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2021 Tenth Annual

In-Person: May 17-21, 2021

Code :: Design :: Worship Jesus :: Pray :: Have Fun :: Meet Missionaries :: Learn

Our Tenth Annual Spring Break Code-a-Thon for Missions is coming up May 16-21, 2021! Code-a-Thon is a time where Christian software developers, designers, project managers, and tech writers can gather for coding, fellowship, prayer, worship, learning about missions, and fun. We'll look forward to seeing you at our virtual weekend events this spring or at LightSys in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado this coming May!

Bookmark this page -- Registration is closed until next year's event!

Code-a-Thon Q&A:

  • I'm interested in coming! Get a team (or teams) together! We recommend coming as a group of at least three people, but individuals and those in smaller groups are welcome and we'll likely join such groups with other groups when forming teams.
  • Is this open to non-programmers? Yes! We need graphics designers, project managers, and tech writers, to be a part of the event, too, but we specifically do need programmers on all of the project teams.
  • What programming languages will be used? The most common have been Android Java, PHP+MySQL, HTML+CSS and Javascript, iOS/ObjectiveC, and C/C++, but there have been a smattering of other languages/environments, too.
  • Will I have time to go hiking? Yes (weather permitting)! We give one day off during the week for you to go have fun outdoors.
  • Will LightSys have Code-a-Thon during my Spring Break week? While we did not hold any weeklong events during March this year, we did hold a weekend event in March, and our weeklong in-person event is coming up in May 16-21.
  • I'm not sure I'm experienced enough in programming (or a related field) yet. We'll have professional software developers who help us review our project proposals, and many of them are willing to help you better understand the design, scope, and nuances, of your project.
  • Is this a Hackathon? Yes! We just use the term Code-a-Thon so that your non-tech friends and family can better understand the name of the event (i.e., we're not unlawfully breaking into computers!), though just between us, yes you can call it a Hackathon. :) It does, however, differ from a traditional hackathon by having a different schedule and timbre, with a spiritually immersive environment and a longer schedule that provides about 35 hours of actual programming time.
  • What's the Cost? Code-a-Thon is free, except that we do request that you raise some support so that you can be a part. For our May 2021 event, you will need to cover your own transportation costs and raise $175 per person for LightSys so you can be a part. Donors can send support to LightSys, for the Code-a-Thon fund, and donations are tax-deductible. You also may want to have some spending money to do fun things on your day off.
  • Is this just for students? Anyone can come who wants to use their skills to further Jesus' kingdom around the world! We are specifically holding this event after spring graduation so that university students can come, but the event is not limited to students. Come join us!
  • What about CoVID-19? We recognize that changes to Code-a-Thon 2021 may be necessary depending on what the status of CoVID-19 is at that time, so we ask you to be flexible. We will be prayerfully seeking to make Code-a-Thon a fun and fruitful event while also taking any wise precautions to avoid unnecessary CoVID-19 risk.

More Opportunities at LightSys...

Interested in information about Code-a-Thon as well as about internships, our gap year program, full-time work with LightSys, volunteering, helping to review project proposals and mentor participants, or other ways of helping in missions with LightSys? Help us start to get to know you at: http://LightSys.org/start.

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