RootsTech Survival Guide: Events & Keynotes – Dates & Times!

I made up this quick cheat sheet for the Keynotes, Events, and Registration & Expo Hall hours. I’ll admit this is for my own benefit as much as for anyone else. While the class schedule is always something that I pour over and over, I am forever looking for the specifics on which day which keynote speaker is speaking, when the vendor hall opens/closes and which day special events are.

Wednesday, February 8

Liz Wiseman

Registration:  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Expo Hall is not open yet

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.   Keynote: Liz Wiseman
Steve Rockwood
, CEO of FamilySearch International

12:30 p.m. Innovator Showdown Semi-Finalists presentations

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Welcome Party
Marriott Grand Ballroom. “We Don’t Need Roads”.  80’s themed party. Innovator Showdown announcement! (Check your pass to see if it’s included or if separate registration is needed)

Thursday, February 9

The Scott Brothers

Registration:  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Expo Hall hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.   Keynote: The Scott Brothers (HGTV’s Property Brothers)

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. RootsTech Opening Event
Conference Center at Temple Square“Music, It Runs in the Family”. Mormon Tabernacle Choir w/ guest soloist Dallyn Vail Bayles. Priority seating for registered attendees, with tickets available to general public online at (Check your pass to see if it’s included or if separate registration is needed)

Friday, February 10

LeVar Burton

Registration:         7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Expo Hall hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

African Heritage Day

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.     Keynote: LeVar Burton
Music by Calvary Baptist Church Choir of Salt Lake City

10:30-11:30 a.m., Innovator Showdown
Salt Palace Hall D

5:30–7:00 p.m., Cultural Celebration
RootsTech Expo Hall. “Celebrate Your Heritage”. Special cultural performance will include Latin music and dancing, African drummers, Irish dancing, and free giveaways by sponsors and exhibitors.

Saturday, February 11

Registration: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Expo Hall hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 p.m.

Family Discovery Day

(requires free pass for special Family Discovery Day presentations, classes)

Look for the Cake Decorating Contest entries!

Buddy Valastro

CeCe Moore

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.   Keynote:  Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss &  CeCe Moore, genetic genealogist

5:30 p.m., Closing Event
Salt Palace Hall D. “Celebrating Life with Music – and Cake”. Comedy, music, and cake.
Winners of the Cake Decorating contest to be announced.


See all of our 2017 RootsTech Survival Guide posts here.



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