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Maximize your cloud potential at Next ‘24: Lead with learning at any skill level

March 13, 2024
Erin Rifkin

Google Cloud Learning, Managing Director

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This April, what happens in Vegas could raise the stakes on your cloud expertise!

Join us April 9-11 at Google Cloud Next ‘24 in Las Vegas, where Google Cloud Consulting will offer three epic days of learning opportunities for attendees at any stage in their cloud journey – from curious beginners to advanced professionals, developers and partners to CxOs. It’s been exciting to build programming that can have a direct, positive impact on Next attendees professional journeys, and we have so much planned that you don’t want to miss. Get hands-on experience with the latest technology, explore live workshops, acquire skill badges, collect unique swag, watch demos on fresh innovations, perform challenges, connect with experts in the community, and more. Phew! Secure your ticket and register today.

Got your ticket and ready to go? Check out some highlights of the learning experiences you can expect at Google Cloud Next.

Earn our new generative AI skill badge (and swag!)

Skilling up in gen AI? Now that’s a safe bet. The no-cost introductory Prompt Design in Vertex AI skill badge gives you hands-on experience building cloud solutions faster with gen AI while earning a valuable Google Cloud credential. Complete the introductory Prompt Design in Vertex AI skill badge before or during Next ‘24, and visit the Learning and Certification booth to pick up your limited-edition swag. Make sure to share your digital #GoogleCloudSkillBadge on your socials to highlight your achievement.

Identify your Cloud Type

Have you ever pondered if you should set sail as a Python Pirate, or if you’d be better off finding your focus flow with a rubber duck? Great news — there’s a way to find out. Discover the skills that make you shine by taking our brand new “What’s my Cloud Type?” quiz at the Learning and Certification booth. It’s both entertaining and grounded in real insights to help you make informed decisions about your learning journey. After answering a few fun questions about your interests and working style, you’ll find out your Cloud Type — and receive recommendations for the relevant Google Cloud skill sets and personalized learning paths that align to it. Whether you lean towards realistic or artistic, prefer to investigate or innovate, there’s something for everyone to help tailor an ideal learning experience. You’ll also get a limited-edition pin to show your cloud skills with pride.

Power up your potential with a training workshop

No matter your learning level, we’ve got a session to help you enhance your career. Individuals who get Google Cloud trained and certified report boosts in salary — and in feeling more confident about their work1. So invest in yourself and consider prioritizing a certification training workshop. There are a variety of ways to learn, including hands-on learning, gamified activities, speaker presentations, and more. New to data analysis and hoping to practice querying large datasets? Wanting to improve and implement your advanced gen AI abilities by creating a generative chat app? All that and more is waiting for you to explore in the session library. Check it our and book your Tech Training session seat today – they’re filling up fast!

Join a Cloud Learning breakout session

Want to understand how training and certification can transform your company's culture? We’ve got you. Get the lowdown on how to prepare for the most popular Google Cloud certification exams, realize the ways gen AI can enhance your team’s learning journey, gain insight into the latest learning resources from Google Cloud, and more. You won’t want to miss our customer sessions, where you’ll hear real stories about the positive impact that cloud learning has had on their businesses. Don't forget to check out the Cloud Learning and Certification playlist and mark your calendar for the sessions that catch your eye.

Let inspiration strike at a Lightning Talk

As industries focus more on skills2, it becomes crucial to understand how to stay up to date — and how to translate your skills into career growth. Google Cloud Learning Services will be holding two Lightning Talks on how to own your professional narrative. Unsure how to differentiate your résumé? “Stand Out with Google Cloud Credentials” will show you how to turn your Google Cloud Credentials into a powerful currency. Wondering how you may need to adjust your approach to learning as technology advances at a rapid pace? “Need for Speed: Skilling up in the World of Cloud and AI” illuminates the importance and process of evaluating and re-upping your existing skills in this fast-paced world of AI and cloud technology. Learn more and discover even more Innovators Hive Lightning Talks in the session library.

Advance your skills and get limited-edition swag

Who doesn’t love swag? Demonstrate your Google Cloud prowess by earning any of these three skill badges from now until Next:

  1. Insights from Data with BigQuery
  2. Build and Deploy ML Solutions on Vertex AI
  3. Deploy to Kubernetes in Google Cloud

You’ll get a digital badge on your developer profile that you can share online to showcase your commitment to #GoogleCloudLearning. Then, when you’re at Next in Las Vegas, swing by the Learning and Certification booth and show us your developer profile to snag a limited-edition pin.

Get guidance and greetings at the Learning and Certification booth

Whether you’ve got questions about the latest updates to learning content or are on the hunt for stickers, the Learning and Certification booth is your destination. Drop by to chat with training experts, interact with the freshest learning materials and credentials, and of course, take your Cloud Skills Quiz! We’re also debuting our Learning Library: a collection of certification preparation and Googler authored generative AI books that you can check out and receive a discount to purchase online. And don’t forget to snap a selfie at our photo wall!

Test your talents with the Persona Quizathons

Got 10 minutes during Next? Play the Google Cloud Quizathon in any of the seven Persona Areas in the Innovators Hive. You’ll test your knowledge of basic Google Cloud concepts in a fun, quiz-based game, and score a digital badge and physical swag to show off your expertise.

Network and find the buzz at the Community Hub

Make connections at the Community Hub in the Innovators Hive. Connect with developers and Google Cloud Innovators to chat and learn about different Google communities and find the right one(s) for you. You’ll also find persona-based demos, access to experts, meetups, and more. Stop by anytime – there’s always something hopping at the Hub.

Can’t wait to get started? Sign up for the Google Cloud Community and join the conversation today.

Engage with experts at the Google Cloud Consulting booth

Head to the Showcase and visit the Google Cloud Consulting booth for personalized consultations with product and solution experts and industry experts. Want tips on transforming your business? You can learn how to harness the power of advanced analytics to maximize your data insights, or explore integrating cutting-edge AI solutions to automate processes, improve decision-making, and enhance customer experiences. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with leaders in cloud technology and gain the insights you need to drive your business forward.

Relax and revel in the Champions and Certified Lounge

Exclusively for Champion Innovators and the Google Cloud Certified community, come visit the lounge in the Innovators Hive to network, deep dive into discussions, or kick back and snack. You’ll find light refreshments, curated programming and meetups, and a photowall to capture and share your experiences. There will also be a few special surprise activities to help you unwind and bond with your fellow lounge-goers. Make sure to identify yourself as a Champion Innovator or Google Cloud Certified when you register for Next on your Profile page for easy lounge entry.

We’re abuzz with excitement in anticipation of our biggest event of the year! Are you ready to raise your skill stakes and ante up your investment in your professional future? Come learn with us at Next in Las Vegas — we hope to see you there! Register today.

1. Based on survey responses from the 2020 Google Cloud certification impact report.
2. From this 2022 Deloitte article

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