Innovation Showcase Announcement

In the fall of 2017, RootsTech launched a worldwide search for the best technology and innovation in the family history industry that would be featured on the main stage and to thousands of online viewers at RootsTech 2018. It was announced that winners would receive recognition from in-person and virtual attendees, the media, and the genealogical industry.

In working to identify and announce the "Top Family History Innovations of 2018," it became immediately apparent that there were hurdles that would be too numerous to accomplish this task. For example, would we be able to identify all the relevant players in the industry? How would we narrow down the best and most innovative technology? What judging criteria would we use to be fair to all nominees? And, would it be more appropriate for a publisher or industry analyst to undertake a competition like this?

So, while we’ll still plan to have an Innovation Showcase at RootsTech 2018, it will not attempt to identify the best technology and companies in the industry. Rather, this fast-paced and insightful main stage presentation will instead use various micro-panels comprised of industry experts to focus on the history of innovation in the genealogy space, discuss the problems facing end-users, and make bold predictions about the future that solution providers can use to steer development in the industry.

The Innovation Showcase will be Wednesday February 1, 2018, immediately following the keynote of Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, at 4:30 p.m. on the main stage. The RootsTech trade show floor will then be open from 6-8 p.m. MDT.