SolidWorks World 2011 Wrapup

Posted on January 26th, 2011. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Where to begin? Let’s rewind to last night and the “special event” at The Cowboy Dance Hall. I use quotation marks because it really should be called what it is, a bash. Party is too tame of a word. The bash was simply incredible. Kerri Dunne, and her team, hit a grand slam with this one. The location was the perfect size, and there were plenty of bars and serving stations so that lines were never discouragingly long. Aside from the time I spent playing Texas Hold ’em (with play money), I spent the evening with friends, old and new. The band was excellent, and had the whole place hopping, playing cover tunes from the 1980’s. Lots of great rock, none of that wimpy pop crap. There was also a bull riding show that I hear was very entertaining as well. I don’t think it was a coincident that the music volume seemed a bit lower this morning when we entered the conference hall for the general session.
I’m not going to get into too much detail about this morning’s session. I’m quite sure it’s been written about quite a bit already. Let me just summarize it: SolidWorks 2012 sneak peek, cop cliches, SolidWorks AEC, fast modelers, Dell, 13 year old flute playing lock picker and Kevin Bacon. That should paint a clear picture.
I’m now on my way back to Seattle, and the real world. Though it’s more than a year away, I’m looking forward to SWW 2012 in San Diego.
I have a few interviews I need to transcribe, and will be posting those in the next few weeks.

Just a few more weeks until spring training. GO RED SOX!

SolidWorks World 2011

Posted on January 23rd, 2011. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Currently, I’m in a plane 37,000 feet above the ground on my way to SolidWorks World 2011. This will be my 6th time attending SWW, and I’m just as excited for this one as I was my first one in 2006. For me, it’s a reunion, a learning experience and a vacation all rolled up into one trip.
As a wide-eyed newbie in 2006, I was unprepared for the size of SWW. I really didn’t know anyone and felt a bit lost. Over the years, as my blog picked up readers, and I met my fellow bloggers, other users and SolidWorks employees, traveling to SWW took on much more importance to me. My need to be there was greater.
Even though I know that those who read this blog also read other blogs, I still like to be able to share my experiences, my views. I think that where I’m fortunate enough to be able to attend SWW, it’s my duty to share it with as many as possible.
Then there’s the learning experience. While much of my time will be taken up with some interviews, as well as lining up new reviews, I still hope to be able to attend a few sessions. Learning the nuances of SolidWorks, from actual users, is a treasure trove of info that you won’t find in a manual or video training or from an AE. These people are like you and I, sitting in front of their computer figuring this stuff out.
Then there’s the Humanus SolidWorkus factor. While there are hundreds of thousands of SolidWorks users, it seems that only a small percentage of them are as enamored with it as I am. Being able to be surrounded by like-minded individuals helps to provide a sense of normalcy to my geekiness. I only wish it were more than once a year.
So whether you’re reading to learn more about SolidWorks, its partner products, or to experience SWW vicariously through me, I hope you enjoy the upcoming posts from San Antonio. I know I’m going to enjoy the experiences that will provide their content.

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