Autodesk has several technology centers around the world, and one of them is located at Pier 9 in San Francisco. At its onset, Pier 9 provided opportunities for Autodesk employees to use our software to design, make, and use various things of their choosing. Today, technology centers provide Autodesk with the ability to bring in people from the outside who can use our software in unique and unusual ways. Representing use cases that we haven't tried ourselves, their projects help us improve our software. Our technology centers have become ways for us to develop a shared vision for the future with the industries we serve and destinations for customers interested in the future of their businesses. With this in mind, we've established residency programs.
Internal Communications Manager, Noelle Lewis, reports that our newest corporate residency cohort brings Autodesk together with several key customers and partners at Pier 9. Hailing from companies and institutions that focus on aerospace, automotive, engineering, robotics, machine learning, and manufacturing industries, we look forward to the research, innovation, and thought leadership every one involved will bring to the table. We are also very excited for the return of the Impact Residency in partnership with the Autodesk Foundation, as well as a brand new set of academic residents with the Autodesk Educational Experience group with a special focus on bringing in diverse candidates in partnership with the Diversity Team.
Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives people the power to make anything. Furthermore, Autodesk has always been an automation company, and today more than ever that means helping people make more things, better things, with less; more and better in terms of increasing efficiency, performance, quality, and innovation; less in terms of time, resources, and negative impacts (e.g., social, environmental). The residency program at Pier 9 is one of the ways that we explore new possibilities for what can be done with our software.
Exploration is alive in the lab.