Nashville, TN. February. 9-12, 2020
Come back to this post often for the latest updates.
Last updated (2/6/20 2:30 pm Central time)
Updated 2/7/20 (starts in just 2 Days) (unofficial start at Cad Monkey Dinner tomorrow)
For those not familiar with prior SolidWorksWorlds or the Nashville area (and even for those that are) the purpose of this post is to provide a common location for links and information related to the convention as well as things to do / see, at the event and around the area.
To make this Experience the best it can be for everyone, I welcome anyone to post information to this thread - regarding events, places to go, things to do and see in Nashville, or any other helpful information you may have.
I will be continuously updating, consolidating and arranging the information and links in this thread.
(#3DXW20 is the official hashtag of 3DEXPERIENCEWORLD 2020)
(Originally I listed #3DXWORLD2020 as the Official hashtag and that was changed.
However, there is also content available using #3DXWORLD2020 on twitter and other sites as well.)
Use #3DXW20 on Twitter, Facebook and Linked-In (save/monitor this link for constant updates before and during the show)
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
#3DXW20 hashtag on Twitter
SOLIDWORKS (@SOLIDWORKS) | Twitter
Dassault Systèmes - YouTube
Dassault Systèmes - Home | Facebook
3DEXPERIENCE World 2020:
Know Before You Go
Updated 2/7/20 HERE NOW:
"Know Before You Go"
(PDF) attached at the bottom of this main page
Be sure to download and view prior to the event to make your experience complete - keep a copy with you (on your phone / tablet ) for easy access during the show to enhance your Experience
Updated 2/6/20 Special Webinar:
Was presented on Feb 05, 2020 10:00 AM EST
Possible rebroadcast 2/7
Please register in advance at::
We're excited to share with you everything you should Know Before You Go!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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Rachel YORK - Senior Community Manager, SWUGN
For SWW2019, Rachel York created an absolutely fantastic "Know Before You Go" document and provided me a copy to post so everyone would have access to it. Rachel will again provide a new "Know Before You Go" that I will post here: This is a "Must Read" comprehensive guide of what you need to know to get the most out of 3DEXPERIENCEWORLD 2020 - Before, during and after. Available Late January (possibly sooner).
When posted, Copy or print this as your full guide to always have all the information you need at your finger tips.
3DXWORLD 2020 Registration is Open
Registration | 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 - Dassault Systèmes
(group rates available)
The Housing web site
" 3DXEXPERIENCE World 2020 has negotiated discounted rates at a variety of different hotels in Nashville. Visit our hotel information page EventXL ( https://registration.experientevent.com/ShowDSS201) to book your hotel reservations today.
Some hotels already have waiting lists. The closer or lower cost ones will fill first.
Housing Link to Hotels: https://www.3dexperienceworld.com/accommodations
Be sure to make your reservations ASAP-
the discounted rate deadlines vary - Cutoff Dates ranged from January 7 to 17th, 2020. (Now closed)
Booking rooms through this site will typically provide you with better room rates than you may be able to get on your own, In many hotels - especially close to the Music Center. Book rooms as soon as you can - rooms (especially close to the Music Center) will fill weeks before the event.
The Housing Website closed January 17th, 2020 for new room requests.
If you need to change your reservation made through housing, you should use the Housing group for these changes.
(Request rooms as soon as you can as the closer and better ones will fill soon - Prices will likely go up as the event gets closer)
Agenda is Open - Select your desired Training Sessions
on 1/23 the breakout sessions were not being displayed - do not make any changes to your agenda until you confirm all sessions (breakout, hands on...) are showing properly.
If you have already setup you agenda - I suggest you revisit the site and verify nothing has changed. Some classes may have been moved or canceled do to number of people signing up for them. Check back periodically so you don't get a last minute surprise if a class got rescheduled and conflicts with another selection you have made.
(You Must be Registered to Select sessions)
(You do NOT need to be registered to View Sessions)
Watch your email and check on the event website
"Hands-On" sessions fill fast. (due to space limitations).
Technical Training | 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 - Dassault Systèmes
Official events begin Sunday (Certifications, Cad Managers Boot camp, welcome reception, badge/event materials)
Updated 2/6/20 Mobile App:
3DEXPERIENCE World 2020
Redesigned and more powerful than in previous years
Building on the legacy of SOLIDWORKS World, 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 is an opportunity for designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders to learn, innovate, collaborate and celebrate together. It’s your must-attend source for innovative tools and technologies that will help you shape the world of design, today and tomorrow. With this free app, you can:
• Build your personal agenda, • Search for sessions by topic, subtopic, role and/or industry, • Download and view session presentations, • Provide session and speaker feedback
The 3DEXPERIENCE World app is available offline and stores session, speaker, and exhibitor data on the device, allowing you to view your schedule even without service or on airplane mode.
3DEXPERIENCE World - Apps on Google Play
Just Released (2/1/20 - 4:30pm)
All conference program information is accessible via the 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Mobile App. The conference app is available for download and will enable attendees to build / edit personalized agendas, view course information and speaker details, navigate the convention center with interactive maps and floorplans, preview and plan their visit to the 3DEXPERIENCE World Playground, and network with other World attendees. A printed Agenda-at-a-Glance guide will also be available on site at registration.
