This week, Autodesk will virtually welcome innovators from around the world to the company’s annual design and make conference, Autodesk University (AU) 2021. The global learning experience is specifically designed for experts within the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, and media and entertainment – all leveraging Autodesk technologies to explore the new possible and advance their respective industries. The conference kicks off October 5–7, with additional regional learning and networking sessions scheduled October 8–14.
As the world continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Autodesk will host its global event on a digital platform for a second consecutive year, helping to ensure the continued health, safety and wellbeing of Autodesk’s customers and extended community. AU 2021 programming has been reformatted for the virtual stage and will be available online for attendees at no cost.
Autodesk President and CEO Andrew Anagnost will kick off each morning of AU 2021 with a series of General Session keynotes. This daily content will explore Autodesk’s evolving role in empowering innovators across industries to solve problems, with a particular focus on the company’s vision and progress towards delivering platform-based solutions for its customers, built upon Autodesk’s existing Forge technology. The result will be a resilient and flexible set of cloud-based solutions that combine technologies, connect processes, automate workflows and unlock valuable insights for customers.
In addition to AU 2021’s daily General Sessions, Autodesk leaders and industry innovators will take the virtual stage during the Design & Manufacturing (D&M), Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) and Media & Entertainment (M&E) keynotes. These keynotes will cover industry news and the innovative ways Autodesk is working with real-world problem solvers to transform how things are built, engineered, manufactured, created and produced in service of a better world for all. AU 2021 attendees will also have access to hundreds of expert-led classes, live Q&A sessions, virtual networking opportunities and more.
This year’s AU event also marks the official debut of the company’s “Autodesk it” advertising campaign, highlighting the multitude of ways that innovators can partner with Autodesk to achieve better outcomes for their projects, companies and the world at large. This campaign is a progression of Autodesk’s brand evolution, following the launch of the company’s new logo and visual identity in September 2021. The brand campaign will launch in select markets in 2021, with plans to expand further in 2022 and beyond.
AU 2021 content will be available for on-demand viewing after the conference. Autodesk will also continue to provide full access to the AU Solution Marketplace, where attendees can discover new, innovative technologies and helpful workflows, and meet with industry experts from the global ecosystem of Autodesk partners and developers.
For the seventh consecutive year, AU will be a carbon-neutral event in 2021.