Cloud Training Update: 40+ new labs

Good news: our lab catalog is growing, which means even more cloud training for you. A lab is the best way to get hands-on experience with a new service or feature, whether you are curious about Google Cloud identity management or if you want to use Kubernetes for your next project. 

We added 40+ new labs to our catalog this week, and watch for more new labs coming soon! See the new Google Cloud labs here.

Cloud Training Offerings growth on Qwiklabs

Qwiklabs lab catalog growth over time.

Meet some of the new labs!

Deploy a Python Flask web application to the App Engine Flexible environment. The app wires up Google Cloud APIs for Vision, Storage, and Datastore to analyze a photo of a face. What mood is your selfie?

Got compute intensive jobs? Consider using Apache Beam on Cloud Dataflow to scale out your workloads. In this lab, learn to process Landsat data in a distributed manner using Apache Beam and Cloud Dataflow.

Run your Windows workloads on GCP. This lab teaches you how to create a virtual machine with Microsoft SQL Server installed. You’ll also create a Windows user and password, and learn how to connect to the Windows Server via remote desktop.

And check out the new badges you can earn! 

Earn Google Cloud badges

Easily search for topics that interest you.

Google Cloud training

And you’ll notice the new labs give you Google Cloud experience! You can filter by cloud, here: 

Google Cloud Training filter

With all the new labs (and more on the way), you may want to consider becoming an Advantage subscriber. As a subscriber, you get unlimited access to the entire lab catalog, including new labs the instant they are published. We promise to keep you interested with new labs and quests! But you can cancel your subscription any time you like.

Details here.

What’s your #nextQwiklab going to be?

Google Cloud training for developers: Start your Quest

Developers, learn how Google Cloud Platform (GCP) can make your life easier with the latest online training from Qwiklabs. Enroll in the Developing Applications Quest and practice building and deploying apps on the Google Cloud Platform. This 7-lab Quest walks you through build and deploy scenarios using Node.js, Ruby, Python, and even ASP.Net Core Frameworks. When you complete the labs, you can use what you learned to run your own apps on GCP. And you can add the Developing Applications badge to your resume – a credential that confirms your “flight time” with the GCP Console.

GCP Online Training: Developing Applications on Google Cloud

Here’s some of what you’ll do:

Complete this Quest and use what you learned to use GCP for your next project. And don’t forget to take advantage of GCP’s free offerings to get you started qwikly!

New Quest: Earn your Scientific Data Processing badge

Where are you headed for Summer vacation? You might pack your flip flops and head to the beach, or you might dig your boots out of the closet and explore a new hiking route. Qwiklabs is dreaming of out-of-office experiences too, with a brand new Scientific Data Processing Quest full of labs designed to transport you from your desk, to the coast, to NYC, even to the tropics. There’s room for Google Cloud training in your carry-on!

Google Cloud Training: Scientific Data Processing Quest

The Scientific Data Processing Quest walks you through using the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to tackle complex data analyses, with minimal IT know-how (and minimal cost!). Think training a machine learning model is outside your skillset? It’s not! There are 7 labs in this Quest and each one walks you through using basic GCP tools to process huge datasets, and return fascinating results.

Here’s some of what you’ll do:

  • Use BigQuery to process and correlate two extremely diverse datasets, weather and civil complaints in NYC. Can you think of other datasets you might want to correlate?

  • Use Google Cloud Dataflow to build a monthly vegetation growth index based on Landsat images. You’ll learn to use Google Cloud Dataflow, a framework that automatically distributes work to many machines. You will work with an agriculture use case, but you can apply your new skills across industries. Virtually trek through Reunion Island while you’re at it. (link to Lak’s post from Nov)

An image classifier consists of two parts: a feature extraction part that is many layers deep and a classifier part that is quite simple. In transfer learning, when you build a new model to classify your dataset, you reuse the feature extraction part from an already trained image classifier and re-train the classification part with your dataset. Since you don’t have to train the feature extraction part (which is the most complex part of the model), you can train the model far more quickly with fewer images and less computational resources.

– Lak Lakshmanan, Tech Lead, Data and ML Professional Services, Google Cloud

Don’t forget sunscreen!

Tweet @lak_gcp, the craftsman who built these labs, when you’re done and let us know what you think. Happy lab-taking!

Have you taken a qwiklab lately?

If you have taken a lab lately, you’ll notice new stuff in Qwiklabs. Here’s what’s new: 

Get to your labs faster with the new navigation menu at the top-left of your screen.

My Learning is your record of all the labs you’ve taken and all of the Quests you’ve begun (and completed!)

Qwiklabs "My Learning"

Your public profile is accessible here (only if you have enabled your profile – you don’t have to if you don’t want to!): 

Qwiklabs profile link location

How many credits do you have left? Check here for your credit count and keep track of your share groups. (Click your user pic at the top right, then My Account.) 

Notice that your credits are expiring? Don’t let them go to waste! Share them with friends and coworkers. 

Qwiklabs credit wallet

Log in, take a lab, and see what you think! 