At the end of each session you will be asked to use the app to provide information about how / what you liked or disliked about the session - I past years it was about 6 or 10 questions - This year it will only be 3 questions for each session to make it more convenient - so please answer each question for each session - this improves future sessions.
Web Based App: (Link will be inserted here when the app is available for download)
Android App: (3DEXPERIENCE World - Apps on Google Play )
iOS App: (I do not have an android device so I can not verify or check - but the app should be available)
3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 in Music City Center
Floor Plans | nashvillemusiccitycenter.com
Wayfinding App | nashvillemusiccitycenter.com
NOTE: the functions of this wayfinding app are merged into the 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD APP
this wayfinding app will not have all the functionality of the 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD APP
The new Music City Center mobile app is your personal guide to the Music City Center. Whenever you need help, simply open the app and tell it where you need to go, whether it's the closest restroom or how to get back to the parking garage. The app can pinpoint your location anywhere in the building and provide you with precise, turn-by-turn, photo-based directions to get you where you need to go. Just type in the room or event you are trying to find and the app will lead you there.
3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 | nashvillemusiccitycenter.com
Explore the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 (formerly known as the Partner Pavilion)
Explaining the Evolution to 3DEXPERIENCE World
Your Complete Guide To 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 - TriMech Blog
Tuesday night Special Event
"Bash on Broadway" 7-10pm
Taking over a block of Broadway for an Exclusive party - Entertainment, games and activities
A 5-10 minute walking distance. The entrance to the party will be on 4th Ave.
We will be shutting down a part of Broadway (between 3rd and 4th Ave) and taking over the bars and street for our Special Event this year. We will have live music and other entertainment, as well as food and drinks with a Nashville-flair. The event is open for all full conference pass holders, as well as those Expo Only, Tuesday, and Booth Staff attendees who purchased the Special Event add-on.
You must have your badge and photo ID in order to attend the Special Event – there will be no exceptions.
MORE INFORMATION will be updated with new information as it comes in.
Most people who fly in will arrive at Nashville Airport (BNA)
Transportation to / from airport and Downtown Hotels
Nashville Airport Shuttle - There are several shuttle companies
Buss http://www.nashvillemta.org/maps/route18.pdf (bus stops are about 1 mile from Music City Center)
Check with your hotel to see if they offer shuttle to and from the airport - some do.
Places to stay:
Use the Housing link to book your hotel for the best pricing -
see details (above in this post) (now closed).
There are several hotels in the Nashville area. The Housing Link lists a few quality hotels near the Music Center.and there are several more in the surrounding area.
Things to Do in Nashville:
(anyone that knows the Nashville area and / or thins to do there- Please post so I can add to the main page)
- We will again do the Early Morning Running Club. https://greenwaysfornashville.org/individual-maps/ (More running information coming soon)
- Cad Monkey Dinner registration now open, CAD Monkey Dinner 2020 Registration, Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite till 11pm (you must purchase tickets to attend)
Location: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 111 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201, View Map
- Nashville: GoEngineer presents 3D EXPERIENCE WORLD 2020 Customer Appreciation Event @Tin Roof Nashville Registration, … Monday Feb. 10th
- If you're looking for a place to grab or drink or listen to some live music then I would recommend anyplace along Broadway, 2nd street, and Printers Alley which is located very close to the convention center. I would also recommend stopping by the iconic Tootsies Orchid Lounge on Broadway. (Thanks to Travis Newton for this information).
Here are some popular spots on Broadway or nearby (Thanks to Ryan Priddy for posting)
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Welcome to Tootsies World Famous Orchid Lounge
Ole Red (Blake Shelton's Place)
Ole Red Nashville
Jason Aldean's Bar
Home - Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar
Headquarter's (Drink and eat and play old school video games)
Kid Rock's Bar
Johnny Cash Museum
Johnny Cash Museum | Nashville, TN
The Patterson House
The Patterson House
The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar
Robert's Western World
Robert's Western World | Nashville's Undisputed Home of Traditional Country Music
Here is a list of some sites where you can check out events happening the weekend before and the week of the conference.
Link to Concerts and shows; Cirque Du Soleil
The Local Art Museum
TopGolf is a quick 5min Uber/Lyft
Topgolf Nashville: Golf, Party Venue, Sports Bar & Restaurant
TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Nashville Hot Chicken
Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville Hot Chicken Restaurant
1:1 Scale of the Parthenon
Nashville > Parks and Recreation > Parthenon
Adventure Science Center
Adventure Science Center - Nashville, TN Museum
For those wanting to Uber and venture away from Downtown Nashville here are some cool places to check out
Historic Franklin, TN
City of Franklin, TN | Home
Andrew Jackson's Estate
One of the largest Concrete Bridges in the US
Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge - Wikipedia
The Grand Ol Opry
Blue Bird Cafe
Home | The Bluebird Cafe
Also on food I was told that most of the places on M Street are excellent. https://www.mstreetnashville.com/ (Thanks to Travis Newton for posting)
More from the Solidworks Blog: (added 12/10)
Things To Do Before or After 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 in Nashville
At the Convention:
Keep some snacks in your backpack (especially Sunday (no food served until Sunday evening reception))
You can usually find water dispensers throughout the convention area but it is advisable to keep a bottle of water / juice /or similar with you. Keep a mobile charger for your devices with you to eliminate the need to find outlets for recharging (but also locate any available outlets if you get a chance (just in case). Be sure to full charge your devices every night..
