A Dialog with Android Developer and Neighborhood 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 have been organizing occasions, I observed 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 higher perceive the tech trade, due to the packages supplied 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 cell developer & neighborhood builder who goals to be a stressed learner. I’m strongly obsessed with how innovation may help communities advance and develop. I interact in public talking on subjects like improvement, 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 Ladies Techmakers Ambassador – amongst all of those teams and the collaborations amongst them, we attain over 90 Google Developer Pupil 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 problem 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 sport improvement firm referred to as Recreation Manufacturing facility. My community-facing position permits me to be an individual who motivates and helps folks to navigate the educational course of on their journey to changing into a developer. I really feel in a position to create inspiration as a result of I’ve been by 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 discipline?

    In finding out the sector of chemical engineering, I got here throughout the Google Developer Teams (GDG) and I participated within the organizing workforce to assist and help the group. Whereas we have been organizing occasions, I observed 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 higher perceive the tech trade, due to the packages supplied 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 grew to become inquisitive about expertise? 

    I received launched to expertise on this means by GDG. After I first participated in the neighborhood, I used to be really solely planning to enhance my group and mission 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 wished 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 straightforward to achieve somebody on the opposite facet of Turkey in the neighborhood. 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 make them stop studying and by no means attempt 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 straightforward to change to a different tech. They grow to be braver to study and obtain with the GDG program.

    With a objective of making an area for studying new developer instruments, we manage workshops, trainings, and icebreakers for our neighborhood, to strengthen its means to attach folks round technical ideas. We maintain periods on technical instruments, neighborhood administration, mission administration, private objective setting, and lots of extra subjects. The occasions we host present the facility of neighborhood. The essential factor for me is that the packages and content material stay open-minded, equal, and numerous.

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

    We hosted an Android DevFest and acquired great suggestions from our contributors. We wished to do one thing and get collectively when occasions have been beginning to happen bodily once more. We organized an in-person occasion with knowledgeable audio system and varied content material.

    An in-person collect for DevFest Android in Turkey

    These audio system accompanied us with great shows all through the occasion. We had enjoyable conversations on many subjects, from the Jetpack library and Compose to utility structure. We had a fantastic day as folks united by our ardour for Android, having enjoyable, consuming a number of espresso, and bringing one another a number of new features.

    What’s the second the place you’re feeling like all the pieces 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 nicely 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 seeking to ask me about, however then as he shared his story of influence, which made me proud.

    He stated that he was a trainer 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 started to finish all courses. Now, quick ahead, and he’s working as an precise Android developer! That represents the second that I acknowledged that my life modified. It’s because that was the second I spotted I used to be not solely bettering myself, however I used to be additionally rising and operating with the neighborhood.


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    What are some technical sources you’ve discovered essentially the most useful in your skilled improvement?

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

    I’m nonetheless exploring, career-wise, however I undoubtedly 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 workforce employee and supporter. We’re constructing a neighborhood by GDG. So we are able to say for each domains of my work and neighborhood, essentially the most thrilling tasks are creating Bootcamps and webinars that assist and inspire folks to take a step into the sector of tech.

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


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