I spend 51 weeks of the year looking forward to SOLIDWORKS World, 1 week living and breathing the event, and then it starts again planning and preparing for the next one.
You’d have thought that with this being my 16th SWW that the excitement and anticipation would have worn off. Far from it. When I look back to my very first one in Vegas (2002) and think about the world of technology around us I know that the theme for this year’s event was spot on – The New, The Next and The Never Before.
#SWW2017 was more inspiring and more exciting from a technology point of view than most before it. We’re not just looking at CAD now, we are being inspired by discussions that affect the human race and how our complete life experience.
So how does our story fit in to this and what did we experience each day at SOLIDWORKS World. This is the first of my posts.
It started with us setting up our booth in the Partner Pavilion – which this year I was happy to see was a main hub of activity positioned right between the General Session area and Breakfast and Lunch space. Who could fail to see all the exciting technologies and products designed in SOLIDWORKS that are linked so closely to the SOLIDWORKS eco system, when we were physically located at the heart of the traffic flow.
We designed our booth to tell a story and boy has it evolved since 2002 when we had a single banner extolling the virtues of Knowledge Based Engineering. (not even sure what that means in today’s vocabulary). This year we wanted everyone right there on the booth to be able to configure products using some of the many configurators created using DriveWorks Software.
We wanted #SWW17 delegates to be able configure using iPads, android tablets, smartphones or on the Kiosk that we designed ourselves at after-work Design Club. And we also wanted to show the “under the hood” or “setting up” steps involved in creating a configurator or CPQ solution using DriveWorks.
And so the scene was set and we went off to the SolidWorks Partner Appreciation Reception hosted by Gian Paolo, the Partner team and many other senior execs. It’s an event that we as Partners do appreciate and has proved a great networking event over the years.At the end of the evening there was a Prize Draw and to my utter delight and amazement I won an Apple watch - thank you SOLIDWORKS!
I'll share some info and thoughts about all the sessions and technologies in my next blogs :)