Did she tell us her name? Anne Roach just started (at 8:30) the FamilySearch Developers Conference 2009 at BYU. I'll be giving you a stream of consciousness report of the proceedings. Sorry about the silence of late; fortunately, attending this conference is giving me some breathing time.
The economy is taking its toll. Attendance here is down over last year. As we begin there are less than 75 people. I think I remember twice that last year. (Before I posted this, attendees continued to arrive, upping things a bit.) One notable addition this year, Anne started by acknowledging the presence of Alann F. Packer, assistant executive director of the family history department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Packer is a new member of the Church's First Quorum of the Seventy and has been a great addition to the leadership of the department.
Next Anne turned the time over to Robert Kerr, product manager for the FamilySearch API, for an opening prayer. Hey! Wee are sponsored by a Church. Robert expressed some good thoughts, mirroring many of my own.
Anne then introduced our keynote speaker, Phillip J. Windley, PhD, CTO of Kynetx and former CIO for the state of Utah.