3 reasons to come to Autodesk Forge DevCon in Las Vegas

Back in 2016, we had a privilege to be invite to the first ever Autodesk DevCon 2016 in San Francisco. Our blog can give you an idea about the event and what happened there. Check this link. Back in 2016, it was an idea how to make Autodesk infrastructure and API available to developers of applications. Since I’ve been using Autodesk API (or actually AutoCAD API) starting from AutoCAD version 9, it was very fascinating to see how Autodesk is translating the ideas of API and access to development resources in a new environment of cloud and open source software development.

At OpenBOM, we had a access to Autodesk API and had a chance to experiment with integrations between OpenBOM and Autodesk products (mainly Autodesk Fusion360).

Memories back to Autodesk Forge DevCon 2016.

Here is the link to the first ever demo of OpenBOM working with Autodesk Forge. Check this link. Since that time, we used Forge API resources to improve OpenBOM functions as well as make it better integrated with Autodesk products and Autodesk Forge API.

We’ve been very happy to announce that OpenBOM Forge API just became available on Autodesk Fusion 360 app store. Here is a link to our press release last week.

Below you can see screenshots of OpenBOM working with Fusion 360.

Autodesk DevCon was also goes through the transformation. Now it is part of Autodesk University. It became bigger and also leverage co-existence with AU, which is typically brings roughly 10,000 attendees developing and using Autodesk products and technologies.

Check details about Forge DevCon 2018 by navigating to this link. Here are few passages the page You can contact Natalia Polikarpova for more information.

The Forge Platform makes Design and Engineering data accessible to almost anyone, anytime, anywhere. With simple, standards-based web development, Forge helps developers and companies address tough challenges with cloud solutions. And Forge is more than just cloud-based tools — it’s an innovation community.

Forge DevCon is where the Forge community comes together to learn, get inspired, and share experiences. Join over 1000 technologists, developers, and industry specialists for two days of keynotes, workshops, case studies, labs, and more.

Autodesk Forge DevCon is invaluable resource if you’re developing applications using. Here is my take about 3 main reasons you would like to come to DevCon.

1. Talk directly to Autodesk Forge Development team

In the world of internet, Youtube and online communication, the real reason to come to the conference is to get access to real people standing behind the development. At Autodesk DevCon, you get it — you will be talking to people working in the Autodesk community, development and support.

2. Watch latest development updates, news and stories

You get best stories shared with you in a very short time. Attention span is a problem. We get distracted fast and runoff to our priorities. DevCon gives all to you in 1–2 days.

3. Collaborate with other companies and teams developing applications using Autodesk Forge platform

There is no better way to learn something than watch somebody else developing his own products. You get it at Dev Con. You will see other companies showcasing their products using Autodesk technologies and API.


AU and DevCon are great, but remember about AU survival kits. It is few days non-stop activities that can take all your energy. Addition of DevCon to AU make it even more intense than usual. If you’re coming remember these 3 top survival tips: 1/ Pick your sessions — don’t try to be everywhere. Each one has his own AU; 2/ Free your time to talk to people; 3/ Dress code comfortable and stay hydrated.

If you’re coming, send me an email (oleg at openbom dot com) — I’d be happy to talk about cloud and OpenBOM.

Best, Oleg

PS. Let’s get to know each other better. If you live in the Greater Boston area, I invite you for a coffee together (coffee is on me). If not nearby, let’s have a virtual coffee session — I will figure out how to send you a real coffee.

Want to learn more about PLM? Check out my Beyond PLM blog and PLM Book website.

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