The simple truth of digital marketing is that every business must engage in it to succeed in today’s world. Over $70 billion is already being spent on digital advertising in the U.S. alone, and this number is expected to grow by over 40 percent in the next four years. Yet despite its ubiquity, mastery of all the various tools, techniques, rapidly evolving platforms, and products that make up a successful digital marketing strategy is challenging to achieve, and a holistic understanding of how digital marketing really works can be elusive. So the field remains crowded with specialists, even as demand for multi-channel fluency increases dramatically. To address this, what is needed are new learning opportunities for digital marketers who want in-depth coverage of all the main platforms in one place, in a framework that focuses explicitly on the most important thing of all—the customer journey.
The Udacity Digital Marketing Nanodegree Program
We are thrilled today to be announcing our new Digital Marketing Nanodegree program. We have partnered with an incredible roster of industry-leading digital marketing companies to build a program that offers a holistic approach to the field, covers every important platform, and equips students with a broad foundation upon which to build their careers. Students will have the opportunity to learn with experts from Facebook, Google, Hootsuite, Hubspot, Mailchimp, Moz, and more.
We are in the midst of an historic transformation, and the vast field of robotics is having an impact unlike any other emerging technology. Autonomous robots are contributing to increases in productivity, safety, and efficiency in so many fields—healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, construction, and transportation, to name just a few. As we assign more and more of our repetitive tasks to robots, we are being liberated to pursue more creative, ambitious, and intellectual achievements.
The Udacity Robotics Nanodegree Program
We are so excited today to announce our new Robotics Nanodegree program. In partnership with Electric Movement, we have built the ideal program to train the next generation of engineers who are going to redefine the way we live and work.
As you read this, Udacity’s Intersect 2017 conference is officially happening! The event has been sold out for weeks. Hundreds of people are filling every available space in Mountain View’s Computer History Museum, a fitting location for this historic occasion. More than 30,000 people are joining via the event livestream. A remarkable day is planned, with keynote speeches, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and an employer showcase.
Two New Nanodegree Programs
Among the many exciting things taking place are some very important announcements from Udacity. To begin, we are debuting not one, but two new Nanodegree programs!
Each breaks significant new ground for Udacity, and together these programs fully embody the theme of our conference: Learning for the Jobs of Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond.
Intersect 2017 takes place on March 8, 2017, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. All conference attendees are invited to attend the Employer Showcase, which will be open from 1-4pm PST. The Employer Showcase is a key part of our Intersect 2017 conference, and in this post, we’re going to walk you through what it is, why it’s important, and provide suggestions for how to get the most from your experience.
I remember the day my boss told me I would never be an engineer. I was sitting on an itchy gray wool sofa in a glass-walled conference room, hands under my knees, eyes on the floor. I looked up startled at the words: “You want to be an engineer, don’t you? Well, you’re never going to be one.” The possibility had actually never crossed my mind, which made the accusation more intriguing than insulting, so I just laughed and shrugged it off. Looking back, I see the young woman on that couch. And while I hardly recognize her, I know now that she is a future engineer.
Our goal for Intersect 2017 is to make this conference one of the most valuable experiences of your life and career. We want to support every attendee’s commitment to lifelong learning and the pursuit of rewarding employment to the full measure of our abilities.
To that end, we’ve focused very closely on selecting speakers that we know will deliver genuine value and inspiration. We want every guest to be moved, lifted, and motivated by the words and ideas on offer.
This is why we are so excited to have Dr. Steve Abrams as one of our speakers!
Our Intersect 2017 conference is but a few weeks away now, and as we draw closer to the big event, we continue to think through the implications of the theme we’ve chosen: Learning for the Jobs of Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond. As detailed in a previous post, we’ve found ourselves thinking quite a bit about our Self-Driving Car Nanodegree program students in particular, as in many ways their paths seem emblematic of what this theme is all about, especially the “jobs of tomorrow” part.
As it turns out, however, Self-Driving Cars as an employment field is very much a “jobs of today” space, as evidenced by how many of our current students are already finding jobs! We’re honored to highlight a number of these stories and share them with you, and today we feature Caleb Kirksey.