Autodesk University 2018 Call for Proposals: What You Need to Know

Autodesk University 2018 is just around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about the classes that you are going to submit during the Call for Proposals (CFP).  The CFP opens May 14th and runs until June 11th. Autodesk just released a 20-page guide to help those who are interested in submitting. We took that 20-page document and pulled out the key details that you need to know:

Tips for selection of a topic.

  • What are the industry trends you are noticing?
  • Did you develop a new workflow that drastically improves efficiency from which you think others would benefit?
  • Were you involved in a unique collaboration on a recent project that others may find interesting?

AU AEC-Focused Priority Tracks:

  • Connecting Design & Preconstruction in AEC
  • Digital Construction & Project Management
  • Accelerating Industrialized Construction
  • Stronger Design with Connected BIM
  • Improving AEC Project Delivery
  • Connecting Construction and Operations

See the full list here

Class Formats and Class Lengths

Industry Talks: 60 Minutes

Instructional Demos: 60 to 90 minutes

Panels: 60 minutes

Roundtables: 90 minutes

Hands-on-labs: 90 minutes

Proposal Elements

Class Title: Descriptive NOT catchy. The goal is to have attendees understand what this class is about based on the title alone. Be sure to include the product names as well.

Class Description: Describe the material that you will cover and the benefits to attendees. This should contain the individual products being taught and list any knowledge or skills or prerequisite classes needed.

Track: Which 2018 priority track does your proposal most align with?

Relevant Topics: What topics does your class explore?

Class Format: Choose one of the following: Industry talk, Instructional demo, Hands-on-lab, Panel or Roundtable.

Class Length: 60 or 90 minutes depending on class format

Learning Objectives: A good learning objective should capture the knowledge or skills that attendees will gain from attending your class in 125 characters (with spaces) or less, per learning objective. These should complete the phrase “at the conclusion of this class attendees will be able to…”.

Roundtable Subject: The question or situation that you’ll use to encourage collaboration and a shared discussion.

Class Focus: What will potential attendees get out of your class? Examples: Getting started using new software, go beyond the basics, industry practices, project execution, project management or technology management.

Class Summary: be succinct and precise. A one-sentence summary of what attendees will learn in your class. Example: Learn how Fusion 360 can help you test fit and motion, perform simulations and make photorealistic renderings and animations.

Additional proposal elements: describe your ideal audience in further detail. Thing to include: audience occupation, audience definition, audience description, level of expertise, prerequisite knowledge of skills and relevant industries.

Speaker Bio: This is your chance to tell the world who you are, share your expertise, current position, work history, any professional awards received, academic qualifications and other conferences at which you have presented.

Mark your calendars, submissions are due June 11th!!

Don’t forget about Midwest University 2019. Call for Proposals will begin in August. Stay up to date with the latest information by signing up for the mailing list