After weeks of nail biting and hair tearing, the wait is over. Our industry experts and track managers have selected the class sessions for AU 2015. If you submitted a class proposal, you should have heard from us by now. We want to take a minute to thank each and every 1 of you who put in the time and effort to submit proposals this year. We know how hard you worked and we want you to know how much we appreciate your efforts. Without you, AU just wouldn't be. So thank you, gracias, danke, arigato. You rock.
If your proposal wasn't selected this year, don’t be discouraged. We received nearly 2,100 great proposals and were able to approve fewer than 700 of those. We were once again blown away by the high quality of work and depth of thought we received from everyone. Year after year, we’re in awe of your expertise and how that expertise supports the AU community and Autodesk users worldwide.
With plans for AU Las Vegas now well underway, we’ve got some time to start thinking about what comes next. Top of mind: How can we harness even more of the learning, energy, and expertise behind all those great submissions? How can we bring that many more Autodesk users into the AU expert community? In what other ways can we connect Autodesk users worldwide who are grappling with new ways to design, engineer, and build?
We’ve got some ideas in the works, a few we pulled from the cutting room floor, and a few still pinned to the ideas board. Most are still in need of a spit polish and a road test, so they aren’t ready for the showroom just yet. We’re kicking around a way to open the Call for Proposals year-round so that anytime an “a-ha!” moment strikes, you can bring it right to us. We also want to be able to help you bring that epiphany to AU—which may mean AU online becomes the first destination for your teaching. Maybe it’s a webinar series, a webcast, or something else entirely. Time will tell.
In the meantime, we’re super excited to start working with this year’s newly selected speakers. Getting a class approved is just the first step in an arduous—but totally rewarding—journey.
So a final word of thanks to all who submitted proposals this year. We’re humbled, grateful, and just downright stunned by what you do and how you do it.