We live in one the most complex and transitional eras of human history. Conflict and injustice are everywhere. Communities are torn apart by social, economic, racial, religious and generational barriers. The divide between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ is widening. Fortunately, we also know that God is still at work in our world. God calls us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves and He invites us as his hands and feet to respond by engaging in works of social compassion and justice. In fact, God calls you to a service far beyond anything you could ever imagine. You were put on Earth to make a contribution. At Indigitous #HACK, we recognize this missional call. We know that God wants us to find meaning in our work to help change the world.
#HACK is global convening of people from all backgrounds who want to collectively make a difference, to live a life of purpose, and to use our skills, gifts, and expertise with technology to impact our world. We have a special opportunity to transform institutions and serve communities and families with our unique talents. #HACK is intentionally focused on developing missional technology solutions that meet real world needs. In short, here’s why:
- We live in a globally connected world. Technology enables us all to make a difference, right where we are.
- The best place to make a difference is to address a real challenge that others are already working on.
- The unique opportunity we have is to develop new solutions to common challenges using technology.
- This is actually more than just creating solutions to missional challenges using technology; it’s a chance to rethink missions.
- The opportunity starts with where people are — locally, strategically, socially and in areas that they are interested in.
- To do this well, to start a global movement, requires intentional collaboration- from all sorts of people, groups and organizations.
With this in mind, we talked to developers, mission workers, leaders in industry and everyday people who just wanted to make a difference. We were honest and admitted that we couldn’t do everything at one hackathon (no matter how big), but that we wanted to do something that mattered, and that this required identifying a need that was real and relevant. We then talked to the mission-driven organizations who were already working on the ground to address the challenges and deeply desired for others to serve alongside them. These organizations were out front already, many of them faithfully serving in the field for years before any of us were even born. The result is this list: the twelve global challenges for Indigitous #HACK!
A summary of the challenges is included below, which includes simple one sentence descriptions. Each challenge will be linked to a challenge page with additional context. In a few more weeks, prior to the hackathon, more details for each will be posted including background information, targeted users, specific requirements and constraints, expectations, data and resources, and a guess at the expertise and skills needed to address them well.
BibleBox Pi (#bibleboxpi)
Supported by Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF)
God’s word is the most important tool we can use when sharing the Gospel with others. Help us port the BibleBox software to the Raspberry Pi, optimizing it for use on the low-power, commodity hardware platform so that workers in all fields can use it to share the Gospel digitally.
Supported by World Vision
Too many children have been the victim of cyberbulling. How can we identify, prevent, and stop cyberbullying of children, deter those likely to commit it, empower bystanders to take action, and develop a resilient and effective support networks of peers, parents, caregivers, schools, industry leaders and trusted adults to support children affected by it.
Grassroots Impact (#grassrootsimpact)
Supported by EMF
God only has one plan for your city – the local church. How can we work with local churches to discover common needs and empower our global audiences and networks to affect change in their communities?
Stop Sexting (#stopsexting)
Supported by World Vision
Tens of thousands of children have been caught up in a sexting epidemic. How we can encourage minors to think before they sext, to take the conversation offline and ensure images designed to be private remain that way, or to discourage them from participating in the first place.
Scripture App Publishing (#scripturepub)
Supported by Wycliffe
Language-specific apps help people engage with content. How can we make them in the hundreds of languages we have without having to hand-code hundreds of apps? Help redesign tooling and infrastructure on existing tools to allow mass publication of scripture and other content in hundreds of languages all at once.
Child at Risk System (#childrenatrisk)
Sponsored by Family Connection Foundation
Many orphanages do not have the resources or expertise to create or procure software necessary to manage their operations. Develop a reporting and information management system that allows children’s home directors, foster parents, orphanage managers, and social service workers to collect, input, process, and report on children’s data. The secure, web-based open source solution will help facilitates provide better services to children, reduce administrative overhead, and provide better accountability while protecting the private data of each child.
Digital Bible Coaching (#biblecoaching)
Supported by Indigitous
Digitally coaching someone around a passage of Scripture is challenging but important for discipleship. Imagine a place where someone can share Scripture, have a conversation around it, and track someone’s growth in measurable ways.
Radio Advocacy Network (#radionetwork)
Supported by EMF
Cultivating and sustaining a network of people who want to make a difference in the world network requires a dedicated effort but can have significant impact. How can we best convert an existing listening audience of millions to a real time need-based advocate network? For example, how could we leverage technology to mobilize people to care for their neighbor?
Jesus in the Media (#jesusinthemedia)
Supported by EMF
The news is often depressing, focusing on reporting negative news instead of positive stories and thereby engendering fear instead of hope. How can the attributes of Jesus be shown through media in relevant ways where His attributes can be tied to things happening in the local communities and provide a way for Christians to “live out” these attributes in relevant ways?
Low-Connectivity Challenge (#lowconnectivity)
Supported by Jesus Film Project
A significant ratio of the world’s population are still offline without an internet connection. Low connectivity is not only an inconvenience, but it’s a marker of inequality as well. How do we creatively use existing tools designed for remote and isolated areas to share information, take advantage of local situations, and share the gospel effectively?
Gospel Storytelling (#gospelstorytelling)
Supported by jesus.net
Media has become an essential part of our daily lives, shaping our worldview and strengthening of society. Using a set of existing Gospel-focused video products, how can you extend their impact in new and creative ways to help non-believers take their first step towards Jesus.
Bridge Builders (#bridgebuilders)
Supported by #HACK Boston
#Hack allows anyone who is willing to serve to come create, use and leverage technologies to advance the Gospel, becoming “digital missionaries” from right where they are. By joining the data sources of Joshua Project (JP), US microeconomic data and worldwide trade data, how can we link the spiritual needs of the global population to the world economy.
Interested in joining us at #Hack on November 4–6, 2016? Register here to attend in one of the 27 cities or participate remotely from wherever you are in the world.