Hacking for Jesus

Have you ever heard of a hackathon? Me neither, until a few weeks ago. And I’m nervous to talk too much about the concept here because it’s pretty controversial.

I mean, come on, anytime you gather a bunch of creative, innovative, techie Christians competing for cash prizes to help fund their unique, niche, newfangled ministry endeavors? DANGER! They speak in a weird language riddled with codes and use big, scary terms like asynchronously and mood mappers. Even more worrisome are the tiny symbols and acronyms they throw around like #, txt, app, GPS, API, DMI, it’s almost TMI for me to understand!

OneHope is committed to using innovative and relevant methods to spread the Word of God all over the world. To help us better understand how to leverage technology to that end, we recently participated at a hackathon in San Francisco organized by Code for the Kingdom.

This type of event has the disruptive potential to catalyze how technology is used for building the Kingdom. Using relevant tools to share Jesus. OneHope is exploring what a partnership in these events could look like. Please pray with us as we try to best understand OneHope’s role with these opportunities.

And a big congratulations to the guys who participated (Stephen Watkins, Jason Burkholder, and Kurian Babykutty), they were part of the team that won one of the categories, best use of one of the sponsor’s API (application programming interface).

What do you think about the intersection between faith and technology? How are you leveraging technology in your ministry?

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Rob Hoskins is the president of OneHope. Since taking leadership of OneHope in 2004, he has continued to advance the vision of God’s Word. Every Child. by partnering with local churches to help reach more than 2 BILLION children and youth worldwide with a contextualized presentation of God’s Word.

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