Announcing the Eight Semifinalists for the $25,000 RootsTech Innovator Challenge

January 30, 2015  - by 

RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, is pleased to announce the eight semifinalists in the annual Innovator Challenge. The Innovator Challenge is a first of its kind global competition to encourage developers to create apps and technology based experiences that will shape the future of the family history industry. Out of 51 total entries, these eight we selected by a panel of independent judges as worthy of moving forward in the competition.


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These eight semifinalists are competing for 4 final spots to be judged during the live Innovator Showdown at RootsTech. New to RootsTech in 2015, the Innovator Showdown is a live event featuring the 4 Innovator Challenge finalists, 5 renowned judges, and $25,000* to be awarded among the finalist. The audience can tip the scales in favor of one entry as part of the People’s Choice award.

To witness these top innovations, see these finalists in action and make your voice heard, register for RootsTech today and be sure to join us for the Innovator Showdown in Hall D at the Salt Palace Convention Center on Friday, February 13 at 10:30 a.m.

* The $25,000 in total cash prizes is offered by MyHeritage (platinum sponsor), and Grow Utah Ventures, Hero Partners, IPOP Foundation, Sprint, STG, Utah Technology Council.


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  1. I don’t know about the other 7, but for people who attend Rootstech 2015, there is a presentation RT442 “Unite, Teach, and Inspire a Community or Organization through Stories” in Ballroom E, Friday 13th at 4:00 pm that will compare last year’s winner of the Innovator Challenge, You Tube, Facebook, FamilySearch Memories, and LegacyStories as options for story collections and how to start a Group Legacy Project–case study and evaluation. This would be a great opportunity to come to understand the importance of orally recording stories of individuals within an organization.

    There aren’t many options out there that give options for story collection and recommended website criteria for sharing these stories online. This should be a very informative presentation, especially considering that LegacyStories is in the semi-finals.

  2. I took me quite a whille to get through all 51 but when I was done I diffinatly have many nice finds to work with. It was a good search