COFES 2014: MARCH UPDATE
April 24 thru April 27, 2013 Scottsdale,
Register Soon or Miss Out!
We're likely to be full up at COFES in the next two or three
weeks. If you are still planning on joining us, you might want to do it soon. Once
we're full up, we'll be turning away new registrations.
Go register at: https://register.cofes.com
If you do not have your invitation code, call us at 301-365-9085, or visit http://apply.cofes.com
to apply for an invitation.
The COFES STEM Initiative
At COFES 2013, we started a new
focused on STEM issues.
A group of 30+ interested parties has continued the conversation since then, and
we've got significant momentum driving towards COFES 2014.
We have set the following three issues as our mandate:
goes well beyond COFES and we have the potential to make a
significant impact. Let me know if you'd like to
participate. You don't need to
be at COFES to be involved in this effort.
- Increase the number of individuals pursuing STEM-centric careers
- Improve the relevancy, value, and accessibility of the education available to those
that desire it, both from the perspective of the individual and from the perspective
of their future employers
- Increase STEM literacy in the general public. We want the public to have a better
grasp of some key concepts, including
- Scientific method
- Relationship between cause and effect in complex systems
- Feedback loops
Buddy, can you spare a notebook?
At COFES 2013, several notebook computers were donated to disadvantaged
students. We plan on doing this again for COFES 2014.
Bring your unwanted notebook with you and we will wipe the drive, refresh the system,
and donate to kids who need them.
USERS ONLY: 2014 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, 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
NEW: COFES Library and Bibliography
George and Jon aren't the only ones attending COFES who've written
great books. And we want to do something about that. We've started two new institutions,
one virtual and one physical.
The first is a bibliography of books written by COFES attendees.
We've started pulling together a bibliography of the books we know about, but
we need your help. Please
take a few moments and tell us about the books you've written. A standard bibliography entry (Title, authors, publisher,
date, and ISBN#) would be great, but also a brief note about the book, a link to
buy the book, and a cover image would be even better. We'll put the bibliography
up on the website and who knows, you may even sell a few more copies.
The second is a new Library at COFES.
Bring with you to COFES one copy of books you've written to donate to the COFES
Library. We'll set aside a safe place for the books to be reviewed
during COFES, and we'll store the books during the year.
If won't be able to join us at COFES, but you've written a book and
would like to donate a copy to the COFES Library, send a copy of the book(s):
Brad Holtz: COFES Library
c/o The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale AZ 85253
We'll set aside a safe place for the books to be reviewed during COFES, and we'll
store the books during the year. Be sure
to have the book(s) arrive before April 22.
We're hoping the COFES Library will be
a great addition.
Last Call for Roundtable Topics Requests
You may have noticed that the COFES Agenda doesn't have a list 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
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 11 am on Saturday).
The final COFES 2014 discussion topics will be posted by April 10.
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.
We've got a great lineup this year, which has a focus on what customers are looking
for from their software that isn't yet being provided.
When planning your travel to COFES, please remember that the DaS Symposium at COFES
will once again be held from 8:30am to 3:00pm on Thursday, the first day of COFES.
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 meeting. 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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