Winners Announced for the Gospel App & Game Contest Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Friday, 17 October 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014, the winners of the Gospel Games and App Contest were announced by Blaine Maxfield, CIO of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the LDSTech Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Almost all of the contest entrants are now, or will be, available in the various app stores, and the URLs are at https://tech.lds.org/wiki/ContestApps

Developers from the United States and several other countries submitted games and apps for the contest. A total of 80 potential entrants were submitted, many in the final hours of the deadline day (Oct. 10). Most were for Android platform, several were for iOS and a few were windows based.

The contest had three divisions for the games and apps: Primary, Youth and Family. Almost a dozen Honorable Mentions were asked to...

 
LDSTech Conference Is Here Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Monday, 13 October 2014

The LDSTech Conference is this Thursday and Friday, Oct 16 & 17, 2014, at the University of Utah LDS Institute of Religion building on South Campus Drive on Salt Lake City's east bench from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a 'Birds of a Feather' session on Thursday afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Keynote speakers will start each day off at 9:00 a.m.  You'll find lots of valuable and interesting information available in the breakout sessions.  There are also opportunities to share your ideas, meet with project teams, and network with other technology enthusiasts.  Free breakfast and lunch are provided to those who register in advance.

Winners of the Gospel App and Game Contest will be announced at the Keynote sessions.  Conference attendees will also have the chance to play the games, use the apps, and vote on their favorites. 

There are a lot of reasons you'll want to be there.  See you at the conference.  

 
Comments sought on LDSTech blog's 'Read More' button Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014

Regular readers of LDSTech’s blog may have seen a recent change in how the articles are presented. Since July we have added a “read more” button, showing only a tease of the first few sentences to let the reader know the main idea of the articles, and we want to know what our readers think of this.  Is it annoying, do you like it, or are you unaffected by it? What are your opinions?

Input from our readers is important to us. We are actively seeking your comments on the stories and articles on the LDSTech blog. How do they appear on the blog? Is the content of interest to you? What do you like about it and what do you suggest to improve it?

With that invitation, the rest is up to you.  Just add your comment below.

 
LDSTech Conference Session Highlights - Part 3 Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Tuesday, 30 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. Here are more sessions we don’t want you to miss:

Overview of how to use LDS.org/calendar Thursday and Friday 1:00 p.m. by Elder Jed Black

Audience would include:  Relief Society leaders, Young Men leaders, auxiliary leaders, Ward leadership, Building Scheduler, Clerks, Bishopric

An overview of how to use calendar and what calendar can do...

 
LDSTech 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...

 
LDSTech 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...

 
LDSTech 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 LDSTech 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 LDSTech 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...

 
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