DAC 2013 is not running the Free Monday scheme that has previously allowed attendees to simply turn up on the exhibition’s first day and get in free-of-charge.
However, you can still get an exhibits-only pass for nothing, as long as you register for the ‘I Love DAC’ scheme before Friday, May 17th. That’s just three days from now.
Once the offer expires, DAC 2013 exhibits-only registration will cost $65. That’s either in advance or on-the-day.
The scheme is sponsored by three EDA vendors (Atrenta, Forte and Jasper), and will give you a three-day pass to the DAC 2013 exhibit floor and main keynotes.
It’s a risky move. This is DAC’s 50th anniversary year, and that has undoubtedly raised its profile. However, this is also the first time that the conference has been held in Austin, Texas.
Organizers have worked hard to encourage the city’s many engineers to turn up in force, but some twitchiness always goes with a new venue. Exhibitors will be watching closely to see if abandoning Free Monday discourages last-minute and casual traffic – and what kind.
A typical engineer’s workload is such that he or she often cannot commit to going to a show until the day itself – though obviously technical conference attendance is more formally planned.
Either way, it is what it is. To get a free ‘I Love DAC’ pass click the link below and follow the instructions, as we said above, before Friday, May 17th.
Meanwhile, here’s another quick recap of our DAC preview articles.