Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Hack Weekend Plans

As a group of Christians in tech, about 10 of us have been meeting for a number of months to plan a Hack Weekend in combination with 13 other cities around the world. It's called Code For The Kingdom, and the London base will be on the 2nd of October 2015 starting Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon.

I thought I'd share some of the vision behind it:

  • We are quite silo'd as a community of Christian techies, and even in a larger church such as HTB there are surprisingly few of us. This is about meeting others with the same visions and faith as ourselves.
  • Getting time to do "what we want to" relating to Christian initiatives isn't easy - I have kids, who consume most of my time, and generally time that I do have is keeping up with the latest trends and technologies without actually building anything. Here's a chance to change that.
  • We can conquer so much more by combining forces with other professionals
  • Part of the problem of motivation is having people screaming "We need this" - which is what we hope to have, by having some sponsors and challenges set out by those non-techies who seriously need tech to survive
  • We occasionally need others to come alongside us in our daily work requirements. What better way to work out if you can stand someone, than to code through the night with them?

We have so much to offer as Christians in tech. In 2 Solomon 2 vs 7 it says:

"Send me, therefore, a man skilled to work in gold and silver, bronze and iron, and in purple, crimson and blue yarn, and experienced in the art of engraving, to work in Judah and Jerusalem with my skilled workers, whom my father David provided."

Although it didn't mention "programming" or "IT" in the building of the temple, I have no doubt that Jesus calls us all to be professionals and use our skills and gifts for His glory. What better way to start this than joining us on 2 October. Sign up here!

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