Celebrating Families Across Generations Innovator Summit 2016 Call for Presentations Proposals accepted June 12–30, 2015 Innovator Summit 2016 O ffered in conjunction with RootsTech, Innovator Summit is a conference event for developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs to share, collaborate, and innovate together in family history and adjacent industries. Innovator Summit invites attendees to discover the latest innovations and resources that provide insight on family history data and services and that provide inspiration to impact current and future technology projects. Held on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Innovator Summit is full-day event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. RootsTech runs February 3-6. Call for Presentations INNOVATOR SUMMIT February 3, 2016 • Salt Lake City, Utah The Innovator Summit planning team is calling for dynamic class presentations for the 2016 Innovator Summit that inspire new ideas and drive new technology and business opportunities both inside and outside the traditional family history marketplace. Skilled speakers, passionate enthusiasts, business leaders, and industry experts are invited to submit proposals for consideration to help shape what family history is now and in the future! Proposal submissions will be accepted starting June 12 to June 30, 2015. Call for Presentations Timeline Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Announce 2016 Call For Presentation guidelines Friday, June 12, 2015 Proposal submission portal opens Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Proposal submission portal closes Friday, August 7, 2015 Speakers notified Friday, August 14, 2015 Speaker acceptance due to rootstech Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Conference class schedule announced *Schedule subject to change. 2 INNOVATOR SUMMIT Innovator Summit 2016 Innovator Summit 2015 by the Numbers Innovator Summit Attendee Info LOCATION 39 states 11 countries FAMILY HISTORY SKILL LEVEL Beginner = 21% Intermediate = 46% Advanced = 19% Expert/Professional = 14% E I TECHNOLOGY SKILL LEVEL Beginner = 7% Intermediate = 28% Advanced = 35% Expert/Developer = 30% B A B I E A GENDER DEMOGRAPHIC Female =34% Male = 66% AGE DEMOGRAPHIC 18–35 = 23% 36–45 = 26% 46–55 = 22% 56–65 = 21% 65+ = 8% Innovator Summit 2015 Speaker Feedback 2015 SPEAKER SATISFACTION AT ROOTSTECH 93.45% 2015 SPEAKERS INTERESTED IN PRESENTING AT ROOTSTECH 2016 93.44% “Having such a concentrated assemblage of major genealogist and enthusiasts creates an includible, receptive and excited audience.” —RootsTech 2015 Speaker 3 INNOVATOR SUMMIT Innovator Summit 2016 Presentation Categories We are seeking innovative and instructional classes in the following categories:* Developer Standards and APIs; mobile app development; social applications; record imaging and visualizations; apps for youth; tools that enable family history and adjacent industries such as DNA, publishing, photography, and data organization. Business Funding and investment, startup success stories and tips, opportunities and market trends, networking and partnerships, entrepreneurship. Innovator Summit Class Content This call for presentations is for Innovator Summit classes only. Content presented at Innovator Summit should be applicable to a developer and business-entrepreneur audience. Proposals with topics related to helping attendees discover and share their family connections using technology may be better suited for submission as a RootsTech class. Favorite Developer Classes at Innovator Summit 2015 FamilySearch Place API From Machine-Checkable Proofs to Purple Prose: Levels of Rigor in Family History Software Mission Impossible? Tough Challenges Which Need Automated Solutions Lessons Learned from Implementing RESTFul APIs The Ecosystem of Genealogical Data Exchange Favorite Business Classes at Innovator Summit 2015 How to Raise a Seed Round for a Family History Start-Up Facing the Opportunity to Fail: A Case Study Becoming Investment Ready—What It Takes to Get Investors Interested in Your Business Kickstarter: Create the Future From 20 to 1.5 million Downloads: Audience Building Lessons for Your Business *Topics listed in each category are suggestions and are not meant to represent a comprehensive list. 4 INNOVATOR SUMMIT Innovator Summit 2016 Endorsed Presentation Proposals Attendee Skill Level We welcome proposals endorsed by societies and businesses. During the proposal submission process, please indicate the endorsing organization. We ask that sessions endorsed by an organization serve to educate the attendees without requiring them to purchase a particular product or service. Innovator Summit attendees typically have more experience in technology than in family history. This event allows those with the skills to develop technology solutions to learn about the solutions needed from those engaged in the family history industry. Use the following guidelines to determine what skill level your topic applies to: Innovator Summit Session Lengths Innovator Summit is a 1-day conference with focused and concise 30-minute presentations as the standard for the class schedule. Special