Online learning platform Udacity has joined hands with Amazon Web Services to launch the AWS Machine Learning Scholarship Program. The program aims to groom the next generation of machine learning developers and leaders from underrepresented communities and groups. Top 425 students enrolled in AWS Machine Learning Foundation course will be eligible for a full scholarship for the AWS Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree program.
The top students are selected based on the test open to all who complete the course.
The free course now has several new modules including an introduction to Reinforcement Learning (RL) with AWS DeepRacer, generative AI with AWS DeepComposer, and computer vision with AWS DeepLens. Meanwhile, The AWS Machine Learning Engineer Nanodegree covers advanced machine learning techniques and tutorials on building, training, and deploying ML models in the cloud and at the edge with Amazon SageMaker.
“AWS strives to help level the playing field for women and people of colour, who have been underrepresented in the tech industry for far too long. We are thrilled to collaborate with Udacity to make this sort of technical training more widely available and accessible,” said LaDavia Drane, global head of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity at AWS.
Speaking about the collaboration with AWS, Gabriel Dalporto, Udacity CEO said, “As we look to the future, it’s more critical than ever to work with leaders in the space to provide cutting-edge courses that easily spark new career opportunities for students.”
Through its We Power Tech Program, AWS collaborates with professional organisations leading initiatives to increase the diversity in technical roles such as Girls In Tech and the National Society of Black Engineers. These organisations are teaming up to amplify the reach of the 2021 scholarship program among their members and in the community.