Conference Session Highlights - Part 2 Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Friday, 26 September 2014

LDSTech Conference sessions for 2014 are diverse, from a session on LDS.org Tools to discussions on Mormon Channel’s Multiscreen Strategy or even all about the latest version of LDS.org or specifics on Meetinghouse Technology Voice Networks for Stake Technology Specialists. We are spotlighting a couple of sessions we don’t want you to miss:

Meetinghouse Networks Friday 1:00 p.m. by Gordon Clegg & Kerry Brewer

Audience would include:  Stake technology specialists

Church members are increasingly dependent on meetinghouses to connect to the Internet. This session will review...

 
Conference Session Highlights - Part 1 Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Friday, 26 September 2014

LDSTech Conference sessions for 2014 are diverse.  There are sessions on LDS.org Tools to discussions on Mormon Channel’s Multiscreen Strategy or even all about the latest version of LDS.org or specifics on Meetinghouse Technology Voice Networks for Stake Technology Specialists. We are spotlighting a couple of sessions we don’t want you to miss:

Area Technology Specialists Thursday & Friday at 11:00 am by Paul Scherbel

Audience would include: stake technology specialists, clerks, stake presidents, high councilmen, bishoprics, Sunday School presidencies, librarians, local unit leaders, teachers, and potential missionaries.

As the Church uses more technology in ministering, teaching, and administering...

 
Conference Sessions Recorded but Not Streamed Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A recent decision to not stream video from the 2014 LDSTech Conference will change the way some people interact with the sessions of the conference. The decision was made to allow the limited bandwidth at the University of Utah LDS Institute building to be available for attendees’ use and not use a significant portion for streaming the conference.

At previous conferences, attendees were warned that they might be knocked off the internet due to bandwidth issues (primarily from streaming). This year, most sessions will be...

 
New Conference Sessions Added Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Five new sessions were recently added to the 2014 LDSTech Conference Schedule. You may want to alter your schedule to attend one or more of these new additions.

Flood the Earth – Church-Provided Resources for Using Social Media

The Church’s Senior Advisor over Social Media will share a variety of resources and best practices to help you effectively use social media with your friends and family as well as in your calling. Presented by Jared Covington, Thursday 2:00 p.m., and repeated Friday at 2 p.m.

The use of Social Media within the Church has expanded...

 
Request "Meet the Mormons" to a Theater Near You Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Monday, 22 September 2014

A new Church movie, Meet the Mormons, originally intended to be viewed only at visitor centers and in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building theater, is being released for movie screens across the nation. To make sure it comes to a theater near you, you and your friends need to inform theater owners and managers that you want it to be shown sometime after October 10, 2014.

While it may be readily available in Utah’s Wasatch Front theaters, getting this movie in a theater near you (even in the rural parts of Utah but especially outside of Utah) will need...

 
Gospel App and Game Contest: Accepting Submissions Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

As of Monday, September 15, you can submit your games or apps for the Gospel App and Game Contest, being held in conjunction with the 2014 LDSTech Conference (October 16 & 17 at the U. of U.’s Institute of Religion building at 1780 East South Campus Drive, in Salt Lake City). The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 10 at 11:59 p.m.

More than 170 contestants have already registered for the contest. The submissions will be evaluated beginning October 11, and winners for each category – Primary, Youth and Family – will be determined. The winners will be announced at the LDSTech Conference...

 
Other Activities at the LDSTech 2014 Conference Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Monday, 08 September 2014

IDEA SHARING

A crowd favorite activity, Idea Sharing, will return for this year’s LDSTech Conference.

Last year the Ideas Sharing session had ideas shared which included new apps for picture/graphic sharing, map apps, and new ideas about other tools and apps. The 15-minute presentation times were held for a couple of hours each day, without any presentation being duplicated. That made for more than a dozen presentations during the two days. Its popularity has made it a regular feature of the Conference.  Click to request a time slot

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

A new activity “birds of a feather” for people to gather and discuss common ideas, issues, and undocumented features. On Thursday after the Conference, from 4:30 – 5:30, the new ‘birds of a feather’ groups can gather for opportunities to network, learn about a bunch of the latest updates, and gather with like-minded techies to just talk about projects, innovations, new approaches, and ways to accomplish all kinds of things...

 
LDSTech 2014 Conference Keynote: Blaine Maxfield Print E-mail
Written by Kurt Hills   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Blaine Maxfield is the CIO of the Church and the Managing Director of ICS, the Church’s IT department. Prior to joining Church employment, Blaine worked for SunGard, a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest business software and IT services providers in the world. He also wrote Forbes magazine articles, and as SunGard’s spokesman was interviewed for Dow Jones Magazine and other leading financial journals.

In 2010, Blaine was listed in the Power 100 for delivering industry leading integrated solutions for financial institutions. The Power 100 is a list of the top 100 emerging executives who have made a significant difference in the finance industry.

As president of Frontier Analytics, Blaine worked with Nobel laureate Harry Markowitz, the father of modern portfolio theory, to

 
Church News Article on Gospel App and Game Contest Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The August 24 issue of the Church News contained an article entitled LDSTech Game Contest.  To see the article, follow the link:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865609276/LDSTech-game-creation-contest.html

The link to the contest rules and information is: tech.lds.org/blog/609.

 
Elder Bednar Awaits a "Flood of Righteousness" Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Monday, 25 August 2014

The Devotional talk at Education Week 2014, by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will be remembered as an important moment in the use of social media by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  (You can watch the entire talk and learn more at social.lds.org.)

Elder Bednar said that his topic was a continuation of his 2009 BYU-Idaho fireside about the role of technology and cyberspace in the lives of members, which was entitled “Things as They Really Are.” In that talk he discussed the spiritual pitfalls of modern technology and some tools in our world today. This continuation is about what those technologies and tools can do for good.

 With almost 40 percent of the missionaries using social media and technology now, Elder Bednar said “An important aspect of the fullness that is available to us in this special season is a miraculous progression of innovations and inventions that have enabled and accelerated the work of salvation: from trains to telegraphs to radios to automobiles to airplanes to telephones to transistors

 
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