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Transforming Children’s Lives Hackathon - $10K Cash Awards

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    1404 E. Riverside Dr, Austin, TX (map)

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  • Transforming Children’s Lives Hackathon


    Code for the Kingdom
    Austin, TX
    October 25-27, 2013

    How can technology help alleviate and eradicate all forms of injustice in a child’s life while teaching him/her about God’s unconditional love?

    Ideate. Design. Build.

    Create technology that matters.

    Let’s start working on new technologies to help transform children’s lives thought a holistic approach that combats social injustice, brings about spiritual justice, creates a culture of generosity, and engages the best of each individual.

    Code for the Kingdom is a weekend hackathon where we will tackle challenges confronting children all over the world.



    How can technology alleviate the social maladies that oppress children? How can you help knock off a little corner of darkness?

    Work with International Justice Mission to create apps to fight child trafficking across the world.

    Build new technologies to combat poverty, lift the fatherless, release the oppressed, heal the sick, and feed the hungry.


    Every child has the right to receive God’s Word and discover His unconditional love, because only God’s Truth has the ability to transform the heart and the mind.

    Join forces with One Hope and create technologies to reduce spiritual poverty in every nation, city, community, family, and individual.

    Build mobile applications to help children learn the word of God, bury it in their hearts and share it with their friends in a fun.

    Create technologies for prayer, evangelism, mentorship, and other innovative means to spiritual formation.


    Knowing that The Church and non-profits are significantly underfunded while there is great work that can be done in Jesus’ name if the financial resources were available, and that generosity brings about spiritual growth, develop new technologies to help individuals and families become generous to the causes supporting children.


    Every person has something unique to contribute to community, society, and church. Yet, less than 20% of us are actively engaged in doing what we could do. Most of us do not understand how we can leverage our skills and ideas to improve the lives of children other than our own. But what if we could discover how to use our unique gifts for God’s Kingdom?

    Build technologies to mobilize and equip every member of your community, your church, your family, to release their skills and accelerate great ideas and initiatives that could lead to transforming the lives of the child down your street.


    A panel of judges will award over $10,000 in cash prizes.

    • $2,500 to Best Overall started at the hackathon

    • $2,500 to Best Overall started before the hackathon

    • $1,500 to Runner-up started at the hackathon

    • $1,500 to Runner-up started before the hackathon

    • $1,000 to People’s choice (voted by all participants from all submitted projects)

    • And other cash prizes for best use of sponsors’ platforms and judges’ special awards.

    After the hackathon, your solutions will be featured in a Leadership Network Advance edition reaching over 50,000 church leaders worldwide.


    Marketplace and ministry leaders, angel investors, and hi-tech accelerators will be at the hackathon to meet and mentor you. Build relationships that might go beyond the hackathon, to help you continue working on your projects and build partnerships to bring your ideas to your users.


    The rules are in place to give every participant the same opportunity for success. To be eligible for the prizes participants must follow the rules. Yet, if you want to participate and not follow the rules below, you would be allowed but will not qualify for any prizes.

    You can start coding ahead of the hackathon or at the hackathon

    • Use What You Know

    Participants are free to use any tools they know to help them develop

    • You MUST code at the hackathon

    There will be identical but separate cash awards for code started before the hackathon or at the hackathon, but you MUST CODE the hackathon.

    • Try to use our sponsor’s API’s

    Participants are encouraged to use our Platform sponsors technologies.

    • Intellectual Property

    Participants have full ownership of what they build during the Code for the Kingdom hackathon and are free to do with it as they wish. If you build as a team, the IP is shared by the team. If you build as an individual, the IP is all yours.

    • Finish on Time

    Participant must submit their project by the submission time on Sunday afternoon. No late submissions will be accepted.

    • Taxes

    Prizes are non- transferable by the winner. Prize winners will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting a prize.


    Join an incredible COMMUNITY of individuals who are applying their skills and experiences to advance common good and serve God’s Kingdom. In collaboration with innovative nonprofits and churches, we’ll write code and create technology to help release the oppressed, teach God’s Word, heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and support the church and the body of Christ. Make a difference by writing much-needed code or designing beautiful interfaces. Find a community of peers who want to have fun while serving the Lord.The location will be open non-stop. Participants are encouraged to utilize the facility and take advantage of the meals and healthy hacker activities day and night if desired.
    Come join us!


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    Read more about our previous Code for the Kingdom hackathon in San Francisco:

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