Most of the folks in the SolidWorks Community are quite familiar with my passion for SolidWorks World. They also know that I don't usually get REALLY excited until the call-for-papers is announced. Not so this year. For a couple of reasons I can't reveal, I have to get excited now.
San Diego hosted SolidWorks World for the first time in 2008 and it was fantastic. Although the weather wasn't perfect, it was pleasant enough that we all enjoyed perhaps the best off-site event ever in the Gaslamp Quarter. We also got to meet Theo Jansen for the first time, and "SolidWorks on a Stick" made it's debut. Oh yeah, there was also that guy that found the Titanic. I can't wait to see what the events team has in store for us this time.
Special guests, parties, and surprises aside, the real benefit of attending SolidWorks World is the technical information. Every year there are more than 200 breakout sessions (we're shooting for 220 this year) covering everything from CAD Administration to Productivity Tools, Modeling Essentials to Design Validation. Some of the presenters are very well known, and some are up and coming stars in the SolidWorks Community. SolidWorks World has introduced the community to folks like Phil Sluder, Rob Rodriguez, and Ed Eaton - just to name a few.
This time around we're looking for a few more of those "up and comers". Maybe you've seen them present at a local user group meeting or even a SWUGN Technical Summit event. Maybe you know someone inside your own company that really shines during design reviews or training sessions. If you think you know a SolidWorks user that absolutely HASto be a presenter at SolidWorks World 2012, leave me a comment and I'll follow up on it.
See you soon in San Diego!