The Call for Papers for CDNLive! Silicon Valley 2012 is open now through Friday November 11th, 2012. CDNLive! is the Cadence users group conference. It provides an opportunity to present and listen to presentations from folks who use Cadence software to get their jobs done. Next year's conference is being held March 13-14 2012 at the Doubletree San Jose.
I've attended a number of these events in the past, both as a customer and as a co-presenter along with customers. The thing I like most is connected with other people in the world who have been working with the same hyper-specific design challenges as I've been. The design community itself is pretty tight knit, but when you're able to meet someone who's been working with writing TCL in Encounter for 10 years to solve interesting problems (just like I have!) it can make for a very enjoyable conversation.
Customers I talk to are often at a loss as to what topic to present on -- even ones who have done some incredible things with our software over the years. Don't sell yourself short. The best presentations describe how you applied Cadence technology (usually a collection of different pieces of functionality) to solve your real world design challenges.
Here are some suggested topics and here is an archive of presentations from last year's conference.
For more information visit the CDNLive! Silicon Valley 2012 part of our website.
I look forward to seeing you there!