Autodesk University

Another Autodesk University has come and gone. The week after Thanksgiving seems to pass much more quickly than the same week back at our jobs. Attendees wait all year for that day in late summer when registration opens and then patiently tide the time away until Thanksgiving. But did you know that Autodesk University is in operation in some form or fashion the other 51 weeks of the year also?

The planning for the next AU begins even before the current AU takes place. The event planners are busy booking the venues, planning the schedule, and evaluating our feedback from prior AU's. The call for class proposals goes out in the spring and an AU team starts working on compiling what hopes to be a successful set of classes and other activities. Read more about AU 2013, it's a wrap

AU started off early this morning for us with the Augi Volunteer Breakfast. Augi President David Harrington recognized all attendees, and distributed special awards to board members. Volunteering opportunities are available if you are so inclined. Visit the Volunteer page at Augi for contact information.

The Keynote address is scheduled to begin in 1 hour. If you are not at AU2013, you can watch online.

More to follow. Read more about AU 2013 Day 1

Autodesk University is only a few days away, December 3-5. If you are not going to make it this year, you can still get in on some of the events from your office or mobile device, for free.

Click here or the image below for details on sessions that will be streamed live at no cost.

Autodesk University 2013
Read more about AU 2013 Sessions streaming live next week

Fill out and complete a survey on AU for Autodesk, and you will be entered into a drawing for a free pass to AU2013.  Survey closes Friday, April 12, 2013. Good luck!

More details here.

  Read more about Win a free pass to AU2013

What a week at Autodesk University 2012 in Las Vegas. More than 7,000 AU attendees were present for the event, now in its 20th year. Many of those 7,000 gathered Tuesday morning for the main stage, keynote session featuring the following speakers.

  • Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk: @jeff_kowalski
  • Dezsö Molnár, co-founder of Molnari, Inc., developer of the Gyrocycle.
  • Christine Furstoss, Technical Director for Manufacturing and Materials Technologies at GE.
  • Schuyler St. Leger, young designer, speaker, and maker: @DocProfSky
  • Carl Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer, Autodesk: @carlbass
  • Lynn Allen, Technical Evangelist, Autodesk: @lynn_allen

images of the AU2012 General Session Speakers

  Read more about AU2012 Report - Part 1

Stay tuned for some reviews of what's happening this week at AU early next week. Meanwhile, since I'm running light with the hardware here, you can check out the latest real-time activities by checking out the cadpanacea twitter feed.

  Read more about AU 2012 update

It's been a busy summer and fall 2012, you may have noticed fewer posts here than normal. Things are going to pick up starting Monday, the first day of AU2012. We'll be in Las Vegas blogging and tweeting, live from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino

Here is some recent AU2012 news from Shaan Hurley over at Between the Lines.

If you are attending AU and this is your first time, try to make the Freshman Orientation, Monday, November 26, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. 

Freshman or not, the AU survival tips are always good to read, and practice.

See you next week!

  Read more about Next stop, Autodesk University

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Registration is ongoing for AU2012 and you have about a week to get in for the discounted price. Starting October 15, 2012, the price of the 3-day conference pass will increase by US$500.

If you are attending, are you an AU seasoned veteran or a first timer? Either way, check out the resources below.

If you can't make it to Nevada, do you know about AU Virtual? AU Virtual 2011 had "Over 10,000 people from 100 countries ....registered and viewing classes on AU Virtual", according to #AutodeskU

  Read more about Autodesk University 2012

Registration is now open for Autodesk University 2012, to be held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, November 27-29, 2012. Registration costs will increase on October 15, so sign up early.


Choose from more than 800 classes and labs organized in 21 tracks, 10 PowerTracks, 6 Innovation Forums, and 1 Symposium. If traveling is not an option for you, consider AU Virtual, which is free to all AU members and includes hundreds of various classes in multiple languages.

Follow the conversation on Twitter #AU2012. If you are already signed up, make sure to check your class schedule every now and then for changes. During the conference, consider taking one of the many Autodesk Certification exams for FREE. Certifications are offered for AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Inventor, Revit Arch, 3DS Max, Maya, Moldflow, and Alias. Check the link above for more info.

You can also find more info at the AU Facebook page, and you can RSVP while you are there on the event page. Last but not least, check out the AU videos on Youtube.

Read more about Autodesk University 2012 - Registration is now open

As you may know, AU2011 was last week in Las Vegas. Attendance was expected to be around 8,000 people from as many as 80 countries. There were almost 1,000 classes, labs, un-conference discussions, virtual learning sessions and keynote presentations offered in the 3+ day event.

For most people, Tuesday was the starting day although there are several events on the days preceding Tuesday. As a disclaimer, I was invited by Autodesk as a media/blogger and Autodesk covered my registration and hotel costs. Special thanks to Angela Simoes, Senior Manager, Public Relations, Autodesk, for offering me this privilege.

One of the first signs in the hall that you are at AU.

Day 0 (Monday) started out with lunch,



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