Earn Swags in Learn to Earn Google Cloud Challenge 2021

Build your skills with the Learn to Earn Cloud Challenge. You’ll get free access to 32+ hands-on labs, plus an opportunity to earn prizes, grow your network, and showcase your skills. This is a limited time offer valid only through 10th of October, 2021 or earlier. 

Start the challenge today!

How does it work?

  1. Join ALL FOUR game tracks below: Essentials, Data, Architecture, and Security.

  2. Earn ALL FOUR game badges.

  3. BONUS: Join the Data+ game and earn the badge to be eligible for the bonus prize, an adjustable hat.

Note: Prizes are not cumulative. While supplies last, limited time only. Actual item might differ in size and design. You’ll be notified before October 31, 2021 if you are eligible for a prize. See below for details.

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Challenge FAQs**

  1. Why should I join the challenge?

  • Just by enrolling, you get free access to valuable hands-on training. Earn badges to showcase what you’ve learned to your professional network, plus get a chance to win a prize.

  1. What level of expertise is required for this challenge?

  • You can start this challenge with little or no cloud experience. We recommend that you start with the Essentials track. All labs in this challenge were selected to be approachable for cloud newcomers, but also interesting for cloud pros.

  1. Are you new to Qwiklabs?

  • Welcome, we are so glad you’re here! Create your account and take a quick (free) tour to get oriented.
  1. Is any purchase required?

  • No. Use the links and access codes on this page to get free access to 32+ hands-on labs. Even if you do not earn a prize, this is a great opportunity to learn something new!

  1. How long do I have to complete this challenge?

  • Each game is scheduled to run for one week. New games will launch Monday, and are scheduled through October 10, 2021. Note the game’s end date when you join. The last set of games will end by Oct. 10.* At any point during the challenge, complete all four badges successfully at least once. The challenge may end early depending on prize availability.

  1. When should I complete each game?

  • You can choose to do all four games all at once. Or you can complete one game a week for the duration of the challenge. Or anything in between to suit your schedule. Keep in mind that the challenge is only available for a limited time.*

  1. What if I play one of the games more than once and earn multiple versions of the same badge? (Multiple Essentials, Data, Architecture, or Security badges?)

  • Earning multiple copies of a badge will not count towards prize eligibility.

  1. What if I don’t complete all the labs in the game before it ends?

  • You’ll have opportunities to complete each game multiple times throughout the challenge. However the labs you complete in one game will not count towards completion in a different game, so keep an eye on the start and end times (always visible at the top of every game page).*

  1. Why would the challenge end early?

  • We do our best to ensure a great experience for all challenge participants. If there’s overwhelming interest and prizes are all claimed sooner than October 10, we may end the challenge early.

  1. One of the labs is down for maintenance and I cannot complete the game. What should I do?

  • Cloud technology moves fast, sometimes faster than lab manuals can keep up. If a game lab is offline for maintenance, we’ll work to get it back online as soon as possible. We’ll also publish a replacement game with an alternative lab so you are not blocked. Replacement games, if needed, will be available on this page.

  1. Can I share this challenge with coworkers/friends/family/my dentist?

  • Yes! We strongly believe that learning new skills is a lifelong process and we are passionate about helping folks gain new skills to aid personal and professional goals. Please feel free to share this challenge with your network.

  1. I am also participating in other Qwiklabs and Google Cloud programs. Am I eligible to join this challenge?

  • Yes! We hope that you take advantage of every opportunity to learn new skills. Please note that different programs have varying requirements, and requirements for the Learn to Earn Cloud Challenge may differ from other programs.

  1. Will I receive a certificate after completing the Learn to Earn Cloud Challenge?

  • No. As you successfully complete games, you’ll add game badges to your Qwiklabs profile. There are no separate certificates.

  1. I noticed the game link changed. What’s up with that?

    • There’s a seat count limit on games, so you may notice we open up new games as the week goes on. Trying to find a game you joined previously? Here’s the full list.

        1. Essentials Game 1

  2. I don’t see any score updated next to the lab that I performed in one of the games.

    • The most important thing to see is a “check” mark next to the lab. Most labs will also list scores, but not all. In cases where a lab has only a completion check, and no points, this setting is true for all players (not just you). You are not at a points disadvantage.

  3. I completed all the labs but I don’t have a badge.

    • It can take 24 hours for full completion to appear in your Qwiklabs profile.

  4. I ran into an issue not answered in the FAQs. Where can I get help?

  • Your first stop for quick help is the GCC. Your question may have already been answered. If not, post your question. The whole community can help answer questions and share information.

**The Learn to Earn Cloud Challenge and all associated games may end at any time before October 10, 2021.

How does it work?

Earn 2 or more of the four badges above, PLUS earn the Data+ badge, and you’ll be eligible for a bold Google Cloud adjustable hat. While supplies last. Limited time only. Actual item might differ in size and design.

Prizes: Complete games and earn badges to take home one of these exciting prizes*!
Earn at least two badges and add the Data+ badge to be eligible for an additional prize*!

Prize FAQs***

  1. How do I get a prize?

  • If you have earned all four of the game badges (Essentials, Data, Architecture, and Security) you will be eligible to receive the top tier prize. See the “Prizes” section on this page for more information about prize tiers.**

  1. When will I get the prize?

  • If you earn all four game badges, you’ll be contacted by October 31 2021 with details to claim your prize, while prize supplies last. Please do not contact the Qwiklabs support team about prizes.**

  1. How do I claim the prize?

  • All you have to do is earn all four game badges. Check the “My Learning” page in your Qwiklabs profile to see your game status. You do not need to take further action once you have successfully earned all four badges. **

  1. When do prizes get delivered?

  • Prize notifications will go out to challenge completers (folks who have earned all four challenge badges, Essentials, Data, Architecture, and Security) by October 31 2021. Prize notifications will go to the email address associated with your Qwiklabs account.** Want to make sure you get important updates? Add us to your contacts and check your communication settings in your Qwiklabs profile (0:24).

  1. Am I guaranteed to get a prize if I complete the challenge successfully?

  • Unfortunately no. Prizes are available while supplies last. Participants will be notified of prize eligibility according to the order in which they complete the challenge, and participants will have a limited time to claim prizes.

  1. What happens if prizes go out of stock?

  • Prizes are awarded in order of challenge completion.** The sooner you earn all four badges, the closer to the front of the line you’ll be. If prizes go out of stock due to overwhelming interest, the challenge may end early.

  1. Where will the prize be delivered?

  • You will have an opportunity to provide your preferred shipping address when you claim your prize.**

***Prizes are available only while supplies last, for a limited time.


**The Learn to Earn Cloud Challenge and all associated games may end at any time before October 10, 2021.

***Prizes are available only while supplies last, for a limited time.

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