Autodesk is looking to do its part to encourage innovation in the area of clean technology. The design tool company has established the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, which awards “seed” grants of Autodesk software bundles, valued at up to $150,000, to early-stage companies designing clean technologies that solve today’s pressing environmental problems. Recipients of the grant will receive Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Showcase Professional, Autodesk Vault Manufacturing, Autodesk Navisworks Manage, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Autodesk Alias Design. Each grant includes up to five full commercial licenses for each application.
Already, 13 startups have received similar packages from Autodesk, which is undoubtedly looking to play up its role as a provider of tools tuned for sustainable design. The winners of the new grant include Syncromatics, which leverages green technology to create customized solutions for transit agencies, and Serious Materials, which develops advanced green building supplies. Autodesk is aiming to award clean tech software grants to 100 companies by the end of January 2010.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
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