Your Favorite SolidWorks World Story

December 7, 2006 15 Comments »

We are less than two months away from SolidWorks World 2007.  I thought this would be a great time to hear about your favorite “story” from attending previous SolidWorks World conferences.  It can be a particular occurrence, experience, or overall impression.

I’ve got a few that I’ll share with you.  At SolidWorks World 2003, everyone in the general session audience got to throw foam airplanes on the stage.  (Pretty cool site seeing close to a thousand of them bombarding the stage).  Since this was my first SolidWorks World, the “WOW” factor really kicked in.  I remember the first time I walked into the Partner Pavilion that year. Just about every major solution partner product I had ever read about had a booth there.  It was truly INFORMATION OVERLOAD….in a good way!  I also got to see one of Ed Eaton’s presentations for the first time.  I’ve learned quite a few tricks from his sessions both times I’ve attended!

At SolidWorks World 2004, I was working as an AE for a SolidWorks Reseller, so I got a chance to attend some reseller events as well as user events.  Like it or not….Boston in January will make you think of COLD immediately.  With that aside, it was an excellent conference.  I spent a lot of time in the Partner Pavilion at this one and met some great people.  My favorite experience at this conference was getting to hang out with some of our reseller customers.  I had talked to many of them on the phone several times, but had never met them in person.

As far as SolidWorks World 2007 goes….I am more excited than ever to be attending.  I’ve missed the last two conferences, so I’ve got some making up to do!  I think the part I am looking forward to the most about this year’s conference has to do with the SolidWorks Community itself.  Over the last two years I have been fortunate enough to meet many new people in the community via e-mail, forums, & blogs.  I’ll be meeting many of them in person for the first time next February.  I’ll also be attending the SWUGN Summit for the first time this year!  It should be 4 days of non-stop fun!  The technical sessions look stronger than ever and who wouldn’t look forward to hearing The Woz speak in person!

OK…I’ve shared some of mine…now let’s hear some of yours!

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  • Okay, I'll bite.

    Back in 2000 (or 2001 – sometimes they all run together), I sat down at the “Survey Table” to give SolidWorks some of my opinions. Two of the nicest ladies asked me several questions about myself, my industry, and eventually one of them asked for my SolidWorks serial number. Before the other one could get the words “We don't need to know…”, I instinctively rattled off the 16 digits. She looked me right in the eye and very dryly said:

    “What a Geek”

    I laughed for weeks.

  • Okay, I’ll bite.

    Back in 2000 (or 2001 – sometimes they all run together), I sat down at the “Survey Table” to give SolidWorks some of my opinions. Two of the nicest ladies asked me several questions about myself, my industry, and eventually one of them asked for my SolidWorks serial number. Before the other one could get the words “We don’t need to know…”, I instinctively rattled off the 16 digits. She looked me right in the eye and very dryly said:

    “What a Geek”

    I laughed for weeks.

  • Richard, that is scary… I can rattle off my SW serial number at the drop of a hat. I must be a geek too.

    2006 was my first trip to SWW. My big objective for the trip was attending as many forums on setting up our CAD network, the SolidWorks options, and managing files and large assemblies. I wanted to make sure that the practices we had put in place were in line with what the SW gurus recommended.

    I was pleased to find out we were in good shape with our implementation.

    Having access to be able to talk directly with the leaders at SolidWorks that were directly responsible for different areas of the software was plus for me also.

  • LOL! Guilty here too on the serial number thing!

    Great posts so far….let's get some more going!

  • Put me in the “geek club” too because I can also conjure up my SW serial number in about two seconds.

    One of my favorite things about SWW is just meeting and talking with the people. I find the ways other people are using SolidWorks amazing.

  • Richard, that is scary… I can rattle off my SW serial number at the drop of a hat. I must be a geek too.

    2006 was my first trip to SWW. My big objective for the trip was attending as many forums on setting up our CAD network, the SolidWorks options, and managing files and large assemblies. I wanted to make sure that the practices we had put in place were in line with what the SW gurus recommended.

    I was pleased to find out we were in good shape with our implementation.

    Having access to be able to talk directly with the leaders at SolidWorks that were directly responsible for different areas of the software was plus for me also.

  • LOL! Guilty here too on the serial number thing!

    Great posts so far….let’s get some more going!

  • Put me in the “geek club” too because I can also conjure up my SW serial number in about two seconds.

    One of my favorite things about SWW is just meeting and talking with the people. I find the ways other people are using SolidWorks amazing.

  • I don't know if I should be happy or sad, but I *can't* rattle off my serial number…does that make me less of a user than you guys/gal? I hope I don't lose my blog over this…

  • Last year was my first SWW and I was overwhelmed! I think what impressed me most was the shear volume of information to be had. Between the break out sessions, the general sessions, that partner pavillion and networking…man, it was almost too much. I can't wait for February!
    Oh, and whatever anyone heard about people surfing on a wave machine behind the Imperial Palace last year isn't true…what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

  • I don’t know if I should be happy or sad, but I *can’t* rattle off my serial number…does that make me less of a user than you guys/gal? I hope I don’t lose my blog over this…

  • Last year was my first SWW and I was overwhelmed! I think what impressed me most was the shear volume of information to be had. Between the break out sessions, the general sessions, that partner pavillion and networking…man, it was almost too much. I can’t wait for February!
    Oh, and whatever anyone heard about people surfing on a wave machine behind the Imperial Palace last year isn’t true…what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

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