December Update

COFES 2013
  April 11 thru April 14, 2013 Scottsdale, Arizona

  COFES Late Registration begins January 1st

If you haven't done so already, be sure to register by the end of this month!

Save $400 by registering before Monday, December 31st!

Go register at:

If you do not have your personal invitation code, call us at +1-301-365-9085, or visit to apply for an invitation.

  Zander Rose to give Friday Keynote at COFES 2013

Zander Rose is the executive director, and Clock Project Manager, for The Long Now Foundation.

Designing for Resilience in Products and Strategy

The Long Now Foundation is dedicated to providing a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and helping make long-term thinking more common. To support that ideal, the foundation is building a landmark clock, designed to operate accurately for at least the next 10,000 years. Within such a project, resilience becomes a prime consideration, shifting the way we think. Given the continuously oscillating economy, companies can no longer afford to overlook resilience as a strategic consideration in business plans or models. Resiliency must become an everyday word in our boardrooms.

Zander's keynote will set the tone for the discussions COFES 2013.

For more information on Zander's work, the 10,000-year clock, and other related projects check out:

  Announcing COFES Russia 2013, May 30-June 1, Peterhof, St Petersburg

COFES Russia 2013 follows the format of its parent event, the annual COFES in Arizona. This fourth international COFES event will be held in Peterhof, outside of St. Petersburg, across the street from the grand palace of Peter the Great.

The focus of COFES Russia 2013 is the intersection of global trends and the potential for those trends to impact business in Russia.

We have an exciting line up and stellar attendees, so take a peak here:

COFES Russia 2013 will be presented in both English and Russian, with simultaneous translation. The event is by invitation-only and the number of participants is limited. to request an invitation.

  The COFES App is available on iTunes!


The free COFES app us available in the iTunes App store. Click on the link, or search for "COFES Player"

The free COFES Player is a convenient and simple tool -- the easiest way to consume the audio and video from past COFES events.

For those of you on other devices, we're in the process of porting the app to Windows 8 and Android and hope to have them available soon.

We'll also be posting the final COFES 2013 agenda on the app for use while you're at COFES.

  The CAD Society is accepting award nominations

The CAD Society is accepting nominations for the 2013 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 the COFES Saturday night reception.

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. Past award recipients include: Jeff Mottle, Evan Yares, Sean Dotson, Chris Yessios, Lynn Allen, Randall Rath, CJ Shirk, Kristine Fallon, and Ralph Grabowski.

Leadership Award: For outstanding technical and business leadership in the CAD industry, and focus and dedication to the needs of CAD users. Oleg Shilovitsky was the recipient of the 2012 the Leadership award. Past award recipients include: Dieter Neujahr, Carl Bass, Jay Sunyogh, Dana K. “Deke” Smith, Robert McNeel, Tony Affuso, Tom Butta, Jon Hirschtick, and Bernard Charles.

Lifetime Award: For a lifetime of outstanding technical and business contributions to the CAD industry. Ken & BJ Anderson and Carl Machover were the 2012 recipients of the Lifetime award. Past award recipients include: Richard Riff, Mike Riddle, Dean Kamen, Russell F. Henke, Ken Versprille, L. Stephen Wolfe, Carl Machover, Dr. Joel Orr, and Patrick Hanratty.

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

All nominations need to be received by March 1, 2013, for consideration by the CAD Society.

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