PTC Live Global 2014 Highlights

2,500 PTC community members attended PTC Live Global 2014 in Boston.

The Best of PTC Live Global 2014

PTC Live Global highlights

June 15-18 in Boston, PTC and PTC/USER hosted the 25th annual event for mechanical engineers and engineering IT professionals who use PTC solutions. Nearly 2,500 members of the PTC community joined together at an exciting, informative and highly energized event. They shared new product tips and information, best practices, and hands-on training focused on improving product design and development.

260+ education and training sessions and 14+ hours of networking activities across the four-day event provided attendees with countless opportunities to build technical skills, learn time-saving new processes and get their specific questions answered.

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  • 120+ PTC Windchill and 115+ PTC Creo sessions were hosted with user-proven tricks, product roadmaps and new ways to streamline work with those solutions.
  • More than 150 organizations sent attendees for the first time, ensuring even more opportunities for attendees to make new contacts and gain their insights.
  • In his opening-day keynote on Monday, PTC President and CEO James Heppelmann introduced PTC’s Vision for How Smart, Connected Products are Transforming Manufacturing. Joining him to share their experiences in preparing for a smart, connected world were Dane Taival of Trane North America and David Riddle of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Russ Fadel, president of ThingWorx, a PTC business, demonstrated potential opportunities created by a smart, connected world.
  • PTC Creo 3.0 was launched, tested out by attendees and showcased in sessions, the PTC Creo 3.0 Hands-on Experience and PTC Pavilion demos.
  • The 100+ plus customer-led sessions represented 20% more customer presenters than 2013; and 20% of those customers presented for the first time.
  • PTC University instructors led more than 200 hours of hands-on training, including two-hour sessions, an eLearning Lab, full-day training courses, and the first-ever PTC Windchill Master Class.
  • PTC executives Brian Shepherd and Michael Campbell led the Tuesday keynote session, showing how PTC’s solutions and technologies, including PTC Creo 3.0 and PTC Windchill 10.2, help companies build great products that matter to them and their customers. Koichi Shimizu of Toyota Motor Corporation, David B. Slader of Raytheon Company and Brett Wendler of Daktronics, Inc. shared their perspectives as industry leading customers.
  •  In 14+ hours of networking activities that included receptions, meals, the Networking Lounge, Special Interest Meetings (SIMs) breaks and session Q&A time, attendees connected and shared ideas with peers, presenters, PTC product experts and partners, PTC/USER members and others.
  • PTC Creo users showcased their technical skills in the PTC Creo Battle Royale within the PTC Pavilion in the Solutions Expo. Neal Hanratty from Terex won the grand prize – a Dell Precision M4800 Mobile Workstation.
  • The Solution Expo also featured demonstrations and exhibits from 60+ PTC partners, FIRST competitions, a Networking Lounge, PTC Studio Lounge and Passport to Prizes contest.
  • An all-new Internet of Things Pavilion – Powered by ThingWorx in the Solutions Expo showcased 12 PTC and ThingWorx partners that provide Internet of Things technology and companies that are transforming their businesses to connected businesses.
  • 80+ retail, footwear and apparel customers experienced a dedicated track of content with tips and tricks, best practices and lessons learned through retail PLM implementations.
  • Those who didn’t join us in Boston could follow the event through tweets, blogs, photos and on-demand keynotes. See the event from the eyes of our attendees who posted  tweets and photos throughout the four days.
  • PTC customers shared their feedback for improving future solutions in more than 150 one-on-one sessions with customers in the UX Lab.
  • The PTC Live Global mobile app and web versions helped attendees get the most out of their event experience through available learning and networking activities.

Presenter Awards

In Wednesday’s closing session, the following customer presenters were recognized for the best Boston presentations, based on the feedback of fellow attendees:

  • Best PTC Windchill Presentation: Charles Foreman and Jim Ellis, JLG Industries, Inc. – Session title: CUST304 From Zero to Positioning Assemblies in One Month!
  • Best PTC Creo Presentation: Lee Hughes, Kohler Company – Session title: CUST201 One Click PTC Creo Deployment
  • Best Practical Takeaways: Ulf Handberg, Avalon Product Development AB – Session title: CUST203 Designing the Smallest, Cheapest and Lightest Film Camera in the World with PTC Creo Using Mechanism, Inheritance Feature and Behavioral Modelling
  • Best Overall Presentation: Leonard Erickson, Cook Medical - CUST319 Mapkeys and Trail Files: Increase PTC Creo Parametric Drawing Productivity

The following attendees also won daily raffles for Boston Strong Jackets for rating the sessions they attended through the mobile app and web kiosks:

  • Monday Winners: Phillip MIller, Flowserve; Hermann Velantin, Hermann Velantin; Don Traub, Kohler Co.; Geoffrey Baxer, National Oilwell Varco
  • Tuesday Winners: Emil Reiser, John Deere; Marc Deborver, Trimark Corp.; Kenneth Mornson, Covidien; Chris McKee, COMDEV, Ltd.
  • Wednesday Winners: Jennifer Doubet, Boston Scientific; Jim Ellis, JLG Industries, Inc.; Steve Dicarlo, Marotta Controls, Inc.