MIT Technology Review’s 50 Smartest Companies list has come to be considered a kind of innovation bellwether, signaling what the future holds, how we’re going to get there, and who will lead us onwards. All at Udacity are both thrilled and humbled to be included on this year’s list, and we thank everyone involved in the decision-making process for recognizing our efforts in this way. We especially wish to thank our students, for there is no Udacity without you. We thank our partners as well, who help make everything we do possible.
Didi Chuxing may be one of the most electrifying companies in the world right now. The Chinese ride-sharing service just received a $1 billion dollar investment from Apple, and is poised to grow significantly in the coming year. Which is why we are thrilled to partner with Didi on the global Di-Tech Algorithm Competition, which boasts a $100K prize for the winner, and perhaps more exciting, the opportunity to join the Didi Research Lab and work on innovations that will affect hundreds of millions of riders.
Our pursuit of new ways to educate is driven by a desire to reach every aspiring learner with an opportunity that is uniquely right for them, no matter their circumstances. The phrase “Talent is universal, opportunity is not” is a well-known aphorism, and from it we have taken our guiding principle for The Udacity Transcend Award:
Talent deserves opportunity.