That’s my answer to those of you wondering if it’s worth it to attend #53DAC next week, either for the full conference or in bite-sized amounts. (Hey, Austin tech scene, I’m talking to you.)
This is the era of a la carte, unbundled content, whether it’s movies on Amazon or iTunes or topflight educational opportunities at DAC, the world's premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for EDA. So even if you can’t spend a week with us, on the eve of the big show I wanted to post a last reminder that there are lots of convenient, affordable, and schedule-friendly ways to sample DAC’s excellent offerings.
A great example is Training Day on Thursday, June 9, from 10:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Registration ($125 for IEEE/ACM members; more details on pricing here) gives you access to five parallel tracks, including deep-dive technical sessions from Doulos and on advanced C++ programming, also some high-level sessions on creativity and mental agility sponsored by U.T. Austin. I'm thrilled that Art Markman is part of the U.T. track. Aside from holding a prestigious endowed chair at one of the best b-schools in the country, Art hosts the Two Guys in Your Head show on Austin's KUT radio. It's a smart, funny take on everything from making/breaking rules to money and happiness to memory and imagination.
|Art Markman interviewed by consultant Jim Keenan in November 2015|
Other a la carte offerings include the diverse range of collocated conferences, which come with access to the DAC exhibit floor, keynote sessions and networking events.
The bottom line is those of us on the executive committee are trying to make it easier than ever for you to consume #53DAC’s content just the way you like it, and at prices that everyone (even students!) can afford.
That’s all from the desk of this year’s general chair. A big thank you to all the volunteers and to DAC’s sponsors and exhibitors. Welcome to Austin, and let’s get this show started!