Finishing strong at re:Invent

re:Inventors, you have been AWS-ome this week! You have earned a total of 292 Quest badges. The most popular Quest so far? Solutions Architect-Associate Exam Prep, closely followed by Serverless Web Apps with Amazon DynamoDB

Total number of labs served? 10,502 and counting! 

The Hands-On Labs room is open today until noon. That means last call is around 11 am. Are you close to finishing a Quest? Complete the Quest, earn your badge, and claim your free Qwiklabs t-shirt. They are going fast, so the sooner the better. 

Learn AWS with hands on labs

re:Invent Your Resume

re:Invent 2016 is going strong – new services and expanded capabilities are being announced almost hourly. Whether you are in Las Vegas or keeping an eye on new developments at home, it’s the perfect time to start reinventing your career. AWS experts are in demand, and Qwiklabs is a great tool to expand your Cloud and AWS smarts.

One way to maximize your resume is to add a Qwiklabs Quest badge (click here to see all available Quests). Did you know that Quest badges are AWS-authorized? When you complete a Quest and earn a badge, do yourself a favor and add a qwik line to your resume.

What’s a Quest? It’s a collection of hands-on labs, usually between 6 and 8 labs total, geared towards learning a specific area of AWS. For example, the Lambda Quest is an 8-labber. It starts with the Intro to AWS Lambda lab, and progresses through more advanced use cases, including building an Alexa skill with Lambda, and finishes with a lab exploring how to access RDS and ElastiCache behind a VPC with Lambda. (It also happens to be one of the most popular Quests. Interested? Enroll here.) Pick from 20+ Quests, including certification prep Quests – something for everyone! 

Click here to pick your Quest (enrolling is free).

Spotlight Labs at re:Invent

Have you taken a Spotlight Lab session at re:Invent yet? Spotlight labs are a totally new type of event this year. You can register online – but in case the session does not fit your schedule, or in the event that the session is full and you’re at the end of the waitlist, you can always take any of the four labs at your own pace. If you’re at re:Invent, all AWS labs are available in the Hands-On Labs room. 200 workstations, experts throughout the room to help answer your questions, and snacks!

This year’s Spotlight Labs:

Fear and Lab-Taking in Las Vegas

Big day in the Hands-On Labs room – we are open, labs are hopping, and there’s a seat for you! 3808… 9… 10 labs served so far. We’re open today from 8 am till 4 pm. We’re closed for a couple of hours (for a Spotlight Lab session – did you sign up?) then we open our doors at 8:30 pm till midnight. Come be night owls with us! We’ll have snacks, beverages, prizes, and all the labs you can handle. Details here: http://reinvent.qwiklabs.com/.

Qwiklabs at re:Invent

What you should know:

  • Labs take 20 – 90 minutes to complete. 
  • Labs span many different services. Check out our catalog here. Something for everyone!
  • Enroll in a Quest and earn a t-shirt! A Quest is 6-8 labs focused on a particular subject area. Finish the Quest and earn a badge – looks great on a resume!
  • Try out the totally new Challenge Lab – finish with 100% completion and claim your prize.

Elsewhere at re:Invent….

Labs at re:Invent 2016: GO!

The Hands-On Labs room is open! Find us in the Veronese room (close to the business center, if you’re following signs – across from the Lego display). We’re here all week. See our full schedule and highlights here.

Day 1 is the perfect time to set some goals:

  • Finish a Quest. There are 22 to choose from – may I suggest the newest Security on AWS Quest? Or, learn to build your own Alexa skill with the Alexa Skills Development Quest. Finish a Quest at re:Invent and claim your t-shirt – hurry, supplies are limited!
  • Qwiklabs t shirt
  • Challenge yourself! This year, a totally new type of lab challenges you to solve a problem. No steps, no hints, just your own smarts. Finish the Challenge Lab at re:Invent with 100% completion and claim your sticker! While supplies last. 
  • Qwiklabs Challenge Lab
What will you learn this week? Browse the catalog – something for everyone – and see you soon!

re:Invent Hands-On Labs room

re:Invent 2016: Ready, set…

For the fifth year, Qwiklabs is at re:Invent, bringing Hands-On Labs to you! We’ll open the doors tomorrow morning, bright and early. Even if you’re not at re:Invent, keep an eye out this week for ways you’ll be able to join the fun (:

