February Update

This email was sent to COFES 2012 invitees on February 27, 2012

COFES 2011
  April 12 thru April 15, 2012 Scottsdale, Arizona cofes.com

  Alan Kay to Keynote COFES 2012

Dr. Alan Kay, one of the founding fathers of modern computing, will give the main keynote address at the 2012 Congress On the Future of Engineering Software (COFES 2012) being held in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 12-15, 2012.  His keynote, "Rethinking Design, Risk, and Software " is based on recent research on reinventing programming.

Over time, increasingly complex needs have led to the creation of increasingly complex software, built in an incremental fashion—code on top of code. This process, particularly evident in the realm of engineering software, has led to program structures that can be hundreds of millions of lines of code that is intractable to change, redesign, and understanding. At COFES, Dr. Kay will discuss research towards reinventing programming—from scratch—to overcome this problem.

  700+ Micrometers???

"What's the story behind the 700 micrometers at COFES?"

Peter Mark's collection of 700+ rare and interesting micrometers will be on display at COFES 2012. Pete has donated his collection to fund the first COFES Scholarship. The Scholarship will be funded by donations for the micrometers at COFES. Next month, we'll send out a link to the full 200+ page micrometer collection catalog to give you more details. 100% of the funds raised will be donated to an Arizona State University account in the name of the scholarship recipient. He will be at COFES to answer your questions about the micrometers and the scholarship. More to come soon...

  John Voeller to give lunch keynote at The DaS Symposium

John Voeller, who gave us an eye-opening keynote at COFES 2011, will be back at COFES 2012 to give the keynote at The DaS Symposium.

The DaS Symposium (Design & Sustainability) is an open conversation of the role of design and software for design in the context of sustainability. John's keynote will present some new concepts in "Decision Paths."

Those of you planning your travel to COFES, please remember that The DaS Symposium at COFES will once again be held from 8:30am to 3:00 pm on Thursday, the first day of COFES. More to come soon...

  Last Call for Requests for Roundtable Topics

You may have noticed that the COFES Agenda doesn't have a listing of the topics for any of the roundtable discussions. That's because we wait until we've had a chance to talk with all of the COFES participants before the topics get set.

Now's your chance to put your hot issue on the platform for discussions. What key issues do you want on the table for discussion at COFES? Send a short description to brad.holtz@cyonresearch.com so that we may consider your issue for discussion.

For ideas, please take a look at last year's agenda discussion subjects (scroll down to 10:45am on Saturday). The final COFES 2013 discussion topics will be posted at the beginning of April.

  USERS ONLY: 2012 Global User Survey

At COFES, Cyon Research presents findings from its research. Our current USER survey is a detailed look at technology planning, initiatives, and drivers behind change. This will form the basis of some of our presentation. If you ARE a USER of engineering design software (CAD, CAE, BIM, or PLM), please consider participating in the survey at

If you have colleagues from other parts of the world, please consider sharing these links to the survey in other languages:

Qualified users who complete the survey will receive a copy of the $2,000 report when it is published later this summer.

If you are not a USER, please consider sharing these links with your customers.

  EVERYONE: Take Part in the COFES 2012 Survey

Once again we are conducting a short survey on the impact of the economy on the engineering software market. Please take five minutes to answer a dozen short questions to share your insights!


We look forward to sharing the results at COFES and will make the information available to all participants after the event.

All individual responses will be kept anonymous and confidential.

  CAD Society Nominations close Wednesday

The CAD Society is accepting nominations for the 2012 CAD Society Industry Awards.

The CAD Society Awards acknowledge the contributions made by individuals that have affected and developed the CAD, engineering, manufacturing and architecture software industries. The awards are presented each year at COFES.

The CAD Society presents awards in three categories:

Joe Greco Community Award: For outstanding work in improving communication and developing community within the CAD industry.

Leadership Award: For outstanding technical and business leadership in the CAD industry, and focus and dedication to the needs of CAD users.

Lifetime Award: For a lifetime of outstanding technical and business contributions to the CAD industry.

Nominations must identify the award category and explain why the nominee deserves to be honored. Email nominations can be sent to rick@stavanja.com . Video nominations are also acceptable, but must be posted to YouTube with the keywords ‘CAD Society’, along with a link sent by email to rick@stavanja.com.

All nominations need to be received by March 1, 2012, for consideration by the CAD Society.

  Tech Soft 3D Annual Customer Meeting

Current and potential Tech Soft 3D customers are invited to hear about the company’s outlook and plans in the near, medium and long-term future at their annual event. As a toolkit provider, Tech Soft 3D aggregates the needs of hundreds of leading engineering companies, making it an excellent bellwether of the industry at large. Thursday at 1pm.

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