I got the word that I get to go, so my question is this (for a long thread) - who all is going from this group? I plan to be at the user group meeting Monday night, so that would be a good place to meet. It will be fun to put faces to these people that I already know from this group. Sound off, everyone.
Wayne, A better place to meet and mingle would be the evening receptions. The user group meeting is more for user group leaders (such as yourself) and those users interested in belonging to or starting a group. We'll have a pretty full agenda and will be focused on user group issues.
You might also find that many of the "regulars" here aren't necessarily regulars at the conference.
So, from your experience, there isn't any good place & time to meet? I was trying to establish some sort of marker for everyone to shoot for. I would like to meet each and every one that I know from here because it makes for a better exchange of information when you can put a face behind the words. If there really isn't any good, common time & place, I will just have to watch for people. I would still like people to "sign in" here so I know who to watch for. Thanks.
Well, this has been tried before. I remember some years ago the idea of everyone wearing a button on their lapels signifying a "newsgroupie" was floated around. I don't remember seeing a single button.
The best way to meet people is to go up and introduce yourself. You could try scanning name badges as you walk around, but they're awfully small and worn in an area that could get you in trouble when looking at the ladies. You'll meet a lot of good folks at the user group meeting, and also get a chance to meet some of the regulars here during sessions (many of them are presenting). I also suspect that some people would rather remain anonymous, for various reasons.
Youll be amazed at how friendly everyone is. As a collective group, the folks that go to SolidWorks World are a the kind of people that will simply stop you in the hall and ask how you are...where are you from...how do you like SolidWorks. Make it a point to sit at a different table for each meal function and strike up a conversation. Linger after the sessions and get involved with the informal Q & A that nearly always happens - another great way to meet people.
Judging from past years, I would guess that very few of the folks here attend. I understand your desire to put faces with names (I am really hoping for a bob z. sighting), but you won't be disappointed with the other folks you'll have a chance to meet.
I'll be there. Missed the last couple, but my wife's family is from Boston, so we'll be making a week of it. (great way to visit the in-laws and still have a great excuse to be off on my own most of the time.) Plus I can deduct my air fare.
After the reg fee and hotel, It'll be pretty expensive. Can any give a guy who's spending his own money, an idea of whether it's "worth it" or not? Some of the Breakout sessions look pretty interesting. Could I get a rundown on what not to miss, or what to avoid, how to manage your time, or any other advice from past attenders?
I just signed up myself, hopefully work will reimburse me. If not it is well worth the money in my opinion. I plan on attending the user group meeting Monday night also & I hope to see you & many others at SWW.