What is Akamai Launchpad?
Launchpad is a fun, free learning system that gets you started quickly and lets you choose your adventure. You earn badges, gain points, and ascend to new levels by completing interactive missions.
Missions are tutorials that focus on a particular product, feature, or skill. Each mission gives you information and guides you through tasks so you can learn key concepts. Then you test your new knowledge to earn a badge.
Earn points, badges, and levels
When you complete a mission or quest, you earn a badge. Badges appear on your profile page.
And the rewards just keep coming: you’ll also earn points for doing things in Launchpad. For small activities, like watching a video, you’ll get some points. For more intensive activities, like finishing a mission, you’ll get more points. The more activities you do, the more points you’ll get. The more points you get, the higher your status level goes. This also appears on your profile page, you superstar.
Akamai Developer Trial
A select number of Launchpad missions require you to have the Akamai Developer Trial, a bundle that allows you to take Akamai’s top products for a test drive. These products include Akamai Ion, Image Manager, mPulse, API Gateway, Cloudlets, NetStorage, and Enterprise Application Access. Register for the trial here. (And be sure to do the "Launch Your Developer Trial" Launchpad mission.)
To get hands-on in your missions more quickly, we’ve designed a unique lab environment for Launchpad. It instantly provides you with a Docker container that includes Akamai CLI, HTTPie, Akamai Sandbox configurations, and Akamai API libraries, all set up for you and ready for your missions. Simply click a button to spin up your Launchpad Lab, and everything is right there, ready for blastoff.
Instead of example.com — which is the most boring sample site in the universe — Launchpad is backed by a stellar real-world sample site, SpaceWalk.Tours, which sells utterly implausible travel packages around the solar system. However, the site has a number of problems, from lagging performance to malicious bot traffic, that you’ll be asked to fix. You’ll solve those problems in your missions.