consideration will be given to 60- and 90-minute proposals based on the session type and the relevance of the topic proposed. Innovator Summit Session Types Class presentations may be in one of the following formats: • Traditional Class Session: Traditional class sessions focus on a single topic, with time left at the end for questions and answers. • Panel: Presenters may come together for a collaborative presentation on a particular topic or may answer questions from attendees. Presenters can be on-site, or presentations can include subject-matter experts in remote locations. • Workshop: Workshops are hands-on, interactive sessions, in which attendees actively collaborate to create new solutions. Beginner–Attendees have very limited experience in the topic presented. Intermediate–Attendees have a general understanding of the topic and are seeking to expand their knowledge beyond the basics. Advanced–Attendees are extremely experienced or are experts in the topic. “The large and diverse audience makes RootsTech stand out.” —RootsTech 2015 Speaker 2015 Attendee Comments Content Dos 5 Content Don’ts “Great to see things that are happening in the industry.” “I wanted more technical information.” “Inspired me to solve the shared problem.” “Content did not match expectations, given the title of the presentation.” “Provided concrete examples of problems that spurred great ideas for solutions.” “Felt like a terrible infomercial; no real helpful advice presented.” “Very technical. Useful information from a true expert.” “Wanted more specifics and less project management background.” “Relevant info with applicable examples—easy to apply.” “Too high level. Needs to dive down. . .more depth.” INNOVATOR SUMMIT Innovator Summit 2016 What to Expect in Return Classroom Equipment All speakers selected to present at Innovator Summit 2016 will receive: In each classroom, RootsTech will supply: • One complimentary RootsTech plus Innovator Summit pass (value $269) • One $15 lunch voucher for each day you are speaking • Access to the speaker ready room While RootsTech does not pay speakers, we realize it can be a financial commitment to be a speaker. To help alleviate some of this burden, speakers traveling 50 miles or more (from their legal residence) to attend Innovator Summit will receive the following for each 30 minute class session they teach: • One hotel night*† • $50 travel allowance† In addition, each class is eligible to receive a $100 bonus if a score of 4.7 or higher is achieved. This score will be a combined survey and mobile app score based off the question, “How would you rate this class?” (1–5 rating scale). RootsTech will provide language for you as the speaker to share with attendees about where and how to rate the class session. Scores will be kept confidential and speakers will be notified only if they receive the bonus. • PC laptop computer • Wired Internet connection • Projector and screen • 1 lavaliere microphone • 1 handheld microphone In addition, computer labs will be equipped with a computer station and a wired Internet connection for each attendee in the class. All other equipment required for your presentation must be supplied by you or the attendees in your session. Please indicate in your course abstract whether attendees will need to bring something with them to the session. Attendees will have access to wireless Internet in the classrooms at the Salt Palace; however, connections are not always reliable or fast because of the number of people on site at one time. * It is preferred that speakers reserve their accommodations at one of the official RootsTech conference hotels. † Endorsed speakers, including FamilySearch employees, are not eligible for hotel and travel allowances. 6 INNOVATOR SUMMIT Innovator Summit 2016 Syllabus Materials In 2016 we will require all speakers to provide a syllabus for their class sessions in a PDF format. Syllabi will be posted on RootsTech.org for attendees to preview and download. If printed copies of syllabus materials or class handouts are needed, the presenter is responsible to provide them. Having syllabi available allows attendees to make informed decisions about which classes to attend during the conference. Presenters who do not submit syllabi by December 1, 2015 may not be invited to present at future RootsTech conferences. Recorded Sessions We will select a number of class sessions to be recorded for use on RootsTech.org and at remote RootsTech events around the world in the year following RootsTech 2016. These recorded sessions will not be used for any other purpose. We will notify you if your class is selected for recording. If you agree to have your class recorded, you will sign a Release to Record agreement and provide your presentation slides, syllabus, and any class handouts in an editable format such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.You will be provided with a copy of the recording for your own use as well. 7 Expectations for Speaking at RootsTech Speakers will: RootsTech will: Provide a 60-minute class session with relevant content that informs, educates, and motivates attendees. Provide a RootsTech pass, lunch vouchers, travel allowance, and