Posted by Janelle Kuhlman, Developer Relations Program Supervisor
For Girls’s Historical past Month, we’re celebrating a couple of of our Google Developer Specialists. Meet Maryam Alhutayfi, Android GDE. The GDE program staff encourages certified candidates that establish as girls or non-binary to specific curiosity in becoming a member of the neighborhood by finishing this manner.
Android GDE Maryam Alhuthayfi has beloved programming since highschool, when she realized programming in Visible Studio and fundamental web site growth.
“We did not get a lot past that as a result of there weren’t many Arabic assets,” she says. “That have obtained me excited to dig deeper into expertise. I wished to understand how the net capabilities, how software program is made, and extra about programming languages.”
Maryam studied pc science at college and majored in info programs. For her senior yr commencement challenge, she and her staff determined to construct an Android software, her first expertise with Android. She graduated with honors and landed a job as an online developer, however she stored excited about getting again to being an Android developer.
She joined Girls Techmakers in Saudi Arabia in 2019, when the group launched, to attach with different girls in tech to assist and help. She obtained 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 growth specialist at Zain KSA, one in every of Saudi Arabia’s largest telecommunications firms, which she describes as “a dream come true,” and in January 2022, she grew to become 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 growth intimately, and software program growth extra usually. She maintains a weblog and GitHub repository and provides quite a few talks about Android growth. 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 growth path. She began the Kotlin Saudi Consumer Group in 2020.
Maryam commonly mentors new Android builders and provides talks on Android for Girls Techmakers and Girls 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 pupil, Maryam creates each Arabic and English content material to counterpoint Android studying assets. “I made positive these assets can be out there to anybody who desires to be taught Android growth,” she says. “Domestically, in collaboration with GDGs in Saudi Arabia, we host classes all through every month that cowl Android, Flutter, and software program growth usually, and different thrilling matters, like knowledge analytics, cyber safety, and machine studying.”
In her full-time job, Maryam is immersed in her work on the official Zain KSA app.
“It’s my job and my staff’s job to provide our thousands and thousands of consumers the most effective expertise they will have, and I’m pushing myself to the restrict to attain 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 that may provide you with completely different views on sure issues and shift your deal with studying new issues always ” she says. “You serve others by sharing your data.”
The Google Builders Specialists program is a worldwide community of extremely skilled expertise specialists, influencers, and thought leaders who actively help builders, firms, and tech communities by talking at occasions and publishing content material.
The GDE program staff encourages certified candidates that establish as girls or non-binary to specific curiosity in becoming a member of the neighborhood by finishing this manner.