Start Networking Early – Share a Cab to SolidWorks World

In a little more than nine days, thousands of SolidWorks fanatics are going to descend on Orlando International Airport on their way to SolidWorks World.  Many of these folks will get off the plane only to realize that they are still somewhere between 1 to 1.5 hours away from The Swan and Dolphin Resort.

Some folks will have known this ahead of time, and arranged for transportation via one of the many shuttle service that serve the Disney area.  They might also have downloaded coupons to make the ride a little less expensive.  On the other hand, some of these weary travelers will head straight to the taxi stand and plunk down ~$50 for the one way cab ride.

If this sounds like you, I have a suggestion – share a cab.  How you ask?

If you're the kind of person that's comfortable shouting out in the middle of baggage claim – "Hey, anyone going to the Swan and Dolphin that wants to share a cab?" – then that's the easiest way.  If not, there are a couple of other approaches you can take.

Wear or carry some SolidWorks swag – a hat, shirt, backpack (from last year maybe?), or even one of those nifty water bottles you got at the last user group meeting you attended.  Look around for other folks with the same stuff, and make your move…

"Hi, are you a SolidWorks user?"  "Why, yes I am."  "Cool!  Are you heading to the conference?"  Yep – been looking forward to it for a long time.  "Hey, me too!  Want to share a cab?"

Nothing to it.

If approaching strangers in an airport makes you a little uneasy, there is one more way.  Head over to the SolidWorks discussion forums and join in on the "Anybody want to share a cab ride to the hotel from the airport" conversation.  It'll give you the chance to meet (virtually) the person you're going to spend an hour or so with in a car before you actually get there.

It's not just about saving some money, it's part of what SolidWorks World is all about – the netwoking.

If anyone wants to share a ride with me, I arrive Saturday the 7th at 12:10pm.  Look for me…I'll be the guy in baggage claim shouting out "Hey, anyone going to…."

Richard Doyle
My official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call me "The User Group Guy". I've been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, my career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.
Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle