Only 142 more days until Autodesk University 2014 (AU2014) and networking and learning the latest Autodesk product tips and techniques with 9,000+ like minded architects, engineers, designers, animators, and industry leaders from all over the world.
This all happens December 2-4 in Las Vegas Mandalay Bay.
You save a great deal of money now by purchasing your Autodesk University 2014 Advance Pass to the largest Autodesk event of the year and the one event you will only regret not attending.
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You can start submitting your AU2014 class proposals today for consideration for the event in Las Vegas only 223 days away.
"Be creative. Be bold. Be unique. Be a part of the best and brightest when Autodesk University returns for its 22nd year on December 2–4, 2014 in Las Vegas.
We’re accepting class proposals from now until May 23. Visit the Speaker Resource Center to learn more about how you can distinguish yourself by sharing your expertise with the Autodesk community."
Submit yours today!
On April 23, 23014 the call for proposals will be open and you can begin submitting your AU2014 class proposals to be considered as a speaker at the big event in December. So start drafting <pardon the pun> the clever titles classes and outline so that when the call for proposals opens on April 23rd you can be ready to submit and be considered as an esteemed AU speaker in sunny Las Vegas in only 240 days December 2nd – 4th 2014.
Keep in mind the most popular class tracks will have the most competition for the limited number of classes such as the overwhelming number of Revit classes last year meant that if every proposal would have been selected AU for Revit would have been a couple weeks long.
The deadline to submit class proposals is May 23 but you really don't need to know the deadline as you will be ready early, right?
Be an Autodesk University speaker! AU2014 call for proposals opens 4/23 http://autode.sk/AUCFP1
An overview of AU2013 classes: http://autode.sk/AUClasses
If you attended Autodesk University 2013 but were unable to attend all the classes you wanted to or were unable to attend AU at all, this is your opportunity to enjoy the classes. There is also other great content like Innovation Forums and the keynotes available to watch on demand.
The AU2013 classes are now available online:
At Autodesk University last week the winning team of the Autodesk Design & Make contest was selected by the audience as Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski couldn't reach a consensus on the winning team. The Design & Make contest was Autodesk employees using our Autodesk 360 product internally to collaborate and using Autodesk products to design and build a project in a short time.
The contest started on September 4th, 2013 when we made a call to the entire company to join the Autodesk 360 Design and Make Contest. We asked employees to create teams of 4-6 to design and make something to be displayed at the Autodesk Gallery for all to see. The contestants were able to use any tools, all Autodesk products, their only requirement was to use Autodesk 360 to collaborate and report back on it's usability.
By October 1st, the first milestone, 14 teams from around the world had joined the contest and were busy brainstorming and collaborating on Autodesk 360 to create a design.
On October 15, our design and make committee had met with all the teams, and advised that all the teams that they would be allocated $1000 to build their designs. Our teams started getting busy ordering parts and materials, taking classes at Pier 9 and TechShop and learning how to use 3D printers.
We filmed the final reveal of all the designs on November 20th, where all the teams presented their final designs, excited and ready to send their designs to AU.
After much deliberation with our committees and advice from our SVP Amar Hanspal, we choose our top 4 finalist to head to AU.
The finalists were shown all week at Autodesk University.
There were some great projects; a digital thespian trout puppet controlled by a hand rig using Autodesk Motionbuilder, an Autodesk logo 3D printed puzzle designed using Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile, Autodesk Fusion 360 and even use 360 analysis, 3D print a fountain captured using photographs and laser scanning, and a robot mostly 3D printed that would draw pictures on an iPad running Autodesk Sketchbook for the iPad.
Team All 360 – The Autodesk Logo Puzzle
Michael Oakley, Abishek Trivedi, Jeff Higgins, Matthew Sawhill
Team Robot Talent – The Drawing Robot
David Thomasson, Stephane Bersot, Oytun Akman, Evan Atherton, Arthur Harsuvanakit
Team Digital Muppetry - The Thespian Trout
Brandon Bittner, Antonio Licon, Ian Volkwein, Alex Smedberg, Nicolas McClay
Team GCSO-GS Project Neuchatel Fountain aka “The Swiss Team” - The Neuchatel Fountain
Aurelia Fabbri, Nabil Nougha, Laurent Pallares, Giacarlo Molo, Cedric Pignat, Francesco Tonioni
The final judging at Autodesk University!
disclaimer: I remained neutral when asked who I thought would win as I had fellow team members on one of the teams.
The winning team was Team Robot Talent!
Each of the members of the winning team will be receiving an iPad Mini. The winning robot is also going to be on display at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.
Video of the robot sketching a portrait of me, ok maybe not me.
This is just another proof point robots are taking over Autodesk University. I had an Autodesk ReCap laser scanning robot come to my Blogger & Social Meetup, the Bot & Dolly dancing robot with a disco ball named IRIS blew minds at the opening session, an autonomous flying drone, and then this cute little blue sketching robot won the hearts of the crowd to win. I was afraid of what would have happened if the robot would not have won, would all the robots come out and cause mayhem in protest? That could have been an ugly scene with robots taking over AU and chasing around 9400 geeks...#AURobotRiot
During last weeks Autodesk University 2013 Closing Session Amar Hanspal Senior VP of IPG Product Group introduced Moon Express and their co-founder and CEO Dr. Bob Richards. Moon Express is building a spacecraft to land on the moon.
You should definitely watch the Closing Session to see what Moon Express is planning to do, and will do.
Today's rocket scientists do not wear white shirts with pocket protectors.
"The Moon Express “MX-1” Lunar Lander Spacecraft Will Use Hydrogen Peroxide as Rocket Fuel to Propel Scientific and Commercial Payloads from Earth Orbit to the Moon."
Dr. Bob Richards took up Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski's challenge for looking outside and open innovation in the AU Opening Session. Moon Express issued a Design Challenge to look for even better solution to getting to the moon. You could be part of this monumental project, I signed up.
As an added bonus you will get to see Penn & Teller have some fun.
Thought I would share my funny and a bit embarrassing story from last week for everyone to have a midweek laugh at my expense.
Last week at Autodesk University in Las Vegas I got caught speechless while getting my shoes shined before a reception. I figured I needed to look my best. I should have done it earlier before a lunch with Carl Bass or sitting on a technology panel in front of a crowd and I will tell you why.
I went to AU with two pairs of dress shoes and both were similar in looks. I would have shined them myself but I did not have a shoe shine kit and a very nice guy was in the convention center so it just made sense to sit down for a couple minutes and get a shine and some great conversation. So I sat down and was getting a nice shoeshine done and the nice guy shining my shoes looks to me and said "sir, do you have two pairs of dress shoes". I thought "this is amazing, Vegas is full of magicians and psychics". So I asked him how did he know, he said "well you have one of each on your feet."
My brain went Pffffft.....
And at just that moment of panic an Autodesk colleague Severin Wille pops in and captures a photo of me.
Luckily in all the high profile things I did that day, not a single person noticed I was wearing two separate shoe styles. I wont be taking similar shoes to future events and not dress in the dim light morning light so fast. Now I have one shined shoe of each and they really stand out.
I have been trying to post this for the past two days, but the cold freeze in the Western United States has apparently froze Internet tubes preventing it. Actually I have been traveling four weeks ending with Autodesk University last week so I am catching up on email and other items this week before my next trip starts.
I hope you have recovered from AU 2013 and all the great things you experienced and learned and will try to implement in your office or teach others, follow up with the people you met, and consider new things you thought about and hopefully provoked by a class, keynote, or an innovation forum.
I know beyond the great keynotes, classes, innovation forums, blogger & social media meetup "BSM360" and meeting many new and old friends, it was ending up with Lynn Allen's AU 2013 badge at a reception Thursday night that was one of the fun highlight memories of AU 2013. Lynn said she had wine spilled on her at the customer appreciation party and ditched the badge. Who would have guessed I would have ended up with that badge later that night, and worn it riding a mechanical bull. The look on people's faces when they looked at the badge I was wearing and realized it was Lynn Allen's badge was funny and priceless. Thank you to my anonymous friend from San Diego for giving me the badge.
What are your top things you experienced, learned, or people you met at Autodesk University 2013?
