Desert networking at CAU2014@HxGN Live 2014

I look forward to CAU every year. It is a time of year when admins and users gather from around the globe to network, mingle and learn from their peers.

This year, I decided to try something most would consider insane. I networked- while running in the summer heat of a desert.

It all began a month ago today, when I received an e-mail talking about a group of runners called the SmartRunners. Being a runner, mediocre at best, this e-mail grabbed my attention. For the past several years, the SmartRunners have gathered for morning runs as a way to network and prepare their bodies for the long days to come. Having been to quite a few conferences in Las Vegas, I know this is quite a feat. Especially considering nighttime temperatures can be above 100°F and there doesn’t seem to be a closing time for the strip.

Despite waking up before many Vegas visitors go to bed and the rest aren’t even thinking about getting up for another three hours, I made the trek down to the enormous MGM Lion’s head to join the festivities. While introducing myself to others in the group, I quickly realized how diverse the group is. It would have been nice to have more CAU attendees in the mix. However, I quickly realized how beneficial it is to look outside my current network. To me, the purpose of networking is to continually meet people with whom you can share ideas and collaborate on creating a better world. Oftentimes, the best ideas come from looking outside our preconceived notion of “the best place to look.”

In the first hour of my conference, I learned the benefit of getting out and networking. It’s only hour one and great stories are already starting. How many stories will you have?


Matt Worland 

Senior Applications Engineer


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MattWorland-ProfilePicMatt Worland is currently a Senior Applications Engineer at ECE Design, where he helps others take their CADWorx projects to the next level. He has been customizing and programming in AutoCAD products since 1996. Starting out drafting P&ID’s using CADWorx P&ID Professional he quickly learned the power in customizing the symbols and database to fit industry needs. Soon after moving into the role of piping design, Matt realized he could expand on CADWorx Plant Professional as well. He established Lunch and Learns for fellow employees, wrote a blog on tips and tricks and was an internal support person. When he’s not supporting, training, or customizing CADWorx, he enjoys mountain biking, rafting or hiking in the mountains with his wife, children and beloved dog.

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