The generations on either side of me link me to my past and my future. My view of family history involves revealing the roots and the branches.

Throughout this blog you will find perspectives related to the doctrines of temple and family history work from revealed revelation given to living prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS - Mormon).

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

RootsTech 2016 Innovator Showdown 12 Semi Finalists

The second annual RootsTech Innovator Showdown began in the Fall of 2015 with 46 teams competing for part of $100,000 in total cash and in-kind prizes. These teams have gone through two rounds of judging and now the 12 semifinalists remain.

This is the judging criteria:

A Social App
Submissions must enable a social or collaborative activity.

Family History

Submissions must be directly or indirectly related to family history. (for example: facebook is indirectly the largest repository of family history content today, even though it may not have been originally designed with that in mind.

Quality of Idea
Includes creativity and originality.

Implementation of Idea
Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer.

Potential Impact
Will users get excited about this, is it applicable, does it solve a genuine problem?

Here are the 12 semifinalists in alphabetical order:
(The links will take you to their RootsTech submission page.)

Ancestor Cloud
Legacy Scribes
Studio (by Legacy Republic)
The Family History Guide
The History Project

The Showdown Semifinals will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in the Salt Palace Convention Center from 12:15-1:45 pm. Six finalists will be announced later that evening at the Media Dinner.

The Showdown Finals will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 in the Salt Palace Convention Center from 10:30 am - noon. The top six finalists will demo live onstage where a panel of judges and the live audience will decide the winners.

Judges Choice 1st Place = $20,000 cash and $25,000 in-kind*
Judges Choice 2nd Place = $14,000 cash and $15,000 in-kind*
Judges Choice 3rd Place = $6,000 cash and $10,000 in-kind*
People's Choice = $10,000 cash

* In-kind prizes may include consulting, mentoring, development, marketing, co-location services, accounting services, and/or legal services. Finalists also benefit from hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of publicity.

I am 2016 RootsTech Ambassador and will be sharing these press releases on my blog in preparation for RootsTech in February 2016.


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