And so another RootsTech conference comes to an end. But what an incredible few days it's been!
Today saw RootsTech's largest crowd ever. The exhibit hall was filled to capacity with people of all ages, interested in family history.
Today was also family day, so 2000 extra young people and families attended.
All our demos were well attended and people flooded our team with questions.
This year's RootsTech is set to be the biggest yet, with more attendees and online participants than ever before.
One of today's highlights was MyHeritage's participation in the first ever Innovator Showdown.
Over 50 software developers from around the world entered a challenge to create the best new innovations in family history for an opportunity to win $25,000 in awards provided by sponsors (including MyHeritage, a platinum sponsor). The entrants were narrowed down over a course of rounds, and finalists were invited to present their ideas in the keynote hall. Prizes were determined by a panel of renowned judges and live audience voting. MyHeritage's VP of Business Development, Dan Mano, was a judge, alongside our good friend AJ Jacobs and other leaders from the business world.
The MyHeritage team is in Utah for RootsTech, the largest family history event in North America.
Here are some highlights from day 1.
We’re looking forward to seeing our old friends and meeting new ones at RootsTech 2015.
RootsTech, the largest family history event in North America, is a unique family history conference for both new and experienced genealogists. It is a place to learn about new technologies that bring families together and help make family history discoveries easier.
This year’s event will take place February 11-14 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and we're proud to be Platinum Sponsors.
On Thursday, February 12, MyHeritage Chief Product Officer Mike Mallin will give a keynote address in the main lecture hall. Later that day Mike will be presenting "Instant Discoveries and Family Storytelling in the Mobile World," at a MyHeritage-sponsored lunch.
The MyHeritage Team will be speaking at classes throughout the conference. Here is a list of the great talks we have lined up:
Yesterday, the team set up our booth in the large exhibit hall at RootsTech 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
From an empty space on a concrete floor grew green grass, white cabinets, great graphics and a large circular MyHeritage logo hanging from the ceiling. Computers and cords were retrieved from sturdy travel containers and within a few hours, the screens and keyboards were set up and connected.
RootsTech, the largest family history event in North America, is a unique family history conference for both new and experienced genealogists. It is a place where new technologies are showcased that help discover family history and bring families together.
We're especially proud to be Platinum Sponsors for this year’s event.
Friday, February 7 will be MyHeritage Day at RootsTech. The morning will open with remarks from our Chief Marketing Officer Ori Soen. There will also be a MyHeritage-sponsored lunch where Chief Product Officer Mike Mallin will speak on New Products at MyHeritage: The Next Frontier.
The MyHeritage Team will be speaking during the conference. Here is a list of the great talks that we have lined up:
One of the best things about genealogy conferences is that we get to catch up with our friends.
This year's RootsTech is expected to attract some 5,000 attendees, some 25% more than last year's event. In addition to conference-goers, speakers and exhibitors, many genealogy bloggers are already here. While many are US-based, this year includes bloggers from Australia, UK, France, Spain and elsewhere.
By 7pm Tuesday, I was at the conference hotel, affectionately known as Geneabloggers Central. I knew that many bloggers had arrived early, and had a nice dinner with Randy Seaver, Heather Wilkinson Rojo, saw Dick Eastman, Lisa Louise Cooke, Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Alzo and others.
This morning (Wednesday) was set-up day for the MyHeritage booth.
The event brings together genealogy and technology. It's a great place to share and learn from top genealogists and technologists about technology tools to help with your family history research.
MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet will give the keynote speech at 8.30am on Saturday, March 23, in Hall 1. He will unveil MyHeritage breaking news, so don’t miss out!
Gilad will speak alongside David Pogue, personal technology weekly columnist for The New York Times and a monthly columnist for Scientific American.
Last weekend at the Rootstech Conference, our very own Daniel Horowitz was interviewed by veteran genealogist and blogger Dear Myrtle. The conference was dedicated to the interaction between genealogy and technology, and as a result Daniel spent some time talking about some of our own website developments, and in particular our improved Smart Match facility.
Thanks to Dear Myrtle for conducting this interview. We hope you enjoy the results!