Registration Open for 2012 LDSTech Conference
By Heather Whittle Wrigley, Church News and Events
- 29-30 March 2012
- Third Annual LDSTech Conference
- March 29–30, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. mountain daylight time
- The conference is free, and everyone is invited to attend, regardless of technical skill.
“The basic function of LDSTech in terms of this conference is to provide a way for Saints to consecrate time and talent and give back to the Church, particularly in furthering the technological advancement of the Church.” —Tom Johnson, senior technical writer
The third annual LDSTech Conference, which covers the latest in Church technology, will be held on March 29 and 30 in Riverton, Utah, USA. The conference is free, and everyone is invited to attend, regardless of technical skill.
Interested individuals can register by going to tech.lds.org/conf and signing in with their LDS account. Last year’s conference drew participants from more than eight U.S. states and five countries.
LDSTech is a project that fosters collaboration on technology projects between the Church and community members.
“The basic function of LDSTech is to provide a way for Saints to consecrate time and talent to further the technological advancement of the Church,” senior technical writer Tom Johnson said.
This year’s conference will offer more presentations, booths, handouts, and other information than last year’s. Participants can attend informational sessions and engage in various tutorials and workshops.
“Both techies and non-techies will find value in the conference sessions,” reads the conference’s wiki page.
Testing new Church technologies, sites, and applications is the focus of this year’s conference.
“We’ve found that anybody can be helpful when it comes to testing,” said Alan Smoot, business manager for LDSTech. “People can test beta versions using their own computers, devices, and logins. That kind of diversity is hard to replicate internally.”
Although the conference will focus on testing, there will still be opportunities for more advanced technical skills, such as software development, project management, usability, interaction design, and quality assurance.
Those who attend will also have the opportunity to help test and improve new software and to get involved in community projects.
Guest speakers will be announced soon, along with conference schedule details about breakout sessions and presentations.
The conference will be located in the Riverton Office Building—which houses the headquarters of the Church’s Information and Communication Services (ICS) Department—at 3740 W. Market Drive, Riverton, Utah, USA.
The hope is that holding the conference in this office building will promote better integration between the LDSTech community and ICS employees, encouraging improved testing, usability, accessibility, development, and feedback of Church technology.
Attendees will need to bring their own laptops, with wireless capability, to the conference. Power stations will be available to keep computers charged up.
Those not able to attend in person have the option of joining many sessions via streaming technology. Registration is not required for those attending remotely. More details will be posted at tech.lds.org as the conference approaches.
Each day of the conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. mountain daylight time