Posted by Baris Yesugey - Regional Lead, Google Developers Turkey and Central Asia
Tell us about yourself
I serve as an organizer for the Google Developer Groups Edirne. I am also a Google Women Techmakers Ambassador - among all of these groups and the collaborations among them, we reach over 90 Google Developer Student Clubs chapters in Turkey and throughout Central Asia. In that spirit, I personally believe that more colors make a better rainbow in the tech community. My dream is to build a future where the lack of diversity is no longer an issue in the tech community.
What is your job, and how does it relate to the tech community?
How did you get your start in this field?
And after that, I started to better understand the tech industry, thanks to the programs offered by GDG. Then I decided to learn to code. After a while, now I know that I am where I want to be, and I have worked towards finding my dream job.
Can you tell me about how you became interested in technology?
What is unique about your GDG community or developers in Turkey?
With a goal of creating a space for learning new developer tools, we organize workshops, trainings, and icebreakers for our community, to strengthen its ability to connect people around technical concepts. We hold sessions on technical tools, community management, project management, personal goal setting, and many more topics. The events we host show the power of community. The important thing for me is that the programs and content remain open-minded, equal, and diverse.
What is a recent highlight from your community work?
|An in-person gather for DevFest Android in Turkey|
What is the moment where you feel like everything changed for you or you "had a breakthrough" as a developer and mentor?
What is an example of community work you’re proud to share?
He said that he was a teacher before our bootcamp and then changed jobs by attending our Android Bootcamp and other programs we led. During that time, he started to learn Android with us and began to complete all classes. Now, fast forward, and he is working as an actual Android developer! That represents the moment that I recognized that my life changed. This is because that was the moment I realized I was not only improving myself, but I was also growing and running with the community.
|Ceren leads a “Why Kotlin” workshop for beginners and technologists in the community|
What are some technical resources you have found the most helpful for your professional development?
- I recommend the “What's new in Android” YouTube series to stay up to date on the platform. In the past year, I also wrote a roundup post that includes the overview of Android 13 in Turkish.
- I recommend everyone read Android Basics In Kotlin, as it is really useful in bringing concepts together.
- Also, be sure to check out the Android Developers YouTube channel.
What are your plans for the future, in your career as a GDG organizer?
Want to start growing your career and coding knowledge with developers like Ceren? Then join a Google Developer Group near you, here. Learn more about upcoming DevFests here!