Announcing the SolidWorks World 2011 Internet Correspondent Contest


So you entered our last two contests and didn't win. You're thinking that you might never get to attend SolidWorks World. Maybe your boss says he can't justify the expense. Well, my friend, you're in luck.

Starting today, you can enter to win the SolidWorks World 2011 Internet Correspondent Contest. The winner of this content wins a full SolidWorks World 2011 conference pass, as well as a hotel room for three nights and round trip airfare to and from San Antonio. See what your boss thinks about that!

The winner of the Internet Correspondent contest will meet up with me on January 23rd, where he or she will be provided with a video camera, a computer, and access to the press room at SolidWorks World 2011. He or she will be expected to cover the show through some combination of YouTube videos, tweets, Facebook posts, still pictures and blog entries to help bring the SolidWorks World experience to everyone who can't make it.

So how do you go about entering and winning this contest? Good question. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog entry telling us why we should pick you over everyone else. Why would you be the best Internet Correspondent? What would you do that no one else would think about? What insight could you bring that no one else could?

You have until 2:00 pm EST on November 22 to enter. On November 23rd, we'll look through all of the answers and pick a winner based on the creativity and originality of the responses. Looking for ideas? Check out Chris McAndrews' winning entry from last year, which he posted on his own blog.

You can click here to read the full terms and conditions of the contest. In a nutshell, you have to be 21 or older to enter, and citizens of Brazil, China and Quebec aren't eligible (sorry). If you work for Dassault Systemes, or a DS/SolidWorks reseller or partner, (or have any immediate family members who do) you can't enter. And if you slack off on your correspondent duties you'll face the unending ridicule of your peers, and no one wants that.

Don't forget, you can still save $100 if you register before January 7. And if you pay for two registrations, we'll throw in a third for free. And, as always, CSWPs save $100. You can see all of our registration deals at the SolidWorks World website.

Download SolidWorks World 2011 Internet Correspondent Contest Terms and Conditions

Matthew West

Matthew West

SolidWorks alumnus. I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order.

21 Responses to “Announcing the SolidWorks World 2011 Internet Correspondent Contest”

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    Joseph Cutrona (@GuiseppeC)

    This is perfect for me, an aspiring Vlogger/Blogger/CAD Monkey/Tweeter! I’m just humble enough to get it done RIGHT and take direction yet stupid enough to add a dimension of personality that would hook people. I promise I’d be a great mascot SolidWorks. I promise. The videos we could make together would be viral. Don’t you want that too honey.

    *snaps back to reality*

    Too bad employees of resellers are not eligible. I’d almost walk out for this opportunity of a life time. But hey, that would be stupid. Maybe they’d take me back in February?

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    Have I got the man for you……!

    What you are looking for, what you need is a different twist, an international point of view of what you American do, an Australian point of view!

    Sure we both speak “some” version of English, but our words so often have different meaning. Think of fun that may lead us into!

    We share so much, I was raised on a diet of US ’60’s television & can quote “Bug’s Bunny” with the best of them.

    It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway)
    we are great partners in the “coalition of the willing”

    I promise to talk a little slower (like those in the south – see that will already get me in trouble)so you all can understand me. I promise not to be abrasive in speech (like the east coasters – there goes another demographic). So I just need in get a crack in about our beaches being better than the west coast & I’ll have everyone covered! Done.

    So if you want something a little bit different, something that will standout, something that will say SolidWorks World 2011 was covered with style & grace (ok now I’m starting to stretch the truth) anyway you get the gist of where I’m heading with this.

