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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

Transforming Lives Through Technology – Leadership Network Blog

Transforming Lives Through Technology – Leadership Network Blog

I’ve written a few times before on what Leadership Network is doing through the Code for the Kingdom (#C4TK) hackathon series.  Great Kingdom stuff going on there.  This fall, we’ll be leading a global hackathon in 15 cities around the world.  Here is my last post from the Leadership Network blog, written about the event this spring in Addison. On Friday, March 22, 2015, nearly 100 Kingdom-minded technologists, entrepreneurs, mentors, supporters and volunteers gathered in Texas to kick off the 7th Leadership Network Code for the Kingdom hackathon.  The event was hosted by the Addison Treehouse, an organization serving entrepreneurs in North Dallas, providing the benefits of a vibrant coworking space, community-building events, and programming built to equip startups with the tools to be successful. The theme for the weekend was transforming lives through technology.  Whether through engaging and releasing the best of the church to impact those around them, facilitating spiritual formation through the Word of God, inspiring a culture of generosity, or tackling key issues of social justice,...

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

#C4TK San Francisco 2014 – Amazing!

#C4TK San Francisco 2014 – Amazing!

This year’s Code for the Kingdom hackathon event in the Bay Area was an amazing success.  Over 200 coders and developers pounded away on 22 projects for 48 hours in an attempt to bring about new tech tools for Kingdom impact.  More information regarding this event and the projects will be out in the days ahead.  Keep tabs on the details via the Leadership Network Blog.  I’ll quickly highlight a couple of brand new projects that were also award winners: Generous – A mobile tool that would allow missionaries to share multimedia “micro updates” with supporters (rather than the quarterly 3-page long support letters), and for supporters to share these stories by making “micro donations” of $1 which would then be posted to their social channels. Aid Homeless – A simple mobile tool to allow anyone to make an immediate gift toward food or clothing for homeless individuals they come into contact with through partnerships with local providers.  The app would also use geolocation to help providers know areas of...

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

On My Way to San Francisco #C4TK

On My Way to San Francisco #C4TK

At the time of this writing I am headed to San Francisco International Airport to be a part of our latest Code for the Kingdom weekend hackathon.  At 6 PM this evening, over 200 coders and developers will descend upon the second floor of NestGSV in Redwood City to spend the next 48 hours hacking away at new tech solutions to real world Kingdom challenges.  If you’d like to track with the event through social media, follow the hashtag #C4TK. Here’s a bit about the theme for this event: How can technology help alleviate and eradicate all forms of injustices, teach about God’s unconditional love, and build a healthier and stronger society? This May, we want to develop new technologies to transform lives through a holistic Christian approach that combats social injustice, creates a culture of generosity, facilitates spiritual justice and unleashes the fullest capacity of each individual. I’ll post an update after the event.  If you’d like to catch up on what’s been going on with Leadership Network’s...

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

Technology and the Gospel | Leadership Network Blog Post

Technology and the Gospel | Leadership Network Blog Post

Last week I posted on the Leadership Network blog about a presentation I sat in on Thursday morning.  It was given by Walt Wilson, a remarkable man that has merged technology and the Gospel in a powerful way through an organization called Global Media Outreach.  Here’s an excerpt from the post: Yesterday I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Walt Wilson, founder and chairman of Global Media Outreach. Prior to starting GMO, Walt spent most of his 40+ years in Silicon Valley-based companies, including serving as the managing director of US operations for Apple Computer as it grew from a start-up to a globally-recognized corporation with $5 billion in revenues. Walt spoke on the pace of change in our world with regards to technology. He described it as “radical discontinuity” – change so fast we can’t explain it. The changes we’ve witnessed over the past couple of decades have brought with them immense opportunities. Some of them good; some of them bad. But as Walt spouted...

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Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom, Life, Technology | 4 comments

Going Off the Grid

Going Off the Grid

I don’t come from a worship tradition that places much value in liturgy.  Its not something that was even on my radar for the first 30-35 years of my life.  However, over the past few years, I have come to appreciate the opportunity liturgy and the ‘liturgical year’ offers to set a cadence or rhythm of life that is centered on the person of Jesus and the powerful acts of God.  Too often I find my life being swept along by various ‘seasons’ that have little or nothing to do with God.  At best I become inattentive to the importance of centering all of life on things that matter, things that last forever. While I am far from being an accomplished liturgist (not sure that’s really a word), I have dabbled a bit.  We’ve done some things the past two years to engage our family in activities and conversations during Advent, and I have journeyed along with a few friends and Anglican brethren through the season of Lent on...

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