Week 43: Get Ready For A Sizzling DAC Pavilion

Don’t forget about the daily receptions and poster presentations.

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We are having some fantastic spring weather here in Oregon. Check out the little video clip of my crazy dog Diesel at the Oregon Coast shot a few weeks back. Mind you, there is no ball in that chucker he’s dancing around for. That’s because, Kismet, my other dog you can see in the foreground, caught the ball and is bringing it to me, occasionally looking back over her shoulder at her somewhat daffy brother.


I feel good about all the wonderful content that will be brought to DAC in June. So good, in fact, that I was finally able to spend a weekend without working, the first time this has happened since I started working on DAC last June. Most of the program is in place and now we need to make sure that the word gets out. I have talked in detail about the 2015 keynotes and the visionary talk. Now it’s time to spend some ink on the DAC pavilion, where you’ll find a collection of panels, presentations and interviews, all conveniently located on the show floor. We have some really cool sessions for you to attend, including daily SKY talks at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, a few of which I wrote about earlier. Let’s talk about the other expected pavilion highlights:

– Analyst Gary Smith will open the program on Monday and Tuesday
– Wally Rhines, Lip-Bu Tan and Aart de Geus will sit down for one-on-one fireside chats Monday through Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
– IoT sessions will take place daily at 2:00 p.m.
– Last but certainly not least, independent and always entertaining Deepchip Blogger John Cooley will host a “Compare Floor Notes” discussion to wrap up each day at 4:30 p.m.

You get all this for free, taking advantage of the “I Love DAC” registration, which includes three free days of exhibits, keynotes, SKY talks, and the designer and IP track poster sessions. All participants receive a free water bottle and we are raffling off 50 Designer Track badges among “I Love DAC” registrants. Don’t forget the daily receptions: one to welcome all comers on Sunday night at the Intercontinental Hotel, then others for networking and also for checking out poster sessions — Monday and Tuesday on the exhibit floor and Wednesday on the Moscone Esplanade. I actually like the poster presentations because I can spend time with smart authors/engineers and ask as many questions as I want without the fear of the microphone. (Yes, I have stage fright. We’ll talk about that when we get a little closer to DAC. Only nine weeks now. Yikes!)

“I love DAC” is a great opportunity, but don’t forget to check out the full conference program, including what we have slated for the Designer and IP tracks, and the technical conference. The advance registration deadline for receiving a discount is May 12.

I’m not dancing around on camera yet, though might do so if we exceed a registration target I have in mind. Maybe my social media team can help me with my first Vine video. For now, let’s just say I hope my excitement, and Diesel’s too, might be contagious.