For awhile my husband was in charge of the program for our ward. I got bored one day and ran some calculations on how much the program was costing the ward yearly. For our ward it was costing about $240. With that I talked my husband into using a two-sided half-page format by ditching the cover image and most of the blank space on the back. (What really sold him on it was that using that format he could use the paper cutter in the library instead of sitting and folding nearly 100 programs in half).
The cost savings, efficiency and enviro-friendly aspects of it made me all warm and fuzzy. But, what we really needed, I thought, was to ditch printed programs altogether.
So here’s my super-awesome serious hack idea: Use a QR code instead of printed programs. Just print out one code for each entry into the chapel, people scan them as they come in and pull up a PDF (or website or whatever) of the program on their phones. Maybe print out a couple regular programs for the technologically inept, or the hold-outs that every ward has.
The only real concerns I could think of would be not to put phone numbers on the program if it’s going to be live on the internet, and who would provide the webspace for the program. But still, church program on your phone? Awesome.
We could do so much with QR codes. In a super-organized ward, I could see a weekly QR code unlocking a BaseCamp environment with the meeting program, the speakers’ notes or extra materials, and supplemental stuff from RS/PH/SS lessons (when I teach Gospel Doctrine I am always writing bit.ly links on the chalkboard…a QR code would be awesome).
It’s probably a futuristic pipe dream, but hey, you could save some money on printed programs!