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To prepare the next generation of product managers to compete in the AI-driven workforce of tomorrow, lifelong learning pioneer Udacity is announcing a new learning partnership with San Francisco-based machine learning and artificial intelligence company Figure Eight, an Appen company. Today, the two companies are announcing their collaboration on the AI Product Manager Nanodegree program, a course designed to teach students how to build AI-powered products and how to bring value to their business using AI.

“When product managers adopt and embrace AI to develop products with AI at their core, they can create an impressive impact on their bottom line and on the real world as a whole,” said Alyssa Simpson Rochwerger, Vice President of Product, Figure Eight. “We built this course with Udacity to empower professionals to help build amazing products using AI, but aren’t coming to the table with a deep technical background.”

AI Product Manager Nanodegree program

Udacity first collaborated with Figure Eight in 2018 to build its Data Scientist Nanodegree program. Since then, the program has seen 3,000+ enrollments in over 120 countries. Many of these graduates have landed new jobs with employers including Capgemini, IBM, and Roche.

Creating the AI Product Manager Nanodegree program involved the Figure Eight product and machine learning teams working closely with Udacity instructors to develop its curriculum and design projects teaching students how to build AI-powered products and bring value to their businesses using AI. Enrollment for this program opens today. The program is comprised of six lessons and three projects and is intended to take approximately 2 months to complete. With the launch of this program, anyone who wants to join the AI field can be at the forefront of the AI revolution, without needing extensive coding experience.

In this program, students will learn how to build an AI product as a product manager. Students will build fluency in AI concepts and be able to “talk the talk”, while scoping, evaluating, and planning a product that uses AI technology. Students will also get a chance to evaluate case studies to see what has actually worked across industries.

“AI is changing the world around us at an astounding pace. For many, Artificial Intelligence remains a mystery, and how to leverage this technology is not always clear,” said Sebastian Thrun, Founder, President and Executive Chairman at Udacity. “Figure Eight is the essential high-quality data annotation platform to help AI projects work in the real world and we are thrilled to partner with them once again.”

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Sam Nelson
Sam Nelson
Sam is the Product Lead for Udacity’s data programs. He’s worked as an analytics consultant on projects in several industries, and is passionate about helping others improve their data skills.