Labs Live

Church of England Digital Labs aims to gather together the many Christian coders, creatives and techies who have the skills and passion for using technology to grow peoples faith and to bring people to faith.

Labs Live 2019

Saturday 16th March, Media City Manchester

Labs Live is a day-long event for Christian coders, creatives and problem solvers who will come together to develop solutions to further the Church’s work in the digital space.

The event will end with participants presenting their solutions to the judging 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, funded by the Church of England. 

The panel, led by the Head of Digital for the Church of England Adrian Harris, includes Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, Lynda Davies, Dr Bex Lewis and Mike Shaft. 

Speaking about the event, the Bishop of Manchester said:

“I’m looking forward to our day in Salford and the excitement that will be generated by the second Labs Live event. It will be good to hear ideas from the 50 Christian creatives and techies and their suggestions for helping the Church’s digital evangelism and discipleship. Labs Live is part of the Church of England’s Renewal and Reform programme, which seeks to ensure the Church of England is a growing Church. The innovations that result from the day will play an important role in this work.”

Applications to attend Labs Live 2019 have now closed. 

Meet the Labs Live 2019 Judging Panel

Labs Live 2018

Our first event, held in East London on Saturday 24th February 2018, saw around 60 people join together who have passion for using technology to equip and enable our 16,500 local churches. Delegates travelled from across the UK, Europe and USA to look at two broad themes: how to bring people to faith and how to grow people’s faith.

Hundreds applied for the event and it was run with a capacity crowd of delegates using the Google Sprint development approach. Seven proposals were refined in the afternoon and presented to a team of judges in the evening. Find out more in the video below:

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.