5 Ways the Mobile App Will Enhance Your RootsTech Experience

December 2, 2015  - by 

When the RootsTech family history conference began six years ago, it was a simple gathering that took up only a small portion of the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Today, this conference is labeled “the world’s largest celebration of families across generations.”

More than 15,000 people from across the world are expected to make the trek to Salt Lake City on February 3–6, 2016, to learn, discover, preserve, and share family stories across generations.

With world-class speakers, all-star entertainers, and more than 200 engaging classes, you’re probably wondering, “How do I make the most of my RootsTech experience?”

Our suggestion? Download the app.

The RootsTech app was recently made available for download from the App Store and the Google Play Store. RootsTech directors expect the app not only to enhance an attendee’s experience, but to personalize it as well.

“We believe RootsTech is an experience,” says Chad Schumacher, marketing manager of the conference. “The app is built to allow attendees to engage and interact with other family history enthusiasts. Really, it will help them build their own online communities.”

While there are many helpful features on the app, here are five you might find most useful:

  1. Create a personalized class schedule. After logging in, tap the Schedule icon to browse an extensive list of workshops, classes, and activities. Select the event that appeals to you the most, and read the bio of the speaker. Once you’ve found the class or workshop you wish to attend, tap the Add to Agenda This event will then be added to your agenda and plotted on your calendar.
  2. Find speaker information. Looking to find a class taught by Jill Ball, Myko Clelland, or Lisa Louise Cooke? You can view a comprehensive list of speakers and the sessions they’ll be presenting by tapping the Speakers
  3. Connect on social media. After selecting the News and Social icon, you can follow the RootsTech conversation on social media. You’ll be able to see what @RootsTechConf (the official RootsTech Twitter account) is tweeting and read the latest posts from the official bloggers at the conference. Links to the RootsTech Facebook page and YouTube videos are also provided.
  4. Find your way around town. If you’re attending the conference for the first time and are worried about getting lost in Salt Lake City, take advantage of the Maps icon! This tool provides you with the exact location of the Salt Palace Convention Center as well as phone and fax numbers for your convenience.
  5. Connect with other conference attendees. Your experience at RootsTech will be enhanced as you connect with and befriend other family history enthusiasts. Tap the Networking icon within the app, build a profile, and start connecting.

Already downloaded the app? Tweet us what you like best about it at @RootsTechConf.

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  1. The app presently lacks functionality that last year’s app had. Most notably, it lacks the ability to have more than one session at any given time shown on “My Agenda”. It would be helpful to return this so that I could already have alternatives chosen if my main choice is full.

    Curiosly, the app uses the British spelling of Favo(u)rite in the menu choices.

    The app’s session keword search results includes the Innovator Summit events on Wednesday, but if I add an IS event to My Agenda, it does not show up in the day view.

      1. When I get home, I will check again to see if the app has already been updated. In case it matters, I was using the Apple iOS version of the app on my iPAD. Perhaps the Android version has different functionality.

  2. Why does the information, including class selections, not show, in its entirety, on my iPad as is on my PC?

    Thanks for your help.

  3. Innovator summit classes are not listed in app but are on the web.
    Room assignments are in the app but not on the web.
    Discovery day classes in neither place. “Coming soon” loses meaning after awhile.
    Having all this data in one place would be useful in planning the day’s activities.

    1. I am still waiting for the iOS version of the app to allow me to have overlapping events in my schedule. I will download the Android version to my phone and see if that has different functionality.

  4. Thanks for the suggestions on ways to use the Roots Tech App. I downloaded it last night, but I have never used any thing like it to aid my conference attendance.

  5. I downloaded the app and used the notes feature to take notes for all the classes I attended. Today I tried to bring them up and none of them show up. Are all my notes lost. What can I do?