Udacity is thrilled to introduce our first Executive Program — the AI for Business Leaders Executive Program. Executive Programs are intensive, strategically-focused programs that empower business leaders to rapidly understand complex and technical concepts, like Artificial Intelligence, and apply these concepts to high-stakes decision-making in real-world business scenarios.
What exactly is Udacity’s new Executive Program, AI for Business Leaders? Gabe Dalporto, CEO of Udacity, offers a great explanation of the value of this program: ”Udacity ‘Executive Programs’ are an exciting addition to our curriculum that teach leaders and executives the fundamentals of a particular technology, like Artificial Intelligence, and go deep into the key questions and strategic implications they should be considering around the application of these technologies in their organization. In contrast, our Nanodegree programs teach hands-on, practitioner-level skills to those who will be implementing a specific technology.”
Today, Udacity is excited to announce a collaboration with Shell, following the company’s recent initiative to invest in AI. With this collaboration, Shell has chosen Udacity as its education platform of choice to build AI skills at scale.
The field of machine learning continues to boast incredible job growth, salaries, and skill sets that can be used in many different industries. Google utilizes this technology in their Cloud product to allow startups to build machine learning models that work on data of any size, while GE utilizes IoT to help detect and prevent anomalies and crashes in their products. These are just a snapshot of the numerous applications of machine learning in the market today that display the potential for an exponential amount of professional expansion. Currently, just in the US alone, there are over 50,000 open roles for machine learning professionals, so now is the time to develop machine learning expertise!
In LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs report, AI Specialist, a role that includes machine learning, deep learning, TensorFlow, and Python as key skills, boasts 74% annual growth. All of the above skills are incorporated into Udacity’s new Intro to Machine Learning with TensorFlow Nanodegree program, which is a great way to get introduced to the fundamentals of machine learning, including areas like manipulating data, supervised & unsupervised learning, and deep learning.
So what is TensorFlow, and how is it being utilized today? TensorFlow is a deep learning framework made by Google for creating machine learning (ML) models that use multi-layer neural networks. The TensorFlow library allows users to perform functions by creating computational graphs. AirBnB utilizes TensorFlow to improve the guest experience to categorize listing photos by classifying images and detecting objects at scale. Coca-Cola uses TensorFlow to enable mobile proof-of-purchase at scale, while PayPal uses TensorFlow to detect fraud, and Twitter uses TensorFlow to rank tweets, highlighting the broad and powerful range of applications.
As the calendar year comes to a close, it’s natural to look back and compare yourself to where you were this time last year. In December 2018, we were celebrating 50,000 graduates with the story of Anna Preis, who earned a Nanodegree from Udacity and used it to build a career she truly cares about. Now, in December 2019, we’re celebrating 100,000 graduates as well as a load of other exciting achievements this year.
Since we launched Udacity’s Enterprise business in 2017, a growing number of companies have enrolled their employees in Udacity’s Nanodegree programs, indicating that leading organizations are increasingly investing in Udacity’s Nanodegree programs to upskill their own employees while helping to close the talent gap in the labor market. We’re proud to have partnered with Fortune 500 companies to help them transform their workforces. Today, we’re thrilled to announce our latest partnership with the worldwide consulting leader Accenture.
When I met with Udacity graduates at Accenture last month, we spoke about the changing nature of industries worldwide. Transportation, for instance, is undergoing multiple parallel changes with the advent of electric and self-driving cars, as well as new ridesharing models. Lifelong learning is a crucial tool that enables students to catch up to the latest in these fields. By becoming expert learners in subjects such as self-driving cars and machine learning, students will be able to move in tandem with these innovations, remaining on the pulse, and transition into new capabilities as experts in their fields.
Andrew Smith, Managing Director and Head of Industry X.0 at Accenture, completed Udacity’s Deep Learning Nanodegree program earlier this year. “Continuous learning is important in every job. But in consulting it is vital to stay ahead, especially as the speed of technological advancement accelerates every day,” he said. “Udacity’s programs teach the exact tech skills we need at Accenture. They offer a great learning experience that can be flexibly integrated into your schedule regardless of location and course hours.”
By launching this pilot program with Accenture, Udacity is taking another step towards our mission to power careers through tech education. A warm welcome to all the new learners at Accenture. We look forward to watching your continued progress and seeing what you will build. Thank you for learning with Udacity!
Today, we are proud to announce our newest scholarship to expand students’ AI skills: the Intel® Edge AI Scholarship Program.
This new scholarship program, announced at the Intel AI Summit and the Future of Education and Workforce Summit in San Francisco, will empower professional developers interested in advanced learning, specifically deep learning and computer vision, to accelerate the development and deployment of high-performance computer vision and deep learning solutions. Computer vision and AI at the edge are becoming instrumental in powering everything from factory assembly lines and retail inventory management to hospital urgent care medical imaging equipment like X-ray and CAT scans. This program will teach fluency in some of the most cutting-edge technologies.