What should my app do?
Your app must solve a problem you’ve identified in the family history industry, or in another industry vertical using family history data or services. For some examples, have a look at a couple of winners from prior years:
Winner of the 2014 challenge (Capture and preserve memories of family members)
Winner of the 2013 challenge (Turn your family tree into stories)
APIs, Data, and Tools
You’ve got your idea, now you just need to fuel it with family history data and APIs! FamilySearch offers developers a great resource:
- FamilySearch Developer Center – A place for developers to get started with access to a billion family history records through FamilySearch APIs.
Not sure what problem to solve? Here’s a few suggestions to get your motor running…
- Engage the youth: Despite a growing number of mobile and ‘millennial generation’ users, generally family history doesn’t generally appeal to the younger population. Your app could find a better way to use mobile and social media to get younger generations involved.
- Make it easy to start: There are many resources available for genealogy experts, but what about beginners? Your app could help people just getting started find the guidance and tools they need. Think of it as the ‘ABC’s of Family History.’
- Data Validation: There is a lot of family tree data out there, some even claim to have hundreds of generations mapped out. But how does one validate the accuracy of that data, or that good sources and citations exist? There is a lot of potential and opportunity for technology to help in this area.
For questions about the RootsTech Innovator Challenge, email Support@ChallengePost.com, or post them to the Discussion Board.