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DAC 2009 Wrapup: DAC by numbers

Filed under: Uncategorized — July 30, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

DAC 2009 announced its preliminary attendance numbers on Wednesday July 29.  Here they are:

  • Exhibit only – 3247
  • Technical conference – 1888
  • Total – 5135

(I don’t believe this includes exhibit booth staff, etc.).

How does this compare with previous years?  We need to take the preliminary attendance numbers announced for each year to be comparable (these are based on pre-registrations; later the adjusted attendance numbers are announced).  So here we go:

Since these are preliminary numbers for each year, a better comparison will come with the final numbers next month.   Exhibit attendance increased from 2008 significantly, no doubt helped by being in San Francisco (see 2006 – reasonably comparable) – and the return of Free Monday also no doubt helped.   Conference attendance seems to be declining.   One recommendation I would make to DAC,  based on my limited attendance at the User Track yesterday (which I thought quite good), would be to try to increase the user track and the relevance of the conference part to working engineers and designers.   This year was a good start, but it certainly will require continued development effort to keep improving.

2 Comments »

  1. SKMurphy » DAC 2009 Blog Coverage Roundup:

    [...] Martin wrote three: “ESL is Real“, “Attendance Numbers“,”Platform Based Design = Virtual [...]

  2. Sean Murphy:

    Kevin Morris analyzes these same numbers but focuses on the 2008 Anaheim conference attendees at 2423 and the 2006 San Francisco Conference attendees at 3231 for comparison against 2009 SF conference attendees at 1888.

    See his “Dueling DACs” at http://www.fpgajournal.com/articles_2009/20090804_dac.htm

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