Autodesk University 2024: Call for Construction Session Proposals 

call for proposals for AU 2024

Autodesk University 2024, a top construction industry event, comes to San Diego on October 15-17. The event promises to bring even more value and insight this year, and we want you to be a part of it!   

Our call for proposals is now open, and you can share your expertise, ideas, and insights by submitting to be one of our construction session speakers.  

You can apply to join this dynamic group of experts and thought leaders by leading your very own session. Submit your proposal between April 2-30, to be considered as an Autodesk University 2024 speaker. But don’t wait – we suggest you submit your proposal as early as possible.  

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

Read on for more details about Autodesk University 2024 and our call for construction proposals to find out how you can become a speaker at this year’s event.  

What Is Autodesk University?  

Autodesk University 2024 is a global event that will offer exciting keynotes, interactive workshops, and valuable learning sessions from some of the industry’s leading innovators.   

Professionals in the construction, design, manufacturing, media, and engineering fields attend Autodesk University each year to connect, trade knowledge, and explore the technologies shaping these converging industries and the world. Each year, the conference explores themes relating to the future of the construction industry and provides excellent educational, professional development, and networking opportunities to attendees.  

We’re excited to once again offer a hybrid experience for attendees with opportunities for in-person as well as virtual attendees.   

What Topics and Themes Will Be Prioritized at AU 2024?  

Show us how your work is reimagining what’s possible in the construction industry and how you use technology in new ways. We want to see proposals from projects of all sizes and from all sides of the industry, including owners, general contractors, and specialty contractors, as well as across segments from infrastructure to education.   

We want to hear from you if you’re leveraging solutions within Autodesk Construction Cloud, whether that be Autodesk Takeoff for quantification, Autodesk BIM Collaborate for coordination, or Autodesk Build for project management, cost management, quality, and field collaboration. We’d also love to learn how you are utilizing BuildingConnected for bid and risk management, Pype for workflows like submittals and closeout, ProEst for estimating, Bridge for data federation, Payapps for payment management, and Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC Connect) to help connect to other applications such as your ERP system.   

We have opportunities for different types of talks: 

We’re looking for you to share your why. Why are you using these technologies and the benefits it brings, your use of data and insights, the changing landscape of construction, and why you want to be ahead of the curve.

This provides the chance to share your opinions about the industry, alternative ways of thinking about challenges like sustainability, skills, diversity and inclusion, procurement, legal issues, and technology trends that the industry should be aware of. 

Industry Talks 

We’re looking for you to share your why. Why are you using these technologies and the benefits it brings, your use of data and insights, the changing landscape of construction, and why you want to be ahead of the curve. 

This provides the chance to share your opinions about the industry, alternative ways of thinking about challenges like sustainability, skills, diversity and inclusion, procurement, legal issues, and technology trends that the industry should be aware of.  

Technical Instruction 

This is the how. We’re looking for everything from introductions to products and workflows right up to advanced tips, tricks, and best practices for pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. We want to see how you use the products in real life and meet the demands of your projects. We want to hear about the full range of use cases for Autodesk Construction Cloud, introductions to Bridge, deep dives on Cost Management, your top tips for winning bids with Bid Board Pro, and your safety workflows and processes in Build.  

Case studies 

We want to hear about how Autodesk Construction Cloud has supported you to build anything from simple and small to large and complex projects and your broader portfolio. We want to hear from general contractors, subcontractors, and owners on your experiences, good, bad, and everything in between with the outcomes you achieved. 

Here you can share your adoption story on how you scaled technology on a project or across your organization. You can talk about the transition from technologies like BIM 360 and PlanGrid to Autodesk Construction Cloud and why you did it. Show how a common data environment (CDE) changed how stakeholders work together, and how you are adopting industrialized construction methodologies.  

Product Demos 

These sessions are an opportunity to show how products can work for you. Typically, we see employees, partners, and sponsors presenting these, but there are lots of opportunities for you to show how you demonstrate the products to your internal and project teams.  

Panels 

We always look for a diverse mix of panels at Autodesk University, covering everything from BIM standards to equity in the workplace, and how different parties can and should work together on a project. 

Think about who your potential panelists might be and what topics they may discuss. We know construction is a collaborative industry with a lot of conflict. Think about how you can bring some of these differing opinions into your subject matter    

Looking for Inspiration for your Proposal? 

Take a look at previously accepted sessions for inspiration and ideas on what makes a good class. You can still find these sessions, keynotes, and all previous year’s sessions on the Autodesk University Construction homepage.  

You can also see sample proposals here.   

How to Submit a Proposal  

Submit your proposal via the AU 2024 proposals page. You’ll need an Autodesk ID to sign in. If you don’t already have an Autodesk ID, you’ll be prompted to create one. We recommend drafting your ideas offline using the Proposal Worksheet and viewing sample proposals, both available on this page, prior to submitting. Do not submit test proposals.  

What Happens Next?  

Proposals go through an extensive review process by industry experts and your peers. We consider how well proposals align with the specified topics and themes, industry trends and best practices, the holistic AU experience, AU community feedback, and how content will support year-round learning initiatives globally. Improve your chances of getting accepted by sharing your proposal for others to recommend for inclusion. Each proposal will have a unique URL to share with your social networks.  

Have Questions About AU 2024 Proposals?   

Want to learn more about how to get your AU 2024 proposal accepted or specific details on the selection process? We have pulled together a must-read Proposal Guide to help you through the process.   

Submit Your Proposal Today!  

Submit your Autodesk University 2024 construction session proposal by April 30. Remember, the earlier you submit, the better. We can’t wait to hear from you! 

Lee Mullin

Technical Program Manager, Autodesk