LDSTech 2014 Update

Credit: IRI
Credit: IRI

The annual LDSTech Conference was held Oct. 16-17 at the Salt Lake Institute adjacent to the University of Utah campus. “The main highlight this year has been the Gospel App and Game Contest,” said Anna Butler, committee chair for the event. “We had submissions from all over the world.”

A few months ago, the conference requested developers submit gospel related mobile games and apps for the first contest. The guideline was to “create something worthy.” (Winners for each category are listed below.)

Attendance at this year’s conference was similar to past years and sessions were duplicated each day to allow people who attend only one day to not miss out, said Sister Butler. New this year were the “Birds of a Feather” sessions where people who are interested in a certain platform can get together and discuss a topic. For example there were “Birds of a Feather” sessions for stake technology specialists, Android development and iOS development.

“Idea sharing is always popular at the conference,” said Sister Butler. “If anyone has an idea for the Church about technology, there are opportunities to pitch those ideas in front of Church technology employees. We fill up two afternoons with people who want to pitch their ideas and then those ideas are shared further with appropriate departments for potential development.”

Gospel App and Game Contest Winners

All the final app entries are accessible at The apps were submitted under three categories: Primary, Youth and Family.

Primary: First place went to Clint, Rachel and Kristen Jones who developed “Quiet Games for LDS Children.” (This app consists of five LDS games that are quiet, fun and ad-free for general conference or church). Second place was Corban Anderson with the “Children’s Activity app.” (This app for children helps get them through sacrament meeting. It includes various games such as Memory, 2048 and Simon Says.) Third place went to Michael, Janet and Wade Hatch for their app “Catherine.” (This app is an illustrated, interactive true pioneer story about a convert family’s journey to Zion from the perspective of a child.)

Youth: First place awarded to Nick Pasto, Megan and Jonathon Chan and Eric Haddad for their creation “Scripture Mastery SUPERSTAR!” (Memorize the Doctrine and Covenants seminary scripture masteries in a new and fun way that combines text, voice acting, animation and other mnemonic devices that help cement the concepts in your mind.) Second place went to Kevin, Kammi and Matt Pyles for “Scripture Fling.” (An exciting way to quickly connect verses with their references. All 100 scripture mastery verses are included, each set with four levels of difficulty.)

Third place went to Dustin Hill for “Mormon Tube.” (This app puts Mormon-related videos into one app for easy access to clean, uplifting content. Search, watch and get notified about new videos with this app.)

Family: First Place went to Cassie Wooley for “Scripture” (This is a free online scripture reading chart that allows a person to track what they have read in the scriptures.) Second place went to Trevor Holyoak for “LDS Tweets Free.” (A collection of Twitter feeds including official accounts from the Church). Third place winners were Kevin, Sean, Lindsey and David Wade along with Veronica Bendersky, Laura Leibson and Matt Taylor with their submission “My Mission.” (My Mission helps LDS missionaries organize and share their favorite missionary pictures, stories, and experiences with their family and friends back home.)

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