The Church of England’s Digital Communications team has announced the five judges for the first Digital Labs today.
The Digital Labs project is being launched to bring together 50 Christians from across the country with experience in app development, web building and social media to pool knowledge and ideas. The apps, websites and social media campaigns that will be developed aim to help people grow in faith and support the work of local churches.
The day-long event will end with participants presenting their solutions to the panel, who have been chosen for their knowledge of digital, creativity and understanding of the breadth and depth of the Church of England.
The panel will then choose two projects to be built and tested with dioceses. They will be funded by the Church of England.
Led by the Church of England’s Head of Digital Communications, Adrian Harris, the panel includes James Poulter from The LEGO Group, Lynda Davies, Senior Digital Producer for BBC Radio, artist and theologian Siku, and the Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester Cathedral.
Speaking about the judging panel and event, Adrian Harris said: “We’re delighted with the combined knowledge and experience our judging panel brings to Church of England Digital Labs. I’m really excited to hear the creative ideas on the day that will help us develop our digital evangelism and discipleship offering.
“We’re very grateful to the 50 Christian techies and creatives who have given up their time to be part of this and to help more people know the love of Jesus Christ in their lives.
“This project is part of our Renewal and Reform programme, which seeks to ensure the Church of England is a growing Church for all people and all places. The app, website or social media campaigns that are developed following Digital Labs will help further this work.”
Church of England Digital Labs will take place in central London on 24 February 2018, with further events planned in future years. We will make materials from the day available through our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
You can read about the five judges here
Read this blog here to find out more about the launch of digital labs in 2017.
Digital Labs is part of the Church of England’s Renewal and Reform programme, aimed at helping us become a growing Church for all people and for all places.