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Area Technology Specialists Needed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Barbara Anne Gardner   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Have you spent years of your life immersed in technology? Have you ever considered using those skills to build the kingdom? Do you want to make a real difference in the lives of people throughout the world? Are you ready to join 83,000 missionaries who are called to ‘hasten the work’?

The blessings of technology need to be shared throughout the Church and around the world, and a technology mission is a great way to do it. We need people who are capable of implementing technology solutions and who can support and train the people who live in those areas. Some areas with current openings include Brazil, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Japan, and Korea.  They need you if:

  • You are ready to serve as a full time senior missionary
  • You are experienced with computers, printers, copiers, scanners, wired and wireless networks, the Internet, and audiovisual equipment
  • You love working with and teaching others
  • You can speak one of the languages needed
  • Solving problems is one of your favorite things

These senior missionary assignments are called area technology specialists (ATS) and they provide training and support to stake technology specialists (STS) throughout each mission. Follow the link http://tech.lds.org/mission to learn more.

And even if you aren’t ready to serve a mission, maybe you know someone with the right skills who is looking for an exciting missionary experience. We encourage you to let them know about this great opportunity to serve!

 
February LDSTech Broadcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Duerden   
Monday, 20 January 2014

Jim Byer will be giving the presentation “Windows 8 Gospel Library” at noon MST on Friday, February 7, 2014.

The Gospel Library for Windows 8 was originally developed last year. An LDSTech community of .NET Developers was formed to convert it to Windows 8.1, update the content, fix some bugs, and release it to the Microsoft Windows Store. That release was posted December 26, 2013.

Additional features and a redesign of the user interface is scheduled for the next release, which may come as early as April general conference. New features include synchronizing annotations (bookmarks, highlights, notes, tags, and cross-references) with other devices, presenting content in multiple languages, resizing text, and other features as time and resources allow.

The changes to Gospel Library for Windows will also have a positive effect on the Gospel Library for Windows Phone application. The two products were completely separate, but the new architecture will merge the code into one base.

How to Attend the Broadcast

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To watch the LDSTech broadcast, click the "Watch it now" button at the time of the broadcast. If you would like to attend the broadcast in person, you may join us in the Riverton Office Building (3740 West Market Center Drive, Riverton, UT, Ground Floor, Zion Room A).

Each broadcast is recorded, so if you miss one, you can re-watch the recording at any time. In fact, if you tune in late to the broadcast, you can rewind the broadcast and play it from the beginning. See the Broadcast Archive to view previous broadcasts.

Asking Questions

Viewers can ask questions through Twitter during the broadcast. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at Twitter.com. When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.

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An LDSTech International Trio PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Duerden   
Monday, 25 November 2013

Three International Attendees from the LDSTech Conference:  Mafoya, Caesar, Guilli

International attendees at the 2013 LDSTech Conference included LDSTech Chapter members from India, Africa, and Brazil, among others. The Chapter President from India was Uday Teki (see separate spotlight article). From Benin, Africa, was Mafoya Joel Dossoumon. From Brazil were Caesar Silva and Giulliane Cristine Nunes Ferraz.

 

 

Brother Dossoumon lives in Chicago now, but he came out to the conference this year after hearing about it from his friend Seth Ayim, who is the LDSTech Chapter President in Accura, Ghana.

Mafoya came to the United States four years ago to go to school. He has since graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Illinois (last May). Now, like many college graduates, he is looking for work “in online communications, web content management, marketing, public relations, writing, anything.” And he is a published author and has a book of his experiences in Africa he has published.

He taught computer classes to adults as part of his LDSTech Chapter experience in Ghana – where he attended part of his schooling and got to know Seth Ayim. “I hope to go back and start more chapters in Western Africa.”

When asked about the potential of technology in Africa Mafoya said, “There is a tremendous opportunity in general, but for members who can use technology and take advantage of it in teaching and at other

Church events, the opportunity the Church has is great. Little things we take for granted here, like watching a live stream of general conference, means the world to those persons in Africa. Or the members can use phones to download scriptures and share them. There is a wide, wide world of possibilities for the Church in Africa.”

   Brother Caesar Silva was from Tomdrina, Brazil, and graduated from LDS Business College but is now attending BYU. He was eight years old when his family joined the Church in Brazil with his two brothers and sister.

