A Dialog with Android Developer and Group Builder, Ceren Tunay

Posted by Baris Yesugey – Regional Lead, Google Builders Turkey and Central Asia

We lately spoke with Ceren Tunay, a Google Developer Group Organizer in Edirne, Turkey. who notes, “whereas we had been organizing occasions, I seen folks have an enormous ardour for tech. I requested myself, “what’s that factor in tech that makes folks so impassioned? And after that, I began to raised perceive the tech trade, because of the packages provided by Google Developer Teams. Then I made a decision to study to code. After some time, now I do know that I’m the place I need to be, and realized I’ve labored in the direction of discovering my dream job.”

Inform us about your self

I’m a cellular developer & neighborhood builder who goals to be a stressed learner. I’m strongly keen about how innovation may also help communities advance and develop. I interact in public talking on matters like growth, neighborhood, ladies in tech, and motivation. I’m a co-founder & mentor for the Android Builders Group Turkey.

I function an organizer for the Google Developer Teams Edirne. I’m additionally a Google Girls Techmakers Ambassador – amongst all of those teams and the collaborations amongst them, we attain over 90 Google Developer Scholar Golf equipment chapters in Turkey and all through Central Asia. In that spirit, I personally consider that extra colours make a greater rainbow within the tech neighborhood. My dream is to construct a future the place the shortage of variety is not a difficulty within the tech neighborhood.

What’s your job, and the way does it relate to the tech neighborhood?

My main is chemical engineering, and I’m working as a neighborhood supervisor at a recreation growth firm referred to as Recreation Manufacturing unit. My community-facing function permits me to be an individual who motivates and helps folks to navigate the educational course of on their journey to turning into a developer. I really feel capable of create inspiration as a result of I’ve been by means of what others really feel and expertise when studying to code, so I can simply empathize with them.

How did you get your begin on this subject?

In finding out the sphere of chemical engineering, I got here throughout the Google Developer Teams (GDG) and I participated within the organizing staff to assist and help the group. Whereas we had been organizing occasions, I seen folks have an enormous ardour for tech. I requested myself, “what’s that factor in tech that makes folks so impassioned?”

And after that, I began to raised perceive the tech trade, because of the packages provided by GDG. Then I made a decision to study to code. After some time, now I do know that I’m the place I need to be, and I’ve labored in the direction of discovering my dream job.

Are you able to inform me about the way you turned eager about expertise? 

I received launched to expertise on this method by means of GDG. After I first participated locally, I used to be really solely planning to enhance my group and undertaking administration expertise. However I used to be fortunate that I had the possibility to look at folks and see what they’re doing in tech and within the broader trade. After I noticed folks’s ardour and curiosity on this house, I began to additionally have an interest. However the second that I needed to study to code is once I realized how folks get to benefit from the time when they’re coding and enhance themselves altogether.

What is exclusive about your GDG neighborhood or builders in Turkey?

We’re a neighborhood that is still shut, supportive, and delicate to one another’s wants. It’s simple to succeed in somebody on the opposite aspect of Turkey locally. GDG as a program helps this trigger as a result of when folks begin to study to code however have an issue, they will simply be demoralized, which could cause them to give up studying and by no means strive once more. However with the GDG neighborhood, they help one another and assist to resolve issues. In the event that they realized that they don’t just like the language they’re studying, it’s so simple to change to a different tech. They change into braver to study and obtain with the GDG program.

With a purpose of making an area for studying new developer instruments, we arrange workshops, trainings, and icebreakers for our neighborhood, to strengthen its skill to attach folks round technical ideas. We maintain classes on technical instruments, neighborhood administration, undertaking administration, private purpose setting, and plenty of extra matters. The occasions we host present the facility of neighborhood. The necessary factor for me is that the packages and content material stay open-minded, equal, and numerous.

What’s a latest spotlight out of your neighborhood work?

We hosted an Android DevFest and obtained fantastic suggestions from our individuals. We needed to do one thing and get collectively when occasions had been beginning to happen bodily once more. We organized an in-person occasion with professional audio system and varied content material.

An in-person collect for DevFest Android in Turkey

These audio system accompanied us with fantastic shows all through the occasion. We had enjoyable conversations on many matters, from the Jetpack library and Compose to software structure. We had an awesome day as folks united by our ardour for Android, having enjoyable, consuming lots of espresso, and bringing one another lots of new beneficial properties.

What’s the second the place you are feeling like every part modified for you otherwise you “had a breakthrough” as a developer and mentor?

After I began to study Android, I fell in love with the expertise. After I began to really feel like I knew it effectively sufficient, I, together with my teammate, organized an Android Bootcamp. This took two and a half months. On the finish of this Bootcamp, I participated in an “I’m Exceptional” workshop, which is an initiative empowering ladies and different underrepresented teams to have fun their achievements within the office and past.

What’s an instance of neighborhood work you’re proud to share?

On the “I’m Exceptional” workshop we hosted, earlier than the workshop began, one man who was about 40 years outdated got here as much as me and thanked me for our neighborhood initiatives. At first, I didn’t perceive what he was trying to ask me about, however then as he shared his story of influence, which made me proud.

He mentioned that he was a instructor earlier than our bootcamp after which modified jobs by attending our Android Bootcamp and different packages we led. Throughout that point, he began to study Android with us and commenced to finish all lessons. Now, quick ahead, and he’s working as an precise Android developer! That represents the second that I acknowledged that my life modified. It is because that was the second I spotted I used to be not solely bettering myself, however I used to be additionally rising and working with the neighborhood.


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What are some technical assets you’ve gotten discovered essentially the most useful in your skilled growth?

What are your plans for the long run, in your profession as a GDG organizer?

I’m nonetheless exploring, career-wise, however I positively plan to stay within the tech trade and intention to have connections with folks. Now, I’m working as a neighborhood supervisor, together with my teammate Serkan Alc, who is a good staff employee and supporter. We’re constructing a neighborhood by means of GDG. So we will say for each domains of my work and neighborhood, essentially the most thrilling initiatives are creating Bootcamps and webinars that assist and encourage folks to take a step into the sphere of tech.

Wish to begin rising your profession and coding information with builders like Ceren? Then be part of a Google Developer Group close to you, right here. Be taught extra about upcoming DevFests right here!

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