LDSTech 2014 Contest Print E-mail
Written by Elder Steve Bentley   
Thursday, 12 June 2014

Gospel App & Game Contest 

New for 2014, the LDSTech-sponsored Gospel App & Game Development Contest culminates at the LDSTech Conference2014.

LDSTech encourages developers of all levels and abilities to join in this contest to Create*Something*Worthy. From mazes to "where are we?" to "scripture golf", if you have an idea for a gospel or Church related software application, now is the time to make it happen!

Categories and Awards

Apps and Games may be developed for Apple, Android, Windows, or online platforms in the following categories: 

  • Primary

  • Youth

  • Family

Awards, prizes, and recognition will be offered for each category, plus additional awards for teen, senior, and first time creators. And of course, there's the personal satisfaction you'll receive from your accomplishment!

Starter Ideas

Since the gospel is infinite, so are the possibilities for gospel-related applications and games. See the idea and wish list page for specific starter ideas (or to add ideas for apps you'd like to see).

Be Creative!

Find ideas from existing popular apps and improve them -- "create something worthy".

What kinds of games and apps could help you, your children, your grandchildren, or others:

  • have gospel-oriented fun?
  • strengthen testimonies?
  • develop personally?
  • enjoy graphic-violence-free leisure and play time?
  • serve more effectively?
  • connect with gospel and Church themes rather than worldly themes?

Process

Contest Updates. Please visit this page periodically for updates to Rules and Processes.

Submit your app between September 15 and October 10, 2014. Note, if you have not Registered by September 1, the Submission process captures the same needed information.

Copies of your app must be sufficiently available for judging and for demoing at the LDSTech Conference.

Availability. The App must not be commercially available prior to May 1, 2014, although it may be a “significant” upgrade to a version available prior to 5/1/2014.

Attendance. You are not required to attend the LDSTech Conference in order to be eligible or to win. But you do attend, you will need register. Rooms will be available if you'd like to demonstrate your creation.

Rules

  • No Church membership data is allowed.
  • Appropriate Copyright and Licensing for Third Party Intellectual Property, including Church-owned or licensed property, is required.
  • Do not use music which has been licensed to the Church.
  • No malware or other inappropriate content is allowed.
  • You must adhere to the Rights and Use Information (Updated 2/21/2012).
  • You must adhere to the Privacy Policy (Updated 3/18/2014)
  • The creator of the application retains ownership and will not be asked to transfer ownership to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • The App may need to include a disclaimer of ownership by or affiliation with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Please see the Disclaimer Section on the Contest FAQ
  • You are not allowed to use the Church’s name or LDSTech to endorse your application.

FAQs

For additional questions, visit our FAQ page.  

There is also a Forum dedicated to the contest for discussing the contest with others. 


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Comments  

 
# Gregory Claude Duerden 2014-06-13 09:53
Yeah, we are up and live! A great idea and one which will generate lots of enthusiasm for LDSTech Conf (Oct 16 & 17) but for LDSTech too!! Good work Elder Bentley!!
 
 
# Susana Huapaya 2014-06-20 18:42
Excellent idea, I love it and work on it now!
 
 
# Agustin Limachi Sonco 2014-06-21 13:52
I will be waiting with patience, because it will be another kind of helping
 
 
# Mosiah Rodrigo Rodriguez Tellez 2014-06-21 18:23
It's a great to now this excellent idea
 
 
# Zac Brown 2014-06-21 21:14
Awesome! Writing an app now!
 
 
# Tevita Tala'ofa Lasike 2014-06-22 02:29
Sweet! I'm in.
 
 
# Mark Hufford 2014-06-22 06:38
Great idea - this might just get me off my tail and coding a few of those "ideas" I never get around to!
 
 
# Cynthia Ann Jolley 2014-06-23 08:28
So, I have some ideas, but I am less than skilled in the scripting area. Sure, I can get the design on paper, but I can't do anything passed that point.

Is there a way to submit a new idea and hope that a skilled programmer looks at it and agrees to work on it?
 
 
# Alan Smoot 技术 2014-06-23 08:36
Quoting Cynthia Ann Jolley:
So, I have some ideas, but I am less than skilled in the scripting area. Sure, I can get the design on paper, but I can't do anything passed that point.

Is there a way to submit a new idea and hope that a skilled programmer looks at it and agrees to work on it?

One place you can put your idea is on the idea page: https://tech.lds.org/wiki/Apps_ideas
If you want to maintain ownership, you will need to locate a developer to work with you on this project.
Hopefully one of those two things will work for you.
 
 
# Matthew Whitaker 2014-06-24 08:02
Is anyone allowed to enter? Even a 13 year old?
 
 
# Alan Smoot 技术 2014-06-24 08:05
Quoting Matthew Whitaker:
Is anyone allowed to enter? Even a 13 year old?

Yes. With parental permission, they are allowed to enter the contest.
 
 
# Matthew Whitaker 2014-06-25 11:54
Are there any artwork resources we have available? I'm looking specifically for just some cartoon-like versions of Nephi, and other Book of Mormon characters.
 
