MBS International airport. First stop on my journey to Las Vegas for Autodesk's annual gala of learning, networking and technology. As this week progresses I will be posting my thoughts and experiences for whomever may care to follow along. Wi-Fi is weak in this terminal so.... this is about it for now. Short layover in Detroit won't allow me any time to write so I'll see you all in Vegas!
All right! Made it to Vegas, checked in and got my cool tote bag and a sharp looking Charlie Harperesque bowling shirt with the Expert Elite logo on it! Now I'm preparing for one of the most important events of the week. Freshman Orientation with Lynn Allen, Autodesk technical evangalist and all around nice person. I've foolishly volunteered to be a mentor this year, so first years beware! More to come as the night rolls on, and plenty more tomorrow. Stay tuned.
This was part of the scene as over 1,000 Autodesk University freshman files in for some words of wisdom. 155 mentors and several speakers shared tips and advice, and then Lynn Allen gave away a free pass to next years conference. I didn't win. The t-shirt gun went off several times as well to a few lucky winners.
I'm back in my room at the Venetian now and recharging all of my devices. Getting ready for the Blogger Social Media Meetup (BSM360) later this evening. Maybe I'll have some pictures from that later.
Just a few of the shots I took at the Blogger Social Media Meetup last night. Good times, lots of great people, free beer... but the pizza never showed up. Hmmmm. So after this I was pretty much ready for some sleep... still on Michigan time.
Then this morning:
Breakfast with 10,000 new friends! This picture does no justice to the size and scope of the meal hall. Super friendly staff help guide you to a buffet, and then you find a table to sit at. I try to find new people at every meal, you never know where you'll make a new friend, and that's part of why we're all here.
I'm currently finishing a coffee in one of the lounges, getting ready to find my first class. I'll check back in soon!
This was the THRONG trying to file in for the keynote this morning! A sea of humanity. The theme of the keynote was "The Answer is Outside". Autodesk CTO Jef Kowalski and CEO Carl Bass talked about changing our mindset and thinking outside of our normal ways if working.
Pretty awesome morning so far! Lunch in the hall was tasty, and accompanied by more networking opportunities. The only battle I am fighting so far is the Wi-Fi! if I want to live blog in the future I think I need smart phone or tablet! I am literally recharging and preparing for more classes this afternoon, so.... more later!
It's Wednesday morning now and my dogs are barking. A lot of walking, it makes me glad for all those hours on the treadmill. Coffee time and a quick check in here before another long day of classes. Last night was spent in the Exhibit Hall, visiting some of the vendor booths and hanging out in the Community Pavilion. I wandered between AUGI and the Expert Elite kiosks and basically mingled. Food, drinks and reggae music were the backdrop to several hundred exhibitors showing off the latest tech, giving away prizes or tossing toys to the crowd as they passed by. There is something for everyone. At our Community Pavilion we even have 6 classic arcade video games setup... no quarters needed! So... upstairs now to find my first class and see what awaits me today!
Breakfast this morning was decent, now getting ready for my first class. I filled out my conference survey and got a "cool" AU t-shirt. Big times on Vegas!
Well, it's over. I'm sitting in my room writing because it's way to early to head down and wait for my airport shuttle. Yesterday was a very productive day of classes. All Autodesk Vault, all day. I learned a lot of great tips I need to incorporate when I get back to the office.
When classes were done, I attended the closing keynote address, which was followed by another performance by Penn & Teller. They are very entertaining.
I tried to get some pictures, but with this IPod, they just didn't turn out. I was too far back.
Following the performance was the AU Customer Appreciation Party. I stayed long enough to eat some food and mingle with some people I had met, and then turned in early. Long travel day ahead and I wanted to pack and get a good night's sleep.
This may be the last paragraph I can write until I get to the airport so I'll be back then.