Why Urbana is Doing a Hackathon

We live in an unprecedented time where technology enables us to connect instantaneously with someone on the complete opposite side of the world. Their problems are now our problems. We can’t ignore what’s happening in a far distant corner of Earth just because we don’t have the money to catch a plane flight, or time off of work to spend two weeks in a foreign jungle.

What it means to be on mission, to serve others, and to be a global church—is literally being redefined right in front of us. And it’s technology that is making this a reality.

There is a huge opportunity to rethink missions, to use technology to change the world, and to collaborate with others who share this mission. Urbana is doing Hack4Missions to advance God’s global mission. Urbana is doing Hack4Missions because the Kingdom needs hackers.

There is a huge opportunity to rethink missions, to use technology to change the world, and to collaborate with others who share this mission. Urbana is doing Hack4Missions to advance God’s global mission.

We are each called to be a missionary right now—not just when we’re in another nation, or when we’ve raised support, or when we know more about the Bible. Hack4Missions provides an intersection for so many of us to use our skills and our experience with technology to serve God’s purposes from where we are. Every gift is needed by the Body and useful for the Great Commission. Hack4Missions is an opportunity to use your particular skills and experience to do missions and serve missionaries right here and right now.

Hack4Missions is definitely looking for developers—those who are majoring in the art and science of writing the code that’ll make the software world go round. But we also need everyone else with a heart for using technology to serve others. This includes entrepreneurs, designers, organizers, strategists, and leaders of every color, flavor, and kind. Hack4Missions will be about getting projects started well, so creative skills will be every bit as important as technical ones. The most important quality for a student joining Hack4Missions is to be a curious problem solver and a team player.

Our hope for Hack4Missions is that the participants come out deeply connected with each other and with a vision to apply technology in innovative ways for God’s purposes in the Earth. We want this generation of students to be equipped and sent out into digital spaces to share Jesus using digital strategies. Every person and organization at Hack4Missions will be part of making that possible.

Join us and be a part of God’s mission to bring his glory to the farthest corners of our planet.

Ali Llewelyn, Nick Skytland, and Bret Staudt Willet are serving as leaders for Hack4Missions.

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