Can you believe it? We’re just one day away from RootsTech 2016! 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 stories in the general session happening each morning at RootsTech.
Kicking off RootsTech at the opening general session on Thursday will be award-winning journalist and former NBC executive Paula Williams Madison. Paula will be sharing her inspiring journey to search for her grandfather Samuel Lowe, who returned to his native China after living in Jamaica. Following Paula will be bestselling author Bruce Feiler. Bruce will share his story of building a happy family and how telling your family history is an important foundational tool. We will also hear from President and CEO of FamilySearch International, Stephen Rockwood, as he shares an inspiring vision for the future of FamilySearch and the industry.
On Friday, attendees will have a chance to hear from popular lifestyle bloggers Josh and Naomi Davis (of the Love Taza website), whom, through their website, celebrate family, home, and the simple joys of life. Following Josh and Naomi Davis will be David Isay, founder of StoryCorps, an award-winning organization that provides people the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their life stories.
On the final day of RootsTech, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Michael Leavitt and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will take the stage. Doris will share memories of the lifelong influence of her parents, who taught her the joy of books and the joy of baseball. Mike will share stories from his time in George W. Bush’s cabinet and as governor of Utah.
Don’t miss these inspiring keynote speakers. Be inspired to discover and connect your family and stories across generations.
RootsTech 2016 will include thrilling and entertaining musical and cultural events.
Hailed as one of the best professional bands in the world, Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band will take center stage at the RootsTech Opening Social event to thrill and entertain you and thousands of other RootsTech attendees. Joining the Crescent Super Band on stage will be soul singer Ryan Innes. This musical event is free for all RootsTech attendees. Be sure to join us as we kick off the largest family history event in the world.
The RootsTech opening social event will be held on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in Hall D.
Friday, February 5, 2016
RootsTech Innovator Showdown
Innovators take the stage and battle for the prize as they showcase the latest cutting edge technology in family history. Come help shape the future of the industry by deciding the winner with your live audience vote! This is an event with contestants, judges, demos, tough questions, and $100,000 in prizes. The show will be held in Hall D (RootsTech keynote room) right after the keynote on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Learn about the RootsTech Innovator Showdown.
Celebrate Your Heritage (Cultural Night)—Sponsored by Pictureline
Come 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.
Join us on Saturday, February 6, at the RootsTech closing event featuring Lower Lights on the big stage. The Lower Lights’ sound has been described as bluegrass, folk, gospel, Americana, and “roots-y.” In the five years since its inception, the group has recorded three gospel and two Christmas albums. Audiences are often invited to participate in their concerts.
This will be the perfect ending to an incredibly successful and inspiring conference. The Closing Event starts at 5:30 p.m. in Hall D. Space will be limited, so make sure you’re seated at least 15 minutes before the start of the show.
RootsTech Innovator Summit
If you want to change the future of family history, or have an idea that can transform how we celebrate and honor our family, then the innovator summit is for you. Developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the country will come together on Wednesday, February 3, to collaborate and share insight.
It’s a unique one-day chance to help dreams become reality. Ken Krogue, tech entrepreneur and co-founder of Insidesales.com, will keynote at the Innovator Summit General Session starting at 9 a.m. The Innovator Summit will also include a full day of classes on Wednesday, the Innovator Summit Networking Social and a hackathon at the end of the day.
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:
Wednesday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.
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 RideUTA.com 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 RideUTA.com.