Posted by Janelle Kuhlman, Developer Relations Program Supervisor
For Ladies’s Historical past Month, we’re celebrating a number of of our Google Developer Consultants. Meet Maryam Alhutayfi, Android GDE. The GDE program workforce encourages certified candidates that determine as girls or non-binary to precise curiosity in becoming a member of the neighborhood by finishing this kind.
Android GDE Maryam Alhuthayfi has cherished programming since highschool, when she discovered programming in Visible Studio and fundamental web site improvement.
“We did not get a lot past that as a result of there weren’t many Arabic assets,” she says. “That have acquired me excited to dig deeper into know-how. I wished to understand how the online features, how software program is made, and extra about programming languages.”
Maryam studied laptop science at college and majored in data programs. For her senior yr commencement mission, she and her workforce determined to construct an Android utility, her first expertise with Android. She graduated with honors and landed a job as an online developer, however she stored desirous about getting again to being an Android developer.
She joined Ladies Techmakers in Saudi Arabia in 2019, when the group launched, to attach with different girls in tech to assist and help. She acquired a job as an Android robotics developer and have become a co-organizer of GDG Cloud Saudi, her native Google Developer Group. Now Maryam is a senior Android improvement specialist at Zain KSA, one in all Saudi Arabia’s largest telecommunications firms, which she describes as “a dream come true,” and in January 2022, she turned an Android GDE.
Maryam is the primary Android GDE within the Center East and the second in MENA. She contributes to the Android neighborhood by talking about Android and Kotlin improvement intimately, and software program improvement extra usually. She maintains a weblog and GitHub repository and provides quite a few talks about Android improvement. She encourages Android builders to make use of Kotlin and Jetpack Compose, and she or he describes each as inflicting a significant shift in her Android improvement path. She began the Kotlin Saudi Person Group in 2020.
Maryam commonly mentors new Android builders and provides talks on Android for Ladies Techmakers and Ladies Who Code. She encourages Android builders at large firms like Accenture and Careem to hitch and contribute to the Android neighborhood.
Remembering how few Arabic assets she had as a highschool scholar, Maryam creates each Arabic and English content material to complement Android studying assets. “I made positive these assets could be accessible to anybody who desires to be taught Android improvement,” she says. “Domestically, in collaboration with GDGs in Saudi Arabia, we host classes all through every month that cowl Android, Flutter, and software program improvement on the whole, and different thrilling subjects, like information analytics, cyber safety, and machine studying.”
She commonly attends the Android developer hangouts led by Android GDE Madona Wambua and Android developer Matt McKenna to be taught extra and get impressed by different Android builders in the neighborhood.
In her full-time job, Maryam is immersed in her work on the official Zain KSA app.
“It’s my job and my workforce’s job to provide our hundreds of thousands of consumers the perfect expertise they will have, and I’m pushing myself to the restrict to realize that” she says. “I hope they prefer it.”
Maryam encourages different new builders, particularly girls, to share their data.
“Talk your data–that makes you an skilled as a result of folks will ask you follow-up questions which may provide you with completely different views on sure issues and shift your concentrate on studying new issues continuously ” she says. “You serve others by sharing your data.”
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The GDE program workforce encourages certified candidates that determine as girls or non-binary to precise curiosity in becoming a member of the neighborhood by finishing this kind.