Mentor or be mentored at speed networking

-December 01, 2015

The best gifts I believe you can ever give or receive are skills and time. While others are out holiday shopping at this time of the year, it’s my privilege to organize UBM’s annual Mentor Meet-Up at DesignCon, this year to be held on January 20, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

It’s a simple event: We gather 10-15 young engineers who are in school or new to the workforce and sit them across from 10-15 established engineers who have been in the industry for years. Each young engineer gets 5 minutes to discuss careers in engineering with an established engineer before shifting seats to the next established engineer. It’s a “speed networking” approach that ensures all of the engineers, new and established, have a chance to chat. That speed networking will be followed by an open breakfast where more casual networking can take place.

We’ve been evolving our Mentor Meet-Ups since 2012 and have found the same results each time: All of the engineers involved benefit from the others in the room. It’s not just the less-experienced engineers who walk away feeling like they’ve learned something; we consistently hear from the more experienced engineers that they’ve taken away some nuggets of wisdom from their chats with the incoming generation of professionals.

If you are an experienced engineer and are interested in giving an hour to 90 minutes of your time to share your skills and knowledge as a mentor, sign up here. It’s an opportunity to not only share what you know but to get an idea of who will be sitting in your chair in 10, 20, or 30 years.

If you are interested in participating as a young engineer or student, sign up. In addition to the networking event, mentees receive an All Access Pass to DesignCon, getting you into all sessions and workshops during the day. We’ll also personally help you plan a DesignCon schedule so that you can take full advantage of all the day’s knowledge being shared. In addition, we’re planning a tour of the show floor with stops at select vendors to get an inside scoop on their offerings.

We start the Mentor Meet-Up at 7am on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in room M1 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. It’s early, but that has you out at DesignCon sessions and workshops by 8:30am at the latest. And, truthfully, we’re looking for the smartest of the smart for this networking event. The top folks out there understand how valuable it is to mentor and to be mentored. (And, yes, we will have plenty of coffee.)

To be clear, this is a morning commitment only. No one is obligated to be a mentor or mentee after this speed mentoring session. What we are doing is opening a space to allow connections to be made. You can take it from there.

We cap the Mentor Meet-Up at 15 mentors and 15 mentees tops, so sign up ASAP. And note that you must be registered for DesignCon to attend. An Expo Pass is free at this time and admits you to much of DesignCon.

Hope to see you in a few weeks at DesignCon. Feel free to email or post and questions below.

Mentor Meet-Up at DesignCon 2016
7am, Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Santa Clara Convention Center, room M1

Want to learn more? Attend DesignCon 2016, the premier conference for chip, board, and systems design engineers. Taking place January 19-21, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, DesignCon will feature technical paper sessions, tutorials, industry panels, product demos, and exhibits. Register here.
DesignCon and EDN are owned by UBM.

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