RootsTech Conference

Friday, February 10, 2017

RootsTech Days 2 & 3

We started off the day bright and early with a tour of the expo hall. It was super cool to see the final touches going up.

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After an amazing tour we headed over to the keynote. The property brothers did an amazing job! I loved hearing them speak about their family.

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Another cool thing that RootsTech has is innovators alley in the expo hall. I went and visited the vendors there, they have a lot of cool ideas!

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That night, after a wonderful dinner at the Nauvoo cafe, I attended the Hammerstein Mormon tab concert with my grandparents. At the concert Forever announced their partnership with family search.

I started off the day crazy!! I slept through my alarm and so my dad woke me right as we were supposed to leave. I'm pretty sure I got ready in record time. We made it right before the keynote was going to start. It was amazing! Levar Burton gave a stirring address and there wasn't a dry eye in the room! After him Kenyatta Berry, Sheri Camp, and, Melvin Collier spoke.
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At the end of the keynote, they had a choir come and sing, It was awesome!

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As everyone left to go to their various classes we stayed put and watched the innovators showdown. Remember how I said I left in a rush? Well as the showdown was starting I looked down to see my shirt inside out!! Some days your on top of your game, and other days you wander around RootsTech with an inside out shirt. After I got over that shock :), I turned my attention toward the showdown. It was intense! After some deliberation, the judges decided to choose OldNews USA as the innovators showdown winner.

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I didn't attend the cultural night, but I'm sure it was amazing! Hope to see you at family discovery day tomorrow! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

RootsTech Day 1: Innovators Summit

This was my 1st year attending innovators summit, and it was aweome! We started off the day with a great keynote by Liz Wiseman.
She taught us about "Rookie Smarts" Some of my takeaways were:
-Beginners often can solve impossible problems just because they don't know that it's impossible.
-Put in the work and take the risk
-When we become comfortable we begin to expect things and we will sometimes miss the obvious solution.
-Always push yourself!
She is such a great speaker and I highly reccomend reading one of her books, especilaly if you didn't get to see her speak.

Another big part of the day was watching the semi-finaliats pitch their ideas to the judges.

Later that night we attended the 80's party, it was a blast!

Towards the end of the party they annoced the innovators summit finalists were announced. 
They are: 
-Double Match Triangulator
-OldNews USA

I had a great time today, and I can't wait until tomorrow!