Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gaenovium 2014: How about a video component?

Perhaps you've read reports earlier today about a true technology conference for genealogy technologists, not typical "end users" like Ol' Myrt and her DearREADERS. While there is frequently no substitute for attending a conference in person, I've got to question the technology side of this conference. My question is this - how about live streaming several sessions? I'd be willing to pay to attend virtually. (Psssst - I happen to know Google Hangouts on Air can be configured private and require payment to view.)

From's press release we read:
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Introducing Gaenovium, the Genealogy Technology Conference
New genealogy-technology conference is different in every important way.
Quick SummaryNew conference is not big and overwhelming, but small an intimate. Independent organisation. Not national, but international. Not in the USA, but in Europe. Not for genealogy technology users, but the technology creators. Conference fee includes all-attendee dinner.
BackgroundGenealogy without technology has become unthinkable. Nowadays, every genealogy conference has presentations that use or mention technology used by genealogists, but until now, even the most technology-oriented genealogy conferences were squarely aimed at the users of that technology.
GaenoviumGaenovium is a new kind of genealogy-related conference conceived and created by genealogy technologists Bob Coret & Tamura Jones, and it's different in every important way.
Gaenovium isn't a big overwhelming conference, but a small and intimate one. Gaenovium does not take place in the USA, but in Europe, the continent where modern genealogy has its roots.
TechnologistsGaenovium is not another conference for genealogy technology users, but a new conference for the technology creators. The Gaenovium conference is an event organised exclusively for academics, developers and visionaries at the forefront of genealogy technology.
InternationalGaenovium is an international event, where genealogy technologists from around the world get together. Gaenovium 2014, the inaugural Gaenovium conference, features in-depth geneatechnology presentations by domain experts from Canada, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Gaenovium 2014 takes place in Europe, and is sponsored by two leading genealogy technology companies from two other continents.
LocationGaenovium does not take place just anywhere in Europe. Gaenovium takes place in Leiden, an ancient Dutch city that is not only rich in history, historical buildings and fascinating museums of international renown, but also known to genealogist world-wide as the city of the Pilgrim Fathers.
Date and PricingGaenovium 2014 takes place on Tuesday 7 October 2014. The modest registration fee of € 45 includes coffee, lunch and a closing dinner with all speakers and attendees.
Sign upThe venue for Gaenovium 2014 is a historic building, and attendance is limited to the capacity of the main room. Registering for Gaenovium 2014 is similar to registering for a Beta programme; you sign up to receive an invitation.
SponsorsGaenovium 2014 is sponsored by MyHeritage Ltd and RootsMagic Inc.RootsMagic CEO Bruce Buzbee is enthusiastic: “This brand new conference is an exciting initiative that we're proud to support as a sponsor.”
More InformationDetailed information is available on the Gaenovium website: http://www.gaenovium.comFollow @gaenovium on twitter.

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Myrt :)
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