Find Qwiklabs in the Hands-On Lab room, in the Venetian. Here’s our schedule, and why you should swing by:

  • We’re open Tuesday thru Friday, starting at 8 am. You can find our schedule (and highlights!) here: http://reinvent.qwiklabs.com/ 
  • Earn a badge at re:Invent and get your Qwiklabs t-shirt! Only for re:Invent badge-earners, you’ll look spiffy in your comfy new tee. Once you earn your badge, come see us in the waiting area and claim your reward, while supplies last. 
Qwiklabs shirt

Google acquires Qwiklabs to skill up the world on Google Cloud

Big news today: Google has acquired Qwiklabs! We will be joining the Google Cloud team to help deliver hands-on lab learning for Google Cloud Platform, G Suite, and other products. We’re incredibly excited to now be a part of Google’s legendary cast of innovators.

Since starting Qwiklabs back in 2012, over half a million users have collectively spent over 5 million hours learning cloud technology through our platform. Our mission has been to transform technology learning from a passive watching experience to a hands-on doing experience. We’ve had to solve some gnarly technology problems along the way, but we eventually figured out how to deliver real-world lab learning environments in a reliable and operationally efficient way. It’s been an incredible rocket ride, and joining Google gives us more fuel to power the continued journey to realize our vision.

We plan to continue to offer lab learning credits and subscriptions for sale on Qwiklabs.com. Owners of existing credits and subscriptions continue to enjoy the same access to our library of hands-on labs. Our partners who deliver instructor-led training sessions and events can continue to do so.

We would like to thank all of our customers, partners, investors, and our employees and their families for their incredible support in bringing us this far. Great things lie ahead, and we can’t wait to get started.

Considering the AWS Certified Security – Specialty (Beta) exam?

The new AWS Certified Security – Specialty (Beta) exam is available now. Perfect timing! You can study up with the new Security on AWS Quest. Click here to enroll (enrolling is free). Get hands-on experience working with real use cases in the AWS Console while learning the practical applications of critical AWS security concepts and strategies. 

Here’s what you should know about the new exam:

  • For a limited time, sign up and get beta pricing. That’s a 50% discount (normally $300, now $150 – but register soon, the promo won’t last). 
  • In your next job upgrade, with this exam on your resume, target IT security-related positions around the world. According to Glassdoor.com, the average salary for an “IT Security” position is $95k in the US. Fine print: this isn’t a guarantee of any future salary in any way (but it’s a pretty compelling reason to explore opportunities). 
  • There are some eligibility requirements for this exam. For starters, you will need one of the following current AWS Certifications: AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate, AWS Certified Developer – Associate, or AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate. Qwiklabs can help you study up for those, too. Check out the Solutions Architect – AssociateDeveloper – Associate, or the SysOps Administrator – Associate exam prep Quests. 

AWS Certification Quests

New Quest: Security on AWS

A secure cloud environment is critical to doing business today. Prepare yourself (and your resume) to take on the security dragon with the newest Qwiklabs Quest: Security on AWS. Click here to enroll.

Security on AWS Quest badge

In this Quest, you will start by learning the basics of IAM and security-related tools like VPCs and the AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF). Then you’ll level-up to more advanced tools and use cases. This Quest is a great way to study up for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam (more on that tomorrow).

There are a total of six new labs in this Quest. If you’re an Advantage Subscriber, you already have unlimited access to the new labs (smart move!). If you’re not a subscriber, now might be a good time to consider signing up

Here’s all the new stuff (the Quest costs a total of 69 credits, or save with a US $55 subscription):

AWS Educate Program for Veterans & Family

On Veteran’s Day, AWS Educate announced a new program to help US veterans and their spouses skill up with cloud training and career resources. Are you a vet? Do you know a vet? This program is worth checking out.  

The AWS Educate Program helps individuals skill up on the cloud with career-centric training and learning resources. The program focuses on 4 job families that align with the AWS Educate Job Board: 

  • Cloud Architect
  • Software Developer
  • Operations-Support Engineer
  • Analytics and Big Data Specialist
Within these categories, the AWS Educate program offers 25+ different paths to prepare you for the next step in your cloud career. 

AWS Educate Program benefits include: