SOLIDWORKS World 2019 Call for Presentations is LIVE! Only 10 Days Left to Submit!

There are only 10 days left to submit your presentation for SOLIDWORKS World 2019 in Dallas, Texas! You read it right, 10 DAYS!!! You are part of an amazing community of people representing expertise in countless industries and daily use cases for SOLIDWORKS and we need you to share your brainpower!!!

Please note! We’ve changed a couple of things for 2019 submissions:

  • For the first time, the SOLIDWORKS World Call for Presentations will close on Monday, October 1st, 2018. You WILL NOT be able to submit presentations after this date!
  • In addition to the traditional breakout and hands-on options, there will be a third presentation type available to you called Panel Discussion. To host a Panel Discussion, the panel must be sponsored by a Dassault Systemes’ employee who is expected to be present to moderate the discussion. You must note your desired employee representative in your submission form (I recommend gaining their commitment before submitting).
  • Please be sure to get your presentation content ready a bit earlier this year!
  • Please be sure to let your favorite presenters know about the submission deadline!

For you veteran presenters, stop reading and instead use this time to submit your presentation here! For you first-timers, here are a few notes from my experiences I hope will help alleviate any doubts you may have as to the process, rewards, etc.:

    1. You know more than you think you do. If you’re even considering talking about a subject for 50-60 minutes, you can likely teach the rest of us a few things. Don’t doubt your knowledge.
      I chose to present for the first time about SOLIDWORKS certifications. At the time, I was an average user working toward my SOLIDWORKS Expert certification and compiling a list of resources and best practices. I thought at the very least I could talk for an hour and share those resources and techniques I had gathered from others, but I was also terrified that each and every person in the room was going to know more than me, already have those resources, and my very basic modeling fundamentals and editing techniques were going to be laughed off the stage. Here’s where it gets awesome. I WAS WRONG! I underestimated what I knew and what others didn’t now about SOLIDWORKS certifications. I’ve been giving this presentation at SOLIDWORKS events for almost five years now, and always by request.
    2. If you use SOLIDWORKS every day, and you really think about it, you have at least one hour-long tangent you wouldn’t mind going on about.
      While working in SOLIDWORKS Tech Support, I regularly found myself teaching users how to compile a SOLIDWORKS RX, run Copy Settings Wizard, and otherwise perform basic maintenance on their setup. Recently, this turned into a presentation called “Everything you need to know about SOLIDWORKS, minus SOLIDWORKS.” Again, I was a bit worried that presenting a SOLIDWORKS topic and NOT opening SOLIDWORKS might get some funny looks, but thanks to an awesome SOLIDWORKS User Group [swugn.org] in Panama City Beach, it turned into one of the most engaged evenings I’ve experienced so far – filled with insightful questions, best practice discussions, and at the end of the night, a request for a copy of the presentation for future reference. Don’t underestimate your tangents and special use cases – we can all find value in them.
    3. You will become a better SOLIDWORKS User. Teaching anything to anyone promotes educating yourself. You might pick a topic that pushes you to learn strategies you might not normally be exposed to. In the presentation development process, you may find a new approach to something you do every day. I often hear attendees tell me that they’ve never attended a session where they didn’t learn something. I offer you the other side of the coin; I’ve never created a presentation where I didn’t learn many somethings.
    4. Presenters get in FREE!!! And they usually get a pretty sweet presenter gift and an extra ribbon on their event badges.
      Asking your boss to send you to a three-day event can be pretty intimidating – less so when you’re an expert presenter in your use of SOLIDWORKS, and just need some help covering the travel costs.

Moral of my story? Just try it! You’ll surprise yourself. The better each individual user becomes, the better the software gets. Better users ask better questions and we all evolve together. Please submit a presentation and teach the rest of us what you’ve mastered! See you in Dallas!

The SOLIDWORKS World 2019 Call for Presentations is LIVE: https://solidworksworld.lanyonevents.com/2019/portal/cfp/cfpLogin.ww

Rachel Diane York

Rachel Diane York

Community and User Advocacy Manager at SOLIDWORKS
I was the founding member of the Tech Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group and a huge fan of our fantastic Community. I've taught and provided technical support for SOLIDWORKS as well as presented at many user group events. In my spare time I enjoy: billiards, reading, and playing video games. Please feel free to reach out!
Rachel Diane York
Rachel Diane York