Thursday, January 5, 2017

#RootsTech 2017 Semifinalists Announced for Innovator Showdown

RootsTech's Innovator ShowdownDid RootsTech ever announce the Innovator Showdown 2017 semifinalists? I can’t find an official announcement anywhere. RootsTech silently updated the Innovator Showdown webpage, but fortunately allowed a couple of the judges, Jill Ball and Christine Woodcock, to personally make the announcement and the news spread around the blogosphere.

The ten semifinalists are:

Champollion 2.0

CSI: Crowd Sourced Indexingimage


Double Match Triangulator




OldNews USA



According to Christine, there were 42 submissions to the contest and the judges were given 21 of them for consideration. Christine said there were four criteria for their review:

Family History
Submissions must be directly or indirectly related to family history.

Quality of Idea
Includes creativity and originality.

Implementation of Idea
Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer.

Potential Impact
Will users get excited about this, is it applicable, does it solve a genuine problem?

The Innovator Showdown will be held Friday, 10 February 2017, at 10:30 MST during RootsTech and can be viewed online at


  1. Thanks for sharing. It should be a fab contest with so many exciting apps competing.

  2. Thanks for giving us these links! I am really excited about four out of the ten, and would like to be able to weigh in with the that possible anywhere?


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