 
# Marshall Bare 2014-06-25 12:01
What are the awards / return other than spiritual or is it purely voluntary for a good cause? I'm wondering if I can justify dedicating business time into app development. Will the church site promote these apps somehow?
 
 
# Steve Bentley 2014-07-02 07:44
Quoting Marshall Bare:
What are the awards / return other than spiritual or is it purely voluntary for a good cause? I'm wondering if I can justify dedicating business time into app development. Will the church site promote these apps somehow?

Winners will receive plaques, plus recognition at the Conference, on the LDSTech website, and we anticipate in other media. Plus, of course, there's the personal satisfaction aspect of making the world a better place. You retain ownership of your app to market as you wish, so you also have a business decision to make on development resources.
 
 
# Moeed Habib 2014-06-26 20:58
1. Yes, some art resources to use specifically for this contest would be great. ESPECIALLY Preach My Gospel and Gospel Principles type artwork. I was wondering if a member wants to find art, that doesn't have any licensing fees. Just open art that can be used for apps, maybe just crediting the artist. Could someone find some pictures and make a little library of them? 'twould be really helpful for me

2. I started on a little something and made a post on the LDS Tech forum if anyone's interested in giving feedback and positive criticism: https://tech.lds.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=19392

I really need some honest opinions about it.

3. @Cynthia Ann Jolley please do share your ideas! I'm pretty interested and could cook something up.
 
 
# Taylor Jones Hellewell 2014-06-29 16:53
I'm an artist who'd be interested in making art for the right developer. :) Check out alchemyillo.blogspot.com
 
 
# Christopher Steven Voss 2014-06-29 23:25
I am a musician specializing in 8bit music. I would love to work with any of the developers in creating the right sound for the app. (chvo84@gmail.com)
 
 
# Jeremy Nelson 2014-06-30 23:39
"Appropriate Copyright and Licensing for Third Party Intellectual Property, including Church-owned or licensed property, is required." ... How do we obtain licensing permission?
 
 
# Steve Bentley 2014-07-02 07:35
Quoting Jeremy Nelson:
"Appropriate Copyright and Licensing for Third Party Intellectual Property, including Church-owned or licensed property, is required." ... How do we obtain licensing permission?

Requests are made to the Church's Intellectual Property Office using this request form https://www.lds.org/bc/content/ldsorg/content/swf/PD50037188_000_Oct_11%20Copyright%20Request.pdf
Watch for an FAQ with other ideas and more information.
 
 
# Reed Abbott 2014-07-01 13:35
I would like to see a page devoted to organizing teams. I can do app development, but would need a designer to pair with me and don't know exactly how to find the right person.
 
 
# Moeed Habib 2014-07-01 21:29
Quoting Reed Abbott:
I would like to see a page devoted to organizing teams. I can do app development, but would need a designer to pair with me and don't know exactly how to find the right person.


I concur! Can we please have a new subsection of the LDS Tech forums or something similar; to make teams and brainstorm ideas for this? haha

I need more ideas! >_< .
 
 
# Steve Bentley 2014-07-02 07:29
Quoting Matthew Whitaker:
Are there any artwork resources we have available? I'm looking specifically for just some cartoon-like versions of Nephi, and other Book of Mormon characters.

Artwork, artists, and illustrators will take a little searching to find; ask around, do an Internet search. Watch for a FAQ in the next few days.
 
 
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2014-07-02 09:15
We've opened a forum for the contest. Please move comments to that forum. :)

//tech.lds.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=153
 
 
# Rafael Oswaldo Galindo Velasquez 2014-07-17 14:36
I'm very eager to create a RPG game, I'm planning it but I estimate it'll take more time than the due date to submit the game.

It is possible to submit One or two fully working stages of the game ?, I'm putting a lot of effort on it specially in graphics.

Thanks for your answer.
 
 
# Jonathon Christopher J Mullins 2014-09-15 09:26
all they would have to do is pay $99.00 just to enter this contest for IOS. and nothing for the other platforms. how is that fair?
 
 
# Steve Bentley 2014-09-15 09:37
Quoting Jonathon Christopher J Mullins:
all they would have to do is pay $99.00 just to enter this contest for IOS. and nothing for the other platforms. how is that fair?

Welcome to the world of developing for iOS. That's the fee Apple charges for the privilege of registering as a developer in order to make apps available through their process, which is the only means I'm aware of for providing iOS apps to the world.
 
 
# Zac Brown 2014-09-15 09:45
Quoting Jonathon Christopher J Mullins:
all they would have to do is pay $99.00 just to enter this contest for IOS. and nothing for the other platforms. how is that fair?


Quoting Steve Bentley:
[quote name="Jonathon Christopher J Mullins"]all they would have to do is pay $99.00 just to enter this contest for IOS. and nothing for the other platforms. how is that fair?



Yea, that's pretty much it. If you want your apps to be available for mass distribution, you'll have to pay the fee. But, keep writing apps and you'll recuperate the cost. Thankfully it's only annual.

Google is much less expensive with a one time activation fee of $25.00

Then of course you have other mobile platforms, but not hardly any users.
 

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