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About the Conference

The FamilySearch Developer Conference (DevCon) is a technology conference designed for programmers and software companies interested in the Family History market. This event is for developers who want to improve their application design and programming skills and to meet, discuss and share with experts and peers in the industry. FamilySearch DevCon offers something for everyone, regardless of experience in family history or programming solutions. Come to hear great keynotes, learn from other experts, discuss industry issues and opportunities, connect with existing and new friends, and participate in social activities that include team programming challenges that may take some into the late evening and early morning.
For discount codes, contact gordon@familysearch.org.

Focus on Programming

The conference follows a two-day format with lunch and dinner included on the first day and lunch as an additional paid option for the second day. The Hack-a-thon activity begins the evening of the first day and ends the morning of the second day. The presentations, workshops and activities fall into three major areas of focus that enhance individual and team abilities to provide winning products.

  • Knowledge to Define – Industry Landscape, Research, User Needs, Trends, and Vision
  • Methods to Create and Deliver – Platforms, Frameworks, SDKs, Libraries, Languages, Tools
  • Activities to Develop Teamwork – Workshops, Panels, Demos, Eat, Code, and Play Together

Everyone Can Participate

Speakers

We are inviting the submission of presentations, panels, ideas, demos and topic discussions for FamilySearch DevCon 2014 sessions. Sessions should inform and motivate both those seeking to begin projects and those continuing to improve innovative solutions through software and websites. Submissions of sessions will be accepted until August 29, 2014. The earliest submissions will get the best times and locations. Please select the participation tab to submit your session type and topic.

Open Meetings

The schedule presents various times that rooms are available to hold your own meeting. When you arrive, please sign-up on the board outside rooms 2265 and 2295. You can also grab a table in the Community Room anytime one is available. Just try not to use a table for a meeting for more than an hour.

Mealtime

Meet new people by being friendly with the people you sit with. Don’t just sit with people you already know.

Hack-A-Thon

Pick a project and join a team. Join forces to kick out a prototype application in 8 hours or less.

Types of Session

Session can be 50, 25, 10, or 5 minutes long depending upon the type of session. Presentations may be in one of the following formats:

  • Traditional Presentation (50 or 25 minutes)
  • Panel Discussion (50 minutes)
  • Workshop (50 minutes)
  • Demo (10 minutes)
  • Idea Pitch (5 minutes)

We encourage sessions to be innovative, include step-by-step instructions, and offer new solutions and ideas that incorporate technology. We caution presenters against text-based slides and becoming infomercials for a particular product or line of thinking. We ask that sponsored sessions serve to educate the attendees without requiring them to purchase a particular product.

Hack-a-Thon

Pick a project and join a team. Join forces to kick out a prototype application in 8 hours or less. No-charge to participate. Register for the activity first at fsdc.challengepost.com. Then check the box for "I'm Looking for teammates" and put in the challenge that you have chosen.

Four Challenges in One Hack-a-thon

  1. FSDC Mobile Challenge using the Javascript SDK
    Coordinator is Dallan Quass
    Create a Mobile application using the FamilySearch JavaScript SDK mobile features. Read person data, discussions, change history and/or sources.
  2. FSDC Application Using the new Place 2.0 APIs
    Coordinator is Dan Shellman
    Create an application of value that searches, reads, analyzes, and/or presents place-based information using FamilySearch places standards. Search for a place or search for a place within a jurisdiction and get all the details including longitude and latitude.
  3. FSDC Anything Goes
    Coordinator is Jayce Hall
    We will have a brainstorming meeting early afternoon of the first day of the conference to flush out ideas for this project that others can agree upon and join.
  4. Mobile Family History Game
    Coordinator is Matt Misbach
    This project will utilize an existing open source game such as 2048, Go, Chess, Checkers and customize it with family history data from FamilySearch. Taking advantage of open source code and simply customizing it will allow us to complete a full game and get it in the google play store in 8 hours. The entire project will be developed in a public github repository. Suggested technologies: PhoneGap, html, css, and javascript.

Open Meetings

The schedule presents various times that rooms are available to hold your own meeting. Please sign-up on the board outside rooms 2265. You can also grab a table in the Community Room anytime that one is available. Just try not to use a table for a meeting for more than 30 minutes.

Office Hours

Take the time to personally meet and talk with speakers and FamilySearch personnel. The schedule will be posted outside room 2265. Morning speakers will be available in the afternoon. Afternoon speakers will be available at the end of the day or the following morning.

Mealtime

Meet new people by being friendly with the people you sit with. Don’t just sit with people you already know. Great meals are planned for Thursday and Friday.

  • Thursday Lunch
    • Roasted Garlic Chicken
    • Served with Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce, Vegetable Moroccan Couscous, Salad with Ranch or Italian Vinaigrette, Cheese Cake for Dessert
       
  • Thursday Boxed Dinner
    • Turkey Cilantro Mayo
    • Sliced Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast with Spring Greens, Shredded Carrots and Cilantro Mayonnaise on a Baguette. Served with you choice of side salad (Fruit, Potato or Pasta)
    • Georgia Ham
    • Sliced Ham, White Cheddar, Black Pepper Peach Sauce, Lettuce, Tomato, and Slice Red Onion on a Kaiser Roll, Served with your choice of side salad (Fruit, Potato, or Pasta)
       
  • Friday Buffet Lunch
    • Barbeque Shredded Beef Sandwich
    • Served with Red Potato Salad, Veggies with Ranch Dip, and choice of Ice Cream Novelties