I think Wikitude offers some great potential as a ministry tool. Using your smartphone’s camera and the Wikitude platform, you “browse” the world around you; Wikitude ties in with apps you’re already using like TripAdvisor, Yelp, and more; look through your camera to find recommended eateries and special deals for hotels when you travel, for instance.
Just from my limited knowledge about Wikitude, here’s some ideas I have:
- As above, find hotels and restaurants when you’re travelling.
- Locate other members of your summer project team.
- Find recommended places that previous teams had visited.
- Find out where the locals are.
Apparently it’s easy to build an app for Wikitude (developers, click here). Some developer ideas for an app for your field ministry might be so that:
- People can find your events, service projects, Bible studies, and meetings.
- CSU seminars and other information is GPS-enabled to mobile devices (plus staff can find out if their Twitter or Facebook friends are already at Moby, in the gym, or chillin’ a local restaurant).
- A graduating senior lands a job in another state and finds CruCity staff and activities when he moves there.
- After downloading Wikitude and a Cru app, a donor discovers FamilyLife’s “The Art of Marriage” in the next suburb over.
Let your imagination go, what could you do with Wikitude for your ministry? If we had a Cru app for Wikitude, could anyone involved in Cru anywhere in the U.S. find other Cru ministries when they travel within the U.S.? (That is, one all-encompassing Cru ministry app?) What could you do if you also had some kind of Cru app to use with Wikitude?