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Why attend 3D Basecamp 2022? We have 10 reasons

Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver Convention Centre 

Have you heard the news? We are heading to Vancouver, B.C., for 3D Basecamp 2022! If you don’t already know, 3D Basecamp is hands down the best conference to attend if you want to learn SketchUp. SketchUppers from all over the world come together to meet, learn, inspire, and have fun. We may be biased, but we can’t think of a better way to spend a week. Here are ten reasons why we think you’ll agree.

Learn how to master new tools like the Lasso Select tool, which allows you to draw custom selection bounds without reorienting the camera.

Learn how to master new tools like the Lasso Select tool, which allows you to draw custom selection bounds without reorienting the camera.

1. Master 3D modeling skills

If you haven’t caught on already, 3D Basecamp is the place to become a SketchUp ninja. At 3D Basecamp, classes range from large to small and beginner to advanced.  Get the best (hands-on) learning experience based on your needs. Do you know it all? Think again. We have recruited top trainers to be your SketchUp sherpas at 3D Basecamp.

People at a computer. Image from a past 3D Basecamp.

Image from a past 3D Basecamp.

2. A one-of-a-kind community

SketchUppers from all over the globe come to share tips, tricks, and can’t-live-without shortcuts. In the SketchUp community, everyone is welcome, and people go out of their way to teach others. This type of energy helps foster an atmosphere of inclusion, creativity, and innovation.

If you’ve watched trainers like Matt Donnely from Master SketchUp or Justin Geis from SketchUp Essentials or received an answer on the forum from one of the Sages and thought, “I’d like to hang out with them,” — this is your chance! SketchUp teachers and forum advisors alike will be hanging out just waiting to talk SketchUp with you!


Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver Convention Centre 

3. Award-winning venue

We aren’t going to trap you in stuffy rooms with small windows. An architectural beauty, the Vancouver Convention Centre was voted the best convention center in North America. From award-winning design to sustainability, this building has it all. It’s also located right on the water for some breathtaking views. When you come for 3D Basecamp, keep your eye out for the grass on the roof and beehives! 

Magician Justin Willman Teaches Jimmy a Trick to Make Soda Disappear with His Mind.

5. A magical party

Come to learn; stay to be entertained. Enjoy a 3D art walk, dinner, and a modern magic show at the A Magical Night of Illusions party. 

This immersive party starts by taking you “outside” from within the convention center. Before you dine, stroll through a river filled with 3D illusions and surprises (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!) with a cocktail in hand. Sit down for a meal under stars projected onto the ceiling. 

Later that evening, Justin Willman (from Netflix's Magic for Humans) will amaze, delight, and shock you with magic tricks in a way that’s sure to have your face sore from smiling. The L.A. Times exclaimed that Willman is "A new breed of magician who's making magic cool again for grown-ups," Time Out hailed that his show "Has to be seen to be disbelieved,” and USA Today describes him as “Like a magician, but cooler.” Willman is also known for his multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, Ellen, and Conan

Progression of the design workflow from the base map to completed rendering.

Progression of the design workflow from the base map to completed rendering. 

5. Discover workflows and people that are perfect for your projects

We don’t just teach generic SketchUp info in our sessions; we teach leading principles for industry-specific workflows. Fellow attendees are typically professional SketchUp users (SketchUppers) — from urban planners to architects and interior designers — so you can learn strategies and expand your network. 

Bump elbows with a design partner for your next project at the Birds of a Feather Meetup. Flock together with other Basecampers who share your interests; attend your industry’s meetup, or get curious about a new one. Each meetup has a knowledgeable sponsor to facilitate group discussions. 

Get to Know Nicole from HGTV’s show Rehab Addict.

6. A fantastic keynote speaker

Interior designers, you’ll love our keynote speaker Nicole Curtis, a self-taught home rehabber and designer. With over twenty years of experience in home renovation, her true passion is saving old houses and rebuilding communities. With her charity, The Nicole Curtis Foundation, she funds projects for local families in need.

Being the ultimate home renovation expert, Curtis has done over eight seasons of a top HGTV hit show, "Rehab Addict," and one recently premiered season of "Rehab Addict Rescue" earlier this year. 

Vancouver, B.C., waterfront view

Vancouver, B.C., waterfront view

7. The vacation you deserve

What could be better than learning in one of the most beautiful places? Catch up on “you” time by exploring Vancouver, B.C., before or after the conference. Ride a bike through Stanley Park or take the ferry over to Granville Island! Either way, you'll be inspired by Canada's gorgeous backdrop. Our hotels are near the water; walk to and from class all week to truly experience Vancouver. Come for the content and stay for those jaw-dropping views. 

We've arranged special hotel rates so you can stay close to the action and network with other Basecampers. Find a hotel!

Image from a past 3D Basecamp.

Image from a past 3D Basecamp.

8. Explore new technology

3D Basecamp isn’t your typical conference, which means our exhibitors and sponsors are also one-of-a-kind. Find renders, plug-ins, extensions, software developers, virtual reality, and more in our intimate expo hall. It is the perfect place to learn cutting-edge technology, discover new workflow tools, and network with industry trendsetters.

Image from a past 3D Basecamp.

Image from a past 3D Basecamp.

9. Knowledge Cafe

Looking for some 1:1 tutoring? Check out the Knowledge Cafe, 3D Basecamp's hub for learning. Our hand-picked Sages (expert SketchUppers) are industry experts ready to help you achieve your ideal workflow. There’s a community job board and book signings by SketchUp authors. Get feedback on a project and mingle with other SketchUppers. Come to learn, stay to hang.

Image from a past 3D Basecamp.

Image from a past 3D Basecamp.

10. Bragging rights 

Hey, SketchUp ninjas, tell the world! Once you've attended 3D Basecamp, you are officially a true SketchUpper. At the event, make sure to tag us on social with the hashtag #3DBasecamp.

Convinced yet? Purchase your ticket today. Psst...early bird pricing will save you $100! Don’t miss out.

About the Author

We’re the folks who work on SketchUp, so we spend most of our time thinking about how to make drawing in 3D better. We also enjoy nerf gun wars, disc golf, board games, coffee, beer, donuts, and looking at mountains. A few of us eat quinoa.

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