Today was the first full day at AU 2008, the 16th edition of this annual Autodesk jamboree. Registration yesterday was a breeze, with it being faster than last year and took no more than 3 minutes.
The overall turnover this year is in the 9000+ range. However some of the classes etc are organized a little differently than from last year. They are more streamlined within the larger disciplines.
The morning started with a great opening session on the main stage with Lynn Allen, Carl Bass, Jeff Kowalski turning out for Autodesk and a great keynote address by Tom Kelley of IDEO.
The sessions started in earnest after the keynote ended and were intriguing as always.
The first ever AU Blogger social got a lot of bloggers together. It was nice to put a face behind some of the blogs I read.
Later on I met up with a nice group of other AU participants at a private AU Customer Cocktails party.
The exhibition hall opened at 7 pm and I did a quick tour of it. Will check it out more in detail later. I think I packed to much in a day today and was kinda pooped out by the end.
Below are some pics from Day One.
Also check out Between the Lines by Shan Hurley, Autodesk’s Blogger in Chief.