Autodesk's Design Night was again the place to be Thursday night in San Francisco. Where else in the city can you drink all evening for for $25? Every month of so, the biggest CAD company throws opens its doors to the public so the public can do what they seem to like to do the most - drink and eat. In that order. The food was only hot dogs and nachos. It has been better, much better, grumbled one partygoer. Barbecue. Thai. Still, the crowd was smiling, happy. They milled about, drinks in hand, amongst application galore of Autodesk technology, then later to hear from the special effects wizard who worked on the movie Gravity.
Hollywood star Sandra Bullock, star of Gravity, was only pictured on the wall, but the biggest (literally, at least a foot taller than this editor) star of the CAD world, Carl Bass was there in the flesh. He's a regular. You can go right up to him and shake his hand. He won't mind. No body guards in dark glasses. No podium behind bulletproof glass. Carl gives interviews to Wall St Journal and the news networks -- but here he even says Hi to the CAD press.
From the press were Kenneth Wong of Desktop and Kathleen Maher and Jon Peddie from JPR, all locals.
From Autodesk was Shaun Hurley, the first CAD blogger, who happened to be in town.
Brian Matthews, VP, told me about how his group is productizing the reality capture technology shown at the recent Autodesk University.
Clay Helm, PR director, reminded me of Autodesk's $250M contribution to the nation's schools (see press release) and how she missed shaking President Obama's hand.
The assumption is that the Embrace infant warmer was designed with Autodesk software, but Autodesk is not bragging about it.
Missed it. Some one ate the last hot dog. Food ran out by 8pm. Must stop chatting and get to the food earlier next time.
Public price for Design Night is $25 and you can find out more here. Attendance is limited to 400 and the event often sells out.