hotel accommodations as outlined on page 6. Deliver a high-quality electronic presentation that is engaging and easy to view on screen. Supply a PC laptop, wired internet connection, projector and screen, microphones, stage, and podium. Supply syllabus materials in the format requested and by the specified deadline. Provide a speaker-ready room for on-site preparation. Assist in promoting the conference wherever possible (social media, blog posts, and so forth). Promote speakers, in general, through RootsTech advertising and by digitally publishing their syllabus materials. INNOVATOR SUMMIT Innovator Summit 2016 Submission Process Proposals will be accepted on RootsTech.org June 12–30, 2015. To submit your proposal, click the submission link on the Call For Presentations web page and provide the following information: • Session Owner Profile: This is your contact information as the session owner. • Presentation Title: In 50 characters or less, provide a descriptive title that tells attendees what your class is about. • Class Description: Using 1,000 characters or less, describe your class session. The more specific and focused your description is, the better. Attendees prefer content depth rather than breadth. The review team will use the description to select the classes for the conference. • Class “Tweet”: Using 140 characters or less, provide a class abstract. This description will be used in promoting your class to attendees on the RootsTech website and in the printed conference guide. • Class Questions: Submit a list of five questions your session will answer for attendees. For example,“How do I get the attention of investors for my product idea?” Each question is limited to 400 characters. • Class Category: Indicate whether your class is a business-related topic or a developer-related topic. • Session Type: You will select whether your class is a traditional class session, panel, or workshop. • Skill Level (family history and technology) Indicate the prefered skill level for your attendees for the topic you are presenting. If your topic is relevant to all skill levels, choose Beginner. • Session Length: Select the session length of your class. 30-minute presentations are the standard for Innovator Summit. • Endorsed Sessions: Indicate whether your session is endorsed, and if so, provide the endorsing company’s or organization’s information. This is optional if you are submitting your proposal as an individual, independent of any organization. • Proposed Speaker(s): If you are both the session owner and the proposed speaker, you can prefill the speaker form with your contact information. If there are additional speakers or panelists, add each one to the speaker list. For each proposed speaker, include contact information, email address, a 500 character bio, and a summary of previous speaking experience. Only add a proposed speaker if you have confirmed their willingness to participate. • Class Outline: It is optional to upload a class outline (PDF or DOC) for the review team to consider. This outline is not intended for attendees’use. Unless noted otherwise, all of the above information is required for your proposal. If you have all the required information collected before starting, the submission process takes approximately 20–30 minutes. After you have successfully completed the process, you will receive an email from RootsTech confirming your submission. You can submit up to five presentation proposals. 8 INNOVATOR SUMMIT Innovator Summit 2016 Evaluation Criteria The RootsTech content selection team reviews proposals and selects classes using the following criteria: Relevance Does the proposed session help promote solutions for the family history industry? Does technology play a role in the implementation of the topic discussed? Innovation Clarity Are the ideas, methods, or subjects timely and relevant to attendees? Is the intent of the session clear and concise in the abstract and title? Is the subject matter fresh and engaging? Are the learning objectives well-defined? Is it clear what next steps attendees can take after the class? Presenter Is the presenter knowledgeable and experienced on the topic submitted? Will the presenter engage the attendees in the learning process? Is the presenter careful in the submission process to meet all requirements and willing to meet the expectations if selected? If your proposal is accepted, you will be given a window of time to review the speaker requirements and timeline and accept the invitation to participate as a RootsTech 2016 speaker. These tasks will be completed through the Speaker Resource Center (SRC). Contact Information If you have questions regarding the submission process or speaking at Innovator Summit 2016, please contact us at [email protected] “I liked the positive atmosphere and genuine desire to learn that was apparent in so many attendees. I loved networking with other speakers and finding ways that we can work together to accomplish similar goals.” —RootsTech 2015 Speaker 9 INNOVATOR SUMMIT ©2015 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. English approval: 3/15. PD10053874.
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