Got data? If you have lots of it, Amazon Redshift can help. And qwikLABS can help too, with the newest quest: Advanced Operations Using Amazon Redshift!
Click here to see all the labs in this Quest.
Your Quest, should you choose to accept it, delves deep into the world of Amazon Redshift. You will learn to optimize for storage efficiency and query performance, use your data to create prediction models, and more. After all, what’s the point of all that data if you can’t use it?
Here are some of the things you’ll do in the Quest:
You sent us 125 brilliant ideas. We were able to get the list down to 10, but now we are asking for help – phoning you – to select the final 3.
Vote below for your favorite idea for the next qwikLAB.
The 3 with the most votes will be turned into qwikLABS. And if you happened to suggest that idea, you will win 100 qwikLAB credits. Voting for yourself is allowed 🙂
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The newest AWS Quest is here! Serverless Design with AWS Lambda takes you deep into the hot new trend in Cloud computing.
Click here to check out the new Quest!
Let’s go behind the scenes with the newest AWS Quest, for some Q&A.
I want to use Lambda for event driven programming. Is it more efficient than what I’m using now? How does it work?
This Quest can give you a bunch of insights into how Lambda can help you improve your efficiency (and reliability, and your monthly bottom line too). Test drive event driven programming with Serverless Architectures with Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Kinesis Streams with AWS Lambda. Build a real-world application using AWS Triggers, which combines DynamoDB Streams and Lambda.
AWS Summit Tokyoにご参加の予定はありますか? (http://www.awssummit.tokyo/) 今年のSummitは、過去最大規模で開催されます。3日間に渡り、100以上の最新のAWSクラウドのトレンドが紹介され、役員から開発者まで全員を対象としたものとなります。
新たなAWSのスキルを身に着ける最善の方法は、ハンズオンで経験することです。qwikLABSラボを利用すれば、新たなスキルを演習で試し、実際の AWSコンソールを使用できます。AWS Summit Tokyoにご参加される方は、ラボセッションにご参加いただくことが可能です。スケジュールはこちら (http://www.awssummit.tokyo/training.html) でご確認ください。ラボセッションには３つのトピックが選ばれています。またセッションは AWSテクニカルトレーナーによって提供されます。AWSテクニカルトレーナーは１０分間ほど説明を行い、その後、皆さんがラボを完了するご支援を致します。
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Our phones can take us on 600 mile road trips with turn-by-turn instructions. Don’t feel like driving? Use that same phone to summon someone who is happy to chauffeur you.
Need an image for the perfect meme when your buddy tells you about a crazy dream he had last night? Here you go –>
Of course it’s not all about cat videos. One of the fastest growing technologies today is found in the realm of Deep Learning.
Deep learning uses networks to learn levels of representation and abstraction (think of this as classifying or categorizing things by many different characteristics). Deep Learning uses those levels to make sense of data like images and sound. Advances in Big Data mean that Deep Learning is able to learn better, faster, and more efficiently.
So what’s it good for? Medical technology, Artificial Intelligence (like self-driving cars), and voice recognition. (Have you spoken to Alexa, Siri, or Cortona lately? Is it just me or are they getting smarter?)
I’m not trying to say that you should know more about Deep Learning…. but you really should. Not only does it permeate daily life, but it’s cool! How does one learn about Deep Learning, you ask? Not to worry – there’s a lab for that!
The Introduction to Deep Learning lab is perfect for beginners, but still fun for more advanced users. Not only does this lab do interesting programmatic work, it is also totally free of charge.
You will complete 3 Deep Learning projects:
- Teach your program to recognize things in a photo (psst this is my favorite one!). Upload a photo (baby picture? your dog? selfie from your last vacation?) and challenge a program to identify what it is. No hints! It’s eerily accurate. Next you will teach a program to recognize objects in photos it has never seen before.
- Teach a program learn to read handwriting. Spoiler alert, the program learns to read (messy) handwriting with 98% accuracy.
- Give a monkey a typewriter and you may or may not get Shakespeare, but give this program the Shakespeare command and you get fully formed, properly punctuated Shakespeare-esque poetry! Sort of. You be the judge. “His life impossession craves thee.”
It is the first lab in the qwikLABS NVIDIA Deep Learning Quest. It’s a free intro lab, so I encourage you to check it out!
A better way to flair at work
Does your team use qwikLABS for training at work? (Check out this post on using share groups to get teams up to speed on AWS.) The Amazon team uses qwikLABS as a professional development tool. When someone at Amazon finishes a Quest, he or she gets to add the badge they earned to their profile in the company phone directory, recognizing their efforts and accomplishments. Does your company do something similar?
Do these come in buttons…
This type of recognition, in the company directory, can be a water cooler conversation that you actually want to have.
- Know who might be able to help you out with a new project with a service you’ve never used – like someone with the Deployment and Management Quest badge – and the best part is they’re only a phone call away!
How does your team recognize accomplishments?
Question: Why can I only take a lab once?
We hear this question on a pretty regular basis. “I paid for credits, spent the credits on a lab, took the lab, and you’re telling me I have to spend more credits to take the lab a second time?” It’s a valid question, and the answer is worth exploring (TLDR: subscribe to qwikLABS and take a lab as many times as you want!).
The hands-on qwikLABS approach is dramatically different from other sources of online training. A lab is not like a book that you buy and read over and over. A lab is more like a sandwich – you only eat it once.
A lab is like a sandwich…