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.

A special winner will also be announced during the conference after onsite users vote on their favorite game or app. Several games and apps will be loaded and ready, and interested individuals can play or use several of the top submissions and then vote for their favorite.  This “Users Favorite” will also be announced and honored during the conference.

For further details, go to the contest page (https://tech.lds.org/blog/609) and click Submit.

NOTE:  If you haven’t registered, the submission process captures the same information so you can still submit a game or app right up until October 10. There’s still time to “Create Something Worthy.”

 
Other Activities at the 2014 LDSTech 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 here 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 evening of the Conference, from 5:30 – 7:30, the new ‘birds of a feather’ groups can gather for opportunities to

 
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

 
Developers & Programmers Conference Announced Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Friday, 22 August 2014

FamilySearch DevCon (Developer Conference) 2014 will be held September 25-26 at BYU Conference Center in Provo, Utah. The 2-Day price is $95.00, for keynotes, sessions, discussions, demos, food, information, networking opportunities, and prizes.

FamilySearch is leading the family history arena in collaborative development of projects. This Developers Conference is an invaluable opportunity for programmers, developers, and software companies to meet, learn from, and share technical information with industry peers. 

 
LDSTech Conference: More Details! Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Registration is open and available for the 2014 LDSTech Conference, October 16 & 17 (registration is free online at the LDSTech Conference page). It is never too early to make flight reservations and lodging arrangements.

This year’s conference will again be held at the University of Utah’s LDS Institute of Religion Building, on the University of Utah campus (1780 East South Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112).

The conference will be held all day Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, 2014. Attendance is free of cost, and a light breakfast (if you get there by 8 a.m.) and lunch are provided each day. To learn more about what to bring and how to prepare, visit the LDSTech Conference wiki page. Updates will be provided as training, project, and

 
josephsmithpapers.org Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Friday, 01 August 2014

The Joseph Smith Papers Project is a fascinating trip into the early history of the Church. The project, led by the Church Historian’s Office, gathers documents that pertain to the Prophet Joseph Smith. The project’s purpose is to provide a record of the life and history of the Joseph Smith, Jr. so scholars and students can easily access the foundational documents of the Church.

The Joseph Smith Papers Project not only gathers the documents but publishes complete and accurate transcripts of them, both in print and electronically. Large portions of the collection will be published in many print volumes. In addition, transcripts of all known and available Joseph Smith documents are being published on the Joseph Smith Papers website (see http://josephsmithpapers.org/), along with

 
FamilySearch Announces Partnership Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

At the end of April 2014, FamilySearch.org announced a unique partnership with three genealogical database companies: Ancestry.com, Findmypast and MyHeritage.

As a result of a year’s worth of cooperation and negotiations with these new partner organizations, it was announced that members of the Church with an LDS.org account will receive access to these family history websites at no cost by the end of 2014.

Emails were sent in May, and will continue to be sent for the rest of 2014 to members with family history callings, including family history consultants, family history center directors, stake indexing directors, and high priests group leaders, inviting them to

 
2014 Conference Registration Print E-mail
Written by Gregory Claude Duerden   
Thursday, 17 July 2014

Registration for October LDSTech Conference is Now Open!

By GC Duerden                   

The LDSTech Conference registration site is now open for the conference this October 16-17. If you will be joining us in person, you are invited to sign up at tech.lds.org/conf. If you are unable to attend, you can watch streaming videos of many sessions online after the event.

To register:

Note: You can change your personal profile or unregister at any time after you register.

You will receive a confirmation email to the address associated with your LDS Account. The Schedule view of the

 
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