Udacity Goes To #Data16: Tales From Tableau Conference 2016

Udacity, Predictive Analytics for Business Nanodegree program

Udacity recently launched the Predictive Analytics for Business Nanodegree program, and Tableau, creators of an award-winning and exceptionally powerful data visualization tool, is one of our key partners for the program. Their expertise not only helped us build the world-class curriculum, but every enrolled student receives a free Tableau software license for the duration of their program studies.

In my role as Program Lead for the Predictive Analytics for Business Nanodegree program, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Tableau, so it was with great excitement and anticipation that I made my preparations to attend Tableau Conference 2016 (#Data16), Tableau’s annual conference in Austin, Texas. Going in, I knew it was a big event, but the actual experience of joining 10,000 other Tableau users has been even more powerful than I could have imagined.

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AltConf 2016: The Udacity Fireside Chats

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Last week, the iOS Nanodegree Team—like pretty much anyone who has anything to do with iOS development—was busy! Some of us, like Kate Rotondo, attended the big Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, known as WWDC 2016. (For some great insights on the all-important Apple keynote, you can read Kate’s conference report here). Others on the team, myself included, opted for an “alternative.” Specifically, AltConf.

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Community, Industry & Education: Reflections from RubyConf

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When we at Udacity decided to begin teaching Ruby, we knew we had to connect two things: the amazing energy of the Ruby community, and the power of industry. So what did we do? We partnered with GitHub and we went to RubyConf!

At RubyConf this past November in San Antonio, TX, I had the opportunity to sit down with industry thought leaders like Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, the creator of Ruby, and Sandi Metz, author of Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby. Among the topics of conversation were just what makes the Ruby community so vibrant, the importance of open source software, and common challenges new developers face. Many of these discussions helped shape the direction of our curriculum to make sure we truly captured the spirit of this community.

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