SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Learning Paths: Internet of Things

If you’ve been to SOLIDWORKS World in the past, you know that we take our technical sessions seriously. With more than 350 sessions at SOLIDWORKS World 2017, this year is no different. What is new; however, are specific learning paths that enable you to become immersed in four areas of design and manufacturing: Internet of Things, Model-Based Definition, Additive Manufacturing, and Subtractive Manufacturing. You can discover more about all learning paths in this blog post. This post will focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) learning path.

There’s no question that IoT is transforming every business and creating new customer value. IoT is enhancing consumer experiences, streamlining old processes, and providing valuable insights into how customers use your products. If you’re interested in building your IoT and connected product expertise, the IoT learning path at SWW17 is perfect for you.

Seven sessions are available to provide you with knowledge and insight that will accelerate your IoT product development process. By attending at least 4 IoT sessions, you can earn a SOLIDWORKS IoT Certificate. In addition, by attending at least 3 IoT sessions, including the IoT Technology Review and Demo, you can receive an IoT development Kit and Xively User account. You can preview the IoT sessions below:

Introduction to IoT: Mini General Session, Monday, February 6, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

This session provides insight and guidance into the evolving world of connected products, simplifying and demystifying the development of creating a connected product. Through prominent industry insiders, customer experiences and innovative technology demonstrations, attendees will gain the acumen necessary to deploy a connected product.


Ulrich Homann – Distinguished Architect at Microsoft

Elizabeth Parkinson – Director of Market Development for the Rockwell Automation Connected Enterprise

John Prichard – Global Market Development Manager Rockwell Automation

Simon Fried – Chief Business Officer Nano Dimensions

IoT Industry Trends, Monday, February 6, 2:45 PM-3:45 PM

This session explores industry trends and excitement surrounding IoT, including discussions on industrial equipment, home automation, connected infrastructure, and other industries directly impacted by connected devices. Attendees will gain insight into the current and forthcoming industry trends that are influencing the connected device domain.

IoT Technology Review and Demonstration, Tuesday, February 7, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

The power of IoT is within reach of companies of all sizes. The complexity and cost of IoT can be overwhelming for lean, disruptive companies, but platforms like Xively™ and SOLIDWORKS take care of the critical cloud components so companies can focus on their innovation and their customer, and we take care of the rest. Attendees will see a demonstration of tools that let you go from concept to virtual prototype in a matter of minutes. They will learn how to build, experiment, and validate their ideas to accelerate time-to-value, reduce risk, and take advantage of an open ecosystem to build complete solutions.

Business Transformation through IoT, Tuesday, February 7, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

The addition of connectivity to a product has numerous impacts to both the product and business. This session focuses on some of the unforeseen business impacts on deploying connected products. Attendees will gain the necessary understanding to deploy a connected product, while avoiding common business issues and pitfalls.

Developing a Connected Product, Tuesday, February 7, 2:45 PM-3:45 PM

This session demystifies and simplifies the vital tasks in the creation of connected devices, without complex techno jargon. From the initial business case through connected data analysis, this session explores the steps necessary to successfully deploy a connected product. Attendees will understand, without complex techno jargon, the essential tasks when creating connected devices.

Customer IoT Journey, Wednesday, February 8, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

The promise for IoT connected products is enormous, but the key to winning is focusing on your competitive differentiation and picking the best technologies and business partners. This session takes you on a journey of creating a connected device from early-adopting companies. Attendees will learn from early-adopting companies how they created a connected device and understand the common issues and pitfalls associated with connected product development.


Kyle Seaman – Director Farm Technology, Freight Farms

Ben Stagg – CEO, Halo Smart Labs

IoT Learning Path: Panel Discussion, Wednesday, February 8, 2:45 PM-3:45 PM

This session is an open panel discussion with prominent industry insiders, early adopting customers, and technology leaders on all aspects of creating and deploying a connected product. Attendees will gain an unabridged insight into the real impact of deploying a connected product from customers and industry experts.

If you’re thinking about IoT design and manufacturing or are already involved, these sessions are essential to attend. SOLIDWORKS partner Xively will also be onsite at booth 1027. The Xively team has helped numerous companies successfully launch connected products. Visit its booth for expert advice and to see IoT in action through real-world connected product like Freight Farms, an agriculture technology company that enables fresh food production through connected shipping containers. Visit for more information. You can also connect with Xively on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.


Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.