Autodesk University 2020 is over, but it’s not finished!

Autodesk University 2020 is over, but it's not finished!

Autodesk University 2020 was our user conference where we can learn about Autodesk software, connect with colleagues in our community and explore the future of design and manufacturing for our industries.

This year, AU2020 was a global digital event – FREE for everyone and hosted entirely online.

Your feedback

This year’s fully digital, online experience was a big change for all of us who look forward to AU every year. It’s the first time that we’ve run a conference in this way – and we’d really like your feedback on how it went?

If you haven’t had a chance to give us your feedback yet, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey here:

Autodesk University 2020 feedback survey

Autodesk University 2020 is over, but it's not finished!

Autodesk university 2020 – by the numbers

109,000+ professionals from 130+ countries, came together (while staying at home!) watching over 42,000 hours of content from 750+ live and on-demand sessions.

Not-to-be-missed Highlights

AU2020 is over, but it’s not finished. All the on-demand content will remain on the Autodesk University online website for as long as you find it useful.

Until Monday, December 21st, you canwil also be able to watch recordings of the Live Q&A’s that accompanied many of the technical sessions (look for the ‘Watch’ button on the class page to access the Q&A recording).

Autodesk university online watch the recordings of the Q&A sessions

You still have the chance to watch the Product Design and Manufacturing keynote, featuring stories from Hyundai and One click metal, some sneaky peeks of what we’re working on next, plus some key announcements of partnerships with Ansys and Rockwell automation.

To watch the keynote, click on this link to the Autodesk University conference home, and look for D&M keynote in the carousel under the main window.

Autodesk university 2020 D&M keynote

You also still have time to catch up with our inspirational theatre talks, visit our online Expo and ‘awww’ at the #PetsOfAU

Autodesk 2020 certification

Autodesk certification

For attendees of the Autodesk University ‘in-person’ conferences around the world, gaining your Autodesk certification is a big draw.

The Autodesk certification team have been working on a completely online certification process, avoiding having to have an exam proctor physically present oversee your test.

As part of AU2020, the certification team are offering a 50% discount on all online certifications. You have until December 31st 2020 to take advantage of this offer!

Click here for more details on the 50% discount for Autodesk certification offer.

Autodesk excellence awards

Autodesk Excellence awards – Product design and Manufacturing Winners

The Autodesk Excellence Awards celebrate the people, projects, and technologies behind exceptional contributions to the field of Product design and Manufacturing.

The Autodesk Product Design & Manufacturing team work with many customers who are embracing technology to explore the opportunities of what’s new and what’s next. There are a handful of pioneers taking design and manufacturing technologies to the next level.

The Autodesk Excellence awards honour these inspiring companies who are pushing the boundaries of transformational changes in their respective industries.

Click here to find out more about the Autodesk 2020 Product Design and Manufacturing Excellence Awards

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

  • Innovator of the year:Hyundai Motor Group
    Hyundai Motor Group’s New Horizons Studio answers the question, “What if cars could walk?”
  • Industry disruptor:Briggs Automotive Company
    A British car company manufactures the world’s lightest supercar wheel.
  • Engineering the impossible:Firefly Aerospace
    A scrappy startup is on track to become one of the big names in private space exploration.
  • Industry Collaboration:Reynaers Aluminium
    A global design company unifies product development workflow for building products.
  • Making a better world:The Ventilator Project
    Building a rapid and scalable solution to solve the global ventilator shortage.


Did you enjoy #AU2020? Would you like a reminder of the event? Visit the AU 2020 Digital swag page to claim your free swag 😉

Autodesk university 2020 free digital swag


Autodesk University can only ever be successful as the people who contribute to it. We want to say thank you to all the speakers who worked hard to share their experience, and all the attendees who gave us their time.

What next?

Watch the classes you missed on AU online. If you have questions for the speaker, leave a comment for them on their class page.

If you have a longer, more detailed question post on the Autodesk Inventor forums (Tip you can ‘@’the speaker into your forum post, or leave a link to your forum post in the comments on their class page).

If you are inspired by the future technology we showed you in the Keynote presentations, and you’d like to know more, join the Autodesk feedback community to have your say. Or post your suggestions on Inventor ideas.

Finally, speakers at Autodesk University don’t get to stand up the front and present because they are the most intelligent, or best qualified (I know I’m not!)… They stand up at the front because they have found a solution to a problem, and they are willing to share it with the Autodesk community.

So – my challenge to you. Think of a problem that you’ve solved using your Autodesk software. Would you be willing to share what you’ve learned with your colleagues? Next year, I challenge you to become a speaker at Autodesk University!

Mark Lancaster takes command of the Lightning stage

Mark Lancaster

Mark Lancaster, support technician, Expert Elite, AU speaker and good friend to us all passed away just after AU 2020 finished.

Mark was a dedicated member of the Autodesk community, who helped many thousands of people in his role at Synergis Technologies as well as through his many posts on the Autodesk forums.

Mark will be missed, and we extend our love and thoughts to his family. You can leave your tribute to Mark here: Mark Lancaster Obituary

Paul Munford

Paul Munford is a laugher, dreamer, raconteur, CAD geek and Industry Marketing Manager for Autodesk in the UK. Paul's background in manufacturing items for the construction industry gives him a foot in digital prototyping and a foot in Building Information Modeling (BIM). Paul was a speaker at Autodesk University for the first time in 2012, and he says it's the most fun anyone can have with 250 other people in the room.

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