The Alliance biblique française will be hosting its second annual Hack My Bible event in which it hopes to attract talented developers, web-designers, and technophiles to work on ideas that might lead to the ‘Bible of tomorrow’. The event will take place in Paris 28–30 September 2018. Details can be found here.
This is more focused than but similar to the Code for the Kingdom events hosted worldwide: “Code for the Kingdom is a weekend hackathon and ongoing ecosystem where global issues are tackled from a Christian perspective.”
It is interesting to see the tech startup mentality—sometimes dubbed ‘move fast and break things’—applied to faith-related technology. On the up side, hackathons can jump start innovation. But not unlike the fast-paced innovation in Silicon Valley, this approach often leaves little room for social and ethical reflection and evaluation. In faith-related technologies, of course, we should to add to this the need for explicit theological evaluation. I personally think a hackathon that encourages such reflection—and ecosystem that does the same—might be a fruitful way forward.