NI Week begins Monday, and we're gearing up and heading to Austin. This is my first time attending NI Week, and it seems like there's so much to see and do. Exhibits, keynotes, training and breakout sessions, networking happy hours ... :-)
In getting ready, I asked my coworkers what they like about NI Week, and what they get out of the investment in attending. Their answers all seem to have a theme ...
"NI week is a great opportunity to meet and talk to other people who use NI from a variety of perspectives from the guy that’s a hobbist and just enjoys going to NI week and learning about NI products/achievements to the guy who’s very technical and can talk intelligently about designing an embedded system designed to have triple nine uptimes." - Antonio Alexander, Systems Developer, Certified LabVIEW Developer and Certified NI Professional Instructor
Keynotes showing new technology/impressive solutions and networking with colleagues/NI representatives are why I like going." - Levi Gustin, Senior Systems Developer, Certified LabVIEW Architect and Certified NI Professional Instructor
"I go to Austin now to not only meet and greet top-notch industry smart people, but also to see what technologies and genius ideas NI is developing. The demos, the keynotes, even the hallway conversations are revealing as to where this Internet of Industrial Things is likely to take us. It’s so cool to experience these first-hand, I don’t want to miss it!" - Steve Beyer, Business Development Manager
"I like to talk to talk to other engineers about what they’re doing in areas that I’m passionate about (not just with NI hardware and LabVIEW, but also application areas such as solar, transportation, and medical) and compare/contrast it with what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. Most of the technical interaction that engineers have with each other outside of their groups or companies is in solving little problems, such as how to write a software routine that stores a certain data type in a spreadsheet file to generate a test report, but there is no focus on the application context (in this example, what kind of test is being run or data is being stored). In a work world that focuses on the current task at hand and where IP is a very sensitive issue, NI Week is a rare opportunity where engineers with a somewhat common technical focus can get together and talk as colleagues and not competitors." - Jim McCarty, Systems Developer
What about you? Why do you like going to NI Week? Tell us in the comments section below. Will you be there this year?