Making A Difference: The Jennifer Person Story


Jennifer Person, Udacity, Student Success

It’s one thing to realize you need to make a change. It’s another thing altogether to actually make change happen. If you’re someone who’s struggled to make that leap, Jennifer Person’s story of life and career change is bound to inspire you. Her Udacity experience has played a pivotal role in her transformation, and we’re so excited to share her story with you today.

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Sebastian Thrun, LIVE! The Topic: Self-Driving Cars!

Sebastian Thrun, Self-Driving Cars, Live Stream

The title says it all. Tonight, at 7pm California time, Sebastian Thrun will be talking Self-Driving Cars, and you can watch it happen live.

Sebastian will be joined by by Danny Shapiro, Head of Autonomous Vehicles, NVIDIA, and they’ll be digging deep into the very latest and greatest in the field. And you’re invited to watch it happen live.

The occasion is a Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence ( event happening at our Udacity offices in Mountain View. 150 in-person tickets were made available. 150 tickets have been sold. But YOU can watch it happen live.

From Stanford’s DARPA-winning “Stanley,” to Google’s Self Driving Car, to NVIDIA’s latest advancements in autonomous driving research, the topics will be rich, and the insights plentiful. This experience will constitute a deep technical dive into how Self-Driving Cars work, and how you can get into the field today.

And you can watch it happen live.

(If you don’t see the video embed above, please click here, bookmark the link, and set your alarm!)


Sebastian Thrun: “Stanley & Google’s Self Driving Car”

Sebastian is a co-Founder of Google X where he started Google’s Autonomous Car program. Previously, he led the development of the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. Sebastian also led Stanford’s AI Lab, and taught in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. He now has set his sights on democratizing higher education with the founding of Udacity and serves as a Research Professor at Stanford University. Sebastian has been named the 5th Most Creative Person in Business (Fast Company), among the 50 Smartest People in Tech (Fortune), and highlighted in 50 Best Inventions of 2010 (Time).

Danny Shapiro: “Accelerating the Race to Self-Driving Cars”

Danny Shapiro is Senior Director of NVIDIA’s Automotive Business Unit, focusing on solutions that enable faster and better design of automobiles, as well as in-vehicle solutions for self-driving cars, infotainment systems, and digital instrument clusters. Danny holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and an MBA from the Hass School of Business at UC Berkeley. Danny serves on the Advisory Boards for the LA Auto Show, the Connected Car Council and the NVIDIA Foundation which focuses on computational solutions for cancer research.

10 Videos That Could Change Your Life (if you want to be an iOS Developer, that is!)

Ayaka Nonaka, iOS Developer Interview

The Udacity iOS Team dove into AltConf 2016 headfirst, and out of their immersion came 10 fantastic video interviews that are absolutely chock full of insight, inspiration, knowledge, and know-how. Each one should really be considered required viewing for anyone interested in a career as an iOS Developer. Whether you’re a complete novice, or already working in the field, there is something beneficial here for everyone interested in iOS.

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Earning Greatness: Udacity Talks Welcomes Anand Rajaraman!

Anand Rajaraman Udacity Talks

Anand Rajaraman has seen the startup world from pretty much every angle, and particularly when it comes to mainstreaming innovative technologies, there are few people with more experience and knowledge. We’re so excited to have him join us for the next episode of Udacity Talks, and we look forward to hearing Sebastian Thrun deliver your questions to Anand throughout the episode!

Anand Rajaraman joins us for Episode 5 of Udacity Talks on Friday, August 26th, at 11AM PDT. RSVP now, and send in your questions via the link in your confirmation email.

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Returning To The Workforce

Udacity supports students from a variety of backgrounds, including many who are returning to the workforce. Today we highlight the career story of Kate Rotondo, an iOS Nanodegree Course Manager here at Udacity. After taking 5 years off to raise a family, Kate successfully overcame the challenges of re-entering the job market. In our interview below, Kate details her journey, and offers her advice on how to maintain your skills, grow your network, and ace the interview cycle.

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Udacity at SXSW: Your Vote Counts!

SWSW PanelPicker

Why does Udacity want to speak at South by Southwest again this year? Because we’ve got a lot to say, and we want to spread the word about lifelong learning! We have so much to say in fact, that we’re proposing not one, not two, but EIGHT different SXSW panels! Will you help us get there?

It’s Panel Pickin’ Time, Austin-Style!

It all comes down to your votes. SXSW is a democracy of discovery, so it’s your input that will determine who gets to take their message to the streets of Austin, TX! If you haven’t done this before, SXSW has a feature on their website called the PanelPicker, and once you have a PanelPicker account, you get to vote on which panels you want to see at SXSW 2017.

To vote here’s all you need to do:

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Interviewless Hiring: Lowering Risk and Raising the Bar

PeeyushRanjan Flipkart Udacity

Imagine the scene. After rounds and rounds of applications—plus all the analysis, filtering, and ranking—the hiring committee finally convenes. The stakes are high, the need is real, and decisions need to be made. A question is asked, “Which ones do we bring in for an interview?” A brief moment of silence follows, then another voice counters, “No. Which ones do we want to HIRE?”

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