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Oct 25, 2021


Owen Wengerd

For most (at least for non-media, but I suspect also for media) attendees the real value of conferences is the networking and informal discussions that take place during and outside the conference. After attending dozens of AU and a few other CAD conferences for many years in different capacities, it became clear to me that the best conferences are:
a) in-person, with at least one or more organized social event
b) small enough that individuals don't get lost in the crowd
c) with wide coverage area (i.e. national or worldwide, not local)
d) including vendors and their cool new tech (plus free swag)

It surely is not easy (nor inexpensive), but if I was running a CAD company I would pounce on the opportunity that has been created by the pandemic and try to capitalize on the natural human hunger for fellowship.

Ralph Grabowski

I suspect the difference between small conferences (which we like) and monster conferences (which we don't) is that it's the staff of the small company that puts together the small conference and who are in touch with the needs of users.

I've had organizers of small conferences ask me what I would like to see.

The giant conferences put on by giant companies are, I am guessing, organized by marketing departments, whose day job is to promote the company. Hence the disconnect.

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