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.
We recently acquired Outlearn, a seed-stage Boston-based startup backed by General Catalyst Partners. Outlearn created a technical learning publishing system designed to make it easy for subject matter experts to publish custom learning paths using existing web content and original content authored in Markdown.
Outlearn was created by an amazing roster of all-star talent that we are very happy to now have on our team. We’re also very happy to welcome General Catalyst Partners as a qwikLABS investor through this transaction.
We plan to use the Outlearn team’s expertise to improve the learning and authoring experience on the qwikLABS product and to accelerate our growth in the years ahead. The Outlearn service has been shut down, but the company’s vision of flexible, modular online learning for software developers and IT professionals lives on.
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.com2. Click on View Public Profile at the top right hand corner3. 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 account2. Your photo if you have one (if you are uncomfortable sharing this, you don’t have to upload your photo)3. Number of labs taken4. Number of Quests completed5. 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.
Seriously looks like a great party, but even more seriously, take things into your own hands and get into NVIDIA technology, fast. Check out these live, hands-on labs and learn to program GPUs with C++, or Python, or Fortran, or MATLAB – any place, your pace. Check out labs on OpenACC and Deep Learning too (Intro to Deep Learning is free!).
What’s a Quest, you might ask? And why should I care? Each Quest consists of a collection of labs that focus on a specific area of GPU computing and practical use cases. At the end of a Quest, you get two things:
Advanced knowledge of that specific area of GPU computing
A shareable badge to show what you accomplished (looks great on your resume, social media profiles, and more!)
Why should I take the Deep Learning Quest? Deep learning is helping to solve big data problems such as computer vision (self-driving cars!), speech recognition, and language processing. NVIDIA provides high-performance tools and libraries to power these applications, and qwikLABS puts practical training, curated by experts, into your hands. Earn your Deep Learning Badge today!
As promised, here are a few snapshots of the conference. Have you checked out the self-paced labs yet?
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.