Registration has opened and the ramp up to #RootsTech 2015 has begun. Just as I have from the beginning of this marvelous conference, I will be attending, blogging and once again, presenting. We are waiting to hear the announcement of the Keynote Speakers. The Conference with be a little bit more complicated with the inclusion of the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference (FGS) at the same time in the same venue. This is the explanation of how that will happen:
Every year FGS sponsors a national conference for genealogists of all levels of experience to help link the genealogical community of member societies, libraries, archives, and other member organizations. The conference features genealogical lectures on a wide array of topics, including those of local, regional, national, and international importance, and it offers organizational leadership training for member societies. This year, RootsTech is teaming up with FGS to offer two great conferences in one venue. We’ll share keynotes, activities, and the Expo Hall. Classes will be separate for each conference. If you purchase a RootsTech three-day pass, you can add access to FGS classes for just $39.RootsTech will be held on February 12–14, 2015, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Innovator Summit will be held on February 11, 2015, also at the Salt Palace.
This year, since we are living in Provo, Utah, we plan on taking the Utah Transit Authority Train to Salt Lake for the Conference and avoiding the need to stay in a hotel. I did this recently when I attended the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies Conference and it worked out really well, although I ended up doing a lot of walking, some of which I would have done anyway even by driving my car.
I will be attending beginning on Wednesday with the Innovator Summit. The Innovator Summit gives vendors, innovators, and developers an opportunity to focus on content specific to developing emerging technologies in family history and genealogy. Class sessions are held mainly on Wednesday, with a few sessions on Thursday and Friday. Topics are specific to improving technologies, introducing new concepts, and enabling collaboration through networking. I found this to be some of the most interesting parts of #RootsTech 2014.
You will have to go to website for the latest pricing information and details as they are put online. As always, if you see me there, please take time to say hello.