RootsTech 2017 – Behind the Scenes Set-up

RootsTech 2017 – Behind the Scenes Set-up

For most who attend RootsTech, they arrive, go to talks, and wander around the Expo Hall, but they may not realise just HOW MUCH effort goes into the event. As I work for a company that does organise genealogy events, I know that months of planning is required to make it happen. I also know that our events are not even comparable in any sense of the word to RootsTech, so I imagine that years of planning is what’s required for even just one of these.

Just setting up the RootsTech Expo Hall is a mammoth task. With hundreds of exhibitors, there were probably over a thousand people who were busy for several days getting set up.

And as an exhibitor (this time with Unlock the Past/Unlock the Past Cruises), this is a sight I’m familiar with, but figured most wouldn’t be, so I thought I’d share a few pics of the set-up.

You’ll see crates, cases and pallets of supplies delivered, as well as forklifts, cherrypickers, and giant ladders everywhere. Not to mention the big team of people from the convention centre itself who have been busy laying carpet and making sure each booth has the right tables and chairs, as well as power. That’s an incredible job in itself!

much of the MyHeritage booth came in crates

much of the MyHeritage booth came in crates

Finmypast was another big stand that took a lot of work to get set-up

Finmypast was another big stand that took a lot of work to set-up

this is what our Unlock the Past stand started out as this is what our Unlock the Past stand started out as

this is what our Unlock the Past stand started out as

Genealogy Wallcharts is a massive display - with mega charts, giant printers, and rows of computers

Genealogy WallCharts is a massive display – with mega charts, giant printers, and rows of computers

still more to do at the Genealogy WallCharts stand

still more to do at the Genealogy WallCharts stand

another pallet delivered for Ancestry

another pallet delivered for Ancestry

more crates ...

more crates …

and even more ...

and even more …

don't forget that it takes time for the smaller vendors to set up too

don’t forget that it takes time for the smaller vendors to set up too

So for those who attend RootsTech, or even those who see photos of it from afar, you’ll see how lovely they all look (and they really do). Just take a moment to think of the exhausting amount of work that went into the set up, even before the exhibition opened!

Next up three crazy days of RootsTech!

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One Response to “RootsTech 2017 – Behind the Scenes Set-up”

  1. crissouli says:

    I have included your blog in FRIDAY FOSSICKING .. in General Interest, Roots Tech

    http://thatmomentintime-crissouli.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/friday-fossicking-17th-february-2017.html

    Thank you, Chris

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