We are less than a week from Autodesk University. After attending every Las Vegas based Autodesk University, I have compiled a long list of tips over the years for not only surviving, but making the most of AU. For many attendees Autodesk University is not just 12 hours a day as there are activities virtually around the clock so pace yourself and get organized before you land in Las Vegas with a plan.
Autodesk University is the premier Autodesk customer event held yearly where several thousand creative design and visualization experts descend on Las Vegas. They arrive wide eyed, craving knowledge from the best in the industry. They leave tired and full of valuable knowledge to make them more productive back at work.
Register at AU and get your badge early: The registration is open Sunday at 4:00 PM to 8:00 pm and Monday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Follow the signs out in the Sands Event area for the registration area.
Sunday, November 12: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Venetian/Palazzo Lobbies only)
Sunday, November 12: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (The Hub/Venetian/Palazzo Lobbies)
Monday, November 13: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (The Hub)
Tuesday, November 14: 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (The Hub)
Wednesday, November 15: 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (The Hub)
Thursday, November 16: 6:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. (The Hub)
Sunday 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. PT
Monday 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. PT
Tuesday 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. PT
Your AU Schedule
Sign in to your AU account, to review your AU schedule or make changes.
Be sure to download the AU Mobile app to your phone or your tablet so you can check and update your schedule, share photos, and join in conversations about the themes and topics discussed in classes and keynotes at the conference.
Mix n Mingle
You are encouraged to mix at the events and lunches and get to know your fellow Au attendees as well ask an Autodesk employee a question. A great opportunity is Tuesday, Nov 14, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the AU Community Reception in the Exhibit Hall.
Make sure to attend the keynotes:
Join Autodesk’s new president and CEO Andrew Anagnost and guest speakers as they kick off AU 2017 with insights and inspiration about automation and the future of work.
Amy Bunszel, VP Digital Engineering, reveals how the products our customers use every day are evolving to fit the changing ways they work. And pioneering customers share their groundbreaking projects and processes.
Two separate industry keynotes (AEC and Design & Manufacturing) are scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. PT.
If you can’t be in Las Vegas, you can participate in AU by tuning in to the live stream (http://au.autodesk.com/au-online/live-stream) of your favorite sessions via your computer or mobile device. On-demand recordings will be available shortly after each session.
AU is a great place to get that answer on how to do something, just cozy on up to the Answer Bar where solutions and wisdom are served tall without ice.
The annual epic AU party is a must to attend and enjoy the entertainment, drinks, and food. It is a new format this year. Choices abound to what party you will go to.
Wednesday, Nov 15, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
See the latest in tech, exhibits, a drone cage, and partner solutions as well as get some free goodies. But please, don't climb on or into the exhibits.
Take an Autodesk Certification exam for FREE at AU for the products AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Inventor, Revit, 3ds Max , and Maya . Learn more and get preregistered at http://au.autodesk.com/las-vegas/certification
Dress business casual and comfortable. Remember this is a professional event where your peers and there are people you may want to network with. This is not the place to wear Bermuda shorts. Wear some fun socks and show off your funky style.
There are many opportunities at AU to participate in feedback and research sessions as teams want to hear from you and your needs.
We have been running for the past few years and it has grown in popularity with over 50 runners last year and over 200 expected this year. This year it is an official AU event on Tuesday morning complete with staff, paramedics, nice giveaway gift, and breakfast bites. It is listed as full, but everyone that shows can join in the fun and run or walk. Read More AU5K aka Shaans Run Update
There are many more events and opportunities so please check your AU schedule and plan accordingly as you will get extremely busy. http://au.autodesk.com/las-vegas/schedule
See you soon and have safe travels!
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