AutoDesk University 2020: Dates, Pricing and New AU Format Update

Hey Everybody,

Hope you’re all doing well and hopefully getting to enjoy so warm summer weather. It’s been cool and rainy here so far, definitely looking forward to it warming up soon!

I took yesterday off from most things online/blog since it was Canada Day here and I spent the day with my Wife and Kids to relax. While I was away though, Autodesk announced some new and big info in regards to this year’s (2020) AutoDesk University.

I’ve written about AutoDesk University (AU) before, but if you’re unfamiliar, it is a large scale event, typically held in Vegas around November where users, resellers, and industry leaders gather for a long list of events, keynotes, training sessions and corporate booths showing off new tech/software among many other attractions and parties.

First off, the biggest part of the announcement, though quite expected considering the current situation/pandemic, AU will be held in a completely digital format for this year (2020). Specifically, November 17-20, 2020 for the Americas, and November 18-20 for Eu and everywhere else.

My initial reaction is definitely a positive one, I’ve long wanted to attend AU in Vegas and even had a few opportunities where I had tickets offered/available for me. It tends to be a tough time of the year to go on a trip though, it’s normally my busier season for work as well as typically landing on or near my son’s birthday which makes it understandably a no go. So this year given that I can attend from home/work I will certainly be taking part!

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The second part of the announcement that I wanted to touch on, which to me is the most surprising. AU is free this year! For many, the cost of flights, hotels and then the ticket prices are a huge hurdle for attending AU, even though it’s going digital, AutoDesk could have still charged a considerable fee for tickets. Instead, they’re offering the events for free and we simply need to register for a spot.

I think this is a really great move by AutoDesk. It allows many more users to experience the event and more importantly improve their skills, training by attending the online lectures, training, and key-notes that will be offered. I for one am very excited about the event this year and am already looking forward to it.

For more info/details AutoDesk’s press release is copied below and can be found here:


The global, digital AU 2020 experience is coming into focus. We’re starting to get excited, and we hope you are, too. Here’s what you need to know:

AU 2020 will take place November 17-20 in the Americas and November 18-20 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. It will be a worldwide event with hundreds of classes to choose from in multiple languages, dozens of thought-provoking Theater talks, visionary main stage presentations, on-demand product support, and opportunities to connect with your professional community 1-on-1 and in small groups. Mark your calendars.

There will be no cost to attend, but you still need to register. Now, more than ever, we want to support your success and bring the AU community together to connect and share knowledge. That’s why there will be no cost to attend AU 2020. You’ll still need to register and sign up for classes—registration will open in mid-September. Share the news with your colleagues and industry peers.

What is AU?

Autodesk University is the design and make conference for innovators everywhere who reimagine what’s possible. AU brings together professionals from the worlds of architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment to ask questions and discover solutions together as a professional community. And this year’s digital experience offers exciting new opportunities to share and connect globally.

What’s happening right now?

We’re selecting classes, and you can be a part of it. Community voting is open for English language proposals until July 13. Call for Proposals for other languages is open until July 9.


That’s all for today, let me know in the comments or on twitter what you think of the news, new format and AU in general as well as if you’ll be attending this year?

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As always, thank you so much for reading and watching, I am super excited to be back and posting regularly on the blog and hope you all will follow along.

Cheers and happy drafting!

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