SWUGN Summit San Jose came to a close with many satisfied attendees. In the past, San Jose area attendance to SWUGN Summits has been a bit up and down. For whatever reason, attendance picked back up this year. I haven’t checked to see the actual numbers yet, but I believe it is one of the best so far for this area. Another bonus, I’m happy to report that both major VARs from this area contributed by giving some of the presentations!
Our star presenter was Gabi Jack. Over the past week, she was stating much consternation over twitter about her impending presentation. It turns out, she did a great job with her Surfacing presentation. It was not obvious that this was her first live and public presentation ever since finishing college. She’s a natural pro!
Another seasoned pro is Phil Sluder. His SolidWorks tips and tricks session is always a crowd pleaser. In fact, the session description simply said, “Phil’s tips and tricks…enough said.” His presentation is good for all comers, from beginners and experienced users alike.
Elisa Moss had a heavily attended session that covered how to use derived configurations and display states for drawings. She was also a very supportive attendee during other sessions.
Another star presenter was Alex R. Ruiz, who just recently released his new book, SolidWorks 2010: No Experience Required. His session was partially based on the new book, which earned some well deserved attention. I’ll be reviewing the book on SolidWorks Legion soon.
My own presentation was about advanced SolidWorks customization techniques. Although labelled “advanced”, I did cover some easy topics as well to give something for all levels of experience. My presentation went pretty well, except for a couple of times where SolidWorks did not momentarily cooperate. Part of the challenge of presenting is working through the surprizes when they come up. I was glad that the audience participated frequently and showed a lot of interest in the topics that were covered.
In other related news, Arthur Kwun of KLA Tencor earned his free CSWP test by uttering the words “SolidWorks Legion is awesome, dude!” He did this during the lunch hour, so I wasn’t quite expecting it. It took me a minute to realize he said the winning phrase. Anyway, congrats!!