Another Autodesk University is over and thousands of attendees are traveling home except some that are staying for the weekend or delayed by weather.I arrived back in my home city to snow and cold weather but I knew it was post AU travel day as there were 3 people discussing AutoCAD Xrefs with dimensions and also how amazing Autodesk InfraWorks is before they realized I was standing behind them. It was cool to eavesdrop and hear how charged up they were about AU, and what they had learned.
In my own experience it was a great event and my 23rd AU attended in 16 years, I heard many great perspectives on AU 2013 as attendees and I got the feedback confirming they too felt it was a great AU. What did you think of the new Keynote and Innovation Forums format like the 10:30am opening keynote time instead of first thing in the morning and also the new closing session right before the AU customer appreciation party?
I have several blog posts on events including the closing session with Amar Hanspal, Smithsonian X 3D HTML web based project for viewing parts of the museum collection, Moon Express and Penn & Teller, the customer appreciation party, photos and more in the works including the story of how I ended up with another attendees badge (Lynn Allen's badge no less).
Next year Autodesk University 2014 will be held down the street in the Mandalay Bay the site of the 2012 AU.
Autodesk University really never has to end. Learn, connect, and explore all year long. Share and build on the knowledge you gained this year as well as learn more in the Autodesk University recorded keynotes, classes and class materials throughout the year.
Information and Classes: http://au.autodesk.com
Watch the Recordings of Events including:
Keynotes & Forums
Innovation Forum: Design and Construction—Transformed
Keynote Address: The Answer Is Outside
Innovation Forum: Design and Construction—Transformed
Innovation Forum: The New Industrial Revolution
Closing Session: Let's Get this Party Started
See you next year!
It is the morning of the final day of Autodesk University, and it is a cold one at 30 degrees in Las Vegas. The high temperature today is expected to be the record lowest high temperature for Las Vegas at 41 degrees. I bet the palm trees had you fooled that it was tropical weather here. I hope you brought a jacket if you expect to step out of the convention center to see the sun and get some fresh air.
AU Thursday at a Glance:
Classes & Labs 8am – 11:30pm
Autodesk Design & Make Contest Judging by Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalski
Lunch 11:30am – 1pm
Classes & Labs 1pm – 3:45pm
Closing Session 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Customer Appreciation Party 5:30pm – 8:30pm
I hope those attending Autodesk University here are enjoying their final day of excellent classes, networking, and preparing themselves for an amazing finale of the Closing Keynote with Autodesk's Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior VP of IPG Product Group and a special performance by Penn & Teller and then the AU Customer Appreciation Party.
Some advice, pace yourself and don't wear yourself out and go wild since it is the last day and instead savor every last minute. By now you have learned a great deal to take back to your office and made many new connections to use after Autodesk University official closes. We do hope Autodesk University exceeded all your expectations and blew the minds of the 1200 attendees that said it was their first time at AU.
Check out the massive Exhibit Hall at Autodesk University. There are Autodesk booths with product team members available as well a hundreds of Autodesk partners with amazing technology to show you as well as some freebies. Worth a great view is walking to the top of the Topcon booth and getting the birds eye view of the Exhibit Hall.
Start off AU 2013’s fantastic finale with Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior VP of IPG Product Group. This high-energy session ties together this year's ideas and trends and sends you on your way to an exciting year of creating and innovating.
Afterwards the much needed AU Party starts!
Be sure to attend an Innovation Forum at Autodesk University. The Innovation Forums have been a real hit in past years and this year it is no exception. If you are unable to attend due to a class conflict or you are not attending at least watch the online recording of the Innovation Forums.
The first one yesterday was amazing but you can watch the recorded session. Autodesk Fellow and I am honored to say my colleague and team mate Tom Wujec led the Innovation Forum.
Design and Construction—Transformed
Technology is transforming the way we design and construct everything, from buildings to cities and the infrastructure that connects them together. The rise of reality capture, cloud computing, gamification, and social and mobile platforms as well as building information modeling is dramatically extending how the AEC industry creates value.
The next Innovation Forum is today.
Wednesday, December 4
10:00-11:30 a.m., Pacific time
Manufacturing matters. Today, advances in technology are transforming the way we make things. Promising new technologies, such as additive 3D printing and advanced robotic automation, have the potential to change how objects are fabricated and assembled.
New open and crowdsource platforms are transforming the tools and workflows of manufacturing. Intelligent materials will enable manufacturers to create products with fantastic new properties.