    Give me a go, what could possibly go wrong (besides maybe an international incident or two)

    Michael Lord

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    Daniel Herzberg

    I can haz SolidWorks World?
    Seriously, can I? Because, given the chance, I will bombard your senses with an unholy amount of SolidWorks awesomeness.
    You want YouTube videos? I’ll take you on a magical flip-cam journey so compelling, the Academy will have no choice but to nominate it for best picture (and likely best costumes). Forget Bogey and Bergman, follow the thrilling tale of my escape to CADsablanca. “This could be the beginning of a beautiful product.”
    You want Facebook? Prepare to be Superpoked by Sustainability. Captioned by Configurations. Farmville’d with Features?
    You want Tweets? I’ll fill your feed with so many SolidWorks hashtags, you’ll completely lose track of the daily musings of Justin Bieber. And this time, it’ll actually be SolidWorks-sanctioned!
    I’ll even throw some Foursquare in there for good measure.
    Additionally, I’ve made some pretty serious connections with the uppity-ups of the SolidWorks Community. At least, serious enough so I won’t receive an immediate Chuck Norris-style roundhouse kick when I start shoving a camera in people’s faces, asking what their favorite Jeff Ray-inspired wine is (I’m partial to Cabe-Ray Sauvignon).
    In all seriousness though, I believe I’d be a fantastic correspondent. I’m deeply rooted in the SolidWorks Community though all forms of social media, and have the connections and personality needed to get close to the biggest SolidWorks World names, and get the juiciest info out to the masses. I’m great at sharing SolidWorks information with the community. In fact, just last week, I drove 2 HOURS to the nearest SWUG meeting, and feebly live-tweeted from the event. That was certainly great practice for the real deal at #SWW11. I have been unable to attend a SolidWorks World conference in the past, and therefore I have relied heavily on internet correspondence and social media to get my fix. This means I know exactly what the members of the community who are unable to attend the conference are looking for, and how best to provide it.

    “Here’s lookin’ at you, CAD”

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    Social networking addict, blogs consumer, Twitter nerd since its beta, 3D passionate, Mechanical design soul man & PLM expert…. is looking for a pass for the amazing show 2011 edition!!

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    You should pick me over everyone else because SolidWorks is my life. I can’t breath without SW and of course desperately I need to take a good breath of air.

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    Elias Chavez

    What can I said, I just lost about my break time reading the stupidity of the above posts, It was fun thought, thank you and good luck towards the best and dedicated person who really wants’ not just attend this event but deliver for the job he or she has been called for.

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    Gunars Plavnieks

    I remember when I was back in school one day
    our drawing teacher decided to show us SolidWorks.
    When I saw how easy is to create simple 3D objects
    I became addicted to it along with few of my classmates.
    While others became addicted to C.S.(computer game) and went boozing around we were spending our free time with SolidWorks. Since then I am convinced that there
    is no better computer game on the planet than Solidworks. 🙂
    We started some sort of a challenge with no rules. The point was to be the best
    and to create something unique. At the beginning we created or reproduced different, easy to draw, items like: ‘bookshelf’s, lighters, pc speakers, etc.’.
    Then we mowed to alloy rims, mobile phones, mp3 players. Currently we are challenging each other with off-road buggies. There is no easy way in these challenges. The more detailed and innovating the project, the bigger is chance to win. We have no prizes – only recognition and prise from other challengers and enormous admiration along with: ‘Did you really made that yourself?’ from other mates.
    This competition we have for already 6 years and looks like it is newer ending.
    Currently I’m spending a lot of time to master the SolidWorks and to get ready for exams. My target is to become the first SolidWorks Expert in the country we started our challenge and one of the best design and innovation engineers in the world.
    This looks like once in a lifetime opportunity and I could learn a tons of new things in SolidWorks World 2011. And maybe help you to get the whole world addicted to SolidWorks.

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    Hany Abdelkader

    I am Lucky Number 8
    I am greatfull for using Solidworks for the past 3 years , I am an Engineering design Instructor at spencerian College, lexington Ky,USA ,
    I have been improving our mechanical CADD classes for the past 2 years, solid works subscription service and our school reseller were a great help to me. Trainging classe that I attended were great.
    I hope that I can attend the solidworks world 2011 for so many reasons and Ideas I would like to share and disscuss, Conectiong desiger from every where on our planet is my passion , share ideas and working on solving the world problems .

