Monday, December 6, 2010

Notes from AU

This was the highlight of the week, bar none.  John D. Rockefeller meets Dr.Evil...

Followed closely by the special screening of a clip from the upcoming TRON film.  6000+ CAD Geeks in one place, I think they nailed the target audience.

And speaking of getting nailed, when I told my girlfriend bout the male/female ratio at this thing, she said next year she would send some of her single friends over to cruise for guys.

At one point I was chatting with Carl Bass, and he did tell me about the ADSK secret prize…a free one-year subscription if you can prove that you hooked up at AU.  Seriously, has anyone EVER scored at this event?

I really liked having the event at Mandalay Bay.  The meeting room levels at Venetian always felt too small, or my a55 has gotten way too big from doing nothing but pumping CAD over the years.

Robert Manna’s Baby Picture on his AU Class professor page was priceless.  I can’t believe they let him get on the plane by himself….let alone teach a class.  Congrats on the birth of number one.  Glad you took the time to come!

While I'm doing shout outs, I finally got to meet Zach Khron...If Shaggy from Scooby Doo had listened to more punk rock and went to MIT, I think he would be doing the Buildz blog too...

Revit Gunslinger….Wait, u mean I have convinced these guys that I know what I’m doing?  But it was very cool to meet some of the hardworking staff that put out Revit.  It was great to help test out next years release and I hope I can continue to be involved in the future.

Ran into Carl Bass a couple of times through out the event.  Very Nice guy.  Very approachable.  He also got a kick out of the Emiliy Pilloton from Studio H who stood up on the main stage and repeatedly said “CORN-HOLE” during the opening keynote.  A full write up of the opening keynote can be found here, Core77 did a bang up job writing about the event

The exhibit hall was cool.  The Tesla Sedan from Tuesday morning was in there for people to drool on up close.  You could have your head scanned and get a model made of it.  You could sit on Carl’s Stone bench…Some other nice exhibit pieces.

The vendors could be summed up as:
  • BIM in ‘The Cloud’
  • Win a free iPad
  • Hot 3d printer sales chick who couldn’t answer questions, but sure draws a crowd. ( But i think she was there last year too....)

I took part in my first teaching presentation with Jason Grant and Kelly Cone.  We kicked ass according to the reviews:
  • One of the best of the best at AU!
  • Basically, due to the presenters, this class is the highlight of the entire AU 2010 conference for me!
  • Best AU Session this Year. Congrats on a Job well Done!
  • By following the simple steps from this presentation, I lost fifteen pounds, doubled my income, and became a better wife and mother!  Thanks BIMTroublemaker!

Lets do it again next year!  Yee haw!

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