Autodesk University Conferences by Autodesk – A Case Study

Perfect for our abstract submission needs

Autodesk University conferences is for users who have found creative ways to integrate and use Autodesk software in your real-life projects and developed processes that improve company workflows and efficiency. People can contribute to Autodesk University (AU) and join the leading community of Autodesk experts who are shaping industries and pushing design and engineering software to its limits.


Used Dryfta for: Collecting abstracts, Sending email campaigns, Assigning abstracts to reviewers & conducting Peer review, Creating CFP website, Managing Speakers and assigning tasks to them.

Here’s a quick interview with Pier-André Maynard, Event Technology & Multimedia Specialist at Autodesk, about his experience with using Dryfta event platform for Autodesk University

What do you like best about Dryfta?

Well, full disclaimer, we are not using the entire end to end solution from Dryfta.

We were looking at multiple vendors to the call for papers and rating for some of our events. Most of them have a pricing structure and complexity that was either too costly for our needs or not strong enough to fulfill our needs.

-The workflow from creating contacts, setting other users as admins or different roles was easy.
-Creating the forms for different content (registration, abstract, review, etc.) was a really robust experience.
-It is really simple and practical to set up the types limits and parameters when you are building content and capturing the right information for your classes/content.
-When you manage a bigger event, making sure you get the right speakers and the right content for your attendants is crucial.

The support team is really helpful and quick to come back for fixes and troubleshooting. The development team is open minded and have the focus on customer satisfaction, I remember making some suggestions in the workflow at one point and actually seeing the feature/changes implemented a few days/weeks after.

Also, I think the event duplication is a really useful backend tool/feature. Having the option to copy everything or just a subset of the content is great. The responsive design is generally good, the templated approach works well too.

What do you dislike, and if you have any feature requests?

I think there are a few things that could improve (not that they are currently bad);

-Adding your own font in the platform would be great
-Language management, adding more supported languages and having a better way to do search+replace of values would be a must.
-Having more shortcodes (or content blocks) that can be re-used across the platform would be great (mainly in emails configuration)

Would you recommend Dryfta?

I would highly recommend. At this price point, you get a lot of features for what you pay for. Of course it is not the same experience as some bigger players in the market but it is a strong position in my opinion.