COFES: Congress On the Future of Engineering Software
Where Great Minds Come Together
COFES is the engineering software industry's only annual think tank event which brings executives from design, engineering, architectural, development and technology companies together to understand the role engineering technology will play in the future survival and success of your business.
- a think tank where great minds come together to discuss best practices and to share ideas for managing change
- a technology summit that promotes discussion and problem-solving among industry thought-leaders, analysts and customers
- a business event that delivers practical strategies for achieving financial success in the engineering and design technology sector
- an informal environment where business leaders and technology providers can meet to identify and address key industry issues and challenges
COFES is renowned for hosting leading keynote visionaries that bring a new perspective to the future of the industry. Past keynote speakers include Dr. Eric Drexler, father of nanotechnology; Alan Kay, HP Labs Senior Fellow and one of the founders of Xerox PARC; Dick Morley, creator of the floppy disk among many industry achievements, John Koza, the inventor of genetic programming, Paul Saffo, Esther Dyson, David Brin, and Bruce Sterling. Join the tech sector’s best and brightest at COFES 2018, April 12-15, 2018.
- Participate in discussions with industry thought leaders and analysts
- Get an insider’s view of the engineering and design technologies of tomorrow
- Learn about key winning strategies for business success today
COFES is an invitation-only event. Find out more about the 19th Annual COFES and apply for an invitation.
The domain of COFES is the realm of software for design and engineering.
Our customers are those that create the world around us. They design the roads and bridges, the buildings we live and work in, the things we use and see around us.
The place to impact all of this is at the planning, design, and engineering stage. It’s where the leverage is. Our customers have the leverage to change the world.
The COFES community provides the tools to these people who have that leverage.
We’ve been able to absorb much change in the past. But today, with increased population, increased infrastructure, and increased global interdependencies, we have lost much of our flexibility to absorb such change without hardship. The reasons for this are understandable and to be expected. With our larger population we have less room to maneuver and have significant investments in infrastructure – all a result of unconstrained growth without concern for long-term consequences.
What’s worse, we may be having an impact that is resulting in such change coming more quickly – within a lifetime rather than over generations.
Change will come. And it’s not just whether that we have to adjust to. Changes will be painful to many – deadly to some; others will reap unexpected windfalls. The balance will shift.
What can we do about it? We can choose not to ignore it. We can think about longer term implications of our decisions and have longer term horizons for our planning.
We provide the tools to the people who have the leverage to implement change. We can help them innovate better.
At COFES, we ask “What can we do to make our customers more effective innovators?”
It’s not just about sharing best practices -- the bigger question is "How can we innovate in the development of better practices?”
Let's meet face-to-face and discuss these critical issues. We're all in this together.