    My next classes is Mechanical Robotics and Applied Mechanical Design ( Advanced solidworks classes ), I am preparing my classes now to be certified (CSWA). I would love to attend to share a lot of educationl plans for young generations and designers.

    I have been inspiring a lot of my students with solid works that made them make a lot of projects in differenet fielids ( for example : a skate park ramps done in solidworks , Architectural designs.!!!!)
    High schools students is one of our targets
    I have been doing a lot with Autodesk and Bentley institute for expanding their users in high schools and colleges

    Let me be the winner , I am already winning using solidworks

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    I very much enjoy using Solidworks and it would be great to be at the center of it all, especially since my bosses said I can go to any conference as long as I pay for it.

    I have a great G11 camera that I have taken 12,000 pictures and videos with in the last year. I maintain 6 blogs as well as constantly on Facebook and Twitter updating and confirming weekend plans.

    I would amaze an astound by my ability to listen and ask pertinent questions of all those around me.

    Working in Sustainability these past couple of months have opened my eyes. People use so much “stuff” everyday and these products can be improved greatly if they were designed better. I now understand the cost and red tape a company must go through to become green. Solidworks can play a great role in this and hopefully this conference will showcase this idea, if not, I’m not shy to push it in person.

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    I started to use SolidWorks about a year ago. I was very impressed by the functionalities that SolidWorks offers. I am in the process of preparing for the CSWP and CSWP-FEA certification examines. If I could win this contxt, it would be great opportunity for the meet other SW users and attend other useful training classes.

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    mihael plut

    My name is Mihael Plut and I’m a student at the university of Zagreb, Croatia.I’m a second year student of mechanical engineering. So why would I be suitable? I use Solidworks for 3 years, I’m a self thought user, even though we have professors at the university. Unfortunately their time is precious and the hardware obscure. This would be an unique opportunity to expand my horizons and a great way for my improvement as an engineer. Also I would be interested in communication about bringing Solidworks closer to young enthusiastic students like myself. Thanks
    Great success!!!

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    I love solidworks, it leterally allowed me to save my wife’s life a number of years ago. Because I was able to learn and apply SolidWorks quickly I was able to maintain a position as a machine designer with a tier 1 auto supplier and the health insurance that went with it. When she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, at age 20 (and again at 24) that health insurance allowed her to get the care she needed. As I used SolidWorks for nearly all of my work I was able to travel with her while she received treatments across the state.

    I a rabbid tech fan with hooks into Twitter, Facebook and YouTube all ready to go.

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    I think I should win because if it wasn’t for solidworks then I could not have built my mini cnc machine for $45.00 located at:

    All the solidworks .dxf files are in my site.

    Pick me!

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    Paul Choquette

    I am active in many online social communities such as: Facebook, Twitter,
    LinkedIn, YouTube, WordPress, and various podcasting collectives.

    I work for a small company where the lines of
    responsibility are often blurry. In addition to part modeling and creating
    assembly drawings, I also maintain bills of materials, our Intranet, and
    assembly procedures. I see the design process from several sides from the
    beginning to the end to provide the right tools for various employees within the
    company to do their job. We do not always have the budget to simply purchase
    third party tools to do the job, so I am often tasked with creating projects
    that stretch the limits of what SolidWorks can do for us. Examples of some of my
    current projects are:

