IFWE Challenge – Reloaded, and in 3D!

By Aurelien
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IF WE ask the right questions, we can change the world… In 2012, you were more than 500 to submit crazy ideas to our crowd-sourced collection of world-changing dreams. 3 winners were awarded with prizes and software to help bring their dream to life.

This year, the #IFWE Challenge is back, reloaded with exciting new features:

  • New prizes, including a trip to our 3DS Paris Campus or Boston Campus, for a total prize value of $12,000
  • An incredibly awesome jury of sustainability experts, and the three IFWE Challenge Winners of the 2012 edition!
  • New social features to share easily your or someone else’s IFWE Dream with friends through Facebook, Twitter or by email

Yet with more than 500 contributions in our “IFWE Dreams cloud”, we found out it wasn’t really user-friendly to browse others’ contributions only three or four at time. So we thought a 3DEXPERIENCE would do a better job  :wink: We teamed with 3DVIA to create the “IFWE Sphere“, allowing you to navigate within almost 200 Dreams at a time. We also added a pinch of EXALEAD, to highlight the most frequent keywords, and to help finding Dreams with similar thoughts (so that you can find your IFWE Dream teammates even if they are on the other side of the planet :D ).

IFWE Challenge 2012 tag cloud

What we DIDN’T change is the way you can submit your IFWE Dream. We kept it as simple as last year: just come up with a statement or question beginning with the words #IFWE, and submit it through our website, blogs, on Facebook or Twitter. Everything is explained here, so don’t wait to submit your own world-changing ideas! The contest will be ending on October 28th.

Check out the latest updates to My.SolidWorks!

By Suzanne Locke
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The My.SolidWorks team has released updates to My.SolidWorks.com that make it easier for users to find answers to their questions across the SolidWorks community.

Starting Sept 18th, you will find a new Home Page for My.SolidWorks that places the search option front and center, making it easy for you to stay productive with SolidWorks.  In addition, you can quickly dive into recent articles about popular topics, or even browse the latest videos, discussions and blog posts, by type.

Now included on the My.SolidWorks Home page is access to the Support Home Page at SolidWorks.com – one of the most useful web pages for end users.  This facilitates access to downloads, systems requirements and other resources from My.SolidWorks, all with a single login.  Plus the My.SolidWorks search feature has been added to the SolidWorks Forums, putting access to everything on My.SolidWorks right inside the most active part of the SolidWorks online Community.

This release also includes new sharing features that make it easy to invite others in your organization to take advantage of this great resource, and benefit from the same tips, insights and knowledge that you do!

There are many more enhancements in this new version – all aimed at making My.SolidWorks better, whether you’re using a PC browser, a tablet, or your smart phone.

Thanks to everyone who visited My.SolidWorks.com and provided us the feedback we need to continue to enhance the experience with My.SolidWorks.

Be sure to check out what’s new – visit My.SolidWorks.com now  :-)

How kids imagine the Tractor of the Future

By Diana
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I am a strong believer that innovation is everywhere, and anyone is able to propose innovative things. You don’t need any diploma for that, craziness, creativity or imagination is way enough. To prove my point I made the most of a great event: CLAAS 100th birthday which took place in Le Mans, France last Saturday (yet celebrated worldwide at the same time).

 

We proposed CLAAS employees’ children to draw the tractor of the future:

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And as you can see below, the rule didn’t afraid them at all! In the end, we got “a dragon tractor”, “a submarine tractor” or even a “UAV (drone) tractor”!

At the end of the day, the 1st line of CLAAS executives and a Dassault Systèmes representative deliberated to select the winner, and who knows… maybe you will soon see the winning innovation in the future CLAAS tractors…

The winning tractor was the one of Cloé who drew a sustainable tractor working thanks to electric panels and able to tow another tractor to save energy.

So congratulations to all the children who participated and congratulations to CLAAS for organizing such a great party!  :-)

Everyone can be an innovator, even 7-year old kids.  :wink:

Diana is a member of the Industrial Equipment Industry team.



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