Autodesk holds virtual annual global design and make conference

Company’s ‘University 2021’, held online for second consecutive year, to explore the possibilities of its software solutions in several spheres related to construction, engineering and design

Autodesk is hosting its annual design and make conference this week, an online event for the second consecutive year in which it will virtually welcome guests and innovators from around the world.

The technology company said that Autodesk University (AU) 2021, which kicked off yesterday and ends tomorrow, is a global learning experience, 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 also features additional regional learning and networking sessions scheduled October 8–14.

A statement from the company said that as the world continues to grapple with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Autodesk’s global event on a digital platform for the second consecutive year will help 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, exploring 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.

“Autodesk is constantly reshaping the ways we deliver value to our customers–to ensure we’re providing the tools needed to both meet the intensifying industry demands of today and propel those industries towards a more sustainable world that benefits everyone,” said Anagnost,

“In building unified and industry-focused solutions on our Forge platform, we’re making an important investment in the resiliency of our customers. This year’s AU is an exploration and celebration of what’s possible as our software solutions become more flexible and fluent so that our customers are able to think creatively, collaborate efficiently and focus on their projects–not their products.”

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 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.

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.


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