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AU 2017 – Submissions are Closed Now it’s Time to Vote!

This year Autodesk University is changing things up a little when it comes to how submissions for AU 2017 are selected. This year they are publishing all 2,257 abstracts that got submitted on or before the May 17th deadline. You can head over the Autodesk University Website to review all submissions and vote for the ones you like here.

Now to be clear – voting isn’t the only means by which submissions get selected for AU 2017 but rather another tool for the selection committee to use in ensuring the best lineup. This can be seen in the verbiage used on the voting page:

” Your feedback is an important factor in selecting sessions for AU Las Vegas 2017. That’s because AU is about you. It’s about the experiences that will help you become better in your work, the innovations that will help your company compete, and the changes brought about by emerging technologies.

What classes, case studies, and conversations will matter most this year? Vote for the classes that can’t be missed. Don’t delay—voting ends June 16.”

As well as the email you get after your AU 2017 submission is received by Autodesk, which reads in part:

“In the coming days, your anonymous submission will be published to the AU website for other members of the AU community to review. Community voting on class proposals will begin on May 17, 2017, when our Call for Proposals closes. Feedback from the AU community will be 1 factor in reviewing AU 2017 class proposals. We hope you and your colleagues will weigh in on the learning opportunities that will be most meaningful for you at AU Las Vegas this year.”

Like other years, the Autodesk University selection committee will be making their selections based on many criteria, some of which might be:

  • The speaker’s past experience and sessions at Autodesk University
  • The strength of the submission itself
  • The relevance of the submission topic to the overall theme of the year – which is “Shape The Future of Making Things” this year
  • How many other similar submissions there are on the same topic
  • And of course, this year how a session did during the public voting process.

Just like in years past, the Selection Committee will have some hard choices to make. With 2,257 submissions, only 1/4 – 1/3 of all submissions will get picked.  This, of course, means lots of great speakers and sessions will find themselves in the other 3/4 – 2/3 of submissions that don’t get picked.

Now that we have the process out of the way, I would like to take this opportunity to promote the sessions I submitted for AU 2017. I would like to begin by stating that when it comes to submissions for Autodesk University (or BILT), I seem to have a problem…as Marcello said in our recent Simply Complex Podcast about AU Submissions I might need “AA” – Abstracts Anonymous! Why you ask? Well I tend to submit a large number of abstracts. In fact, last year I hit 22 submissions for AU 2016. Back then I wrote a blog about why so many submissions which is still valid for this year’s 19 submissions.

So without further ado, here is a list of my submissions for this year’s AU. If you find one or a couple that you would like to see me deliver in Vegas this November, please head here and vote before June 16th. (click image to enlarge)

If you would prefer to hear about all my submission in podcast form, you can do that here.

Don’t see what you need from AU 2017 on my list of topics? Here are a few more sessions worth voting for from some fellow Autodesk University submitters:

  • Kimberly Fuhrman has 2 sessions worth checking out, head to the AU Voting site and search the two topics listed below.
    • “Insight – Energy Analysis for Revit and FormIt”
    • “Beyond the Drawing Board – Creative Design in FormIt”
  • Jeremy Graham has 2 Dynamo class for you to review, then head to the AU Voting site and search the two topics listed below.
    • Introduction to Python Programming with Dynamo
    • Automating Revit with Dynamo and the Revit API


  • Konrad Sobon has 3 sessions up for voting for AU this year.
    • “Fundamentals of Python scripting in Dynamo”
    • “Introduction to UI design for Revit API Programmers”
    • “Web based project management”


  • Want to see all the “Bad Monkeys” in one place at one time then search for and vote on these 2 sessions.
    • “Best of Bad Monkeys”
    • “All things Dynamo!”


  • Jay Zallan has a submission that yu can vote on if you want to visit the ‘Realities Age”.
    • “Reality’s in | AECO in the Realities Age”


I’m sure there are many more great sessions to discover so be sure to spend some time looking at other submissions when you head over the AU website to Vote.

Now go Vote!

Hope to see you in Vegas in November!


Twitter: @theBIMsider
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LinkedIn: Carl Storms
Podcast: The Simply Complex Podcast

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