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Employee Spotlight: David Torgerson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Question

What do you do at the Church?

David

Answer

I am a security engineer for the Family History department, working on the new FamilySearch site. I spend most of my time making sure that our layered approach to security is functioning correctly, and looking for ways to improve our site security.

Question

What role do you think Web site security plays in the Church organization and to the public?

Answer

Working for the Church has been interesting. Instead of working on protecting trade secrets or financial information, I focus on protecting sacred ordinance information and user information while providing a way to make most data public. I have been involved in an initiative to collaborate and share data with external organizations. We have many affiliates, and even more in the approval process. Working with affiliates has introduced many exciting and interesting security challenges, but we try to adhere to as many industry security standards as possible.

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2014 Conference Registration PDF 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 conference page will automatically open on your screen.

The conference will host many exciting opportunities. One new addition to the 2014 conference is a Gospel Game App Contest, with winners of Primary, Youth, and Adult categories being announced at the LDSTech Conference in October. Learn more about how to Create Something Worthy by going to the 2014 Gospel Game & App Contest page.  There are already more than 120 people signed up  for the contest, but more are needed and encouraged to sign up.  There are also several information on pages for this contest, such as:  

 

To learn more about the conference, visit the LDSTech Conference 2014 page.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

 
LDS Maps PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 02 September 2008

URL: http://maps.lds.org

Description: Maps.lds.org provides a simplified user interface for locating LDS places of worship anywhere in the world.

The Web application leverages spatial data management technologies from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and rich base map support from Google and Microsoft.

Unlike the previous Meetinghouse Locator, the new maps.lds.org provides a more visual, dynamic user experience. You can switch from road to satellite or aerial views, zoom in or out, and drag the map around.

 
LDSTech Conference: More Details! PDF 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 http://tech.lds.org/wiki/LDSTech_Conference_2014_registration). 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 other sessions are finalized and announced.

Lodging

Special rates have been set up for LDSTech Conference attendees at the following hotels:

IMPORTANT NOTE: On the Marriott website, insert the code LDS into Corporate Group to get a $129 a night rate (based on standard room, length of stay, and day of week). If you arrive Wednesday or Thursday (October 13 or 14) and stay until Saturday (October 17) you’ll get the $129 for each night, but if you only stay Friday night it will be slightly more money with the same discount percentage off since weekend rates are higher.

Make your lodging reservations early as a limited number of rooms at the contracted rate are available.

Gospel Game & App Contest

This year, if you haven't heard, a new fun feature will be the Gospel Games and Apps Contest. Games and apps will be developed and judged for Apple, Android, Windows, or online platforms in the following categories: Primary, Youth, and Family. Winners will be recognized and announced at the LDSTech Conference, so “Create Something Worthy” and submit it by October 10, 2014 to be eligible. See the wiki page http://tech.lds.org/wiki/Contest2014 for all the rules, ideas, categories, and details — we already have 140+ applicants so join in and get working!

More about the LDSTech Conference

Other features of the LDSTech Conference include idea sharing presentations (a real hit last year), networking, learning about Church technology and solutions, and “birds of a feather” sessions where you gather with like-minded techies to talk about projects, innovations, and new ways to accomplish things.

Register now for many exciting opportunities to meet with your teams and others at the conference as LDSTech hosts work on projects, forums to share your own ideas and developments, and presentations to learn more about mobile applications, LDS.org tools, meetinghouse technology.

 
Employee Spotlight: Jim Adams PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Thursday, 09 July 2009

QuestionJim_Adams

What do you do at the Church?

Answer

As a member of the Information and Communications Systems department (ICS) Mobile Device Team, I help coordinate cellular communications for Church headquarters. That includes ordering cell phones and mobile broadband data cards for laptops, helping employees with an array of phone issues, and generally safeguarding the Church’s investment in this popular business tool.

Question

What role do you think the Mobile Device Team plays in the Church organization?

Answer

We try to make the employees’ mobile device experience as smooth and trouble-free as possible. For example, a lost, damaged, or stolen cell phone can represent a minor tragedy in the life of a citizen of the 21st century! We resolve problems as painlessly as possible by having a small stock of lightly-used surplus devices available for immediate replacement. This minimizes “phoneless” down-time. Without this service, hundreds of dollars would be spent on each replacement phone, so we feel we save the Church significant dollars as we help maximize employee productivity.

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