    • Part Number Generation Plug-in
      This is needed
      so that engineers can request new part numbers from my department without ever leaving the SolidWorks environment.
      We currently request new part numbers through our Intranet. The request form
      on the Intranet requires the engineer to describe the part using codes
      within the parts database. Ideally, this new project would be smart enough
      to pull those details from SolidWorks using document properties to save the
      engineer from the headache of having to figure out the database’s codes AND
      duplicate work that was already done within SolidWorks.
    • Intranet Integration
      We use Sharepoint (a Microsoft Office product) for our company Intranet. One
      of the main features of Sharepoint is document management. Since we are
      using Sharepoint to provide full-text search of our procedures, we would
      also like to link our SolidWorks parts, assemblies, and drawings into that
      same search engine. This would allow us to tie a lot of information together
      for the user that might otherwise be time consuming to track down in the
      various repositories.
    • Machine Shop Purchase Orders Plug-in
      We have our own in-house machine shop that mainly handles prototype parts,
      jigs and fixtures, and modifications of existing parts. We have a special
      purchase order system to drive the in-house shop. Much like part number
      generation, the engineer has to leave SolidWorks to take out a purchase
      order for a part he or she is designing. The form for the shop POs also has
      its own quirks that require the engineer to duplicate many of the details
      already in SolidWorks. By providing a plug-in to handle the PO, productivity
      is increased and the engineer can focus on more important tasks.

    As you can see, I am involved with SolidWorks in many ways beyond just
    designing. Because I have to interact with many different employees of varying
    technical backgrounds to make these projects happen, I can provide a
    well-rounded view of SolidWorks World 2011. I have the technical background to
    speak to the engineering crowd while being able to deliver in a manner that the
    non-techincal user can understand. Being a web designer, I like to keep myself
    up-to-date with social networking trends, and I am quite active in many of the
    popular communites such as: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and WordPress.

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    Basil Gello


    I was looking through all the possibilities to visit SolidWorks World 2011 and I was very surprised when I found this incredible contest. Here I see a lot of interesting offers from other people willing to become a Solidworks Internet Correspondent, but even in such a variety of posts I can suggest something outstanding and suitable both for me and for the SolidWorks community. So, let me start.

    My name is Basil Gello, and I am a 23-year old engineer and a post-graduate student at Kharkov National Automobile and Highway University in Ukraine. But don’t let this scare you: I am a first post-Soviet Union Certified SolidWorks Expert with a 7+ years of everyday SolidWorks experience, involved in many kinds of engineering activity. My primary field of interest includes ground vehicle design, automotive mechatronics, design optimization and software programming, and I published the results of my researches in several Russian and Ukrainian scientific journals (mostly in Eastern-European Journal of Enterprise Technologies, I discovered SolidWorks when I entered the university racing team, and since that time I am a fellow SolidWorks user. These are my professional skills, showing that I really understand the field I am going to operate within.

    Also it is worth saying that I have some journalism and editorial experience, because I wrote several reviews on CAD-related topics for our university press and for Russian internet-portals like SAPR2000. The other advantage is that I can publish my reports and interviews not only in English, but also in Russian and Ukrainian, making them interesting even for those people in my country who knows English bad enough to deal with traditional SolidWorks media.

    After such a short introduction of who I actually am, I want to tell you how I am going to arrange my work at SolidWorks World, if I am nominated to be an Internet Correspondent. First of all, I am going to publish my version of Solidworks World 2011 Diary in English and Russian, fulfilling it with the reports from the most interesting events during the congress. Also, I am going to make a series of interviews with the most proficient developers, partners, user group leaders and members to cover up the present and future of SolidWorks community. And finally, I am willing to create the movie about my visit to SolidWorks World 2011 and publish it as soon as it becomes ready.

    I feel that my mission at SWW as an Internet Correspondent will fit into one phrase – “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”. So, my goal is to bring the experience of this wonderful show to everybody — from East to West, from novice to expert, from designer to machine shop officer, from SolidWorks addict to SolidWorks critic, making them all a community of people really knowing what they want and how can they achieve it… with SolidWorks.


