In June, LDSTech announced the 2014 Gospel App and Game Development Contest, a chance for developers of all levels to create a gospel-related software application.
This contest is part of the 2014 LDSTech Conference, which will be held October 16 and 17, according to the Church News Web page. Participants are encouraged to start creating games and apps now.
Elder Steve and Sister Kris Bentley have been working with LDSTech as Church Service Missionaries since January and came with the idea for the contest.
“As we pondered about what we wanted to accomplish through this calling, thoughts of our grandchildren and children playing games on tablets and phones came to our minds,” Sister Bentley said.
She said she and her husband wished there were more games available that were worthy and lifting. The LDSTech Conference seemed like an excellent opportunity to inspire creative thinkers and developers to “Create something worthy,” the theme of the competition.
“Everyone is invited to develop a gospel-centered iOS, Android or Windows game or app that will help flood the marketplace with quality entertainment alternatives for families,” Elder Bentley said.
Sister Bentley said the entertainment we’re surrounded with too often fails to meet gospel standards. She said the goal of the contest is to see games and apps that will help families stay connected to things of righteousness.
Kayla Adams, a senior studying web design, said students studying web design, computer science, and computer information technology have the important calling of using their knowledge to further the Lord’s work.
“LDSTech is dipping into an enormous resource by opening this contest to the public,” said Redd Comsa, a senior studying computer science.
“Some of the world’s best programmers are LDS, but their talent just isn’t tapped enough,” Sister Bentley said. “I hope that this will bring more of those programmers and out into the public.”
The competition is divided into three categories: primary, youth and family, according to LDSTech’s website. Awards are offered for each category, with further prizes for teen, senior and first-time creators.
“There are career opportunities within ICS,” Sister Bentley said. “But more broadly, each of us can build and lift others and hasten the work through what we do, what we create and how we interact with others every day of our student, professional, spiritual and private lives.”
The conference will be held at the University of Utah’s Institute building in Salt Lake City. Those registered in the contest are not required to attend, but are encouraged to.
Participants can register on the LDSTech website until September 1, after which registration is no longer required.
According to the website, apps can be submitted between September 1 and October 10, a week before the final judging.
Competition details and rules are posted and periodically dated at www.tech.lds.org.
Cynthia Jolley, a commenter on LDSTech’s website, asked about the skills required to compete.
“I have some ideas, but I am less skilled in the scripting area,” Jolley said. “Sure, I can get the design on paper, but I can’t do anything past that point. Is there a way to submit a new idea and hope that a skilled programmer looks at it and agrees to work on it?”
Alan Smoot said in response that there is an idea page at www.tech.lds.org/wiki/Apps_ideas where people can submit ideas and locate developers to work with.
“Even for those that haven’t developed before, it’s a great opportunity for them to gain experience in the creation of apps,” Comsa said.
Comsa said that companies love to see applicants with apps on an app store because it adds depth to their resume.
Elder Bentley said the gospel is infinite; so are the possibilities when using technology.
Adams said it’s to church members to take what has been corrted by the world and use it for the Lord. His work is the most important thing to do, and she hopes this competition will help fulfill it.
“The Lord has given you, and all of us, wonderful skills and talents and there are many, many opportunities to use them to further His work and build His kingdom on earth,” Sister Bentley said. “Create something worthy’ every day.”
Check out these ideas above provided by LDSTech on how to get started.