The opening keynote session for RootsTech featured Shane R. Robison, EVP and CTO of HP and Jay Verkler, CEO of FamilySearch International.
Shane Robison talked about information and technology. It was the first time I ever heard a speech at a family history conference that didn't focus on genealogy. He talked about information, where it is and where it's going from a technological point of view.
I've always said that the genealogy field needs to look outside their own boundaries to the larger information world, and here was a session where the conference hosts were doing just that.
Next up was Jay Verkler, BMOC at FamilySearch. He is a brilliant, multi-lingual company leader. He also walks around a lot when he talks on stage, so it wasn't easy to get a photo of him.
Both of the speakers discussed the future of information. During this session, the term millennials was used. This term has been around forever in library circles, and it had finally arrived in family history circles. Finally, someone was thinking about the information future and planning for it. My first impression of RootsTech and the opening session can be summed up in nine words:
These are my people. I have finally found them.