The New Industrial Revolution Innovation Forum brings together trailblazing innovators who are changing the way we manufacture. They distill the real practices from the public-relations hype, show what is immediately available and what is over the horizon, and describe how businesses, both large and small, can take advantage of the emerging revolution.
CEO of Quirky
Vegas Tech Fund
Earlier today the Autodesk University Opening Keynote Address "the Answer is Outside" was delivered to over 7000 people in attendance and many more watching over the web.
World Famous Penn & Teller opened the Keynote by mocking the standard legal disclaimer text for Autodesk University calling it "BS". Penn decided to have some fun instead of reading the legal disclaimer and selected Jonathan Knowles Director, Strategic Initiatives of Autodesk from the audience and proceeded to mess with him and took his eye glasses. Meanwhile Teller was on stage with a concrete box on his head. Penn proceeded to smash the concrete box on Teller's head and then instruct Jonathan to go grab the glasses off of Teller's face. Penn asked Jonathan if those where his glasses Teller was wearing and indeed they were.
Pen & Teller will perform an entire show at the Closing Keynote on Thursday.
Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski Keynote The Answer is Outside
Watch the recorded Autodesk Keynote Address:
Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski
Jeff talked about getting outside and thinking differently by innovating from the outside. Companies such as GE and Proctor & Gamble have involved their customers in the design and solution process.
Autodesk CEO Carl Bass
Carl showed examples of customer's using Autodesk technologies. Carl tried to fake everyone out playing a custom Orphanage Guitar until the music stopped playing. The electric guitar was designed collaboratively between Carl and Matt of Orphanage Guitars using Autodesk Fusion 360. Luckily Matt from Orphanage was on stage to play the guitar live.
Carl's keynote ended fireworks finale style with an amazing Aston Martin Vanquish automobile and Bot & Dolly's robot dancing with a disco ball and lights that left people taking pictures of both for 15 minutes after the keynote ended.
We have a seat ready for you for the #AU2013 Opening Keynote at 10:30am Pacific time. This keynote's theme is "The Answer is Outside." Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski will be taking the stage to help us explore new technology trends and so much more.
I was in the rehearsals much of the day Monday and this will be one of the top 3 keynotes I have seen.
Get there early as seats will go fast.
Here is a keynote sneak peek at something that is just plain cool! For those wanting the best seat to see this, make sure to site to the left of the stage about a third of the way back behind the big thing that looks like a robot under a black sheet.
Checkout todays Innovation Forum at 4:30pm Design & Construction Transformed
"Technology is transforming the way we design and construct everything, from buildings to cities and the infrastructure that connects them together. The rise of reality capture, cloud computing, gamification, and social and mobile platforms as well as building information modeling is dramatically extending how the AEC industry creates value. But product and service advances are by themselves not enough. To drive innovative projects, we need to move from designing objects to designing complete systems. Join leading industry innovators as they demonstrate the power of collaborative, integrated, holistic design and construction."
These events will also be streamed live on the web autode.sk/AU-Live
So many things going on today including announcements and The Design-Led Revolution website launched http://autode.sk/designledrev.
I will be tweeting real-time #AU2013 updates @ShaanHurley
Last night the Blogger and Social Media Meetup aka BSM360 was held here at Autodesk University 2013. About 190 people attended the event to network with others and get ready for the first big day of Autodesk University 2013.
With so many social mixers the night before AU it is always difficult for people to be in multiple places at once, but we did it. Many people brought their mug shots to be taped to the walls for other attendees to know something about them and help break the ice. There were many old familiar and longtime friends as well as new people that told me this was a hit and they were able to meet new people.
The main reason for this meetup is simple and it is a small token of thanks for all the things bloggers, social media, Expert Elites, and other Autodesk community members do throughout the year. A sincere thank you for keeping us on our toes and telling us when we are doing a great job or when we are not and helping your Autodesk product using peers.
One blogger Melanie Perry even had a custom mug shot made for another Owen Wengerd.
The Autodesk ReCap team brought their 3D laser scanning robot who mixed and scanned the crowd and room.
Everything was great including the nice variety in the bar but there was no pizza to be had. The short story is it had to be removed as we had it delivered and that was against the convention center policy. After the event I took a few attendees for a bite to eat.
