Pull up your socks. It’s about to get ruckus up in the CAD Engineering Software world. The Conference is going down the next few days in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Palace Resort. COFES 2009 (Conference on the Future of Engineering Software).

The topics focus on ‘Innovation’*, from how software affects design to predicting the future of intersecting technologies. The DaS (Design and Sustainability) Symposium also starts this year which allow attendees to seeks collaborative solutions for specific software/design challenges.

This conference, takes the leading minds, thinkers and tinkerers of the CAD/PLM world, sticks them in a bunch of rooms of a beautiful resort to turns out ideas and solutions for the software you use each day.

It kicks off TODAY at 3:00 PM (Mountain Time). Here’s where to find more info, live coverage and see the rampage that will be occurring via Twitter.

Some Topics
These are topics for the 1st annual Poster Extravaganza at COFES. Much of these (and more) are what will be discussed during keynotes, roundtables and other discussions. (Hoping to get some images of these. please send if you have some shots!)

  • Human-computer interfaces
  • New concepts in graphics
  • The future of BIM/IPD/DP/PLM/CAE/fill in the blank
  • Engineering support for the energy revolution
  • Support for the design process
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation
  • And just plain cool stuff that would be relevant to the design and engineering community

Conference Home Page
COFES Agenda
The Das Symposium

Live Coverage
Develop3D blog
SolidWorks Heard!

COFES on Twitter
#COFES2009 – All the Twitter activity on COFES

@alistardean – Al Dean
@allanbehrens – Allan Behrens
@bcourter – Blake Courter
@bradholtz – Brad Holtz
@bseitz – Brian Seitz
@deelipmenezes – Deelip Menezes
@drewsherlock – Drew Sherlock
@FrancoFolini – Franco Folini
@gol10dr – Lou Gallo
@jeffray – Jeff Ray
@jhirschtick – Jon Hirschtick
@jim_techclarity – Jim Brown
@joeltweet – Joel Orr
@johnhfox – John Fox
@martynday – Martyn Day
@olegshilovitsky – Oleg Shilovitsky
@randallnewton – Randall Newton
@stavanja – Rick Stavanja
@vuuch – Chris Williams

…any I’ve missed?

Videos from COFES 2008
Videos from COFES 2008 Keynotes
Videos from COFES 2008 Maieutic Parataxis

Editor Note: Please, I hope the focus is not on words like innovation and sustainability. They’re cheap and general really. I know it captures the essence of a lot of what will be discussed…I know you all of you attending probably know that as well. 🙂


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.