Tuesday, October 02, 2012

RootsTech: 21-23 March 2013

Here's a bit more on the 2013 conference from our friends at RootsTech. This announcement marks a change from "developers and techies only" to an "everyone is invited" lineup of sessions, exhibits and events. Why it was only last year there was an issue about not allowing book vendors that was eventually overcome. BRAVO, RootsTech for opening the doors to real collaboration and learning!

RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the United States in only two years, has announced the opening of its early bird registration for RootsTech 2013. The conference uniquely focuses on helping individuals at all skill levels to use the latest resources and technology to findorganizepreserve, and share their family's connections and history. The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 21-23, 2013. For more information, go to  RootsTech.org
RootsTech 2013 will have content for young and old alike, regardless of expertise. World-class speakers from all over the country will address the latest topics and challenges, and there will be an exciting exhibitor hall with hands-on labs and demonstrations from 100+ product and service providers. Attendees can choose from over 250 classes to learn how to start their family history, solve personal research problems, and find better solutions for connecting with their family. 
Conference Costs
Full 3-Day Pass$149 (Ends December 31, 2012) 
Full One-Day Only Pass $89
Student 3-Day Pass$39 (School ID required)
Getting Started 3-Day Pass$39(Early Bird)
Getting Started One-Day Pass$19 (Selection of fundamental classes)
Developer Day Pass$89 (Full-day technology program for developers)

Those who are new to family history can attend a full track of Getting Started classes and labs to:
  • Learn the basics of starting your family history.
  • Discover 10 activities you can do to get started.
  • Get hands-on experience with family history tools.
  • Additional classes for LDS Church members: Learn the importance of family history, the basics to start your family tree, and how to qualify your ancestors' names for temple work

Experienced Genealogists
Attend hands-on workshops and interactive classes to:
  • Expand your skills and knowledge to accelerate your research.
  • Help influence the future of genealogy.
  • Learn and share new ways to adapt technologies to genealogy.
  • Help leading-edge technology providers better understand your needs.
  • Participate in panels, product demos, and many networking opportunities.

Developer Day (Friday, March 22, 2013) sessions are specifically designed to help participants: 
  • Explore the latest development techniques using:
    • Cloud computing
    • Mobile apps
    • Social networking
    • Geo-mapping
  • Learn practical software development skills from industry leaders and pioneers.
  • Create solutions to difficult problems in a rapidly-growing market segment.
  • Access sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors that provide tools and services to enable innovations

About RootsTech
RootsTech is a unique conference focused on helping individuals learn and use the latest technology to get started or accelerate their efforts to findorganize,preserve and share their family's connections and history. The first annual conference was held in 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by leading genealogical organizations, the conference includes hands-on demonstrations and forums to provide a highly interactive environment and accelerate learning. Content is geared to young and old, beginner to advanced levels.

Disclosure: It's my honor to serve as an official RootsTech 2013 Blogger, meaning I'll be granted free access to all events and class sessions.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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1 comment:

  1. "This announcement marks a change from "developers and techies only" to an "everyone is invited" lineup of sessions, exhibits and events."

    "BRAVO, RootsTech for opening the doors to real collaboration and learning!"

    I'm of the opposite view - I'm disappointed that RootsTech is "dumbing down" so to speak, and becoming more about the things that societies might have at their monthly meetings and what NGS and FGS already do and less about things that suit more advanced techies and nerds as they might seek to move themselves, their companies and its products, and/or their societies (the tech aspects of running a modern society) further forward :-(