• Conference
    Jan 29–31, 2019
  • Expo
    Jan 30–31, 2019
  • Santa Clara Convention
    | Santa Clara, CA

Justification Toolkit

You know DesignCon is a must-attend conference, now it's time to show your boss. Make the case using the resources in our Justification Toolkit.

This Toolkit Includes

  1. Tips for getting the green light
  2. Top five reasons to attend
  3. Conference tracks at-a-glance
  4. Conference cost worksheet
  5. Sample letter: conference
  6. Sample letter: expo

Pro Tip – Focus on what you'll bring back to the team to show the value beyond what you get. Keep it short but make it powerful.


When crafting your plan, think about the bottom line: Why should the company budget for your trip and what's the return on their investment?

  • Be Specific - Describe how attending will benefit your current projects, inspire new ideas, or address knowledge gaps on the team.
  • Think Ahead – With the conference at the start of the year, explain how you’ll get an early edge on trends in the industry for 2018.
  • Be Solutions-Based - What issues pop up again and again? List exhibitors who could provide the solutions the team needs.
  • Provide a Post-Conference Rundown - Offer to deliver a short presentation or write-up on your key takeaways.
  • Devise a Plan - Be thoughtful about time missed and who will cover for you while you’re at the conference.
  • Cut Costs - Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses. If you're attending the conference, book early to take advantage of early bird rates, or save with group discounts.


While there are many compelling reasons to attend DesignCon, we've whittled it down to the top five to give you a brief, but powerful list. Present these to your supervisor or slip them into water cooler conversation. Either way, they're sure to help secure your spot.

  1. Comprehensive Education – For three days you'll choose from over 100 technical paper sessions, panels, and tutorials spanning 14 tracks. It would take thousands of hours to compile this much information!
  2. Hands-on Training – It's one thing to study from afar, but quite another to put your hands to work. Take advantage of practical, three dimensional training opportunities taught by experts.
  3. Exclusive Networking – With more than 5,000 attendees and 175 exhibitors on board, the potential for finding solutions and making lasting relationships is tremendous.
  4. Sourcing Suppliers – You'll get exclusive access to content like videos of three distinguished keynotes, session handouts, and more. An excellent tool for your post-conference presentation.
  5. Industry Expertise – DesignCon is developed entirely by engineers for engineers thanks to the Technical Program Committee, an elite group of over 90 practicing engineers.


With more than 100 technical paper sessions, panels, and tutorials, you'll find numerous conference topics that address the specific needs of your department.

Here are the DesignCon 2018 session topics:

  • Single-Multi Die, Interposer and Packaging Signal & Power Integrity
  • Mixed Signal Modeling Algorithmic and Simulation Solutions
  • Integrating Photonic and Electronic Signaling
  • System Co-Design: Modeling, simulation and measurement validation
  • Advances in Materials and Processing for PCBs, Modules, and Packages
  • Applying PCB Design and Simulation Tools
  • Advanced IO Interface Design for Memory and 2.5D/3D/SiP Integrations
  • Optimizing High-Speed Serial Design
  • Measurement, Simulation, and Optimization of Jitter, Noise, and Timing to Minimize Errors
  • High-Speed Signal Processing, Equalization, and Coding
  • Power Integrity in Power Distribution Networks
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility/Mitigating Interference
  • Applying Test and Measurement Methodology
  • Modeling and Analysis of Interconnects


One question inevitably comes up: How much will this cost? Make sure you’ve taken all costs into consideration and are prepared with a thoughtful answer.

Download Projected Expenses Worksheet