Autodesk University — Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADSK) kicked off its annual flagship user event today, welcoming almost 10,000 attendees to learn, network and explore the future of making things. Autodesk University (AU) showcases the new ways that buildings, products and more are being designed, made and used. At the event, the company will unveil new and updated technologies that give Autodesk customers the power to make anything. Autodesk will also outline plans for a streamlined portfolio of cloud platforms that simplify the work of designers, engineers, digital artists and others. "We're all in on the cloud. Access to infinite computing power and the ability to work together effortlessly is completely changing how design and engineering are done," said Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk. Today in their keynote speeches, Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalski will share a vision for the future of work, where designers and engineers will collaborate with computers to achieve more than was previously possible. The keynote will feature appearances by people whose endeavors embody this emerging future: Anna Nixon, a high school student from Oregon competing in the First Robotics Competition and Christian Benimana, Rwanda's first trained architect and programs director for MASS Design Group. Throughout the event, Autodesk University attendees will see how their peers are taking advantage of the transformative power of technologies like generative design, augmented and virtual reality, robotics, additive manufacturing and more. Tomorrow Senior Vice President of Products Amar Hanspal will delve deeper into Autodesk's product portfolio and cloud software platforms, breaking news on new capabilities coming to Fusion 360 and BIM 360. (Posts tomorrow on Autodesk's In The Fold blog will detail the news.) Hanspal will also spotlight Forge, Autodesk's connected developer platform used to build and deploy apps and services for making the world around us. In the year since Forge was launched, the platform has surpassed 4,000 applications, which span a variety of uses ranging from part inspection to sub-sea surveying. Autodesk has invested in several companies through its Forge Fund and has aggressively broadened the Forge platform, focusing on enhancements to AR/VR and rendering to drive immersive real-time industry focused experiences. (See Autodesk's newsroom for a related announcement on Forge today.) "With our ongoing shift to cloud services, we are 100% focused on delivering maximum value to our subscribers and software developers. We are building a set of complete, connected and on-demand experiences for each of our major industries. Our aim is to empower engineers, designers and other users to have their project data in one place, collaborate across geographies, and more easily tap into the immense capabilities in Autodesk's portfolio," said Hanspal.