Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RootsTech Announces Call for Presentation for 2015 Conference to be Held February 11-14, 2015

The following is from RootsTech.

RootsTech 2015 Call for Presentations

Rootstech - February 6-8, 2014
RootsTech 2015 Content Committee Issues a 
Call for Presentations
The RootsTech Content Committee is calling for dynamic presentations for RootsTech 2015 that inform and educate both those seeking to begin and those continuing to discover their family story through technology.  

Presentation submissions will be accepted June 2 to June 27, 2014, through the Call for Presentations portal on

Presentations will be accepted for both RootsTech and Innovator Summit.  

  • RootsTech is a three day family history conference offering over two hundred classes for beginners, avid hobbyists and experienced researchers.
  • Innovator Summit starts with a pre-RootsTech event onWednesday, February 11, and is a unique opportunity for software developers, entrepreneurs and technology business leaders to explore and influence technology solutions in the family history industry.  Classes will continue throughout the RootsTech conference.
In 2015, RootsTech and The Federation of Genealogical Societies are teaming up to offer two great conferences in one venue. Speakers interested in presenting at FGS can visit their website for more information about the FGS National Conference and their call for presentations. 
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Presentations submissions are requested for all family history and technology skill levels in the following categories:

  • Finding and Organizing: search tactics, resources, specialized tools, methodologies, solutions, metadata, apps and software 
  • Preserving Your Work And Legacy: family trees, digital migration, audio and video solutions 
  • Sharing: social media, tools for collaboration, wikis, crowd sourcing, community building, blogs
  • Stories and Photos: storytelling and interviewing, capturing stories, preserving stories, enhancing stories with photos, photo restoration, movies and presentations, photo editing, oral histories
  • Tools: technology introductions, gadgets, genetic research, DNA, breaking down barriers, 
  • General:  family history topics in general including geographic research, time-period research, inspirations, market trends, research trends, adjacent industries, record types. (Please note, there is still an expectation in this category that technology is a part of the presented topic.)
  • Family Traditions And Lifestyle: cultural arts, handicrafts, food, influential historical events, everyday living standards, social customs, pastimes, artifacts. (Please note there is still an expectation in this category that this knowledge assists the learner in family history and that technology is a part of the presented topic.) 
RootsTech Innovator Summit
  • Developer: standards and API's, mobile app development, social applications, record imaging and visualizations, apps for youth, software and tools that enable the work of family history.
  • Business: funding and investment, startups- success stories and tips, opportunities and market trends, networking and partnerships, insights and entertainment 
For more information, download the complete Call for Presentations document. It includes presentation and evaluation criteria, the submission timeline, and process details.

Questions regarding the RootsTech 2015 call for presentations can be emailed to the Content Committee at

Do you know someone who would be a great presenter for RootsTech 2015? Please share this email with them. 

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