A little after the New Year celebrations ended, I attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This was my third time attending this annual trade show and exhibition, this time as an exhibitor with the Dutch company IamProgrez. Even though I was acting in a different role, I still came away with refreshing insights into the future several areas of consumer electronics. While there were no churches represented in any of the products or services I saw at the show, I did come away with some takeaways for those in the church tech space who deal with church and community technologies.
Read the rest of 3 Tech Takeaways from the Consumer Electronics Show at Church Tech Today
You might have seen this posted on the #MobMin Event Calendar (subscribe to it if you’ve not), and its since been updated. If you didn’t see it, then all of the below is new news for you. From the folks at the Mobile Ministry Forum:
Please consider joining us for the 2013 Mobile Ministry Consultation (December 9-11, Orlando, FL)! Learn with more than 100 other mobile ministry innovators how to reach the next generation for Christ via mobile device strategies. The consultation includes TED-style presentations, discussions, ministry field reports, workshops and networking time.
Cost: The registration fee is $230 (inludes meals). Early registration is available for $200 throughSeptember 25.
Housing: Limited on-site housing is available for $35/night on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ministry Booths: A limited number of promotional booths are available.
For more information and details towards upcoming talks, visit the Mobile Ministry Forum website.
Saw this neat article linked through the #mobmin tag on Twitter (lots of good stuff posted there):
Code for the Kingdom brings a distinctively Silicon Valley angle to Christian tech. Its mentors and judges include a partner at the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz and Google’s head of Android partnerships, alongside more conventional mentors from charities and content companies. Reaching out to “techies, designers, and entrepreneurial starters,” organizers invited participants to “tackle the challenges confronting our society, our churches, and our spiritual lives” with “prayer and technology.” By holding an event, they are convening interest around this vision. By giving away $11,000, they are offering a small number of teams the possibility to start creating their idea.
While some of the ideas for these apps aren’t too far-reaching, there are a few approaches which should be taken and run forward. Take a look at the rest of the report at PBS.org and look into groups such as the Mobile Ministry Forum and WIP Connector who do hackathons and connect to developers, organizations, and opportunities.