Udacity, Tencent WeChat Launch Free WeChat Mini Program Course for Global Audience

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Udacity and Tencent WeChat are launching a new free course to teach developers around the world how to create their own mini-programs on WeChat, the most popular messaging app among Chinese consumers. This is the online education platform’s latest effort to teach students the skills to build “mini-programs” on the WeChat platform.

Developed by Tencent in 2011, WeChat is a multi-function mobile communications application. Among WeChat’s most disruptive capabilities are its “WeChat Mini Programs,” sub-applications within the WeChat ecosystem. And with more than one billion active monthly users in China, WeChat’s importance is almost impossible to overestimate.  



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Introducing the Udacity Data Visualization Nanodegree program

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Companies are amassing huge amounts of data and hiring small armies of data scientists and engineers to store and analyze it. However, there’s often a disconnect between technical data professionals and business decision makers. More and more, companies are looking for people who can bridge the gap and unlock the real value of big data by crafting impactful narratives supported by data visualizations. Recent Linkedin research even pointed to data presented as one of the top 10 most in-demand skills. To help people develop these important skills, Udacity is excited to announce the Data Visualization Nanodegree program.

“The ability to communicate effectively with data sets you apart professionally. Plenty of people can do the technical work or put together a fancy presentation. Creating clear data visualizations to support your viewpoints, and using your analyses to tell a narrative or make a recommendation, is a crucial 21st-century data skill” – Sam Nelson, Head of Content Strategy at Udacity.



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The Quest to Engineer the Self-Driving Car: Expanded Partnership with Mercedes-Benz

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To train the next generation of engineering talent in self-driving car technology, lifelong learning pioneer Udacity is further expanding its learning partnership with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA). Today, we are excited to announce the Sensor Fusion Engineer Nanodegree program, built in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz was the first automotive manufacturer to open a research and development center in Silicon Valley in 1995. In September 2014, MBRDNA became one of the first automotive manufacturers to be issued with an official license by the state of California for testing self-driving vehicles on public roads.

“Sensor fusion is a crucial component of autonomous vehicles at Mercedes-Benz,” said Michael Maile, Manager of the Sensor Fusion and Localization team at MBRDNA. “Our partnership with Udacity is offering a great way of teaching engineers how to work with lidar, radar, and camera sensors to perceive the driving environment.”



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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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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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