Other Activities at the LDSTech 2014 Conference Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Monday, 08 September 2014

IDEA SHARING

A crowd favorite activity, Idea Sharing, will return for this year’s LDSTech Conference.

Last year the Ideas Sharing session had ideas shared which included new apps for picture/graphic sharing, map apps, and new ideas about other tools and apps. The 15-minute presentation times were held for a couple of hours each day, without any presentation being duplicated. That made for more than a dozen presentations during the two days. Its popularity has made it a regular feature of the Conference.  Click to request a time slot

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

A new activity “birds of a feather” for people to gather and discuss common ideas, issues, and undocumented features. On Thursday after the Conference, from 4:30 – 5:30, the new ‘birds of a feather’ groups can gather for opportunities to network, learn about a bunch of the latest updates, and gather with like-minded techies to just talk about projects, innovations, new approaches, and ways to accomplish all kinds of things...

 
Church News Article on Gospel App and Game Contest Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The August 24 issue of the Church News contained an article entitled LDSTech Game Contest.  To see the article, follow the link:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865609276/LDSTech-game-creation-contest.html

The link to the contest rules and information is: tech.lds.org/blog/609.

 
Elder Bednar Awaits a "Flood of Righteousness" Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Monday, 25 August 2014

The Devotional talk at Education Week 2014, by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, will be remembered as an important moment in the use of social media by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  (You can watch the entire talk and learn more at social.lds.org.)

Elder Bednar said that his topic was a continuation of his 2009 BYU-Idaho fireside about the role of technology and cyberspace in the lives of members, which was entitled “Things as They Really Are.” In that talk he discussed the spiritual pitfalls of modern technology and some tools in our world today. This continuation is about what those technologies and tools can do for good.

 With almost 40 percent of the missionaries using social media and technology now, Elder Bednar said “An important aspect of the fullness that is available to us in this special season is a miraculous progression of innovations and inventions that have enabled and accelerated the work of salvation: from trains to telegraphs to radios to automobiles to airplanes to telephones to transistors

 
Developers & Programmers Conference Announced Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Friday, 22 August 2014

FamilySearch DevCon (Developer Conference) 2014 will be held September 25-26 at BYU Conference Center in Provo, Utah. The 2-Day price is $95.00, for keynotes, sessions, discussions, demos, food, information, networking opportunities, and prizes.

FamilySearch is leading the family history arena in collaborative development of projects. This Developers Conference is an invaluable opportunity for programmers, developers, and software companies to meet, learn from, and share technical information with industry peers. 

 
LDSTech Conference: More Details! 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 the LDSTech Conference page). 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

 
josephsmithpapers.org Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Friday, 01 August 2014

The Joseph Smith Papers Project is a fascinating trip into the early history of the Church. The project, led by the Church Historian’s Office, gathers documents that pertain to the Prophet Joseph Smith. The project’s purpose is to provide a record of the life and history of the Joseph Smith, Jr. so scholars and students can easily access the foundational documents of the Church.

The Joseph Smith Papers Project not only gathers the documents but publishes complete and accurate transcripts of them, both in print and electronically. Large portions of the collection will be published in many print volumes. In addition, transcripts of all known and available Joseph Smith documents are being published on the Joseph Smith Papers website (see http://josephsmithpapers.org/), along with

 
LDSTech Partners with BYU IT Students Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014

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

 
Church Expands Use of Digital Devices for Missionary Work Print E-mail
Written by G C Duerden   
Friday, 11 July 2014

An article in the Mormon Newsroom recently noted changes in missionary work as digital media becomes more common throughout the world.

After going through a pilot program of 30 missions and 6500 missionaries – primarily in the US and Japan – the mobile device program will be expanded to 162 missions (and 35,000 missionaries by the end of 2015) all using iPad minis, cell phones, and online chat in their work.

The article highlights a video by Elder David F. Evans and an announcement about missionary technology from the First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve Apostles.

To view the entire article, click on the link http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-expands-use-of-digital-devices-for-missionary-work  .

 
Spanish Full-time Senior Technology Missionaries Needed Print E-mail
Written by G.C. Duerden   
Monday, 07 July 2014

Many members dream of someday serving a full-time mission after they retire.  Many members don't know, however, that there is a new opportunity to serve as full-time technology missionaries.  We currently have these opportunities for Spanish-speakers.

Area technology specialists (ATS) are needed in various locations around the world, but especially in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala.  These Spanish-speaking ATS missionaries will be providing training and technical support to stake technology specialists (STS) in the areas. Applicants need to be fluent in both Spanish and English.

Husbands and wives can serve together as area technology specialists, or one spouse can serve as an ATS and the other can have another assignment based in the same location and/or area office.

ATS assignments may include supporting area leadership, facilities management groups, or missions with help for their technology needs. ATSs serve under the direction of the Area ICS (Information and Communication Services) Manager.

Required experience is not excessively technical but does include "skills with computers, printers, copiers, scanners, wired and wireless networks, the Internet, and audiovisual equipment" as the stated on the opportunities website (http://tech.lds.org/mission).  

If you or someone you know has interest in this missionary service, please contact our ATS coordinators, Elder Gary and Sister Marilyn Peterson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or at (801) 240-6226.  For more information about open positions, go to http://tech.lds.org/mission.

 
Gospel App & Game Contest! Print E-mail
Written by Elder Steve Bentley   
Monday, 09 June 2014

LDSTech announces the 2014 Gospel App & Game Development Contest, held as part of the 2014 LDSTech Conference.

The Contest begins immediately. Everyone is invited to develop a gospel-centered iOS, Android, or Windows game or app that will help flood the marketplace with quality entertainment alternatives for our families.

Harness your creative and programming skills to create something worthy. Pass this along to your family, friends, and neighbors to get them involved. Visit Gospel App & Game Development Contest for rules, starter ideas, and more information.

Final submissions are due October 10, 2014 – a week before final judging at the LDSTech Conference. Get started now!

 
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