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LDSTech Conference 2014

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The 2014 LDSTech Conference will be held October 16–17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The LDSTech Conference consists of two days of information-packed sessions about Church technology, community sessions for testing and developing Church software, and opportunities to interact with other community volunteers. The conference is free and everyone is invited to attend, regardless of technical skill.

NEW this year is the Gospel App & Game Development Contest! Anyone can sign up and submit in advance a gospel-themed Game or Application. Conference attendees will be among the first to see these apps and vote on their favorites.

2014 LDSTech Conference details

Location: University of Utah Institute of Religion
1780 E. South Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Date: October 16–17, 2014
Times: 8am - 5pm Thursday and Friday
Who can attend: Everyone is invited
Cost: Free and includes breakfast and lunch both days
Keynotes: Guest speakers to be announced
Register: Go to tech.lds.org/conf

Attendance

There are two ways to view the conference this year: physically present the day of or as a virtual viewer after the event. Only those who will attend in person need go through the registration process. When you register you can select to attend one day or both days. In-person attendance provides the opportunity to meet with others, discuss ideas and concerns, participate in projects, provide feedback, see the latest in LDS technology, and even experience the newest gospel-related software as part of the 2014 Gospel App & Game Contest.

If you intend to view remotely this year, video streaming of the event will be available online after the scheduled conference in Salt Lake City.

Conference Schedule

See the full conference schedule.

If you have already registered, view your schedule now.

Attending in person

Those who intend to attend the conference on the 16th and/or 17th need to register at tech.lds.org/conf/. Registration counts help us plan room sizes, food, and other details.

Filling your schedule

You can select the conference sessions you want to attend at tech.lds.org/conf
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For more details on signing up for sessions to fill in your schedule, see the LDSTech Conference 2014 schedule page.

Commercial and Public Transportation
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Those flying into Salt Lake City for the conference have both commercial and public transportation options to get to their lodging locations and the conference location. Cabs, limousines, and shuttles provided by many hotels both to and from the airport (be sure to ask your lodging option if they offer one) are regularly available at the airport.

Public transportation options are also available. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) operates buses, light rail (TRAX), and commuter rail (FrontRunner). The three TRAX lines run every 15 minutes on weekdays with three lines connecting destinations throughout the Salt Lake Valley. The TRAX Red Line serves the LDSTech Conference at the University South Campus TRAX Station, which is immediately adjacent to the University of Utah Institute of Religion. The TRAX Green Line connects the Salt Lake City International Airport at the Airport TRAX Station with downtown Salt Lake City. Transfers between the TRAX Green Line and TRAX Red Line can be accomplished at the Courthouse TRAX Station. FrontRunner runs hourly on weekdays (half-hourly during morning and evening rush hours) and connects Salt Lake City with Ogden to the north and Provo to the south. Current fares are listed on UTA's website. Click the map to the right for a larger version of UTA's Rail System Map.

Lodging

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

Hampton Inn & Suites Salt Lake City Foothill (1345 S Foothill Dr.; Salt Lake City, UT 84108 (hilton.com) Salt Lake City Marriott University Park, within walking distance of the University of Utah Institute of Religion [Marriott’s location is 480 Wakara Way; Salt Lake City, UT 84108 (www.marriott.com/slcup) 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.

What to bring

You’ll need to bring your own laptop to the conference. Wifi access will be available, but not network ports (due to security restrictions), so make sure your laptop has wireless capability. Also remember your power cords. Plenty of power stations will be available for you to stay charged up. Mobile devices will also be needed if you have them. If you plan to help with Android, iOS, or doing any other mobile work, don't forget to bring those devices.

As for what to wear, the dress code is casual to business casual clothing. Jeans are acceptable, but avoid shorts and sandals.

Connecting to WiFi

Limited WiFi will be available to you during the conference. To connect to the WiFi:

  1. Browse the available wireless networks and connect to hills network.
  2. Open browser and point it at tech.lds.org
  3. Enter lds in the First name field.
  4. Enter tech in the Last name field.

Note: for security reasons, you cannot plug directly into a network port. Make sure your laptop has wireless capability.

View recordings streamed online

If you can’t attend the conference in person, you can view most sessions via streaming technology after the event. To view the stream, you need only a computer and high speed Internet connection.

Share your ideas for Church projects

The 2014 LDSTech Conference will feature an "Idea Share" session designed to give you the chance to share your software and technology project ideas for potential sponsorship. If you have a great idea for a Church application, or have already developed an application on your own and want to see it become an official Church application, this is your chance to communicate this information to Church employees. To pre-register for this opportunity visit our Idea Share registration page.

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