Silva was a presenter of a new app at the Idea Sharing sessions on Thursday, during the conference. He is also a returned missionary (Brazil Sao Paulo Mission) where he regularly went to the Family History Center in his area to help non-members do genealogy and family history, which then opened the opportunity to give them the discussions, a win-win all around.

Also attending with Silva was a friend of his from Rio de Janeiro, Giulliane Cristine Nunes Ferraz. They met here in Salt Lake City while both were attending LDS Business College. She also graduated from there in May and now works at the Church Office Building.

 

When asked what they had gleaned from the conference so far, both said they had enjoyed the keynote speaker and were looking forward to Silva’s presenting his idea at the sharing session.

Br. Dossoumon said he had “learned about service, putting the work of the Lord first, using our talents to further the work - that seems to be the center of all the messages we received. It has been a humbling experience for me, seeing hundreds of highly skilled people eager to put their talents and skills to the service of others.”

 
LDSTech’s Connection in India: Uday Teki PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marianne Kjar-Duerden   
Monday, 25 November 2013

At the LDSTech Conference it became obvious that Church tech is beginning to flood the world. Areas which have been restricted to the gospel are being opened through technology – some of these places include parts of India.

 Uday Teki

India’s LDSTech Chapter President

Uday Teki is an LDSTech chapter president in India. He came to Utah to attend general conference, a BYU Management Conference, and the LDSTech Conference. The Church is young in India with some areas which are closed to proselyting, but tech devices are often able to go where people are not allowed.

India is the second-most populous nation in the world, behind only China. Some studies estimate that up to 80% of the country has accessibility to or are connected to the Internet. But, these tools are somewhat controlled in certain areas, according to Uday.

Uday first saw missionaries on his street when he was 16. He asked them to pray with him for his family because they were going through some tough times. After investigating the Church, he was baptized when he was 17.

 

At his undergraduate school, in India, he represented his school in Sports, Science, and Cultural Affairs. He played on the national team of badminton and cricket as well as representing the school at a national science symposium. He won a scholarship to do graduate level study at Coventry University in the UK. He graduated with an MBA in supply chains and information systems.

After graduating, Uday received a mission call and went on a mission to southern India, working in the Mission Office for 9 months as the Mission Secretary. His Mission President is now part of the Area Presidency, and Uday is working with him on technology issues and setting up more chapters in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan in the next 6 to 8 months. He is one of a few young members in India to be a well-educated RM.

 
2014 Innovator Summit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gregory Claude Duerden   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Kickoff Your New Year With Chris Dancy at 2014’s New RootsTech Innovator Summit


Experience the largest event focused on expanding technology and business opportunities which leverage family history data. LDSTech members can use the early registration discount code IS59GC2 through 1/14/14 to get a discounted pass at $59 for Wednesday, or $139 for a full conference pass. [This offer expires January 15, 2014]

New for 2014, RootsTech Innovator Summit is a unique opportunity for software developers, entrepreneurs and technology business leaders to explore and influence technology solutions in the family history industry.

This year, we’ve created a day for a wider audience of innovators to participate in a great lineup of sessions and content. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from other developers, business leaders, academia, and industry experts on a Pre-Conference Kickoff Day, Wednesday, Feb. 5 2014. Additional tech sessions will be held all throughout the RootsTech conference (Feb. 6-8) and the Expo Hall from Thursday through Saturday, which also includes several business oriented sessions for innovators. 
Full details are online: https://rootstech.org/schedule-info/innovator-summit/.

Full details are online: https://rootstech.org/schedule-info/innovator-summit/.                          

New Innovations. New Opportunities.
To keep pace with expanding opportunities, family history organizations are increasingly working together to create compelling solutions. The evolving API landscape is creating a host of new opportunities.
World Class Content and Networking Opportunities
Join us for a FREE lunch on Wednesday with our keynote speaker Chris Dancy, "The Most Quantified Human," featured in WIRED, TED NYC 2013, and PBS. Network with people from innovative companies such as Disney, Google, and Lexmark, with more than 100 leading technology vendors in our massive exhibitor hall (Thursday-Saturday). There will be 30+ business/tech sessions including a keynote address by Chris Dancy, "Facebook of the Dead" Keynote/lunch, as well as Cydni Tetro, Disney; Robert Gardner, Google; Phil Windley, Kynetx CTO; Evan Carroll, (author, Your Digital Afterlife); many developer/API sessions

More information can be found at http://bit.ly/IPNKhp

 
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