We’re less than a week out from the start of Autodesk University 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, Casino, and Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Like always, the conference is sure to bring several very intriguing surprises as some of the brightest minds in the industry share what they’ve been up to lately. You certainly won’t want to miss the excitement that is AU!
While at Autodesk University last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Graveline, host of the popular technology radio show “Into Tomorrow.” His 3-hour radio program airs on over 100 AM & FM radio stations around the U.S., on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, radio stations in Germany, Bermuda, New Zealand, Canada and several other sources including Mobile Broadcast Network, BeOS Radio, Sprint Radio, TiVo, CelleCast and many others – every weekend. As you may have guessed, this weeks show features his interviews from Autodesk University 2009.
So it’s no secret that Autodesk University offers a class on nearly every conceivable topic related to Autodesk products. Of course with such an expansive catalog comes the problem I’ve had every year I have attended AU. That problem? Simple, trying to pick only 1 class per time bracket. During the conference there’s simply more great classes being offered than there is time for those great classes.
Autodesk University, It’s that one time of year you can talk about CAD for an entire week, and not be considered a complete dork (partial dork is still an option)! Today marks the commencement of general registration for Autodesk University 2009. If you have plans on attending this year’s conference, you’ll certainly want to get your registration in ASAP. Why the urgency?
- Discounted Registration: If you register now, you’ll qualify for the discounted “Early-Bird” rate.
- Hotel Accommodations: The earlier you register, the better your chances of getting a room in the host hotel (Mandalay Bay). Not that the other conference hotels are bad, but as a matter of convenience YOU WANT TO BE IN THE HOST HOTEL!
- Class Selection: If you can think of it (and it’s related to CAD), there’s probably a class on it at AU! Popular classes fill up fast, so you’ll want to register early to get the best class selection.
Just in case you’re looking for some great classes to attend at this year’s conference, I’d love to see you at any of the three classes I’ll be presenting.
So at this point I’m actually sitting in JFK International Airport waiting for my connecting flight. Shouldn’t be too much longer, but while I was here I figured I’d get caught up on my AU blogging. AU 2008 seemed to absolutely fly by (no pun intended as I am sitting in an airport). I’m sure part of that was greatly due to my schedule of assisting 3 labs, presenting 1 class, and spending what time I could helping AUGI. Nonetheless, Thursday was my big day at AU. As I have mentioned a few times before, I was invited to speak for the first time at AU this year. My class for those just tuning in was Power to the Parcel, a class covering parcel design within AutoCAD Civil 3D.
I have to admit, I have never been much of a morning person, so frankly my biggest fear of presenting at 8:00am Thursday was oversleeping. Despite staying up a little later than I probably should have Wednesday evening rehearsing my class, I did manage to make it to my class on time. While I made it to class on time I was not able to make it through my class without any technical glitches. Despite everything working perfectly during my rehearsals, my last topic (parcel reports) bombed. Parcel reports being my last topic, it was an absolute nightmare that I had to end my class on a low. Thankfully however, everyone seems to have forgiven me for the technical glitch, and have given me positive reviews. With that, hopefully they’ll have me back as a speaker again next year.