Google Developer Challenge


There are so many online educational platforms out there, that can help you learn basically anyything you want. From marketing to software development - name an area you are interested in and you will find for sure a suitable tutorial or step-by-step manual for you in the web. Especially for coding and development, you will find heaps of platforms that offer you free or paid online courses, where you can also get certified or just expand your knowledge. To name a few of our favourite online learning platforms, that we think are certainly worth to spend some time browsing through their course catalogs: Codeacademy, Udacity and Lynda. These platforms offer you such a wide variety of courses to learn anything from programming to designing, advertising and more. We as well have been using their online educational material several times to either deepen our existing knowledge or just learn something completely new from scratch that we were interested in. The material is easy, well-structured and life-enriching - no kidding. And surprisingly sometimes you may feel even better learning something new than hitting town for a few drinks. 

An amazing thing that happened to us recently was that we were elected to be one of the lucky ones to receive a scholarship for the Google Developer Challenge, sponsored by Google and Udacity. This was such a great opportunity and we were very happy to be a part of it. For the Google Developer Challenge, you could either apply for a scholarship of Web Development or Android Development. Loving doing everything related to websites, we of course applied for the Web Development track and ended up having access to exceptionally structured and quality online material, covering everything from CSS to HTML and JavaScript. The course was structured throughout 22 lessons, starting with HTML and CSS being followed by JavaScript and jQuery. The content was simple to understand and demonstrated to the scholars via videos, texts and online quizzes. The online classroom at Udacity, where you can directly code in your browser and see the immediate outcome, makes it easy for the scholars to follow the course material and experiment with it. By integrating and introducing the developer tools of a browser and external code editors during the challenge, it was easy for us as a scholar to understand the interdependencies that were teached and to do a hands-on with the newly gained skills immediately. Starting from scratch with basic coding knowledge, the whole challenge guided you through out all stages of building a website and teaching you all kinds of functions to use while building pages.
Although many things were familiar to us already, we had a great time following their online lessons and doing exercises to deepen and strengthen our knowledge. From getting to know new shortcuts using code editors to learning some CSS tricks, we had fun doing this challenge and it inspired us to keep spreading good vibes throughout the coding community. No matter if you have prior knowledge or know nothing at all, everyone can take the leap and start to learn, as long as there is a will and passion behind it. Big companies such as Google have worked together with online learning platforms such as Udacity and there is often a chancee to win a scholarship for online courses and also online degrees.
After finishing this challenge, we kept browsing through other courses offered by Udacity and participated already in a few others such as learning more about responsive layouts of websites or iOS app development. Technology is such a big part of our lives and we think that these platforms give such a great opportunity to everyone online to participate and learn more about the technology some of us are using on our daily basis.  

 Yes. That is exactly how we felt getting access to all the great educational material.

Yes. That is exactly how we felt getting access to all the great educational material.

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