From fleeing Syria to finding himself – Omar Albeik | Student Story

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Omar Albeik - Udacity Student

Challenges make you push your boundaries and help you grow. So when Omar was left with no choice but to leave his country due to war in Syria, he decided to transition his career. And in this journey he chose Udacity as a partner.

Omar enrolled for iOS Developer Nanodegree program to begin with and then skilled himself with multiple Nanodegree programs including Android Basics, Front End, React and Deep Learning Foundation

We are proud to have enabled Omar change his life. Here’s his story in his own words. 



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Story of Mateusz Zatylny – Building an autonomous wheelchair

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Every day we come across many inspiring stories of our students succeeding in various fields. Some make us happy, some make us proud, and then there are some that are so remarkable they make us realize the profound impact our students can have on society. 

We came across one such story recently of Mateusz Zatylny, a recipient of the Udacity Pytorch Scholarship and the Udacity Facebook Secure and Private AI Scholarship, who is now building an autonomous technology driven wheelchair along with a group of Udacians he met during the Pytorch Scholarship program. Mateusz is a patient of generalized Dystonia, a movement disorder that is not limited to a single part of the body. But that clearly didn’t deter him from achieving great things. He can’t control his wheelchair by himself, so he decided to build an autonomous technology driven wheelchair that could help him and many more to safely maneuver through daily life.



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Jobs in AI: What They Involve and How to Nab One

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These days you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t interrogated Siri (or Alexa), enjoyed the movie Netflix suggested, or fallen victim to purchasing that additional item Amazon recommended—all of which are only possible due to artificial intelligence. AI has been a field of study as far back as the 1950s, but advances have skyrocketed in recent years. These days AI is everywhere and has increasingly become part of all of our everyday lives. Thanks to AI, once tedious tasks are now simple, single-click activities. And as technology becomes even more pervasive, it will only continue to impact our personal and professional lives.

From healthcare to education and everything in between, AI and related technology are also changing the nature of work across the globe. Gartner estimates AI will create 2.3 million new jobs in 2020 while eliminating 1.8 million positions. And according to a 2019 Dun & Bradstreet report, 40% of organizations are adding more jobs as a result of adopting AI, while only 8% are cutting jobs because of the new technology. 



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Announcing the DeepRacer Scholarship Challenge from AWS

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Today, we are excited to announce our newest offering to expand students’ machine learning deep learning skills: the DeepRacer Scholarship Challenge from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

This new scholarship program will enable students to acquire skills in machine learning and test their skills in the world’s first autonomous racing league – the AWS DeepRacer League. Top performing students in the DeepRacer League will also have the opportunity to earn their way to a full scholarship to the Machine Learning Nanodegree program with Udacity. 



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AI Training for the Non-Technical: New Learning Partnership with Figure Eight

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To prepare the next generation of product managers to compete in the AI-driven workforce of tomorrow, lifelong learning pioneer Udacity is announcing a new learning partnership with San Francisco-based machine learning and artificial intelligence company Figure Eight, an Appen company. Today, the two companies are announcing their collaboration on the AI Product Manager Nanodegree program, a course designed to teach students how to build AI-powered products and how to bring value to their business using AI.

“When product managers adopt and embrace AI to develop products with AI at their core, they can create an impressive impact on their bottom line and on the real world as a whole,” said Alyssa Simpson Rochwerger, Vice President of Product, Figure Eight. “We built this course with Udacity to empower professionals to help build amazing products using AI, but aren’t coming to the table with a deep technical background.”

AI Product Manager Nanodegree program


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Life as a Udacity Student: Sundar Krishnan’s Experience

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At Udacity, students are our number one priority. We recently redesigned our Nanodegree programs and launched new services to help students master the skills necessary to advance their career. We’ve heard some great stories and are excited to share them with you.

This week, we’re featuring a student who not only leveraged what he learned to innovate at his company, but also inspired others to enroll in Nanodegree programs so that they too could add significant value to their careers. Sundar Krishnan is a lead data scientist at Comcast who took Udacity’s Deep Learning Nanodegree program to develop a new skill set. He also inspired the creation of a “no-meeting” day, which enables employees to invest time in learning. Let’s hear more about his experience in the program.

Sundar Krishnan Udacity Deep Learning Nanodegree Program


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Facebook Scholarship Fuels a Passion for Deep Learning

Find the right nanodegree program for you.

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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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