In 2000, roughly 30 SolidWorks user group leaders met for a roundtable discussion with SolidWorks folks and the members of the newly created SNUG (now SWUGN) committee. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together user group leaders to discuss plans for SNUG, to outline the support being offered by SolidWorks Corporation, and to simply get to know each other a little. We sat in chairs in a big circle, but by the time we finished going around the room introducing ourselves, time had run out for any meaningful dialog.
These days the SWUGN Summit is a little more structured and organized, but the purpose is still the same. Some 75 - 120 user group leaders from around the world attend each year, and it's a great opportunity for them to speak face-to-face with fellow group leaders, to learn about how other SolidWorks user groups are doing, and to hear from some really special guests.
The SWUGN Summit is not just for SolidWorks user group leaders. Anyone interested in forming a user group should absolutely be there, and SolidWorks users interested in learning more about local chapters worldwide are encouraged to attend. We have some interesting presentations scheduled, and there's always a surprise guest or two.
The 13th Annual SWUGN Summit meeting will be held at SolidWorks World 2012 on Monday, February 14th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. We'd be happy to see you there.