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The day before AU Las Vegas 2015 classes kicked off, our biggest customers’ top executives gathered at the exclusive, invitation-only AU Leadership Forum to share their visions of the future—and how to stay relevant in a rapidly changing market and world. We’re excited to share their insights and thought leadership with you. Experience the Leadership Forum for yourself by watching recorded sessions at AU online now.


“In the next 10 years, you are going to see more change than you have seen in your lifetime.”

—Amar Hanspal, Sr. VP, IPG Product Group, Autodesk


Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson of Draper Fisher Jurvetson delivered an inspiring keynote exploring the compounding nature of disruptive innovation in what he calls the “renaissance of learning.” (That would be now.) As a sitting board member at multiple groundbreaking companies including SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, and Tesla Motors, Steve definitely has his finger on the pulse. (He’s also the world’s first Tesla Model S owner. Yeah, we totally want to be his friend too.) He shares fascinating case studies about pioneers in robotics, biotech, transport, and other leading and emerging industries, and asks the question: “Will we design the things of the future, or will we evolve them?”


“The greatest achievement of our technology may well be the creation of tools that allow us to go beyond engineering—that allow us to create more than we can understand.”

Danny Hillis, The Pattern on the Stone

Quoted in Steve Jurvetson’s keynote 


Autodesk VP of Corporate Strategy Jon Pittman presents tangible lessons in innovation that you can apply to your own business using 3 key ingredients: skill set, tool set, and mindset. He says in order to make the leap from “sustaining” to “breakthrough” innovation you must embrace the innovation mindset.


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Slide from Jon Pittman’s talk, “How Autodesk Innovates”


Peek behind the scenes of generative design, the Internet of Things, and robotics with Autodesk researchers Erin Bradner, Lisa Rotzinger, and Heather Kerrick in “Lessons from the Edge: A Look at Autodesk Innovation Projects.”


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Slide from Lisa Rotzinger’s talk on connected design


Join Autodesk Fellow Tom Wujec and New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman for their talk, “How Technology Shapes Design & How Design Shapes the Future.”



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Thomas Friedman, globalization and connectivity expert


Plus, hear from industry experts about using disruptive, innovative thinking to transform the enterprise, and more. Buckle up folks, this is going to be a wild ride.

Watch the recorded Leadership Forum sessions now, only at AU online.

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