MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 16, 2020 / PRNewswire / – Udacity, a global online training platform that prepares the global workforce for future careers, today announced a partnership with Business and Corporate Product Innovation Systems (BESPIN), a United States Air Force (USAF) agile development laboratory, for its carriers to strengthen their skills in AI, data analysis, programming, and machine learning and improve the software development used by the USAF. Nanodegree UdacityⓇ programs available for BESPIN through Digital University, a new USAF initiative is being developed by BESPIN which focuses on the democratization of technical training in the Air Force.
Nanodegree UdacityⓇ the program features hands-on learning with projects tailored to real-world scenarios that complement instructor-led sessions. After considering its training options, BESPIN chose Udacity because of its focus on developing skills in core and emerging technologies, with particular emphasis on the latter. This training model allows the BESPIN team to accelerate the process of sending applications from ideation to products sent in just 88 days. While BESPIN has led the collaboration with Udacity, there are also plans to offer Nanodegrees to other groups at USAF through Digital University.
“BESPIN began with eight pilots in 2018 and has grown to more than 100 personnel, all of whom are committed to overcoming the challenges of legacy technology and accelerating the transformation of the USAF digital,” Lieutenant Colonel said. Paul Cooper, CEO, BESPIN. “These ambitions, together with the initial mentality and work ethic of BESPIN, brought us to the Nanodegree Udacity program. Programs that have been completed by our pilots, which include Swift, Kotlin, Kubernetes, and data science classes, have provided they are the skills needed to create powerful software, ready for a mission.
“Udacity is committed to creating and maintaining technological talent and closing organizational skills gaps. This is a mission that is aligned with BESPIN’s strategic initiatives,” said Gabe Dalporto, CEO, Udacity. “We proudly support USAF in fulfilling its goal of creating ‘Digital Air Force‘and empower members of their services to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. “
Like governments around the world, Udacity’s online training platform is used by global corporate customers to train and retrain their workforce. These customers include Airbus, AT&T, BMW, IBM, Nike and Shell. Between 2019 and 2020, Udacity’s corporate business more than doubled.
Udacity is a global online training platform that strengthens digital transformation and accelerated time-to-market initiatives for Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies. Udacity programs provide practitioners with industry-created skills through a series of Nanodegree® programs consisting of online courses and real-world projects in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, autonomous systems, and cloud computing, among other disciplines. Udacity collaborates with expert instructors and more than 200 global industry partners including AT&T, Google, Facebook, Mercedes-Benz, and NVIDIA to strengthen technical education. Headquartered in Mountain View, California., a private company operating in Indonesia great Britain, Egypt, German, India, and United Arab Emirates. Udacity has increased $ 163 million in funding to date from investors including Bertelsmann, Andreessen Horowitz, Charles River Ventures, and Drive Capital. For more information, please visit www.udacity.com.
Andrea Heuer for Udacity
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