18 Oct 2021

Forge at Autodesk University 2021 Recap

Brian Roepke

Brian Roepke - Forge Keynote

That’s a wrap on Forge at Autodesk University 2021! It was a huge year for Forge as Autodesk’s platform vision was catapulted front and center throughout general sessions, industry keynotes, classes, and much more. The digital global conference took place across multiple GEOs from Tuesday, October 5th through Thursday, October 14th. Here is a glimpse at many of the Forge at AU happenings.

Developer Events

Our thriving developer ecosystem kicked us off with a couple of AU pre-events, curated specifically for them:

Forge Online Bootcamp

From September 13th-16th, Forge developer advocates held a hands-on live training in the basics of Forge development. Attendees followed live coding of different Forge applications and got their questions answered in real-time. 

Forge Hackathon

This year's hackathon took place the week before AU from September 27th through October 1st. Attendees came to "hack" some incredible Forge solutions and the top 5 teams were featured during AU at our Forge Hackathon Showcase. 

Forge Hackathon Showcase

Can't miss Forge events

The fun was just beginning. During the AU conference, we had many wonderful pieces of learning content and community activities:

General Session Part 3

Autodesk CTO Raji Arasu explained Autodesk's vision for the future and explored how designers, engineers, and makers from every industry can achieve greater productivity, more agility, and better outcomes for their companies, customers, and the global community. 

Forge Keynote

Susanna Holt (VP of Forge) and Brian Roepke (Director of Forge Analytics and Insights), spoke to the vision for Forge. Accenture outlined how Forge can help companies on their digital transformation journeys, and customers Emerson and AECOM provided insights into how they use Forge to make their data work for them.

Autodesk Forge: The Making of a Platform

Susanna Holt (VP of Forge), Ben Cochran (Senior Director, Engineering Developer Enablement), Jim Quanci (Senior Director, Developer Advocacy and Support), and Shwetha Nagaraja (Forge Product Manager), took a walk down memory lane in our Forge documentary. Watch to rediscover how we got started, how far we’ve come, and what the future holds for us. 

Forge Roadmap class

In this class, customers saw what's new with Forge APIs and what's coming next for the Forge platform. Get the insights you need to confidently create application development plans. 

The Forge Hackathon Showcase

Watch industry judges from Facebook, Honeywell, IMAGINiT, ENG, and L22 announce the winners of the 5 Forge Hackathon challenges and see who got to take home the ultimate prize! 

10 Ways Autodesk Forge Certified SIs Can Help You 

Customers saw 10 solutions from 10 Forge System Integrators to understand how Forge SIs could help them deploy their own custom, Forge-powered, cloud-based solutions.  

Jim Quanci

AU Continuous Learning

We had all that and much more. Dive deeper into all that Forge can do for you below:

Forge Classes

Check out these Forge classes to see what the Forge platform can do for you.

Forge Lightning Talks

Check out any of the bite-sized learning modules on Forge. These 5-minute presentations give you brief overviews and demos on key development tasks.

Forge at AU page

Watch our documentary, Lightning Talks, and more on our event page.

Platform Vision

Powering your digital transformation today, simplifying your data experiences tomorrow. Learn more about Autodesk’s platform vision.



If you missed any of these awesome events, don't worry you can still watch it all! The Autodesk University conference website will be live through October 31st. Thank you for all of your support in making Forge at AU 2021 a success!

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