Which Sessions Should I Attend?

Ahhh..Monday morning at SolidWorks World.  You're looking over the agenda and trying to decide which technical session to attend.  But wait…there are twenty of them to choose from between 10:30am and 12:00pm.

2-0. TWENTY.

And that's just the morning sessions.  Count up the rest of the day and there are eighty total sessions on Monday, and more than 200 for the entire conference.  Given that there are only four "blocks" of sessions Monday and Tuesday, and just three on Wednesday, you'll only be able to attend 11 technical sessions during the conference.  So how do you choose?

(Image/model courtesy of Marco Markovic via 3DCC)

Probably not.  I suspect a lot of attendees will follow a certain "track" (Modeling Essentials, Data Management, etc.), some will choose sessions to see a particular presenter, and still others might choose to attend sessions covering functionality that they have not been exposed to, but would like to learn more about.  I'm also sure that (unlike myself) these folks have already researched the session list and used the "session preference" tool at the SolidWorks World website to preselect their agendas.

Over the past couple of years, I haven't had the chance to see many of the technical sessions at SolidWorks World.  I'm going to make an attempt to change that this year.  Over the next few posts, I'm going to publicly lay out my thought process as to which sessions to choose.  And…your comments could help in my decision process. 

I'll also keep reminding myself that all of the technical sessions will be available post-conference (some will even be videotaped), and since I visit my fair share of user group meetings, there's a pretty good chance I'll get to see a lot of them eventually.

With less than 16 days until SolidWorks World, I'd better hurry and get my schedule done.

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