My RootsTech Presentations

RootsTech Speaker

RootsTech is now less than 2 weeks away, and I’m really excited. I’ve wrapped up the details on my 3rd presentation and I’ll be rehearsing for it tomorrow.

Here’s a rundown of my presentations. I’m really excited about all three presentations. The Kickstarter presentation is new for this conference. I’ve given the Mac presentation at two previous conferences, and it has always been well received. The finding stories on Google Books is perhaps my favorite presentation, because this is what got me hooked on family history.

Discover the Future on KickStarter
Friday 1:00 pm – Ballroom C

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Technology is a popular category with many exciting projects underway. This presentation will explore 2-3 successfully funded projects and the impact that they could make on the future of genealogy.

Just a hint, I’ll be talking about programmable flying robots, 3D technologies, and possibly a drum set made out of apples.

Mac Users: Tricks to Save You Time
Friday 4:00 pm – Ballroom G

Save time every day with these tricks. Find important files faster than ever. Slice, merge, and create PDFs with ease. Make old photos look clean and new. Snatch and annotate screenshots. Find FamilySearch records with a few keystrokes.

Finding Stories on Google Books
Saturday 4:00 pm – Ballroom C

Google has made millions of books searchable through Google Books. Learn tips for performing effective searches, obtaining transcriptions, clipping pages, finding books if the full version isn’t available, and sharing discovered stories and photos on FamilySearch.org.

This presentation has ghost stories, dinosaurs, and an attempted burglary that ends with a gunshot.

This is my first RootsTech where I will be presenting content to a non-programmer crowd. This will be the best RootsTech yet. I’m not sure how it will be topped. The conference gets better every year.

A computer anyone can make

Today, I discovered a really cool project on  Kickstarter: Kano: A computer anyone can make by Kano — Kickstarter

Our software combines Kano OS, a distribution of Debian Linux, with an interface that feels a bit like a console game. It runs six Kano Levels, software projects to make Pong, Snake, Minecraft, videos, and music – with (inshallah) more to come.

The goal of the project is to make building a computer and programming a computer as fun and easy as building a Lego set. It looks really cool and I want to buy one for my kids. It looks like they are going to be sold for $99.

This is basically a Raspberry Pi computer with special OpenSource software, some cool hardware casing, keyboard, cables, and easy to follow instructions. Awesome!