Community, Connection, and Student Success at Intersect 2018

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Intersect 2018 was many things, but above all else, it was a celebration of our extraordinary students. Shiza Shahid perhaps summed it up best, when she tweeted these words after leaving the stage to a standing ovation following her keynote speech:

“The best education I receive is from conversations with people living lives entirely different from my own. Thank you Udacity, for the opportunity to speak at Udacity Intersect with your inspirational learners! May we all embrace the intention of becoming lifelong learners.”

Every second of the conference shone a light on our students—not just what they’ve achieved so far, but also what they’re going to accomplish next. Every conversation, from the most informal to the most professional, was pregnant with a sense of potential. The energy running through the halls, across the stages, up and down the stairs, was transformative—people were literally alive to the experience of being together, and feeling one another’s strength, and conviction.

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Udacity Alumni VIP Event at The Google Garage

Scenes From The Alumni VIP Intersect 2018 Pre-Event at The Google Garage!

Sebastian Thrun addresses Udacity Alumni VIPs at The Google Garage
Sebastian Thrun addresses Udacity Alumni VIPs at The Google Garage

It’s 4:30 pm on a sunny Northern California afternoon. I’ve just arrived on the Google Campus, and as you might expect, it’s bustling with busses, share bikes, and pedestrians. In one grassy courtyard made especially beautiful by a playfully percolating fountain, white tent tops catch the sunlight as the shadow line slowly approaches. This is my destination.

4:45 pm

People are starting to congregate, and the low hum of conversation is subtly rising in volume. The individuals gathered are members of Udacity’s Alumni community, here to experience an incredible Alumni VIP event on the eve of Intersect 2018.

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The Road to Intersect: Trae Vassallo Talks Data and Social Good

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Trae Vassallo has a fascinating and diverse background—from engineer to entrepreneur to investor—and this affords her a unique perspective on what the future holds for innovative creators, and gives her the singular ability to see into all corners of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Today, Trae is Co-founder & Managing Director of, an early stage venture capital firm, and as such, she has the ability to directly impact what new ideas will reach the marketplace. Her company is expressly devoted to teams who desire to “defy the ordinary” and that are “focusing on big ideas, underserved markets, and hard challenges.”

Is it any wonder we’re so excited to have Trae as a distinguished speaker for Intersect 2018?

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The Road To Intersect: Aline Lerner Talks About Increasing Diversity In Tech

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Udacity conferences, like so many aspects of the Udacity experience, are just a little bit … different. For example, all conferences have speakers, and we do as well—Intersect 2018 has an incredible speaker roster—but only at Udacity do the speakers get interviewed before the event, in a self-driving car!

Aline Lerner is the co-founder and CEO of, a hiring platform with a groundbreaking approach that is increasing diversity in tech through anonymized interviews. As recently described in Forbes, “the company matches qualified engineers with jobs at top tech companies including Facebook, Amazon, Uber and Airbnb by ditching resumes and offering live, technical interviews on its platform.”

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The Road To Intersect 2018: David Silver Talks Self-Driving Cars

We are officially on The Road to Intersect! Are you? Tickets are very nearly sold out, so get yours today before it’s too late!

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You may recall last year, when we debuted this rather unique interview series. We invited some of our distinguished speakers to chat on camera in advance of the conference, but the experience had a twist. Each conversation took place in “Carla”—Udacity’s own self-driving car!

These were wonderful interviews, and you can enjoy some of the 2017 highlights here.

This year, as we travel down the road towards Intersect 2018, we begin our interview series with none other than David Silver, the head of our Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program! This was a special opportunity to put David in a seat he doesn’t normally occupy—the passenger seat of a self-driving vehicle.

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Mindset Matters: Making The Most of Intersect 2018

From on-site interviews to learning workshops to our hiring partner showcase, Intersect 2018 offers an incredible experience, no matter where you are along your career path.  

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There are as many reasons to attend Intersect 2018 as there will be people who attend. Lifelong learning knows no age or stage, and everyone with a passion for self-empowerment through learning will derive value from the event. That said, the conference offers special rewards for those with an eye towards career advancement.

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Intersect 2018 Speaker Panels: Revealed!

Intersect 2018 is a celebration of Lifelong Learning, and the conference gathers together some of the most inspiring and influential speakers in the world. Early bird tickets are available through February 28.

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The pursuit of lifelong learning happens on two levels—the practical, and the aspirational. At the practical level, it’s about always having new goals, taking on new challenges, and going after new opportunities. At the aspirational level, it’s about nothing less than personal and professional transformation. It’s about constantly remaking yourself in an evolving image of your best self.

Udacity’s Intersect 2018 conference celebrates lifelong learning at both these levels. From hiring partner interviews to informative breakout sessions to providing professional headshots for your career profile, we want to support the practical steps you take to advance your life and career. Simultaneously, we are presenting some of the most innovative, inspiring, and influential speakers in the world, who come to this conference with the express goal of igniting within you the passion to transform yourself, your career, and the world around you.

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