The first thing you notice is the new surroundings. This area of the Salt Palace is a HUGE improvement. There are escalators to get a lot of people moving fast. I did find one elevator not far from the escalators for those needing them. It's one of the those things hiding in plain site. It has black walls around it. I wish I knew how to describe where it was so you could find it. Just look past the east side escalators for that black wall.
If you see me with my pinned covered RootsMagic bag please stop me and say hello.
There were a lot of volunteers helping to check us in. There are computers to help with that process. You will need to sign in and select your registration. I had two, one as an Official Blogger and another as a vendor with RootsMagic. You will need a photo ID to get checked-in.
Everyone gets a RootsTech bag. The bag is like a small laptop case. I don't think any laptop could fit in it but an iPad would have plenty of room. I had mine own bag so I found the new bag a really convenient place to store my coat and carry it around. The bag also looks familiar to me, I think I have another like it from a previous RootsTech. INSIDE the bag are several fliers that tell you how to enter contests to win a iPad Mini or Air. You really need to check those fliers out.
The vendor hall was taking shape. When I first arrived there was only a table, black cloth and some chairs for our vendor spot. By the end of the day you could feel the place coming alive. The Expo Hall is HUGE so plan on free time in your schedule to walk the isles.
The keynote was given by Chris Dancy. He is the first person I have ever seen wearing Google Glasses. I even had him take a picture of my cool pedigree chart name tag bag that I bought from ISGS with them. How fun is that. He is the most digitally connected person out there. He has like 14 systems monitoring his body all the time.
I chuckled when he said he feed all his data into a computer to analyse himself. Then he could ask the computer questions about himself. He found out that he was happy. I loved when he he told about setting his lighting conditions in his home to help prepare himself for meetings. His dog also wears a monitor. Sometimes he will have the system make the lights go on and off to get his dog to bark and run around so it will get exercise. Below is a picture of some of the devices he has monitoring his life.
Chris gave a very interesting talk about our digital afterlife and that we need to think about preserving it. He showcased how people are still interacting with deceased individual's social network sites. At one point he mentioned people taking funeral selfies. When I talked to him later he wasn't aware of the trend when photography was new of people propping dead people up and taking pictures of them.
Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, and FindMyPast. This is because LDS members are financially supporting FamilySearch's mission. There will be more commercial websites access announced later. FamilySearch wanted us to stress that access will not happen over night. It will take several months to get everything in place. Those that are not LDS will have access to the commercial websites at their local family history centers. I was aware of this announcement coming in advance, but couldn't say anything. I knew it would be made official at RootsTech, but honestly I was surprised to be told this at the dinner tonight. I suspect we will hear more in the keynote in the following days.
If you happen to see "Captain Jack" while wondering the RootsTech halls make sure you stop and get your picture taken with him. He knows about some buried treasure getting ready to see the light of day.
See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is a RootsTech day!