Tyler Stahle | Apr 9, 2018

Tweets Tell the Story of #RootsTech 2018

Over the past eight years, the RootsTech conference has grown to more than 17,000 registered attendees! At this year’s conference, attendees came from all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries.

Part of the growth of RootsTech can be attributed to our incredibly passionate fans on social media. During the conference, there were more than 10,000 tweets mentioning RootsTech, which has given the conference unprecedented exposure.

Many of you turn to Twitter during the conference to live-tweet the keynote sessions and document your Expo Hall experience using #RootsTech. We loved following the conversation on social media. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite tweets that sum up the excitement of the 2018 conference pretty well. Take a look:

Excitement for the conference started early!

The Expo Hall kept everyone busy in between and during sessions with over 200 booths open.

Fans of Humans of New York were excited to hear from Brandon Stanton about the backstory of the successful business that helps connect thousands worldwide through stories of everyday people.

On Friday, Scott Hamilton gave social media fans plenty of emotions and quotes to fill the internet. He was charming and warm and had a unique story to tell about the importance of family and belonging.

There were over 38,000 unique households who joined our livestream virtually. They used #NotAtRootsTech to keep a steady conversation going throughout the week. They also enjoyed seeing their tweets alongside the livestreamed classes, a new feature of RootsTech 2018!

Saturday morning started with a serenade from the talented Natalia Lafourcade before she quickly rushed off to Los Angeles to sing for the Academy Awards the following day. She was deeply moved to learn more about her roots after her performance. She was a performer and speaker RootsTech will always want to remember.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. moved the #RootsTech audience immediately following Natalia. We were blown away by his personal stories and innovative plans to move genetics and genealogy into younger classrooms.

Jason Hewlett, our emcee, was also a conference highlight this year with his songs, jokes and selfies.

It was hard to get back to normal life after a fun-filled, educational, and impactful week at #RootsTech.

And people are already looking forward to RootsTech 2019!

Tyler Stahle

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