You will get a booklet when you register that will list your classes / times and locations. Walk the convention area (and possibly neighboring hotels) before the activities begin to learn the best ways to get between the classes you will attend. You may have long distances between some classes with a short time to get there. Also locate the meeting areas, meal rooms, bathrooms, Playground (Formerly known as the Partner Pavilion) etc. early.
Every Kid Gets a Robot Every Kid Gets A Robot | Bonfire
Updated 1/21/20 - Goal has been hit for EDKAR T-Shirts (70 sold) - You can still purchase one but will not arrive in time for world.
3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2020 T-Shirts
Parking - to/from Convention Center:
Expect Parking on the street to be difficult if even available. Any spots would probably also be metered (so you would have to go back and feed the meter). Check with your hotel for their parking rates and locations.
(More from Ryan Priddy )(11/7) There are of course Uber, Lyft, Taxis, and 5-6 scooter companies all in the downtown area. There have been instances where a major conference is going on, a big concert at Bridgestone arena (across the street), and our peak weekend crowds (Sat/Sunday) and the flow downtown is organized quite well
Here is a map of some parking I am aware of near the Conference center. A cool thing about the Music City Center is there is a tunnel that runs through the first floor allowing access to a covered parking garage. I have labeled it on the map. Hopefully, Everyone is staying relatively close to the convention center where their hotel would have parking available.
Hotels may offer shuttle service or can recommend services - check with your hotel.
3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 - Dassault Systèmes
(check out Michael Lords trick (in his post above) for improving your badge lanyard - it seems, more often than not, that your badge gets turned around and people can't see your name - this solves that problem)
Old information - but many items are still relevant: (WILL BE UPDATED AS AVAILABLE)
Be Prepared (some old, some new but all good information):
Justification Letter to Attend 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2020:
- Download and modify the 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2020 sample justification letter to fit your needs and pesent to your company to show the benefits of your attending the conference: (note:a couple spelling errors have been noted in this generic letter, so check spelling), you can reword portions to tailor it to be more in line to your specific needs and companies/ bosses focus.
- It is suggested to get your company approval early. Pricing will increase January 10th. Companies may take time to provide approvals.
- The agenda is available now, you can suggest classes to show your company where they will improve your abilities and speed - saving them more than the cost for you to go. Financial justification is often the best corporate motivation.
More information go to the post: SolidWorks World 2019 And see Deepak Gupta's post (#3) in that thread for a sample justification letter to your boss. (change the dates and locations ... as needed for this years dates and location) (Edit 11/5/19: That SWW19 justification letter post has recently been removed)
NOTE: the Acronym 3DXWORLD2020 will be commonly used in this post to save space in place of 3DEXPERIENCEWORLD2020.
Nashville Winter Weather:
Nashville winters are relatively mild, but they can be wet which can make temperatures feel cold. On average, temperatures range from 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 1 to 10 degrees Celsius), but there are occasional snaps of even colder weather due to blasts of arctic Canadian air. Snow does happen, but not more than two or three times per year and even then, just an inch or two.
What to pack: It can get chilly and you'll want to pack for that with warm, layered clothing. But also bring at least one warmer-weather outfit for the occasional day of rebound warmth. Inside the convention center and class rooms may be cool so it is recommended to carry a light jacket / sweater.
Average Temperatures by Month
December: 49 F (9 C)/32 F (0 C) January: 46 F (8 C)/28 F (minus 2 C)
February: 52 F (11 C)/31 F (minus 1 C)
Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall and Daylight Hours
- January: 37.5 F (3 C); 3.97 inches of rain; 10 daylight hours
- February: 42 F (5.5 C); 3.69 inches of rain; 11 daylight hours
Nashville, TN Monthly Weather | AccuWeather
Long range forecast (last updated 1/27/20)
The weather in Nashville at this time of year is very dynamic and the forecast is changing daily.
Plan for anything from sun to rain or even possible sleet or snow. Generally, nights will be cold, ranging from low 40's to upper 20's, and days will range form upper 50's to upper 30's.
The latest Forecast sent by Omni Hotel this morning 2/3/20, is quite a change from a couple days ago. Never seen a forecast with the icon shown for Tuesday 02-11. Looks like a VERY WET Monday and Tuesday. Be ready for rain for Special Event (at least it will be a bit warmer that earlier predictions). Also remember, this changes daily.
AND THEN THERE IS ACCUWEATHER AT 9PM 2/3/20.
SOMEBODY IS REALLY OUT OF SYNC. Hope it's Omni.
2/5 9am - no update from Omni but Acuweather is showing light rain/snow for Saturday and rain for Tuesday