The sun is shining, the grass is green, the flowers are in bloom; well, at least they are here in Phoenix. Not so much where I live. There it is cold, the wind is blowing, and the grass is brown. SOLIDWORKS World (SWW) is traditionally hosted someplace nice like Phoenix. The folks at SOLIDWORKS tend to make sure that our yearly excursion to this conference is associated with nice weather. We can all act like the one in Boston didn’t happen a number of years ago!
The days and weeks leading up to SWW are always exciting. I look forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones, but this year, the buildup has been even greater. SOLIDWORKS released a SWW app. If you are going, you have to install it. If you aren’t going, I think you should install it anyway. There are some great features: conference schedule, session information, speaker bios, and the activity feed – the one that is causing me to wish I booked a Friday flight instead of this early Sunday morning flight I am currently sitting on! The activity feed is like a mini Twitter/Instagram application that is allowing people to share updates on a regular basis. Yesterday, I spent too much time checking the feed and getting jealous of those already in attendance posting pictures and updates of their Saturday. This functionality is going to make meeting for dinner, telling everyone about the great session you just attended, and sharing pictures of cool stuff almost too easy.
One of the statements a first timer posted yesterday was “I can’t believe how excited everyone is to be here. At the business conferences I have attended in the past, everyone just kept talking about how boring it was, and they can’t wait to go home. This must be really good.” This newbie is in for a treat. I have said it before, and I will say it again, SWW is like a mix between a rock concert and a computer symposium consisting of a bunch of self-proclaimed geeks who like to party and play loud music. After attending 15 of these events, you may think that I might not be looking forward to it, but you would be wrong. I can’t wait to get to Phoenix and start reconnecting with this crazy group of people.
Things get officially started tonight with the Welcome Reception in the Partner Pavilion. This is a chance to see the latest partner products, the amazing products that have been designed in SOLIDWORKS, and to start finding all those familiar faces you haven’t seen in a year. Oh, and did I mention the free drinks and food?
The GoEngineer technical team is well represented this year with a number of fantastic presentations. John Lieber will be educating the masses on SOLIDWORKS Electrical with two sessions. Derrick Franklin and Shivani Patel will be hosting a hands-on session for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Standard on Tuesday at 2:45pm. Arun (that’s what everyone calls him because his first name alonge has 13 letters) is hosting another SOLIDWORKS Simulation focused presentation on Monday. Nic Rady will be tackling Derived Configurations in one of the last sessions of the week. I will be presenting on SOLIDWORKS Costing on Wednesday at 1:30pm. If you happen to be in the area, we would love to see your smiling face in the audience!
SOLIDWORKS will be offering a live webcast of the general sessions for those who couldn’t make it this year, and as always, in a couple of weeks, you will be able to pull recordings of the breakout sessions. If you would like to follow along, you can install the SWW app, or follow on your favorite social platform with the SOLIDWORKS official hashtag: #SWW15. Follow GoEngineer feed using the hastags: #GoSWW15 & #GoShapeYourWorld
Yes, I have a feeling that this is going to be a great week, and I can’t wait to get it started. Welcome to Phoenix and SWW15!