There are a lot of extra benefits to attendees of SolidWorks World 2013. One benefit is that when you sign up to attend, you are given the option to take a free SolidWorks certification exam at SolidWorks World. My advice is that if you do not yet have certification, take the exam! It’s free with your full conference pass!
There are two entry points for certification on SolidWorks:
- SolidWorks Certified Associate (CSWA) which covers basic SolidWorks skills.
- SolidWorks Certified Professional (CSWP) which covers deeper understanding of SolidWorks skills. This certificate is required to qualify for advanced exam modules as you work your way to earning CSWE.
I’ve heard that some people shy away from taking the exam because they are not confident in their skills. I’ve heard this from some well experienced individuals. If you have neither certification and are nervous about the exam, then attempt the CSWA exam. If you are already a CSWA or have been in industry for awhile, than take the CSWP-CORE exam. Preparation is still very important in either case. There are plenty of materials that are available to help get yourself read for the exam. There’s even a sample exam with which you can practice!
The Swan and Dolphin Disney resort is a beautiful place. It is actually two hotels that are kinda sorta treated as one resort. They do have separate front desks and you cannot check-in one and check-out in the other, as the SW Geek found out when we arrived (he went to the Swan when his room was in the Dolphin). The walk between the two hotels isn’t too bad.
The Dolphin appears to be larger. It has a large ground floor lobby (which is confusingly called floor 3) with a lot of lounge areas. There’s a bar off to one side that was frequented by SolidWorks World attendees on a nightly basis, and daily too.Â Unfortunately, the bar area wasn’t quite large enough to accommodate all the people looking to loosen up after a busy day.
The Swan has a good bar. From what I understand, many upstanding citizens where debauched one evening by its karaoke night on Wednesday.
The 3 Matts
So, I’ve added the photo to the left here.Â Â This is for clarity so that everyone may know which Matt is which. I hope this photo clears everything up.
I’m kinda used to be the only Matt wherever I go. Its like, I’ve got a common name that usually allows me a certain degree of uniqueness. Well, not so in the SolidWorks online community.
Just for the record, I didn’t copy anyone with my name.Â I’ve had it from birth.Â Really.Â You can ask my parents if you don’t believe me. Â I’m not so sure about the other Matts though. They will have to give you their own references regarding the issuance of their name.Â Â (Just kidding guys)
To tell us apart, note that Matt Lombard had his bags with him the whole time.Â He was hocking his books from those bags throughout the convention in a true entrepreneurial fashion.Â Also note that Matt West can be identified by his jacket and glasses.Â Â As for me, is it odd that I really don’t recognize myself in that photo?Â I don’t know who that blond guy is…oh, that’s me.Â Dang, pictures really do add 10 pounds.
It’s one day before my trip to Florida begins.Â Actually, it’s almost exactly 24 hours, as my flight takes off around 6:00am or so tomorrow.Â Am I excited?Â A bit.Â Am I worried?Â A bit.Â Why?Â Well, as soon as I’m off the plane, I have my first schedule event (for which I will beÂ an hour late since getting from the MCO to the Swan and Dolphin is no skip across the pond).Â Then right after that event comes another that will likely stretch my day out well into jet-lag zone; then I hafta get up early on Sunday because that is when convention really begins!Â Maybe I’ll get some sleep Sunday night?