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    I am Sachin Nalawade, an Automobile engineering graduate from India. I was having passion for design, cars and bikes. I would be happy to work as Internet correspondence in SolidWorks 2011.
    Few reasons why I must be consider for the job.
    •I read every CAD blog, article, watch videos daily without missing any! I am ‘Editor’ for
    •I have around 4 years of experience in product design, CAD application testing, SolidWorks AutoCAD customization
    •I have started my own CAD Media company, CADCUBE Systems last year after losing my job in recession: August 2009. Visit my site – for CAD CAM CAE CFD and PLM Update and today I have 7500+ register subscribers for DailyCADCAM weekly newsletter
    •I alone have created my site from scratch and have 4500+ best tips, articles, reviews, videos, customization tips, add-ins systematically arranged for almost all major 2D/3D CAD, CAE software
    •My site have register users (7500+) from 19 countries, out of which 75% are design professionals from India , actually my target audience for next 6 months are Indian professionals
    •I also share important news on CAD industry with users and have good relations with media/press of major CAD companies worldwide
    •I am lucky to get invited for local events conducted by SolidWorks resellers, Siemens, Autodesk and others
    •I am active CAD blogger and have friendly relations with top bloggers in world …..
    •I help engineering students in educational projects on CAD and help them find jobs through my friends network in CAD Industry
    •I have active participation on various forums on CAD, Communities on Linkedin
    •I tweet to spread CAD!
    •I believe in social networking and sharing knowledge. I have inspired many design professionals and friends to start blogging about CAD
    •I have suggested many start-ups and CAD resellers to start blogs to share their knowledge and help their customers
    • I am working on restarting SWUGN Pune, making it more active in coming days with the help of local SW resellers
    •I work as freelancer for creating video e-learning material for students using Camtesia
    •I read all the rules and meet the criteria
    •Being the correspondent sounds like a more then greatest opportunity for me to prove myself as CAD Blogger, CAD media editor/journalist, I t would help my small CAD media company to grow in the world of CAD.
    Happy Cadding!
    Sachin Nalawade

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    Sven Boender

    I’ve never used SolidWorks software;
    Now I think of it…I’ve never used any CAD software at all;

    Still, the word “SolidWorks” crosses my mind and/or leaves my mouth at least 50 times a day, that is every day, since 1999.

    Why me? Just google me or find me at LinkedIn/Facebook (Sven Boender) and see what I do everyday.

    I won’t be distracted by too much technical data provided during the event (no offense). I’ll focus on the people, the atmosphere, the vibes, the future of everyone ‘wearing a SolidWorks hat’ (as we say in Holland).

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    Ahmad Ayesh

    hello,,,, I’m Ahmad Ayesh, a student of mechanical engineering (undergraduate), I live in Jordan which is 5 million person and about 100,000 engineer here in Jordan.
    I learn the solidworks from two years now and I’ve just got the CSWA and CSWP , we are three engineers who are vertified solidworks professional here and just 3 associate.
    what i want to do is to expand the solidworks through the universites, collages and institute here in Jordan.

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    Bitton Spore

    I’ve became the 67th CSWP in Israel last week.
    I’m currently unemployed – learning for the advanced CSWP exams and spending around 8-10 hours per day learning sheet metal, simulation, mold design and PDM enterprise.
    I’ve decided an year ago, when I first saw SolidWorks, that I’ll do whatever it takes to become a CSWE (so far, not one CSWE is listed in Israel) and I think I’m doing great so far !
    I have enough free time to come and cover the conference with a decent English (almost native, not to advanced to foreigns to read and understand).
    I love spending time learning SolidWorks functionality and techniques – and I think I have what it takes to cover this conference over the web on blogs, facebook, twitter, myspace and even on CAD and tech related sites.
    In the SolidWorks 2011 Conference in Israel I saw all of those engineers using SolidWorks without CSWP and I want to make an awareness towards companies requiring CSWP for hiring.
    I would love to win this contest as it would save me a lot of expenses, after all, it’s $1400 for two way ticket from Israel to New York and might reach up to $1800 to Austin, Texas and I think that’s says enough.

    Thank you for the opportunity and good luck for everyone !

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