SolidWorks World 2013 is less than a week away, and like many other SolidWorks users, I am busy getting ready. This will be my ninth time attending SolidWorks World, and I am just as excited to be part of it this year as I was at my first one in 2003 at the Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. I was scheduled to take the CSWP on Sunday and was very nervous. This was back in the old days when you had to walk up hill to school both ways in the snow, and the CSWP was an 8 hour proctored exam. Having used SolidWorks for a couple of years and spent some serious time getting prepared, as it turns out, I had put in enough effort to walk out of the exam early with a passing score.
This year, I am doing something else that I have never done before, that is presenting a user session on “Designing SMART Components”. After 7 years in the reseller channel where presenting SolidWorks and other products in front of large audiences is part of my daily activity, this shouldn’t be too big of a deal. There is one thing that makes presenting at World different though; there are 5,000 like-minded SolidWorks geeks in attendance. If you make a mistake or haven’t fully researched your topic, this is the group that will call you out, or worse just walk away thinking, “I know more than that guy”, just as I did a few times at different World presentations when I was a daily user, prior to coming to work with GoEngineer. Once again, I am wondering if I have done enough homework to be sufficiently prepared for the presentation on Tuesday, at 2:45pm. If you are there, please stop by and let me know your thoughts afterwards. If you aren’t there, watch for an update to be posted on our blog soon after the presentation.
Essential Tips for first time SolidWorks World Attendees
For those of you that are going to be attending for the first time, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your experience:
- First of all, your colleagues might think this is a paid vacation, but that is not the case here. Every time I have attended SolidWorks World, I have returned to work and felt like being back is the vacation.
- This is your opportunity to interact and connect with many valuable resources. Take every chance you get to spend time in the places where these people are going to be located. This starts with the breakfast tables at 7 AM to the hotel bar at midnight.
- Spend some time going through the agenda and plan your sessions carefully, as this is a great way to find an expert in something you might be interested in learning more about.
- Make sure to allow time for the partner pavilion where you can quickly see hundreds of SolidWorks partner solutions that might help you better accomplish something that is time consuming with your current software or processes.
- Remember to take notes and pictures, because in the end, you will have experienced so much that you will have a hard time remembering it all.
- And, whatever you do, don’t miss any of the general sessions. There have been some great quest speakers in the past, and I have high expectations that SolidWorks will not disappoint this year.
Most importantly, make the most of your time with so many smart and talented people all gathered together in one place. Have fun, and I hope to see you there.
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