Yup, time to start thinking about SolidWorks World 2014. This year, San Diego has the honor of hosting our event at the San Diego Convention Center. If case you are not aware, Comic-Con uses this same site in July. It is a great location (being in San Diego).
Call for Presentations is still wide open! Presenting does have its benefits (not just recognition)!
Boss’s justification letter and other reasons to attend are always available. (SolidWorks World 2014 doesn’t fall on Valentine’s this year, so the Luvification letter won’t be quite as necessary this year, but you are welcome to modify it to use this year if needed.) As before, attendees have the oppotunity to take a CSWP exam as part of their attendance.
There’s also so many other things to do in San Diego while you are there. I’ll be publishing an update to this article this year, but for now, here’s the list of a couple years ago.
See you there!
Due to the relatively good weather in San Diego all year long, family attractions don’t have to close for the “winter”. Here are some of the places you may wish to visit while in San Diego for SolidWorks World 2012. Have fun with these ideas!
Enjoying the town
- San Diego’s Downtown – Creation of downtown areas for denizens has become an art form by its own right in California. Practically every little town to big city has a developed downtown. San Diego is no exception.
- Seaport Villiage – Great place in the San Diego harbor for diner, explore shops and more.
- Coronado Island – Beautiful area to explore, just over the bridge!
- East Villiage – Up and coming area near Gaslamp.
Enjoying the area
- San Diego’s wine country – though it may not be as nearly as developed as other wine regions in California, still might be worth the time to explore.
- La Jolla Cove – Beautiful beach and cove.
- Pacific Coast Highway – for those who may want to drive along the beautiful California coastline. This could be a couple of hours to a couple of days, depending on how far you want to drive and how much you want to see.
Special thanks to Troy Peterson on the SolidWorks forums for many of these ideas.
Daniel Herzberg has created a nifty utility on Foursquare (you don’t need to be a member of Foursquare to see the link) that includes additional points of interest and a general map of their locations.
Sunday was beautiful, as I mentioned before.
But did I get to enjoy it? No. Being the dedicated SolidWorks user (geek) that I am, I attended workshops (called Focus Groups) about different functions of the software. The convention center wasn’t all that crowded on the Pre-Day.
Did we change the world in the Focus Groups? Only time will tell. Later in the evening, the Partners Pavilion was opened to us early attendees as a reception. I got to leisurely stroll around. This would be my only chance to do this, as my schedule for the next three days was booked with hella events and things. One of the displays in the Partners Pavilion that struck my fancy at the sheer irony was this item, labelled as a competitive class luxery off-road racing truck. If that isn’t a whole series of oxymorons, I don’t know what is…but hey, I wouldn’t mind having one of these in my garage! (And yes, luxury appeared to be purposefully spelt with an e.)
This truck was completely laid out in 3D before production began. It is called the Luxery Prerunner and made by Stewart’s Raceworks, Inc. Another cool vehicle getting a lot of attention was an Orange County Choppers creation made for SolidWorks World 2005.
I took this picture at just the right angle to catch the star sheen gleaming off the chopper’s chrome, and just in time to avoid yet another person trying to take of shoot of themself sitting on the seat pretending to ride it.
I didn’t go out that evening too late, as I wanted to be well rested for the next day’s activities.