3 ways to introduce yourself to Google Cloud (for free!)

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Photo courtesy of Thomas Leuthard(CC Attribution)

“The name is Cloud. Google Cloud.”

Getting to know a new technology can be intimidating. Maybe not as intimidating as meeting the world’s top secret agent, but still. And with 52% of enterprise companies in this Forbes contributor survey identifying themselves as “cloud first”, the pressure is on.

So what’s the best way for you to introduce yourself to the cloud? Here are three easy ways to start familiarizing yourself with Google Cloud. Even better, these resources are free of charge.

Are you ready for your Google Cloud introduction?

1. Google Cloud’s free trial

The fastest way to get started with GCP: new users are eligible for a $300 free trial. You can test-drive GCP with a new project, or try completing a Codelab or two.

2. Deep-dive webinars

Spend time with the experts! This webinar series offers five sessions, and you have two remaining opportunities to attend: 3/23 and 3/29.

You can make a whole day of it. Start at 10:00 PDT and learn how to take advantage of Google-grade security and industry-leading pricing and performance. Then at 1:00, see how to store petabytes of data with no upfront payment, no administrative costs, and no licensing fees. Finish the day with building several machine learning solutions. Or register for all of them!

Here’s the full course list:

Sessions are available today and 3/29, so claim your seat now! Click here to register.

3. Google Next ‘17 TFDA (too far, didn’t attend)

Help yourself to hours of product demos and announcements that happened at Next, whether or not you made it to San Francisco earlier this month. Here at Qwiklabs we are psyched to investigate how we can use Google Cloud Spanner, the first and only relational database service that is both strongly consistent and horizontally scalable. Click here for a demo.

Catch up on the latest with each day’s keynotes and breakout sessions. Start here with the highlights of day 1.

Next ’17: The Cloud Event of the Year

Next ‘17 is the most influential cloud event of the year, and it’s only 21 days away. Get up close and personal with Google cloud. Qwiklabs will be there – hope you can make it too!

Click here to register.

What do you want to get out of Next ‘17?

Next-ers will see keynotes from industry leaders, including Diane Greene and Sundar Pichai of Google.

Next '17 Keynote Speakers

In addition to the keynotes, you’ll get access to over 200 technical, strategic, and hands-on sessions on topics such as breakthrough machine learning, advanced analytics, modern application development, and every-level privacy and security. Review the full agenda and  customize your schedule.

Looking for insights on security, infrastructure, and enterprise migration? Get expert insights during sessions on topics such as:

Looking for something more developer-focused? You’ll find that too:

Next ’17 is a unique opportunity to network with your peers and thought leaders. This singular event brings experts and enthusiasts together to build the future of cloud.

Register now. See you there!

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….

How to show your Qwiklabs badge – and get away with it

Completing a Qwiklabs Quest and earning a badge is a huge accomplishment – and one you should be proud of. When you earn a badge, you demonstrate to the world that you mastered a skill set with Google Cloud Platform. Not only that, you have real, hands-on experience with Google Cloud Console. Whether you earn a badge on your own or your employer sponsors your Qwiklabs lab work, your badge is undeniably yours. You earned it! 

By default, your badge is not public when you first earn it. You maintain total control of what information is shared, when, and how. You can post a link to your badge anywhere you want (online profiles like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), you can send links to badges through email, and you can even copy/paste a link onto your resume. But first, you have to choose what information to share and make your badge public!

How to share your badge publicly

    1. Log in to: https://www.google.qwiklabs.com
    2. Click on View Public Profile at the top right hand corner
    3. If you already have a public profile, you will see it on the Badges tab. If you do not have a public profile, click the Make Profile Public link:
    4. You’ll be able to share your profile publicly:

Your public profile will always show:

    1. Your First and Last name according to what you listed in your account
    2. Your photo if you have one (if you are uncomfortable sharing this, you don’t have to upload your photo)
    3. Number of labs taken
    4. Number of Quests completed
    5. And of course, your badges!

I shared my certification on LinkedIn and here’s what it looks like

There are a few different ways you can display your badges on your online profiles, and you can feel free to be creative with yours. I posted my Scientific Data Processing badge as a “Certification” on my LinkedIn profile. And here’s how it looks: When you edit your LinkedIn profile, you can add different types of information to your profile. I tried both “Course” and “Certification” and it seems like the latter works best for your Qwiklabs badge. On a resume, you can create a link to your badge, depending on the file format. It works pretty well for PDF, MS Word and HTML files.

Choose your next Quest – and when you earn your badge, don’t be shy about showing it off!

AI and self-driving cars?

That and more at the GPU Technology Conference. It’s the biggest GPU conference in the world and it kicked off this morning. Are you there?

Between sessions on AI and self-driving cars, conference attendees will have a chance to learn new tools with hands-on NVIDIA labs powered by qwikLABS. If you’re attending the conference, check the schedule to see when labs are available.

If you’re not at the conference (bummer!), take a look at the NVIDIA self-paced lab catalog. Not sure where to start? Earn a badge with our latest Quest, Introduction to Deep Learning.