The Future of Making Things Becomes a Reality

Regional Designers, Architects and Construction Professionals Experience the Future of Making Things at Autodesk University Middle East


Venturing into the fifth edition of Autodesk University Middle East (AU Middle East) at the Dubai World Trade Center recently, I had some exciting hands on experience that involved cutting edge innovation with 3D printing technologies, Virtual Reality and brought me up close to Engineering and Entertainment software that left me and the other visitors enthralled.


As promised, the event provided a platform for Autodesk users across the region to learn, connect, and explore, showcasing new ways that buildings, products and more are being designed, made and used, and the effect revolutionary new technology will have on this region.


Speaking to numerous exhibitors, organisers and spokespeople, we found that this year’s event provided an inspiring platform for everyone in the industry to get insights into the future of design; whether that is architectural, technological or fashion.


According to Callan Carpenter, VP, Global Named Accounts at Autodesk, “Technology is radically disrupting the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, built, and used. As a result, the implication for the future of making things is huge. Our aim was to inspire the regional design community via insightful keynotes, specialized industry classes, Autodesk Certification exams, and premium networking opportunities.”


Autodesk delegates were engaged with a number of keynote sessions by industry experts to learn what the future of making things in the region has to offer. Sessions included Tom Wujec and Callan Carpenter’s opening keynote on The Future of Making Things, the accessibility of Autodesk Cloud Services, a 4D simulation workshop, and many more.


Louay Dahmash, Head of Autodesk Middle East and Turkey said, “AU Middle East was created to enable industry professionals to engage with global speakers like Tom Wujec and take a peek into the latest technology innovations that have continually disrupted the way buildings are designed and constructed in our region. It was also a great platform for attendees to understand what technologies are going to shape the manufacturing and entertainment industries and discover how these inventions are changing the future of making things in the Middle East.”


During the walkthrough of the exhibition, I explored the Autodesk Gallery to came across stories of exceptional design and engineering from across the globe that gave an in-depth look as to how Autodesk has helped talented individuals imagine, design, and create a better world.


Autodesk showcased how VR and real-time technologies are bringing architectural designs to life all while exploring insights in the Gulf region on the value of BIM (Building Information Modeling), and what factors are holding back entities from adopting it.


It was an experience packed with elements of innovation including 3D printing technologies, advances in Virtual Reality, and the latest technology available to designers and engineers.


Autodesk University (AU) is a series of conferences and an online learning destination focused on inspiring and energizing Autodesk software users, partners, and industry leaders about the future of design and engineering.


Formerly the event was hosted as Autodesk University Extension Dubai. With the growth of the event over the last four years, Autodesk Middle East transformed the event into a full-fledged Autodesk University event to inspire more people in the region to design, build and create a better world.


Now in its 24th year, the AU conferences bring together more than 25,000 participants at live events in 15 countries through classes, forums, and keynotes with product experts and thought leaders. Hundreds of thousands more participate through AU online, which offers free year-round access to learning content and inspirational industry talks from the AU conference events.


The annual event has become a magnet for the regional design community and acts as a catalyst to further accelerate innovation and growth across diverse sectors in the Middle East.



By Shereen Shabnam



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