Power-up your resume with a certification

Google cloud is making waves in the enterprise space by increasing speed and efficiency for companies like Evernote, solving complex problems for a fraction of the cost in medical research, and working with industry leaders like Snap to enable the latest mobile video technologies. As companies move to the cloud, demand for technical professionals continues to grow.

According to Glassdoor.com, the average Cloud Architect salary in the US is over $140,000. Are you strategizing your next career move? How do you prove you have what it takes to be a cloud architect, and set yourself (and your resume) apart?

Earning a certification is a smart way to fast-track your cloud career. Certifications help people and companies connect. And a Google Cloud certification puts you at the forefront of an accelerating industry.

Browse certifications & register.

Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect

The Google Certified Professional – Cloud Architect exam is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your skills. The certification proves your ability to design, develop and manage dynamic solutions that are robust, scalable and highly available.

Are you going to Next ‘17? Get certified while you’re there and grow your network (pass the exam and you’ll get exclusive access to the certification lounge, too!).

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….

Can you pass the Turing test?

Pass the Turing test, get your share of a $2.5 million prize. Fine print: your original socialbot, powered by Alexa, is actually what gets tested. 

The Alexa Prize, announced last week, is a $2.5 million competition to advance conversational artificial intelligence. 

Have you heard any of this from your device(s) of choice?

  • “Hmm, I didn’t catch that”
  • “Sorry, I’ll try harder”
  • “Can you please repeat the question”

The people behind the Alexa Prize want to scrub these phrases from the memory banks forever.

AWS re:Invent 2016 – Seeking your pro-tips

Attention! We are seeking your best tips, tricks, and must-not-misses for AWS re:Invent 2016. Been before? Heard from re:Invent veterans? What should you do to get the most of of your re:Invent experience? 

Send us your tips – tagged with #qwikLABS – tweet us @qwikLAB, post on our Facebook wall, our LinkedIn page, or comment on this post (sending an email does not count). Next week, we will pick the 10 best tips and share them with you. 

….And what’s the fun of a contest without a prize? The 10 winners will get 15 qwikLABS credits each, good for any AWS lab (or labs) in the catalog!

The deadline is September 16 if you want to be eligible for the contest.

Some ideas to get the conversation started…

  • What one event is an absolute must?
  • What’s your strategy for getting the best seats?
  • Who has the best swag? 
  • What was the most useful thing you brought home with you? (Maybe a handful of qwikLABS token cards..?)
  • Unforgettable breakfast spots, where you run into the most interesting people?
  • Which event has the best snacks?

Good luck!

AWS re:Invent 2016 – Getting there

Las Vegas Boulevard South

Coming Soon: AWS re:Invent 2016. Photo courtesy of D-Stanley(CC Attribution)

Are you planning to be at AWS re:Invent in November? qwikLABS is going, and we hope to see you there! 

This is the first in a series of posts we’ll write leading up to the event. You will see all kinds of information, from packing lists to treasure maps. Today’s topic? How to get your ticket.

The easiest way, of course, is to register. 

Looking for a challenge? There are a few ways to get to re:Invent for less…

Win a ticket with the Serverless Chat Bot Competition

  • The challenge: Build a chat bot and win a ticket to re:Invent 2016! 8 tickets (plus other goodies) are up for grabs.
  • Deadline: Sept. 29
  • Click here for official details from the AWS team
  • Wondering where to start? Sign up for a free webinar from AWS. The webinar promises in-depth exploration of the skills you’ll need to master to build your own chat bot. 
  • … and finally, qwikLABS can help you learn to build a serverless chat bot! (Handy, eh?) With this Slack Chat Bot lab, you’ll get step-by-step instructions and a template for creating a chat bot. You can customize it to your heart’s content, then use it to enter the competition!

Earn the Alexa Developer Discount

If we find other nifty competitions or promos, we’ll be sure to share them. Good luck! 

qwikLABS road trip: AWS Summit NYC

Were you at the AWS Summit in NYC? We hope you had time to swing by the hands-on lab room! Even if you didn’t make it, we hope to see you at the next one

AWS Summit: Hands-on labs

Lab-takers hard at work.

While you’re at an AWS Summit…

There’s always a ton of speakers, events, and programs with AWS experts and super-users. Usually you can find qwikLABS there too! If you haven’t been to one yet, or if you’re thinking of going to the next one, here’s why you should make the trip:

    Get your lab on at AWS Chicago Summit

    Are you in Chicago? Check out the AWS Summit, happening now. Say hi to Dave, the qwikLABS on-scene expert!

    https://qwiklabs.com/

    Many labs were taken.

    One for the road

    Snag a token (or 2) and take a free lab at the event, or save it for later. Bring one home to your friend while you’re at it – save your souvenir budget. 

    qwiklabs.com

    New look, same price (free!).

    If you’re in Chicago, I hope you swing by and take a lab or two. And if you’re not in Chicago, no worries, qwikLABS AWS labs are available anywhere with an internet connection. Take a look at our catalog and find your next lab.