Wednesday, February 11, 2015

RootsTech 2015 Starts Tomorrow!

The following is from RootsTech.

RootsTech - February 12-14, 2015RootsTech 2015

RootsTech 2015 Starts Tomorrow!

Can you believe it? We’re just one day away from the biggest RootsTech ever! There will be so much more to inspire you to discover and celebrate your family and stories across generations.

RootsTech Keynote Speakers
This year’s event will be inspiring and entertaining thanks in part to the amazing lineup of speakers who will share their personal family stories in the general sessions happening each morning at RootsTech.

Kicking off RootsTech at the opening general session on Thursday will be entrepreneur and Vietnamese refugee, Tan Le. She will share her personal heroic immigration story as she fled Vietnam with her mother and sister at a very young age. We will also hear from President and CEO of FamilySearch International, Dennis Brimhall, as he shares an inspiring vision for the future of family history.

On Friday, attendees will have a chance to hear former First Lady Laura Bush talk about her life in the White House and the importance of family during those eight years, as well as reflect on the difficult days following September 11. Her daughter Jenna Bush Hager will join her mother onstage, where they will share family stories.

On the final day of RootsTech, singer and entertainer Donny Osmond and New York Times bestselling author A. J. Jacobs will take the stage. Donny Osmond will share some lesser-known insights into his family’s history and maybe a song or two. A. J. Jacobs will humor and inspire attendees by sharing his experience and thoughts about his current project, the Global Family Reunion.

Don’t miss these inspiring keynote speakers. Be inspired to discover and connect your family and stories across generations.

RootsTech Events

In addition to the incredible lineup of keynote speakers, RootsTech 2015 will also include thrilling and entertaining musical, comedic, and cultural events.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

RootsTech Opening Social
Sponsored by
RootsTech Expo HallAfter more than 100 million YouTube views, musical sensation Alex Boyé is performing just for you. The evening opening social promises to be thrilling and energetic as Boyé kicks off RootsTech 2015. He joins up with the stars of his popular “Let It Go” cover and America’s Got Talent quarter-finalist One Voice Children’s Choir. The RootsTech opening social will be held in Hall D at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 13, 2015

RootsTech Innovator Showdown
Sponsored by MyHeritage
RootsTech Expo HallShark Tank meets The Voice. Be sure to catch the live performance where the top minds in family history compete for your votes and a chance to win $25,000 in prizes. They will unveil the latest cutting edge technology and their breakthrough creations before a live panel of judges and you. Your vote could determine who goes home with the big prize. This event is guaranteed to be the most entertaining way to see the future of family history. The RootsTech Innovator Showdown will happen in Hall D at 10:30 a.m.

Celebrate Your Heritage (Cultural Night)
Sponsored by Pictureline
RootsTech Expo HallCome visit the Expo Hall for an exclusive world party. Sights, sounds, and dancing from around the world will be highlighted as groups of performers showcase the world’s cultures. The Expo Hall will have extended hours for this entertaining trip around the world. That gives you more time to roam the hall, packed with hundreds of interactive booths showing the latest in discovering and connecting your family.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

RootsTech Closing Event
Sponsored by FamilySearch
Welcome to Family Discovery Day!
Celebrate with an exciting grand finale you’ll never forget. American Idol finalist David Archuleta and the popular sketch comedy group Studio C from BYUtv team up for comedy and music. This will be a “never before seen” event asStudio C unveils a new sketch and David unveils a new, original song. The closing event will commence at 5:15 p.m. in Hall D.

Conference Reminders and Information

Onsite Check-in
Conference check-in will take place at the registration area in the south lobby of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Upon check-in, you will receive your badge, any add-on tickets previously purchased, a conference guide, and other essential conference materials. A photo ID is required. To avoid the long lines, come at your earliest convenience.

Conference registration will be open during the following times:
Tuesday:2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Wednesday:7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Thursday:7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Friday:7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Saturday:7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

There are two convenient underground parking garages available at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Parking is $12–18 per day. There are several less expensive parking lots in downtown Salt Lake City within easy walking distance. The parking lot just north of South Temple Street, between 200 West and 300 West, charges $3–$5 per day. Additional parking is available at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building for $10 a day and at City Creek Center.

Public Transportation
Salt Lake City offers several transportation options, making your travel to and from the Salt Palace Convention Center, Family History Library, and throughout downtown Salt Lake City fairly convenient. Visit for transportation options.

For those taking Trax, the Green or Blue line will get you to the Salt Palace. The closest stop to the Salt Palace is Temple Square (132 W. South Temple Street). For more information, visit


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