We look forward to seeing you at the LDSTech Conference this week (March 28-30). For those of you attending the conference, we have a few last-minute reminders:
Print your schedules. Schedules now include room information and other details. To print your schedule, go to the LDSTech Conference Schedule application at https://tech.lds.org/conf. Make sure you have signed up for the sessions you want to attend. Then click Print. For more instructions, see LDSTech Conference schedule.
Complete your user profile. If you're planning to work on various projects during the conference, you need to sign the Individual Contributor's License Agreement. This is part of your LDSTech profile. To sign the agreement, go to https://tech.lds.org and sign in with your LDS Account. Then click Projects on the top menu. You will be prompted to sign the agreement. You can also complete the Skills and Profile subtabs, as well as browse and join projects on the Projects subtab.
Know whom to contact. If you need help with anything, see this list of contact points. If you're trying to contact your project manager, the project manager's contact information is listed in the project team details. On LDSTech, click Projects, and then click the Projects subtab. Click your project's name. Then click the person listed as the 'Project Manager & Contact.'
Watch the streams. If you're not coming to the conference, you can still listen to the keynote sessions and some of the more popular sessions, as they will be streamed. You can watch the session streams by clicking the links on the live session streams page.
A new resource is now available to help members invite others to watch or listen to general conference. The "Invite Others" page is available on the general conference page of LDS.org and on the Church's official Facebook page. Along with an introductory YouTube video that can be easily shared through several social networking platforms, banners and widgets are also available for those willing to place these on their websites or blogs.
If you have a blog and you would like to promote the LDSTech Conference to your readers, you can add an LDSTech conference badge to your blog's sidebar. This badge is simply an image that links to the LDSTech Conference wiki page.
You can select from two sizes of badges: 180px wide or 136px wide. If you have a WordPress blog, you can even install the badge through a plugin. For details on the badges and instructions for installing the badge on WordPress or Blogger, see Adding LDSTech conference badges to your website on the wiki.
We've added an extra day to the LDSTech Conference schedule. On Wednesday, March 28, we will have the privilege of hearing from Clark Gilbert, president and CEO of the Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media.
Clark's keynote will be from 5-6pm on March 28. Here's more information about Clark:
Clark Gilbert is the president and CEO of the Deseret News Publishing Company and Deseret Digital Media. The Deseret Newsis Utah’s longest running business and one of the nation’s fastest growing newspapers, both in print and online. Deseret Digital is one of the largest targeted media networks in the country. It manages the commercial Web properties of the Deseret Media Companies: DeseretNews.com, KSL.com, DeseretBook.com, MormonTimes.com and LDSChurchNews.com.
Prior to DDM, Gilbert was an associate academic vice president at Brigham Young University–Idaho, where he oversaw the university’s online learning and distance education initiatives. He was also a professor of entrepreneurial management at the Harvard Business School and has a background in media innovation.
In the past, we've seen many forum requests for short guides about the new LDS.org tools, sites, and applications available. Many of you occasionally teach fifth Sunday lessons focused on Church technology; others have a need to get basic information out to members in your ward or stake about these resources.
The LDS.org getting started guides page on the LDSTech wiki now has 10 one-page guides available. The guides cover Calendar, Directory, Newsletter, Lesson Schedules, Leader and Clerk Resources, My Study Notebook, LDS.org, LDS Account, and Mormon.org. There is also a Church Websites Overview guide.
In this video, various LDSTech community volunteers share what motivates them to get involved in LDSTech projects and other efforts within the community.
Most of these interviews were recorded at the previous LDSTech Conference in 2011. If you're interested in attending the LDSTech Conference this year, to be held March 28-30 in Riverton, Utah, see https://tech.lds.org/wiki/LDSTech_Conference.
Note: If the video is blocked because of the meetinghouse filter, view it here.
One of the biggest roadblocks employees run into when considering a volunteer workforce is the great burden of communication and coordination needed with volunteers. The LDS Music App team solves this problem by utilizing a church service missionary to be the primary contact between volunteers and ICS employees.
The LDS Music app gives users access to all Church-published music on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Currently, volunteers are working to get Church music transcribed for needed languages for use on the app, among other things. “They are actively involved in testing beta software, making sure everything functions right, and ensuring the content is displayed accurately,” said Elder David Sierakowski, community manager.
Hilton Campbell heads the LDS music app team as the project lead and developer. In the beginning of the project, Hilton himself coordinated with volunteers. “The burden of community volunteers can be pretty high,” Hilton said, especially with the now 174 volunteers committed to the project, and more joining every day. “It was fully consuming. It wasn’t working.”