Event agenda

AU 2014 highlights

Take a look at the sessions we offered at AU 2014 to get an idea of how you may benefit from attending this December. We had over 650 classes for designers and engineers, plus special Monday events, networking receptions, and an Exhibit Hall featuring more than 160 Autodesk authorized developers, solution providers, and our trusted partners.

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Monday

Preconference events

These special Autodesk events, AU summits, and AU workshops take place before the conference. 

Freshman Orientation

Lynn Allen and other AU veterans offered tips and other vaulable information to first-time Autodesk University attendees. They explained the program and pointed out highlights and not-to-be-missed events and gatherings.

Tuesday

Keynote address

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalski present the trends and forces shaping the future of making things. Carl talks about new ways to communicate and even collaborate with our computers, which are blurring the lines between the digital and physical worlds. Jeff explores how we’re bringing life to design through robust design taxonomies, generative design, and our emerging power to create things that can sense, respond, and collaborate.

Innovation Forum
The Future of How Buildings Are Made: A Stimulant for Your Next Project


The explosion of digital context is about to change everything that you know about the design and construction of the built environment. Learn all about the future of making buildings.

Exhibit Hall opening and AU community reception

Join thousands of your fellow attendees from around the globe as we open the Exhibit Hall in grand style. Talk with AU exhibitors and enjoy food, drink, music, and good company.

Wednesday

Innovation Forum:
The Future of How Products are Made: No Product is an Island


Products are becoming more complex by the day—from spaceships, airplanes, and cars to everyday items like wearable fitness devices and car infotainment systems. This requires a shift in our approach to design, from defining digital 3D models of assemblies and parts to defining entire systems, and from satisfying technical requirements to delivering an operational capability that satisfies a business problem.

Volunteer activity

In support of Autodesk Cleantech Partner, Tayasola, we are assembling solar lantern kits to be distributed to children in Kenya. Tayasola designs, develops, and distributes clean, renewable, affordable power solutions to families in developing countries, while teaching kids about solar power generation and engineering.Be part of creating a better world while at Autodesk University.

Exhibit Hall is open

Let’s revel in the many ways Autodesk software is designing a better future. Show hours will be extended during the lunch hours on Wednesday and Thursday, and our receptions will be even more elaborate than usual. With over 100 sponsors and exhibitors signed up to date, and 200+ expected to participate, the Exhibit Hall experience is bound to be a memorable one.

Innovation Forum:
The Future of How Infrastructure is Made: Systems That Serve an Evolving Society


New ways of working are needed to create our evolving society. Every system you design—from the electrical grid that lights and heats our homes to the water system that supports life—underwrites a US$53 trillion demand for new or replacement infrastructure. Hear about the future of how infrastructure will be made, and the trends in technology that will radically transform the way you work.

Technology Trends hosted by Lynn Allen

Autodesk Evangelist Lynn Allen and technologists from Amazon, Dell, HP, Intel, Lenovo, and Topcon have a candid conversation about the future of how things are made. Learn about emerging advancements in capturing, computing, collaborating, and creating. Arrive early for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to win 1 of 6 AU conference passes.

AUGI Annual Meeting

Join Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) where members review the year, recognize key volunteers and partners, and present a new vision for the coming year. Open to all AU attendees.

Exhibit Hall Open: AUGI Annual Reception

Mingle with thousands of your fellow AUGI members over a cold beer in the Exhibit Hall. While there, take a closer look at the exhibits and activities. Open to all attendees.

Thursday

Innovation Forum:
Mindset: Tools to Anticipate, Plan for, and Create the Future


It’s clear that we're living a world that's volatile, uncertain, chaotic, and ambiguous. Discover how organizations can systematically learn to understand, align with, and act on the broad forces of disruption. Join the MindSet Innovation Forum, which highlights essential skills to take advantage of new technologies applicable to every industry.

Volunteer activity

In support of Autodesk Cleantech Partner, Tayasola, we are assembling solar lantern kits to be distributed to children in Kenya. Tayasola designs, develops, and distributes clean, renewable, affordable power solutions to families in developing countries, while teaching kids about solar power generation and engineering. Drop by to help for a few minutes or a few hours and be part of creating a better world while at Autodesk University.

Exhibit Hall is open

Exhibit Hall show hours are extended during the lunch hours on Wednesday and Thursday, and our receptions will be even more elaborate than usual. With over 100 sponsors and exhibitors signed up to date, and 200+ expected to participate, the Exhibit Hall experience is bound to be a memorable one.

Innovation Forum:
The Future of How Visualizations Are Made: Real-time Exploration of Design Data


Games are run-time applications for displaying and interacting with data—whether for entertainment, simulated surgery, or to explore an architectural design. Hear how innovators are exploring new ways of creating interactive experiences that can be consumed anywhere—on a PC, mobile device, or tablet. In the future, many complex design decisions will need to be made in a broader dynamic context—and the technology to put it in that context will be a game engine.

Closing keynote address

Amar Hanspal, Autodesk Sr. Vice President of the Information Modeling and Platform Products Group, explores the theme What If. Curiosity is the spark behind every great idea, and in this closing session he will look at how our customers and Autodesk have used What If to prompt solutions to today’s biggest dilemmas. We’ll also welcome special guest Randall Munroe, former NASA roboticist, author and the creator of the webcomic xkcd, who will entertain us with his special brand of What If humour.

AU Party at The Palms

Still eager to learn and network? Several thousand of your newest colleagues and friends will be on hand to help you out. Enjoy plenty of food and drinks, as well as music and other entertainment.