SAE On-Board Diagnostics Symposium

September 11-13, 2018 │ Indianapolis, IN, USA

Justify Your Attendance

You recognize the value of attending On-Board Diagnostics Symposium (OBD), but how do you communicate that to management? We encourage you to review the materials in this section to gain a greater understanding of this event and how to communicate the value it can provide when attempting to gain attendance approval from your manager.

Below you will find several helpful tips and documents for you to demonstrate that your attendance at OBD is a valuable investment.

Write a Letter to Management

Do you need help getting approval to attend OBD? If so, download our customizable Dear Boss letter to submit a memo to your supervisor about the value you and your organization would receive from your attendance at OBD.

Be Money Conscious

In today’s challenging economic environment, it’s important to save money where you can. The lower your expected expenses are, the greater the chance your trip to OBD will be approved by management.

Book your room in the OBD hotel block to take advantage of specially negotiated rates, and be sure to register by August 24, 2018 to secure early registration discounts.

Attend as Many Content and Networking Sessions as Possible

Attendees will have access to sessions ranging in a variety of topics including:

  • On-Board Diagnostics
  • Regulations/Standards requirements in North America, Europe, and China
  • Electronic Control Systems

Attendees can participate in the ample networking opportunities with individuals representing customers, partners, suppliers, regulators, and competitors. Learn from leading experts, regulators, and standards developers from around the world and bring back ideas to your organization for immediate implementation.

Create a Trip Report After OBD

Once your manager sees the number of new business contacts you made, what you have learned and how that knowledge can be applied across your company, they will be more inclined to send you to OBD again, or even join you next year. Download a sample trip report here.

Share Your Knowledge With Your Coworkers

Bring your OBD materials back to the office to share with your coworkers. For example, the Event Guide is extremely valuable as it includes information on the robust list of exhibitors and sponsors. Also, offer to present your learnings at a future staff meeting.