Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The RootsTech 2017 App

The RootsTech app is available for the upcoming RootsTech 2017 conference. I've been playing with it and so far, it's looking pretty good. Here are a few features:

·      Easily browse the schedule. By tapping the star next to the title of the talk, you can add a session to your personal schedule.
·      The same goes for the exhibitors list. In addition, you might want to check the blog post,  2017 RootsTech Survival Guide - The Expo Hall!  There is a nice list of the exhibitors, their booth number and website address. And a map of the exhibit hall. For some of us this might be easier to read than the map in the app on our tiny smart phone screen.
·      The app also has a list of the speakers with their list and bio.
·      In addition to building my own schedule, I'm liking the options surrounding the handouts. You can open a handout in the RootsTech app or in another program. You can also email a link to the handout to yourself. Another option allows the viewer to take notes on the handout from within the app.
·      Speaking of taking notes, I discovered an option to take notes in Evernote. 

When you are looking at a specific session, there is a green vertical bar with several icons.
·      Share (with your friends on the RootsTech app
·      Edit your notes
·      Rate the event (a clipboard)
·      Add the event to your personal schedule by tapping the star.

I want to call your attention to the clipboard. After the event, please use this to rate the session. It's important to the speakers to get that feedback!

Friends Feature: This allows you to add your friends who are attending the conference.

These are just a few of the many features the RootsTech app has to offer for 2017. I'm pretty happy with the app and looking forward to playing around with more features. If you had a bad experience with it last year (I did and ended up not using the app), give it a try again this year. Hopefully the Salt Palace wifi will be able to handle all of the techies on their system!

You can download the app from the AppStore or Google Play.

Here's another little tidbit I discovered this morning. RootsTech has it's own blog. Check it out!

Stay tuned for more. Next up is the new Discovery Center at the FHL.

Disclaimer:  I (Michelle Goodrum) am a RootsTech 2017 Ambassador and received complimentary registration to RootsTech along with other perks.
Any opinions expressed are my own.


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