The first-ever Genealogy Idol competition will take place during the RootsTech conference on Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Anyone can participate regardless of where they live or whether they attend the conference.
Four contestants (2 live at the conference and 2 online) will compete (apply below to be a contestant). In the three rounds of competition, contestants will demonstrate their gen-tech expertise and try to woo you with their favorite gen-tech secrets. Everyone will learn - but only one will leave with the title of "RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012." Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen will host the competition which will be broadcast to a live webinar audience who will cast their votes to determine the winner.
First prize will receive a free Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner and the title of RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012.
Apply to be one of the four contestants
If you would like to be one of the four contestants, fill out the application form and email to Geoff Rasmussen no later than January 2, 2012. Four finalists (2 live at the conference and 2 online) will be chosen and notified by January 10, 2012.
Register (free) to attend the broadcast (webinar) and to cast your votes for the winner
Whether you live in Australia, Canada, Germany, or America (or anywhere else in the world) you can watch the competition live. Your votes, which will also be cast live, will determine the winner. To participate, you need to register (free). Click here to register. All you need is a computer with higher-speed Internet and speakers. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live event with the link to join.
How it will work (if all goes well)
Round 1: Technology Tips. Each contestant will demonstrate their favorite technology tip. The two contestants at the RootsTech conference will do this in the classroom - the live audience and the online audience will see it all. Then the online contestants will demonstrate their favorite tips - from their computers - and everyone will see it. After all contestants have concluded, the live webinar audience will vote for their favorite. The top three will move on to round 2.
Round 2: Genealogy Serendipity. Each contestant will share their favorite genealogy serendipity story. After all contestants have concluded, the live webinar audience will again vote for their favorite. The top two will move on to the final round.
Round 3: Genealogy/Technology Website/Blog. Each contestant will demonstrate their favorite genealogy/technology website/blog. The live webinar audience will vote for the winner, and will crown the inaugural RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012 winner.
This is going to really stretch the limits of our technology, but doesn't it sound fun?! And who knows, you might just learn a tip or two. Hope to see you there in person or online!