ideas. He is our CEO, as well as the town crier who started yelling about Impact Hub Seattle a few years ago, and has loved watching the village help raise it. Currently, he wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about how this space, community, and resources can best inspire entrepreneurs to build ventures worthy of their full humanity.Prior to launching Impact Hub, he founded Vox Legal PLLC, a law firm that specialized in setting up structures for social ventures, start-ups, and nonprofits. He loves to teach and gets to do so at a few graduate universities, talking about business, social justice, and possibility. He currently serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the UW Center for Commercialization, an advisor to Fledge.co and SiFP.net, a board member with Arts Aftercare and Realize Impact, of counsel with Apex Law Group, and as a partner with VenturScale. He's never happier than when cooking with his wife, hanging out on a rooftop with friends, or playing with his nephews.
Colin Wong

Colin Wong
Founder and CEO, eBible.com

Colin Wong is the founder and CEO of eBible.com, the only Bible that lets you to ask questions on any verse, and get answers from real people. Colin has a strong background in Internet technologies. He worked at Google engineering in the launch the Google AdWords and AdSense products. Colin has three kids and holds a passion for business, technology, and faith.
Daniel Todd

Daniel Todd
CEO, Affinity.IS

Daniel Todd co-founded his first Internet start-up in the fall of 1999. Under his leadership they ranked several times in the Inc 500 fastest growing companies ranking as high as #7 in 2005. Daniel’s latest company Affinity Influencing Systems founded in mid-2012 has raised $1.3M in funding and has 10 employees. Affinity is building the worlds most effective “Just in Time Influencing” platform by working with celebrities to engage their fans when they are shopping and rewarding those fans for purchases at participating merchants. Daniel is also a TechStars mentor, advisor and board member to a variety of start-ups.
Diane Hoeft

Diane Hoeft
Founder, Shopvolution

Diane Hoeft has worked for 13 years in marketing and product roles in the US and Europe. At Microsoft, she helped define business relationships with external partners in the US and the UK. She moved to England in 2005 and joined Dow Jones to build their sales and operations unit for the EMEA digital business. In 2010, she founded Shopvolution, the developer of social shopping tool Shopcade. Her experience has given her a passion for digging in with tech teams to bring products to life. Diane serves on the board of Kiros and attends University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. She has a toddler and loves dreaming up ways technology will be a part of her daughters life as she grows.
Dusty Gulleson`

Dusty Gulleson`
Founder, ORA, eResources

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.)
Jeff Bone

Jeff Bone
Founder, ORA

Jeff is a serial entrepreneur responsible for the founding of six successful commercial companies, three non-profits and a community foundation. Before joining the eResources team where he manages the strategy and consulting practice, Jeff served as the Chief Technology Officer for Common Good, Inc. in Washington, D.C. developing a global educational initiative to teach and promote Freedom of Conscience via social media. He served as the COO at the John Jay Institute in Philadelphia, as a Strategic Gifts Officer for Prison Fellowship, had organizational-turn-around work as the COO for MOPS International, Inc. , and annual-report-leading work as CIO for the American Bible Society. Prior to his social entrepreneurship, Jeff was a Sr. Vice President and lead the interactive services division of NASDAQ-traded Crosswalk.com. He is also the founder and served as President/CEO of the software company Infomedia, Inc., a developer of early commercial internet banking software. He has served on the board of Praktikos, Inc., the LECAF Foundation, IEEE SoutheastCON, ACM/SIGGRAPH and co-chair of the technology committee for the PCA. Jeff graduated from Samford University, did his graduate MBA work at the University of Colorado, graduate theological studies at New Geneva Seminary, executive studies in the Industrial Liaison program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was recently selected for the inaugural class at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Global Innovations Program in Social Enterprise. He and his wife have five adult children and make their home in Colorado. Jeff Bone helped co-found ORA LLC
Jeremy Vallerand

Jeremy Vallerand
President, Rescue:Freedom International

Jeremy is the President of Rescue:Freedom International, a non-profit organization focused on ending human trafficking and bringing freedom to women and children in sexual slavery. He has a diverse background in diplomacy, international business, and marketing, and is passionate about the social impact of innovation and entrepreneurship. Jeremy has a graduate degree in Diplomatic Studies from University of Oxford, and has worked with government leaders and ambassadors from around the world. As an entrepreneur and consultant, he has worked with numerous Fortune 100 companies, global NGOs, and start up ventures. Jeremy frequently speaks to organizations, churches, students, and business leaders about human trafficking, leadership, and the importance of intergenerational relationships. He is an avid outdoorsman and the cofounder of Climb for Captives, an initiative that utilizes mountain climbing to combat human trafficking. Jeremy and his wife, Maren, live in Seattle with their two children.
Jim Straatman

Jim Straatman
Technologist, Logos Bible Software

Kent Shaffer

Kent Shaffer
Founder, Open Church

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.
LouAnn Hunt

LouAnn Hunt
Digital Bible Manager, Faith Comes By Hearing

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..."
Neil Ahlsten

Neil Ahlsten
Co-Founder, CEO, Carpenter's Code

Neil has a passion for innovation that serves the Gospel. Neil is Co-Founder/CEO of Carpenters Code, which has built Abide, an iPhone app for praying together. Neil is on leave from Google, where he spent six years managing business development for vertical ads, launching access and mobile projects in Africa, and a variety of other roles. Before Google, Neil was the Darfur / Chad refugee program manager for the U.S. Department of State, and served in hotspots across Africa for Food for the Hungry and the World Bank.
Rob Garey

Rob Garey
Senior Associate, Point B

Rob is a Senior Associate at Point B, an award-winning management consultancy, where he helps Seattle’s finest companies form, execute, and thrive. An Oxford-educated and -inspired consultant and entrepreneur, Rob's experience spans the private, public, and social sectors, having worked in corporate strategy with Opportunity International, public policy for the Committee on Ways & Means in the US House of Representatives, and advised several best selling books. Rob has been a part of founding two startups-- one successful and one, not so much. He's a member of the Climb For Captives founding team, has served on the board of Seattle Against Slavery, and currently advises Rescue:Freedom International in conspiring how to end human trafficking and bring freedom to women and children in slavery. Rob is married to the invincible Vanessa, and they live in Seattle with their two children.
Rick Sharp

Rick Sharp
Development Lead, CauseLabs

Rick Sharp is a software developer with 14 years experience in the software industry. During that time, he has worked to develop high-availability digital content delivery systems, statistical analytics reporting platforms, and a group hotel booking system previously used by Orbitz. He currently works for CauseLabs, a leader in Rapid Problem Solving exclusively for Great Causes, where he acts as Lead Developer for the Bible.ishttp://Bible.is and Digital Bible Platform suite of applications. When Rick steps away from the computer, he enjoys dabbling in audio engineering and leads small group studies.
Scott Hagan

Scott Hagan
Pastor of Real Life Church in Sacramento & Church Multiplication Network

Susan Camerer

Susan Camerer
Executive Director & Co-Founder, Vision House

Executive Director & Co-Founder, Susan Camerer, has served Vision House in many leadership positions since its inception in 1990. Susan now leads a staff of 50, oversees an operating budget of over $2 million, and directs all capital and expansion projects. Susan has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington and 12 years of experience operating a for-profit company. She has also served as the chair of the marketing committee for the National Partnership Advancing Transformational Housing, a national effort dedicated to serving more homeless families across the nation. In 2010, Susan was featured in the book Secrets of Self-Starters: 48 Amazing Stories to Ignite the Self-Starter in YOU! by Dr. Julie Miller.
Tim Gaydos

Tim Gaydos
Pastor, Seattle Church

Tim Gaydos is a husband, father, follower of Jesus, chaplain and pastor to the city of Seattle. Tim currently serves as a pastor of A Seattle Church, a newly forming community in Seattle and as Chaplain with the Seattle Sounders FC. He also serves on the board of the Belltown Business Association, REST (Real Escape from Sex Trade) and Center for Global Urban Leadership. Tim has a heart to bring the whole gospel of Jesus to the whole city of Seattle and has been active working on special projects with the Mayor's office and City Council. Previously, he has helped to plant churches in downtown Seattle and Rainier Valley.

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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 API, in order to enable you to build better and faster. That said, please note that there is no compulsion that these API must be used or any other restrictions on technologies that you may use at the Hackathon.

We believe that these platforms may assist you as you create effective solutions to today’s problems. We have also instituted cash prizes of $500 for the best usage of each of the APIs our sponsors have provided. So leverage these API and the best resources around so that together, we can create technology that matters.

Access to hundreds of versions and languages.

Access to hundreds of versions and languages.

Get access to hundreds of Bible versions available across multiple languages. We are constantly adding new versions to BibleSearch and try to offer the most popular versions through our API. View all API versions.

Search the Bible.

Search the Bible for any reference or keyword directly from your site. The API makes it easy for you to integrate search functionality so that your users can find the verse that they are looking for quickly.

Access to entire Bible.

Provide your users with full access to the Bible. Not only do they have the ability to search the Bible, but you can provide direct access to books, chapters, and verses in a way that fits your application.

Multiple versions in a unified format.

Access multiple versions all with single unified format. We’ve done the hard work of converting varied and proprietary text formats so that you can focus on building your app and not on text conversion.

Create your own app.

We provide the Bible text so that you can dream up the the next app that truly helps individuals engage with the Bible.

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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


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


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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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.


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


There will be identical but separate cash 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 prizes.


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.


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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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 2014 Code for the Kingdom Seattle Hackathon?

The Code for the Kingdom Seattle Hackathon is being organized by Leadership Network with the collaboration of Carpenters, The SF Bay Christian Entrepreneurs Meetup Group, and CrazyLove.org.

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 Seattle Hackathon?

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

I'm from outside the Seattle. 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.

Is food provided?

Yes – We will provide dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast, and lunch on Sunday.

I can’t stay whole 24 hours, 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?


Will I meet my team members before the event?

Possibly. You can use the Code for the Kingdom Google + Community at anytime to meet other participants, propose ideas, and recruit or be recruited into a team. But you can also bring your own team, or come alone and become part of a team at the hackathon.

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.

Won’t other teams who are building on top of technologies they already developed, not have an unfair advantage over me who plans to start coding during the actual hackathon hours?

We don’t think so. There will be separate prizes, but of similar amount, for teams that present solutions built on their existing technologies, and for teams that start fresh at the hackathon. We want to honor all of you, regardless of whether you have been working for a while on something you are passionate about, or whether you decide on something brand new.

Do I have to work non-stop?

No. The work space will be available non-stop ( the entire hackathon 47 ) 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 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.

Come prepared!

Will there be awards given?

Yes. We will give over $10K in cash awards.

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Who is on the Jury?

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

What are the judging criteria?

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