Having just arrived back home from the five hour from San Diego, I figured it was a good time to sit back, relax, and maybe share some stuff from SolidWorks World 2012 while it's still fresh in my mind!
For the Certification team SolidWorks World each year actually begins about 5 days before the actual conference opens. This year the SolidWorks Certification team decided to meet in Las Vegas for 3 days before driving down to San Diego. This gives us a chance to sit down and discus issues with our developers, and with each other, as well as get a chance to discus what's in store for the new year. This year we have at least five new exams scheduled to be released, so keep an eye out for them.
On Friday we jumped in a couple of cars and hit the road for the drive through the Mojave Desert. Both or Sweedish and German counterparts were amazed at the desert landscape, and the utter lack of anything green for nearly 200 miles!
Arriving at the conference is always fun for me, it's a chance to check out the venue, meet up with coworkers I have not seen in a year, and to sneak into the general session to catch up with our production team and see what awesome new stage tech they have brought for us this year.
Of course the weekend is also full of work stuff like helping to unpack shirts, set up computers, and then on Sunday conduct testing for 220 people. This year we had 180 people brave the CSWP exam, and 57 of them passed. We also had 2 new CSWE's as well.
As you may have heard, this years SolidWorks World was the biggest ever. The previous record of 5,100 was blow away by an attendance figure of 5,950 that was announced on Monday morning. By Tuesday afternoon I had heard that number had crept even higher, so perhaps we'll get an official number next week.
The conference was so big it even got the attention of the locak Fox station that stopped by to do a story, you can see that clip here: SolidWorks In The News!
Here is a video recap of the day one general session:
Next up will be what I see as the most important night of any SolidWorks Worlds, the CSWE/CSWP Event!