Visit Udacity at Developer Week in San Francisco

Udacity is proud to sponsor DeveloperWeek 2014 — and we’re really excited to offer free keynote and expo passes to our students! The conference is being held in San Francisco from February 17 – 21, 2014, so if you’re in the Bay Area during that window, fill out this form and and we’ll email a pass to the first 200 Udacity students to request one. Check out the schedule here; the free pass will get you into the pink and green events. 

DeveloperWeek 2014, hosted by Data2.0, is a developer event series with a hackathon, conference, panels, guest speakers, and a hiring mixer. DeveloperWeek features events on full stack development, mobile development, HTML5, Python, big data and apps. 

Whether you’re a seasoned pro in these tracks or you’re just starting your journey in tech, DeveloperWeek has plenty of resources from top industry employers to help you find the next step in your education and your career. 

Interested in checking out careers in development? Attend the DeveloperWeek Hiring Mixer on February 17th, where over 20 tech companies actively hiring designers and developers are attending. Designers, developers and engineers can register to attend for free. This is a great chance to network with recruiters and learn more about the developer career landscape.

See you next week!

Coffee Break EP32 [VIDEO]: Computer Science Education Week

If you’ve ever been curious about coding, Computer Science Education week brings you the perfect way to get started: the Hour of Code. Pick from a series of hour-long tutorials where you’ll code incredible things like a holiday card, or your first game.

For more resources after you’ve completed your Hour of Code, head over to Udacity! You can learn the programming language Python in Intro to Computer Science, Java in Intro to Programming, and even create your own mobile app using point-and-click development!

Hour of Code and Beyond

Udacity is proud to be a partner in the 2013 Computer Science Education Week, an annual program dedicated to inspiring students to explore the world of computer science.

We are blown away by the amazing Hour of Code tutorials! You can start with no coding experience, and in one hour, do incredible things like write your first computer program, create a holiday card, and even build your own game.

After you’ve completed the Hour of Code, get ready to explore the Udacity course catalog for more interactive, project-based computer science resources.

For beginners, we’re excited to recommend a new course, Intro to Salesforce App Development, where you’ll learn to think like a programmer and develop your own mobile app without needing to write a single line of code! You can get started in our beginner programming in python and beginner programming in Java course.

Join President Obama, Beyonce, Mark Zuckerberg, Ashton Kutcher, and others in starting the Hour of Code today! Make sure to share with your family and friends, and we’ll see you in class!

Coffee Break EP29 [VIDEO]: How to Become a Salesforce Developer

We just got back from Dreamforce 13! We had a great time sharing our new class, Intro to Salesforce App Development, where you’ll build powerful web and mobile apps and host them in the cloud, without writing a single line of code.  

In addition to practical app development in, you will learn the critical thinking required to develop an app and how to think about database schemas. All skills that will get you started in a programming career!

The best part: you don’t need a programming background to get started — in Intro to Salesforce App Development, you’ll use point-and-click as you familiarize yourself with development. At Dreamforce, we met TONS of Salesforce developers from non-programming backgrounds who got a first taste of what it takes to start thinking like a programmer.

Meet Jerry, who started out in finance and marketing, saw the need for a Salesforce developer on his team, and taught himself to become a developer!

Feeling inspired? Take Intro to Salesforce App Development and start your journey as a developer today!

Udacity Study Groups


We hear from many Udacians who love meeting their classmates for study groups, encouragement, and just kicking back to enjoy our thriving community. At our Second Annual Udacity Global Meetup, we had a blast celebrating our amazing student community (as well as talking about careers in tech)!

Sean Bennett, Course Developer for HTML5 Game Development, is a big advocate of student study groups and recently attended a new series of HTML5 Game Development study nights organized by Udacity students. Sean says, “Recently I had the privilege of attending a student-run study group for HTML5 Game Development at the HackerDojo in Sunnyvale. I got to talk to a group of students going through the course and answer any questions they had. The conversation ranged from the course itself, to web development, through HTML5 features, game development, monetization, and production.”

It’s always nothing short of amazing getting to talk to students one-on-one like this, and I had a ton of fun! I’d really love to thank Jenny for organizing it, and the students that attended the study group. And of course, Peter Lubbers decided to be awesome from afar and provide food for the study group!

Udacity, how do you like to connect with your classmates?

There are a few ways to get involved in your own student groups: make sure to check out your course forum study group tag, and also take advantage of the Udacity Meetup community. Visit your city’s Meetup community to plan your own study group, and see what community events are coming up in your area.

Let us know in the comments how you are connecting with the community!

Coffee Break EP12 [VIDEO]: Udacity Global Meetup

Happy Friday and happy Coffee Break!

Last Saturday, we had an amazing time meeting Udacity students at Global Meetups around the U.S. and across the world! We celebrated our community and shared resources for advancing careers in tech, and we absolutely loved hearing from you all about your experiences with Udacity.

For those of you who were not able to attend, here are a few hellos from Udacians who attended the Palo Alto Global Meetup!

Best of Udacity’s Global Meetup

Udacians all over the world gathered on Saturday, July 20th to celebrate the Udacity community and to learn more about getting ahead in (or getting into!) their careers in tech.

Thanks for an amazing day! We had a wonderful time meeting hundreds of Udacians in Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and New York, as well as in cities all over the world.

Udacians in Palo Alto
Udacians in Palo Alto
Udacians at Etsy Labs in New York
Udacians at Etsy Labs in New York
Udacians in Seattle at Redfin
Udacians in Seattle at Redfin! Big thanks to Moz for sponsoring here as well!
Udacians in Accra
Udacians gathered in Accra

We also learned a lot from our special tech guests. Thanks so much to the following companies and organizations for coming out:

SpaceX, Google, Etsy, Microsoft, Braintree, Redfin, CODE2040, OpenGov, Rocket Fuel, 23andMe, Rivieria Partners, Palo Alto Staffing, i-staffing-inc, Twilio, Crowdspring, Belly, Capital Group, QThru, Pactera, 9Mile Labs, Madrona Venture Group, Up Global, Hireart, Chartbeat, and more.

Joseph Yeh from Riviera Partners sums up his day at Udacitys’ Global Meetup by saying, “The students of Udacity have a genuine interest in technical growth, building their professional skills, and are proud of their Udacity achievements! From this meetup, we had interns, professionals, and alumni from Google, Facebook, Linkedin, Palantir, and local VCs get together, to share their insights and experiences about mentorship, networking, and future business opportunities.”

We had a great time meeting everyone and look forward to staying in touch!