Saturday, February 4, 2017

Now There Are Ten Innovation Semifinalists

Last year a big portion of the $100,000 in cash and in-kind support from the Innovation Showdown at RootsTech 2016 went to TapGenes which has continued to develop its product and outreach. This year there are still ten semifinalists competing for a similar windfall of support and recognition. That number will be reduced to those to receive final consideration by the middle of next week. By the end of the week the 2017 winner will be announced.

In case you want to take a peek at those semifinalists now, I have listed them below in alphabetical order with links to where you can find more information: 

Champollion 2.0

The scribe for savvy paleographers   

CSI: Crowd Sourced Indexing

Small organizations need an easier way to manage their indexing projects, and this is it. 


Cuzins is a mobile app that shows how you're related to friends & celebrities, and how they're related to each other

Double Match Triangulator (DMT)

An autosomal DNA analysis tool for genealogists   


Capture, organize, store and share the life history of a loved one - from your smartphone in as little as 30 minutes!  caption


We combine easy photo scanning, voice storytelling, and AI that brings in relevant historical data from everywhere   


Accessible, searchable archives for everyone through collaborative record sharing and indexing. 

OldNews USA

The easiest way to find your family in historic newspapers - on your phone!


Add your story to any photo using your iPhone and your voice. 


Family history for the whole family 

As the finalists are announced and I've had a chance to examine each product and talk with its developer(s), I'll update the list and add more information. If you are among the fortunate ten thousand or so of my closest genealogical colleagues who will be joining me in Salt Lake City for RootsTech, you will have a chance to "kick the tires" and "look under the hoods" of these new products over on Innovation Alley (through the turquoise gateway over the entrance on the left below) in the Exhibit Hall.

If not I'll try to update you as the competition unfolds. Keep in mind that the overall winner may not be the new product that will be the one most useful to you in your research. 

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