Thank you everyone for attending, and Autodesk PR for the use of their room. Looks like next years BSM360 will be even larger and better based on the feedback.
Autodesk University 2013 doesn't officially kick off until tomorrow Tuesday December 3rd, but some pre-conference events and meetings started yesterday. I arrived early yesterday and the CAVE conference held a welcome exhibit and mixer.
A few images from the CAVE event posted to the Flickr AU2013 photostream (http://www.flickr.com/groups/au2013/) where you too can also add your AU2013 images to share with anyone for free and see other people's photos.
Today Monday December 2 many of the pre-conferences get fully underway followed by a hectic evening of social events, mixers, and meetups.
Pre-Conference events today:
Clean the World and Three Square
1pm - 5pm
Freshman Orientation (If this is your first AU then this should be mandatory)
5pm – 6pm
I will be hosting a meetup at 8pm with pizza, beer, wine, water and sodas for those 165 people that RSVP'd to the Blogger & Social Media Meetup aka #BSM360.
Tuesday December 3rd the First Day of AU begins!
The day starts off with the first classes then the keynote at 10:30am. The keynote theme is "The Answer is Outside". I cant give away any real secret things to expect other than to speculate on the crazy geek side that you never know when robots will take over the event and pummel us with lights, lasers, and disco balls. If you are not attending Autodesk University in person you can watch much of the event including the keynote safely from a web browser free and without registration.
Experience AU 2013 LIVE tomorrow starting at 8 a.m., Pacific time
Join the excitement of AU 2013 as it happens starting tomorrow at 8 a.m., Pacific time. No need to register and it's free.
Watch live-streaming video of the Keynote Address, Closing Session, Innovation Forums, and a selection of classes from the conference in Las Vegas.
Here are some helpful tips of Autodesk University attendees this week:
Most important tip: Learn something, have fun, and meet people!
Follow me on Twitter for live tweeting from the busy event @ShaanHurley or on the AU App.
If you can't attend Autodesk University 2013 in person next week in Las Vegas, please join us online for live streaming of the opening and closing keynotes, innovation forums, and selected classes.
Be part of the conversation during the event by following @AutodeskU on Twitter, and using the #AU2013 hashtag.
See the streaming schedule: http://autode.sk/AU-Stream
The Blogger & Social Media Meetup aka #BSM360 invite emails have all been sent out to those that RSVP'd, and nobody was denied their golden ticket. There will be 155 people meeting up Monday night 8pm for beer, wine, soda, h2o, and pizza but the main focus is networking and socializing before Autodesk University 2013 kicks off the following morning. This annual event is going back to the roots of the Blogger Social and that is a room where everyone mingles and meets instead of getting lost in corners of a restaurant. Holding this in a conference center room also means we can have more people allowing everyone that wanted to attend.
To provide some creative fun and introduce attendees to each other we asked them to create 8-1/2 x 11" paper mug shots with a photo of themselves, their blog URL, social media accounts, Expert Elite skills, QRCode, and anything else so we can get to find and know you. They could even create a couple mug shots as the mug shots will be taped on the walls of the meetup room. Just be creative and have fun.
Make sure to bring cards and make connections with others as I am certain friendships and future collaborations will be formed based on past Blogger Socials.
Thanks Paul Munford of the The CAD Setter Out blog for the CADAROO BSM360 sketch!
When blogging or mentioning this event in social media use the hashtag #BSM360
See you soon!
Autodesk University 2013 officially begins in just a couple days. I will begin to post photos to the AU 2013 Photo Group Pool and my Flickr Photostream of behind the scenes, the people, and everything related to the big event starting this upcoming Sunday.
When you arrive at AU 2013 you can view and also post your own Autodesk University 2013 photos in the AU 2013 Photo Group Pool http://www.flickr.com/groups/au2013/ for everyone to see. Flickr is free and a great way to share your photos as well as view other attendees photos. Remember to keep your photos tastefully related to AU 2013 and of course g-rated.
You can also post photos to Instagram with the hashtag #AU2013 but Flickr allows higher resolution and easier to find the photos in one place. You can also share videos from AU 2013 using Autodesk's Socialcam app for Apple iOS and Android.
Hope to see you at Autodesk University 2013!