A global hackathon to bring the Gospel to where it needs to go.
What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is a hands-on event for programmers, developers, engineers, UX designers, project managers, and others to unleash their creativity through technology. For the duration of the event, usually a day or weekend, people with technical backgrounds come together, form teams around a problem, and collaboratively develop a solution.
What separates the Indigitous #HACK from other hackathons is that our participants are focused on spreading the Gospel across all the nations. We learn from one another as we address interconnected and related challenges.
This is the race we are running. This is our focus.
We want to help bring the gospel to those who need to hear.
Bible or Scripture Engagement
Scripture translation and engagement, discipleship, and prayer.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
To create jobs and alleviate poverty.
Data collection and unreached people groups.
Ways to help people discover Jesus in their local context.
Indigitous co-founder Simon Seow was inspired to start #HACK after taking part in the Hack4Missions event at the 2015 Urbana Student Missions Conference. With the help of Nicholas Skytland and Alicia Llewellyn, founders of various NASA hackathons - including the Space Apps Challenge and the National Day of Civic Hacking - Indigitous launched #HACK in November 2016. Since then, hackers around the world have gathered every year to collaborate on missional projects aimed at solving problems affecting their communities. In 2020, lockdowns caused by the global pandemic resulted in #HACK moving online for our first virtual hackathon.
#HACK is more than just an event. Those who take part make a difference, using their skills to advance God’s Kingdom through mission-focused projects and innovation.
Who makes #HACK possible?
#HACK couldn’t happen without our dedicated Regional and City Leads who mobilize participants, volunteers, and sponsors in each location.
God has done amazing things through #HACK participants who devoted their weekends to working on missional projects. Here are some of the exciting solutions.
In 2016 at the first Indigitous #HACK, a team in Waterloo, Canada created a suicide prevention website. If you had Googled “how to kill yourself” at that time, the top search results were advice on ways to do it. The #HACK team created a website to offer hope and connect people with the help they need and used SEO to make the site one of the top results.
A team in Chiang Mai, Thailand developed a way for illiterate people to learn how to read the Bible. Bible Karaoke uses a video that highlights each word of the Bible as it is spoken by an audio track. Through repetition, people who use Bible Karaoke will eventually be able to read the Bible on their own.
There are over 700 languages in Indonesia, and the Bible is only available in 100 of them. To help increase biblical literacy, a team of hackers in Indonesia developed a program to automate the creation of a customizable study Bible in tribal languages.
In Region 6 of Iloilo, Philippines, there are 349 orphans and more than 1,000 churches. Participants at #HACK Iloilo created a platform to connect orphans with adoptive foster parents. “If just one family from each church were to rise up, we can provide a home for each child,” said Pastor Mark about the project.
In 2019, hackers in London, UK focused on projects to provide aid to low-income individuals in their communities. Find the Need is a platform that helps church congregations find areas of deprivation around their church and relevant ministries that can help. With Bankuet, hackers helped food banks get the donations they need by building an API-driven food bank stock inventory system.
The Rohingya people group have been displaced from their homeland and now live in more than 30 countries. Because their language is small, there are no existing Bible app translations for it. To reach this group, hackers in three U.S. cities (Chicago, Orlando, and Phoenix) created an app that allows them to hear the Gospel in their heart language.
The world’s largest global missional hackathon returns this October. There are three ways you can be a part of what God is doing through #HACK.
Friends of #HACK
These friends and partners are wonderful champions of #HACK and play an important role in bringing this event to a city near you.
Director of Innovation at OneHope
Executive Vice President of Field Ministries at East-West
God gave us an amazing opportunity to use our talents for His kingdom. It’s been so good to be with Godly and professional brothers.
It opened my eyes to see how a hackathon could help solve real world problems.
I’ve never been in a setting where technology, missions, and faith are directly linked. This is the perfect space to see that come to life for me.
The best hackathon ever, combining a church camp and a hackathon.
The best part was the amazing ideas, faith, and hard work it takes to develop something that really impacts.
I joined #HACK to make a change in the world.
I loved seeing God’s mission in action.