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.
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:
Several BYU Information Technology students, under the direction of Associate Professor Derek Hansen, recently wrote test scripts for software used for mission finances and administration.
“They roll out a new version of the software regularly,” Hansen explained. “Each new version needs to be checked for code-breaks. Students helped by writing test scripts to simulate using the software to make sure everything works properly.”
Four students worked for almost two years writing scripts which run as part of the automated testing process. The problems, if they show up, can then be debugged. Several such problems were identified by the students.
“It was a great experience for the students, who were able to develop new skills and interact with professionals in a real world work experience. It was like a short internship, but with an important emphasis on service,” Hansen said.
This IMOS software is integrated with many of the systems mission presidents use to manage their responsibilities. The test scripts the BYU students wrote act like a virtual user of IMOS and test the new builds against potential problems.
BYU has other possibilities for collaboration with LDSTech, according to Hansen. “BYU students from across campus are excellent at prototyping novel technological solutions, conducting user experience design research, and performing web and social media analytics” he said. For example, BYU students have been working to help design the onboarding experience for new users of the web-based indexing tool that will be rolled out this year.
“Successful collaborations with LDSTech and BYU share a few characteristics. They are projects that can be conducted relatively independent of the day-to-day operations of LDSTech employees, they can be scoped to fit into the academic schedule, they provide students with opportunities to develop new skills, and they leverage students’ existing skills and interests. The partnership with IMOS has been an excellent example. We also look forward to promoting the LDSTech Conference Gospel Game Apps Contest this Fall”(for details go to http://tech.lds.org/wiki/Contest2014), “as it is an ideal example of where we can leverage the creativity and talent of BYU students.” says Hansen.
For more information on volunteering for LDSTech projects, or to find out about the 2014 LDSTech Conference (Oct. 16 & 17 at the UofU Institute of Religion Building in Salt Lake City, Utah) go to our website: tech.LDS.org /conference for more details.
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.
What role do you think the Mobile Device Team plays in the Church organization?
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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