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12 Resources to Jumpstart Your Hacking

It’s exciting to gather together as Christian technologists around the globe and build stuff that matters! But there never seems to be enough hours in a hackathon to create everything we want to get done.

To help with this weekend’s Indigitous #HACK, I’ve put together a list of my top 12 recommendations of tools, APIs, and resources. Of course, these resources aren’t just helpful while you’re at #HACK. These will come in handy when you continue your work after the event or if you ever attend any other great hackathon, like Code for the Kingdom or something for the National Day of Civic Hacking. Happy hacking!

Atom 
A customizable text editor for integrated development environments (IDE).

Biblia.com API
Faithlife’s Biblia.com API provides access to Bible texts & data as well as search, referencing, and more.

Digital Bible Platform API  
Faith Comes By Hearing’s Digital Bible Platform provides simple API calls for easy access to Bible text, audio, and video in 800+ languages.

Church.io’s Open Source List
A list of open source software for churches.

Graphic Burger 
A buffet of free, high quality design resources including mock-ups, UI kits, icons, text effects, backgrounds, and more.

Iconfinder 
Search through 1,203,391 icons or browse 27,094 icon sets.

Origami Studio
Explore, iterate, and test your ideas. A new, free tool for designing modern interfaces that is built and used by designers at Facebook.

Open Church 
Research what Christian projects, tools, and technologies already exist. Get inspired and accelerate your concept by learning from others. Open Church also offers over 2,000 free stock photos for you to use in your designs.

Mashape API Marketplace
Access over 1,700 free and premium APIs. Mashape also offers an assortment of additional developer tools to make APIs and coding easier.

ProgrammableWeb 
Search a directory of over 16,000 APIs.

Vagrant
Create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environments for free.

ZURB Library 
Decades of research and designs curated by user interface patterns, behavioral patterns, code snippets, and UX factoids.

About the author:
Kent Shaffer oversees the big picture of Open Church – a library of free resources & a directory of causes curated to help Christians work together and share. Previously, he spent a decade writing about effective ministry at ChurchRelevance.com. Kent also cofounded a design and marketing firm, launched and sold a few tech startups, and gave strategic counsel to groups such as YouVersion, Saddleback Church, charity: water, and Jesus Film. 



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