Tyler S. Stahle | Feb 1, 2017

Get to Know the 2017 Innovator Showdown Finalists

Innovators and developers from around the world have been busily preparing for the RootsTech 2017 Innovator Showdown, a one-of-a-kind event for entrepreneurs to impact the growing multibillion-dollar family history industry and compete for $100,000 in cash prizes.

Innovators and developers from around the world have been busily preparing for the RootsTech 2017 Innovator Showdown, a one-of-a-kind event for entrepreneurs to impact the growing multibillion-dollar family history industry and compete for $100,000 in cash prizes.

Forty applications were submitted for the 2017 Innovator Showdown. After a rigorous judging process, the field has been whittled down to 10 semifinalists. The showdown semifinals will be held during lunch at the RootsTech Innovator Summit at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on February 8, 2017. All semifinalists will introduce themselves and their products to a panel of judges in front of a live audience. The selected five finalists will be announced that evening.

The exciting Showdown Finals will be held on Friday, February 10, at 10:30 a.m. on the main stage at RootsTech. This year, these five finalists will make their pitches before a panel of industry judges, including genealogy, technology, and business experts, and a live audience of more than 3,000 family history consumers. The finals will also be streamed live online, and viewers, both in person and virtual, will have the opportunity to vote via text message for their favorite app or innovation. The finalist with the most votes will win the People’s Choice award.

As the showdown draws near, take a minute to learn about this year’s semifinalists:

Champollion 2.0

The scribe for savvy paleographers

If you’ve ever struggled to read a historical document, Champollion 2.0 is just for you. Champollion 2.0 was built as a Windows program and offers users a wide set of tools to make historical documents readable.

While using Champollion 2.0 software, users can:

  • Crop, skew, and correct parallax issues.
  • Quickly and easily number the lines of a manuscript.
  • Apply nondestructive annotation directly on the manuscript.
  • Compare between original and processed images.

Watch the Champollion 2.0 submission video here.

CSI: Crowd Sourced Indexing

Letting the world transcribe together

CSI is a powerful back-end tool designed to make the life of a project administrator easier as he or she sets up an indexing project. The project administrator provides the program with the information to get started, including the images and the fields they requested to be indexed. Anyone can sign up to index, and indexers can visit the site to index more whenever they feel like it. No one has to be sent batches of images in order to index them.

Watch the CSI submission video here.


Now we’ve all got a famous relative.

Have you ever wondered how you’re related to a famous actor? With the Cuzins app you can find out! This app will show you how you’re related to celebrities, both living and dead, and how celebrities are related to each other. You can also discover how you’re related to friends, coworkers, or even spouses.

Watch the Cuzins submission video here.

Double Match Triangulator (DMT)

Forging new frontiers in DNA analysis

DNA research is all the rage in the genealogy industry, but better tools are needed to help us navigate the DNA jungle. Double Match Triangulator (DMT) combines two different people’s Chromosome Browser Results files from FamilyTreeDNA to provide double match and triangulation data that can be used to help determine genealogical relationships. Results are plotted into an Excel file along with a colorful map that will help users visualize DNA matches.

Watch the DMTsubmission video here.


Record the story of your life.

Emberall is a mobile app that helps users record, organize, store, and share life stories. After downloading and installing the app, users will be guided through a simple process of creating an album (“Mom’s History” for example), selecting interview questions, and recording responses right on your mobile device. Once the video is completed, upload it to the Emberall album in the cloud, where you can access it on other devices.

Watch the Emberall submission video here.


Connecting photos to your family history

The JoyFLIPS app is designed to help users save hundreds of old print photos and family stories before they fade away. This app provides tools for users to scan, curate, and share thousands of print photos paired with the stories they tell. Storytelling in voice and text is combined with artificial intelligence, allowing users to automatically gather information related to each story from various sources such as FamilySearch, newspapers, magazines, and public records.

Watch the JoyFLIPS submission video here.


Search every word.

If you’ve ever worried about losing important information that’s buried in a box of letters or journals, then Kindex is for you. Kindex is a powerful, collaborative indexing app that people of all ages and experience levels can use. With Kindex, users can gather records into a single digital archive, transcribe and tag records in the archive, and then share the archive with others.

Watch the Kindex submission video here.

OldNews USA

Making family history mobile

Newspaper research is an important part of almost all genealogists’ routines, but it isn’t always easy. OldNews USA is a mobile app that makes getting started with historical newspaper research easier than ever. With OldNews USA, you can quickly discover interesting stories and articles in U.S. newspapers from the Library of Congress Chronicling America collection of more than 11 million newspaper images from 1789 to 1992—all on your smartphone!

Watch the OldNews USA submission video here.

Qroma Tag

Add your story to any photo, using your iPhone and your voice.

Have you ever seen a photo and wanted to know more about what was going on when it was taken? If it was a print photo, you’d probably flip it over and scan the back for details such as name, date, or place. Digital photos have the ability to store so much more information, and with Qroma Tag, you can add these details to any of your pictures. Qroma Tag, the second product from San Jose, California-based Qroma LLC, is an iOS app that makes it easy to include the important parts of a story with any photo. Qroma Tag uses two voice recognition systems that work in tandem to produce metadata based on what you tell it about your photos.

Watch the Qroma Tag submission video here.


Easy to research. Easy to share.

How do you introduce the younger generation to family history while still presenting good research? Turn to RootsFinder! With videos, stories, photos, and social media integration, today’s rising generation can have a visually captivating family history experience like never before. RootsFinder makes it easy and fun to expand your family tree, and other family members can enjoy your shared history without having to do (or pay) anything.

Watch the RootsFinder submission video here.

Join us at RootsTech on Friday, February 10, 2017, to see these innovators compete for $100,00 in prizes as they pitch their products on stage before renowned judges, industry influencers, and a live audience!

Register for RootsTech today!

Tyler S. Stahle

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