Facebook and Udacity to start machine-learning scholarship

The PyTorch Scholarship Challenge will help student learn how to build, train and deploy ML models


Facebook has announced its plans to team up with educational nonprofit Udacity to launch a new scholarship program which will offer students the opportunity to learn machine-learning (ML) skills. The PyTorch Scholarship Challenge will teach students a multitude of deep-learning skills within PyTorch, an open source deep-learning framework.

The challenge is to be set up in two phases. The first will take students through a two-month online Udacity Challenge Course. This will be led by PyTorch creator and AI research engineer at Facebook, Soumith Chintala, and will be open to 10,000 students. Here they will teach the basics behind building deep neural networks using PyTorch.

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The 300 best students at the end of that course will then be awarded full scholarships to Udacity's Deep Learning Nanodegree program. They will learn about convolutional and recurrent neural networks, generative adversarial networks and deployment, among other valuable ML skills.

Facebook recently announced its plans to double its efforts in AI research by 2020. With this partnership, Facebook will aid in the education of a whole new generation of AI and ML professionals.

ML skills are in high demand today and it has become one of the most sought-after fields of expertise in tech. Recent job posting statistics showed an increase of close to 100% for roles with "AI' or "ML" in the title. With many of these roles' salaries exceeding $100,000 per year, according to job site Indeed, the demand to learn and hire those with these skills will likely increase with time.

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