Well, it’s over again. Every year it just flies by in three blinks of the eye. This year started out with a little irony (my connecting flight to Atlanta was cancelled due to inclement weather [30degrees F with snow] so I had to fly through Minneapolis instead where it was -15 F) but quickly turned into a great experience.
My favorite thing about the conference was all of the people that I met. I discovered that people do really read my blog (thank you Adrian from Intercad) and I met some of the other bloggers (although I am not really a blogger by the estimation of Richard Doyle of SolidWorks). Some of the guys that I met were Lenny Kikstra of SolidWorks Macro fame, Josh Mings from SolidSmack (the best SolidWorks blog out there), Ricky Jordan and Ben Eadie of SolidMentor. I also ran into a few of the bloggers that I had already met in person (e.g. Matt Lombard of SolidWorks Surfacing and SolidWorks Bible fame, Rob Rodriguez – the Grandmaster of PhotoWorks).
In addition to the great networking, I got to see a few really good presentations and a few duds. My two favorite presentations were Michael Craffey’s presentation on regulatory compliance issues related to software and Jonathan Freeson’s presentation on developing PDMWorks Enterprise add-ins. The stump the chump session was pretty good too even though some took advantage of the format by trying to get free consulting. The major thing I got out of the stump the chump meeting though was that far fewer companies than I had previously thought have switched to SolidWorks 2008. They don’t know what they are missing.
Finally, I got to see a few cool products that I am excited about. My favorite is Template Wizard by 3Dawn. The voice recognition software was pretty cool too.
Breakfast sucked as usual (hard bagels, fruit and yogurt just don’t do it for me in the morning). I am excited that SolidWorks World will be back at Disney World again next year. Mickey Mouse pancakes with eggs and bacon are my favorite! See you next year.