Introducing Udacity’s School of Cloud Computing

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Companies, big and small, are rapidly adopting cloud computing to enable their digital transformation. According to the latest Gartner report, the cloud tech services market is projected to grow 17.3% in 2019, totaling $206 billion. This growth is due to the desirability of Cloud Computing, as it allows companies to innovate at a faster pace and reduce operational costs.

Today, we are excited to announce the School of Cloud Computing at Udacity, with two new Nanodegree programs: the Cloud Developer Nanodegree Program and the Cloud DevOps Nanodegree Program. These Nanodegree programs offer access to the latest in-demand cloud computing skills using the AWS platform. Kesha Williams, Software Engineering Manager, at Chick-fil-A and Udacity Cloud Computing Instructor gave us this great insight into why cloud computing is so important:



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Life as a Udacity Student: Wakana Morlan’s Experience

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Last week we launched new support features including increased mentor support, career services, and flexible payment plans to help our students master the skills they’re learning. We highlighted one of the students, Mohamed Barakat, who was able to experience our new and improved learning programs before the public.

This week, we had an opportunity to speak with another student who is currently enrolled in one of our improved Nanodegree programs. Wakana Morlan is a marketing manager in San Francisco and currently enrolled in our Data Analyst Nanodegree program. She shared her experience within the program thus far and how her new skills will impact her career.



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Facebook Scholarship Fuels a Passion for Deep Learning

Last week we announced our latest collaboration with Facebook: Secure and Private AI Scholarship Challenge. This program builds on the previous momentum, aimed at a further expansion of student access to deep learning and AI tools. Just seven months ago we launched the PyTorch Scholarship Challenge from Facebook which saw 18,000 applications, 10,000 challenge scholars, and 300 full scholarship students from 149 countries starting the Deep Learning Nanodegree program in January.



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Life as a Udacity Student: Mohamed Barakat’s Experience

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This week we launched new support features for our Nanodegree programs designed to help our students master the skills they’re learning. Before sharing these new features with the public, we invited current Udacity students to experience our new and improved learning programs. One of those students is Mohamed Barakat, a biomedical engineer, living in Munich, Germany and currently working as a software engineer in the healthcare sector. He is enrolled in the Robotics Software Engineer Nanodegree program. We had a chance to chat with him about his current Udacity experience and how this program is impacting his skillset.



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Taking Udacity to New Heights

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Today, we are taking a huge step towards becoming the “University of Silicon Valley.” In the past decade, Udacity has become a global educational leader in fields such as Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. But to double down on student success, every student will now have technical mentors, expert reviewers, career coaches, and personalized learning plans on their side, in every Nanodegree program.  Our learning programs — built with the best in Silicon Valley — have always been world class. But, the changes we have implemented today will take them to a whole new level.



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Announcing the Secure and Private AI Scholarship Challenge with Facebook

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Today, we are pleased to announce our newest offering to expand students’ deep learning and AI skills: the Secure and Private AI Challenge Scholarship from Facebook.

This new scholarship program, announced at F8, the Facebook Developer Conference in San Jose, will enable students to acquire skills in Federated Learning, Differential Privacy, and Encrypted Computation with the benefit of robust community support from Udacity. You will learn how to use the newest privacy-preserving technologies, such as OpenMined’s PySyft. PySyft extends PyTorch and other deep learning tools with the cryptographic and distributed technologies necessary to safely and securely train AI models on distributed private data while maintaining users’ privacy. Students will also have the opportunity to earn their way to a full scholarship to either the Deep Learning Nanodegree program or the Computer Vision Nanodegree program with Udacity.

The Secure and Private AI Scholarship Challenge from Facebook



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Bertelsmann Announces 50,000 New Udacity Scholarships in Areas of Cloud, Data and AI

Today, we are excited to announce a new scholarship program with Bertelsmann. Over the next three years, Bertelsmann and Udacity will provide up to 50,000 scholarships in the areas of Cloud Engineering, Data Science and Artificial intelligence. This effort is an expansion of Udacity and Bertelmann’s partnership, as well as, their joint efforts to provide enhanced learning opportunities in emerging technologies.

The program is structured in two phases: In the first phase, 15,000 applicants, per subject area, will be selected to participate in a 3-month Scholarship Challenge phase. In the second phase, the top 5,000 performing Challenge phase students in each subject area will be awarded a full scholarship for a  Udacity Nanodegree program.



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