August 14, 2013
Marakana Training Firm Could Be Driving Force For Twitter University
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Twitter announced on Tuesday that it has acquired Marakana, an open-source technical training company that will become the driving force behind a new initiative dubbed Twitter University.
“As Twitter has scaled, so too has our engineering organization. To help our engineers grow, it’s important for them to have access to world-class technical training, along with opportunities to teach the skills they’ve mastered. To that end, we’re establishing Twitter University,” wrote Chris Fry, Twitter's Senior Vice President of Engineering, in a blog post on Tuesday.
Over the past ten years, Marakana has developed and delivered courses on Android, Java, HTML5, Scala, Python, Hadoop, jQuery and other languages for over 100,000 engineers, and provided training videos for more than five million additional people.
“The founders, Marko and Sasa Gargenta, have impressed us with their entrepreneurial leadership, commitment to learning and technical expertise,” wrote Fry.
Twitter’s existing in-house training program includes courses in mobile development, Java Virtual Machine fundamentals, distributed systems and other topics, most of which are taught by Twitter engineers.
“The Marakana team has cultivated a tremendous community of engineers in the Bay Area, and we look forward to engaging with all of you at meet-ups and technical events,” Fry said.
Twitter said it would continue to contribute to open source software, and plans to release some of the Twitter University content online to anyone who’d like to learn. You can keep up with Twitter University by following @TwU.