The Learning, the Networking, and the Buzz – A 2015 Bentley LEARNing Conferences Recap

It’s been an action-packed year at the 2015 Bentley LEARNing Conferences, which kicked off introducing new training for our CONNECT Edition software. We brought the best of Bridge, Substation & Utilities, and GIS & Mapping to Indianapolis, shipped hands-on ProjectWise and AssetWise sessions—and our ProjectWise team—to Seattle, and gave New Orleans the scoop on what’s what in Building, Plant, Structural, and Water. All 3 locations got the full rundown on Road and Site with MicroStation & ProjectWise, too.

Following the shift a year ago from our former annual user conference, Be Together, each of the LEARNing Conferences have morphed into a social learning affair, with more targeted training, instructors, and close-knit communities than ever before. Although our 3 big conferences may wind down being remembered as Bentley’s largest in-person training and networking events of the year, we think the learning is only just beginning—and you should seriously consider getting ready for 2016.

Here’s why (and how):

263 Sessions + Learning to Go

The conferences are over, but the learning continues all year long… on demand! Many of the sessions taught at the 2015 LEARNing Conferences can be accessed for on-demand viewing via their respective learning path on the LEARNserver—available from Build your product and workflow know-how throughout 2015 and earn Bentley Institute Professional Development Hours one course at a time.

Wondering where to start first? Take a look at the top 5 brand standouts from #Bentley15:

1. MicroStation
2. InRoads
3. ProjectWise
4. AssetWise
5. Bentley Map

But... you still want more in-person learning this year, right? We’ve got you covered. This fall, we’re bringing even more LEARNing Conferences around the globe—starting in Mexico City and then over to multiple locations throughout India … more details coming soon!

The Trainer Love

It’s no surprise: every attendee had a favorite trainer—someone they looked to for advice, refreshing perspectives, and inspiration. That’s why our agenda welcomed 83 unique Bentley colleagues, each having their own skill-sets and areas of expertise. Users had the opportunity to work with them one-on-one in a workshop setting, gather their thoughts and insights during informative lecture sessions, and chat casually with them about the latest product and industry news during each event’s social dinner. 

Also new to the lineup this year was our ‘Ask an Expert’ LEARNing zone, where users could stop by and discuss whatever was on their mind (yes, anything), including organization-specific topics. Stay tuned for more of these coming in the near future, at future conferences and online!

Community Buzz

Although the Bentley LEARNing Conferences have refocused on in-person social learning, we haven’t forgotten those who couldn’t attend. Regular blogs, by way of the Bentley LEARNing Conference Community, and social posts kept the heartbeat for our conference promotions—before, during, and after each event—helping users around the globe gain full access to session content. Here's a glimpse of some noteworthy social coverage and interactions:

Until Next Year…

A big thank you goes out to all our users and co-hosts who made 2015 such a great success. Until next year, we invite you to stay tuned for upcoming announcements that will spotlight even more of the software-advancing tips and techniques, high-end sessions, and face-to-face learning opportunities that make the Bentley LEARNing Conferences the events they are.

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