Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Family History Technology Workshop

Every year for the last 15 years, Brigham Young University holds a Family History Technology Workshop. This year's Workshop is scheduled the day before the Innovators Summit at RootsTech 2016. As usual, the Workshop is held at the Conference Center (Harmon Building) on the BYU campus. Here is the address and phone number: 770 East University Parkway Provo, Utah 84602 (801) 422-4853. Provo is south of Salt Lake City and the exact distance according to Google Maps from BYU to the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City is 44.3 miles. It can take up to two hours to make the trip by car, depending on traffic and weather.

This is one of those events that are very focused. If you are interested in software development for the genealogical community, you probably already know about the Workshop and are planning to attend. You can register on the website. Here is a description of the Workshop from the website:
The 2016 Family History Technology Workshop will bring together developers, researchers, technology professionals, and users to discuss the future of family history technology and genealogical research. The workshop will feature developer sessions, lightning talks, technical presentations, panels, and demos to showcase emerging and future technologies.
In the past, the Workshop has attracted a few people who apparently did not know the purpose of the Workshop and were challenged by its focus on very technical issues. But for those who are active in this area, the Workshop is where the real technical aspects of developing software and new technology are discussed. Registration for the Workshop includes a light breakfast, lunch and snacks.

I will be attending the conference and giving one of the Lightning Talks.

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