At Udacity, we are all about democratizing education to give people the skills they need to get a new job or advance their careers in technology. Today, with Android at one billion active users worldwide and growing, the demand for Android developers is staggering — from Palo Alto to Paris to Penang.

Introducing the new Android Developer Nanodegree, built by Google. via

Given the remarkable rise of the Android platform worldwide, we are thrilled to be announcing the industry’s first Android Developer Nanodegree at Google I/O today. The new Nanodegree was built by Google with their curriculum, subject matter experts and developers to the standards they expect of Android developers. Google has committed $4 million and thousands of hours of developer time to this effort. The Android Developer Nanodegree, which takes 9-12 months to complete at $200 a month, will cover everything from fundamentals to advanced development skills, as well as Google Play services and Material Design. Real-life projects, like designing a media player and using Google’s services to build apps, will be graded by our global network of 300 code reviewers.  

Upon completion, students will receive a joint certificate from Udacity and Google, a first for the industry. Our inaugural Nanodegree program, which started just eight months ago, is growing at a fast pace with students taking classes in the areas of web development, data analytics and programming. Many of our graduates have already embarked on new careers.

Fifty students of the new Nanodegree will be invited to Google for a three-day summit in Mountain View at the end of the year. The Android Developer Career Summit will feature developer sessions, interactions with hiring engineers and a Hackathon.

But, that is not enough. With Android being the world’s most popular mobile operating system, the demand for Android developers has never been greater. Google has worked with the Government of Egypt to localize our Android courses into Modern Standard Arabic. As a part of this initiative, Google will offer 2,000 scholarships and host job fairs and sessions for students in Egypt. Over time, we expect to offer Nanodegrees localized for many other countries.

We are already working with Google on three more Nanodegree programs in advanced web development, cloud computing and entrepreneurship. These programs will launch in the coming months.

Registration for the Android Developer Nanodegree is open now, and you can always access all of our courses for free. Join us and in a few short months you could be on a new Android adventure!

Sebastian Thrun
Sebastian Thrun
Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. As the founder, president, and now executive chairman of Udacity, Sebastian’s mission is to democratize education by providing lifelong learning to millions of students worldwide. He is also the founder of Google X, where he led projects including the Self-Driving Car, Google Glass, and more. Previously, he led the Stanford Racing Team whose robot “Stanley” won the DARPA Grand Challenge. Sebastian has been named the 5th Most Creative Person in Business (Fast Company), among the 50 Smartest People in Tech (Fortune), and highlighted in 50 Best Inventions of 2010 (Time). He is the first recipient of the inaugural Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Education, and is also featured in the recent film Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World by award-winning writer and director Werner Herzog.