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Announcing our AU 2014 Speaker Award winners

Thanks to all of you for speaking at AU 2014! By all accounts it was a tremendous year thanks to a top-notch lineup, so we hope to hear from many of you again next year. Each year our speaker awards go to those who score the highest in after-class surveys. For reference, the average speaker rating this year was 8.73.

Here are our 2014 winners

  • The Newbie Award: Mark Shapiro (9.47)
  • The Hands-On Lab Award: Marcello Sgambelluri (9.94)
  • The Roundtable Award: Robert Green (9.54)
  • The Lecture Award: Jeanne Aarhus (9.78)

How classes are scored

For a class to qualify for an award we need to receive 25 completed surveys (or 10 for a Roundtable class). The speaker rating is the average of your scores for 1) class materials, 2) preparation, 3) quality of technical content, 4) knowledge of the subject, and 5) ability to present and communicate.

Find out how you compare

The SRC will remain open until January 9, 2015. In the meantime, you can continue to access your class survey results and ratings.  Interested in how your presentation compares with others in your track? Check out the scores below:




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Wanted: mentors for AU Las Vegas Freshman Orientation

Got a little time to spare the day before AU begins? If so, we want you.

If you’ve been to at least one AU event, we need your help at this year’s Freshman Orientation on Monday, December 1 from 5:00 to 6:30.

To the uninitiated, AU can be overwhelming: 700 sessions, Innovation Forums, and myriad events—not to mention 10,000 of your new best friends. You, on the other hand, probably arrange your schedule differently than you did your first year. Got any advice up your sleeve? If there are speakers or events you can recommend, or if you have found wisdom in unexpected places, that info is gold to a newbie.

We’d like to place one mentor at each of our 140 tables at Freshman Orientation. Your job is to field questions from the 9 first-timers seated with you. It’s that simple, and yet so valuable.

The Freshman Orientation is hosted by Cadalyst columnist and Autodesk technical evangelist Lynn Allen. We’ll wrap up the event with a reception and drinks.

Are you up for it? If so, sign up online. And recruit your colleagues. The fact is that, like everything else in Las Vegas, it’s going to be fun.

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The AU 2014 speaker Twibbon is here


All AU 2014 speakers need a Twibbon, right?

Help us generate some excitement for Autodesk University 2014  and also let people know that you’ll be speaking at the conference this year. Add the AU 2014 Twibbon to your Facebook and Twitter profile. It’s easy and it’s fun!

If you’d like to add a similar kind of image to your LinkedIn profile photo, download this zip file (170 KB) to get started.


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Get Your AU 2014 speaker banner now


Help us generate some excitement for AU Las Vegas, and while you’re at, it let your friends and colleagues know you’ll be speaking this year. Display an AU 2014 Speaker banner on your blog, website, Facebook page, or anywhere else. (We’ve got small, medium, and large versions.) Be sure to link it to the AU 2014 event page online. Once people know you’re on the bill, they may be more likely to register!

Download AU 2014 speaker banners (122 KB)

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The AU 2014 Las Vegas class preview is here

Most of you are more than ready for a sneak peek at the AU 2014 class schedule, so here it is. We hope that it will be helpful to see what other presenters have in the works. While you’re at it, it’s never too early to begin thinking about which sessions and events you’ll want to hit while you are in Las Vegas. Remember, this is a simple list and the agenda isn’t fully baked.

Download the AU 2014 class catalog preview (.xls 75 KB).

This year at AU

So far, the lineup looks fantastic. There will be sessions dedicated to advanced workflows that enable collaboration within and between teams, using various combinations of products and solutions. Other sessions focus on advanced product design, automotive design, and manufacturing. Our customers will leave in a better position to make decisions about moving to BIM, and with plenty of info about how cloud services and mobile apps can have a positive effect on their bottom line by enabling anytime, anywhere collaboration.

As always, we’ve created a happy place for developers (DevDays and DevHack). We also have a couple of exciting keynote addresses and Innovation Forums in the planning stage. This year’s Exhibit Hall is shaping up to be our best yet. And then there are the social events—because this is Las Vegas, after all.

That’s all for now! Check back soon as our plans continue to unfold this month.


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What’s coming to AU 2014? More tailored experiences

Are you looking for an AU experience that really focuses on your industry or special area of interest? This year, we’re building on the success of our more tailored experiences from last year, such as the Automotive Summit and the Education Summit, to bring similar offerings to more industries. In addition, at AU 2014 we’ll have PowerTracks.

Industry-specific summits

With these focused offerings in mind, we looked at all of the proposals and chose classes that would most enhance the experience of our attendees in each of these industries:

  • Infrastructure
  • Construction
  • Architecture
  • Education
  • Reality Computing
  • Automotive

Just to give you a taste of what’s coming (although the curriculum is still preliminary), here are some of the classes we’re offering for the Reality Computing experience:

  • From 3D Scanning to 3D Printing for Integrated Reality Projects
  • Shirts versus Skins: The Ultimate Reality Capture versus Virtual Model Showdown
  • Extreme Reality Computing from a Hexacopter

And for Infrastructure, you can expect classes such as these:

  • Grading: Anything Is Possible
  • Tales from the Road: Corridor Modeling Best Practices
  • Attack of the Roundabouts! Conquer Them with Autodesk® Vehicle Tracking
  • Cracking the Vault: Implementing Autodesk® Vault Professional into Civil/Survey Firms


These classes have always been some of the most popular offerings for AU attendees who wanted a more focused experience at AU, and this year will be no exception.  Each PowerTrack class is part of a series that builds on the previous ones to create a complete curriculum. Here are a few we’ll be offering:

  • InfraWorks 360
  • Alias for Transportation and Industrial Designers
  • BIM for Rail
  • VDC Managers
  • Moldflow

We hope this whets your appetite a bit. Stay tuned for more on these programs and classes as we fine tune the AU 2014 curriculum.


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Congratulations to the AU 2014 speakers

image Congratulations to everyone who submitted successful proposals to teach a class at AU 2014 in Las Vegas. Your enthusiasm for AU continues unabated—we received over 2100 proposals this year from 1100 individuals.

With so many great submissions, the AU selection team had a very hard time deciding which ones to choose. We had to reject some great proposals and speakers because of time and space limitations.

The Autodesk community clearly used their creativity and knowledge to submit great topics for this year’s conference, and we know that writing a proposal takes a lot of thought and effort. Your proposals, whether selected or not, give us additional insight into what Autodesk users want to learn this year. To all of those who submitted proposals, we issue a special thank you.

What’s next?

If you are an AU 2014 speaker, plan to attend our Speaker Orientation webcasts, hosted by Lynn Allen, Joseph Wurcher, and other AU Team members, starting with the AU 2014 Speaker Kick-Off Meeting on July 16, 11:00 a.m., Pacific time. Information about the webcasts and all speaker tasks is available on the Speaker Resource Center.

We look forward to seeing all of you and the rest of the AU community in Las Vegas, December 2-4 at the Mandalay Bay.



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