Well if you were hoping to be the person whose name gets announced at Solidworks World 2008 for being the first to register, you have by now probably missed your chance. But why not be one of the first?
As I wrote about a few weeks ago, Solidworks World was quickly approaching. Well now its official, the Solidworks World 2008 Website is now live. Here is a break down on some of the highlights:
- Early bird pricing #1 ends Sept 28th
- Early bird pricing #2 ends Dec 14th
- 3 for 2 pricing is back again
- CSWP & CSWA exams will be offered
So why attend? Well until you go, it's hard to describe. This event is so much more than a user conference. Its a 3-4 day blur at times where the days aren't long enough, and you can't seem to write fast enough!
Is it beneficial? 150% YES. Let's look at it from a purely training stand point. While the training available from the VAR's is good, it's not like being at Solidworks World. the Var Training will cover whatever topics the training course is outlined to cover. At SWWorld, you choose the agenda, by selecting which topics you want to attend. Cost. VAR training runs $1000+, SWWorld is $695, and $995 at it's most expensive which is still cheaper!
So how do you convince your boss to send you? Well if you work for yourself, I will let you struggle with your inner self as to how to determine that. If you work for a company, the best place to start is here: Boss's Justification Letter. There you will find five different form letters to use to sway the upper management guys to send you. I also offer to my usergroup members to have their bosses to call me personally, and I will discuss it with them. So maybe you might want to look up a local usergroup meeting. SWWorld is basically a huge usergroup meeting except it has much more fun off site activities!
For educators, there is a flat fee of $495 to attend the entire event. You are not subject to any pricing deadlines. Education is normally highlighted throughout the conference is different themes.
So how about the fun stuff?
Well unfortunately there will be no Super bowl party this year. The conference falls on the weekend between the last playoff games, and the big game. So that pretty much means Sunday evening will be free and open. Monday night offers an off site event for all Certified SolidWorks Professionals in attendance. If you aren't certified, you can take the test on Sunday, and if you pass, you get to go to the event! I got to go for the first time last year, and lets just say there is no shortage of drinks or food! And then of course there is the big event! The Tuesday night off site event. I am sure that the SW team will deliver another quality event filled with fun, food, drinks and games.
So hopefully I will get to see some of you there. For those that do attend, stop me to introduce yourself, it's always fun to meet new people. If anyone is having a hard time convincing your boss as to why you should go, feel free to have them send me an email, I will do what I can to help change his mind!