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Ticktock—time’s running out for this year’s CFP

Okay folks, this is it. You have 5 days left to submit your AU 2016 class proposals. Maybe you’ve got a great idea but you’re still sitting on it. Maybe you started your proposal then got distracted by the return of your favorite TV show, or the end of the school year, or your mother-in-law who’s been sleeping on the couch for about 2 weeks too long. Whatever excuse you’re telling yourself, we’re here to say, “Stop it.” And also, “Start it.” (Your proposal, that is.) Or maybe, “Finish it.” Definitely, “Do it.”

We want to hear your ideas, share your experiences, and spread your inspiration. And we want you to do great things, because AU is all about community. We’re sharing, learning, and growing together. What are you doing to shape the future of your industry? What can you teach others in your field to help them overcome obstacles? How can you help designers, engineers, and makers everywhere make the world a better place? 

Whether you’re brand new to AU or you’ve been around the block a few times, watching seasoned speakers is a great way to get an idea of what works (and what doesn’t work) in the AU classroom. Check out last year’s top-rated speakers or head to AU online and search for names you know like Lynn Allen, David Butts, Robert Green, and Marcello Sgambelluri. Last year’s AU Las Vegas General Sessions and Innovation Forums are also great displays of how to work the room.

If you’re looking for extra inspiration, think outside the AU box. TED Talks feature some of the brightest minds of our time, sharing fascinating ideas and groundbreaking work—much like we do here at AU. They’ve even curated playlists on things we love like architectural inspiration, sustainable designdesign giants, and the art of making things.

You never know where the next big idea will come from—maybe from you. But you’ll never know unless you ship it. Or in this case, submit it. Don’t wait another day. Submit your class proposal now.

Learn everything you need to know  about the CFP, and get 11 tips for submitting a winning proposal.

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