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2009 LDSTech Awards

We are excited about the wonderful work going on at LDSTech and even more excited to highlight a few of the individuals that make it happen. The purpose of the LDSTech Awards is to publicly and formally celebrate the technical achievements of those who are sharing their skills with the Church. We want to acknowledge and encourage those individuals who use their technical talents as a tremendous expression of their faith.

This year we expanded the LDSTech Awards to three categories. The categories include:

  • Helping Hand - recognizing an individual who has gone the extra mile to help and guide others within the LDSTech community
  • Top Tester - recognizing an individual who has helped test and improve community development projects
  • Coding Guru - recognizing an individual who has made significant code contributions on a community development project

The recipients of the 2009 LDSTech Awards follow:

Helping Hand

Alan Brown

Alan Brown has been a long-time member of our online LDSTech community and has spent countless hours moderating the LDSTech forums, answering questions, and offering advice. He has been instrumental in organizing, administrating, and contributing to the LDSTech Wiki. His deep knowledge of many of the subjects on both the forums and wiki has blessed countless individuals in search of technical help. We’re grateful to have Alan as an administrator, moderator, and member within the LDSTech community.

Coding Guru

Bill Wilcox

The Local Unit Web Site Project is a community project to replace the existing Local Unit Web Site. Bill Wilcox has contributed many hours of work to the project on a volunteer basis. He has been an integral and innovative part of the team, and without him, the project could not have progressed as far as it has. Many will be happy to hear that the ward calendar will have the ability to sync automatically with Microsoft Outlook and Apple iCal thanks to Bill’s contributions.

Top Tester

Pete Arnett

Pete has been a great asset to the testing efforts of the Local Unit Calendaring (a sub-project of the Local Unit Web Site Project). He is consistent in his work and stays on top of the defects that he logs, as well as user stories that need to be closed.  Pete's hard work will be a valuable aid in releasing a high-quality application that our wards and stakes can use reliably. His great attitude and willingness to help exemplifies the community collaboration mentality.

Lifetime Achievement

Lynn Rosenvall and David Rosenvall

Before many of the resources we need became available on the Internet, Lynn Rosenvall and his son David wanted to make the scriptures available electronically. When David returned from his mission in 1987, they began to work on the task for their own use. They continued to work on the project throughout the years, eventually making the scriptures available on the Internet in 2000. They donated the entire project to the Church, and we now know this project as the Online Scriptures available at David continues to work on the project as a volunteer. The online scriptures are now available in 14 languages to date, and the Online Scriptures Resource Committee is continually working on more. We would like to thank Lynn and David for their work and generosity in helping to make the scriptures available online for us all to benefit from.


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