A Dialog with Android Developer and Group Builder, Ceren Tunay

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

We not too long ago spoke with Ceren Tunay, a Google Developer Group Organizer in Edirne, Turkey. who notes, “whereas we have been organizing occasions, I seen individuals have an enormous ardour for tech. I requested myself, “what’s that factor in tech that makes individuals so impassioned? And after that, I began to raised perceive the tech business, because of the packages provided by Google Developer Teams. Then I made a decision to be taught to code. After some time, now I do know that I’m the place I need to be, and realized I’ve labored in direction of discovering my dream job.”

Inform us about your self

I’m a cell developer & group builder who goals to be a stressed learner. I’m strongly enthusiastic about how innovation may also help communities advance and develop. I interact in public talking on subjects like growth, group, 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 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 group. My dream is to construct a future the place the dearth of variety is not a problem within the tech group.

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

My main is chemical engineering, and I’m working as a group supervisor at a recreation growth firm known as Sport Manufacturing unit. My community-facing position permits me to be an individual who motivates and helps individuals to navigate the educational course of on their journey to changing into a developer. I really feel capable of create inspiration as a result of I’ve been by way 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 discipline?

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

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

Are you able to inform me about the way you turned excited about know-how? 

I acquired launched to know-how on this means by way of GDG. After I first participated in the neighborhood, I used to be really solely planning to enhance my group and mission administration abilities. However I used to be fortunate that I had the possibility to observe individuals and see what they’re doing in tech and within the broader business. After I noticed individuals’s ardour and curiosity on this house, I began to additionally have an interest. However the second that I wished to be taught to code is after I realized how individuals get to benefit from the time when they’re coding and enhance themselves altogether.

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

We’re a group that is still shut, supportive, and delicate to one another’s wants. It’s straightforward to succeed in somebody on the opposite facet of Turkey in the neighborhood. GDG as a program helps this trigger as a result of when individuals begin to be taught to code however have an issue, they will simply be demoralized, which could make them give up studying and by no means strive once more. However with the GDG group, they assist one another and assist to unravel 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 change into braver to be taught 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 group, to strengthen its potential to attach individuals round technical ideas. We maintain periods on technical instruments, group administration, mission administration, private objective setting, and lots of extra subjects. The occasions we host present the ability of group. The necessary factor for me is that the packages and content material stay open-minded, equal, and numerous.

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

We hosted an Android DevFest and acquired great suggestions from our members. 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 professional audio system and numerous content material.

An in-person collect for DevFest Android in Turkey

These audio system accompanied us with great displays all through the occasion. We had enjoyable conversations on many subjects, from the Jetpack library and Compose to utility structure. We had an amazing day as individuals united by our ardour for Android, having enjoyable, ingesting loads of espresso, and bringing one another loads of new features.

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

After I began to be taught Android, I fell in love with the know-how. 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 Outstanding” workshop, which is an initiative empowering ladies and different underrepresented teams to rejoice their achievements within the office and past.

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

On the “I’m Outstanding” workshop we hosted, earlier than the workshop began, one man who was about 40 years previous got here as much as me and thanked me for our group 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 be taught 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 is because that was the second I spotted I used to be not solely enhancing myself, however I used to be additionally rising and working with the group.


Ceren leads a “Why Kotlin” workshop for inexperienced persons and technologists in the neighborhood

What are some technical assets you’ve gotten discovered probably 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 undoubtedly plan to stay within the tech business and intention to have connections with individuals. Now, I’m working as a group supervisor, together with my teammate Serkan Alc, who is a superb staff employee and supporter. We’re constructing a group by way of GDG. So we are able to say for each domains of my work and group, probably the most thrilling tasks are creating Bootcamps and webinars that assist and encourage individuals to take a step into the sector of tech.

Need 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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