Later, at 16, I discovered my passion for backend development and began learning Java. Finding freelance work as a Java developer proved challenging, so I started developing Java applications and Chrome Extensions for the Google MapMaker Ukraine community on a voluntary basis. These projects automated the process of mapping Ukraine on Google Maps and caught the attention of the Google MapMaker team in California. Consequently, I was invited to attend several Google MapMaker summits across Ukraine, organized by the Google Ukraine headquarters.
When I started university at 17, I discovered a passion for developing Android apps. My first project was an app that connected to the university’s backend, enabling students to check their grades and get the latest campus news. It took off faster than I expected, attracting over 1,000 weekly active users within the first month.
Later that year, I made the decision to relocate to Lviv and joined a startup named Shelf. I began my journey there as a Junior Software Engineer, one of the initial three members of the development team. It was an incredibly hectic period of coding, and I managed to become one of the top three GitHub contributors in Ukraine.
Today, I manage the entire technical landscape at Shelf as the Senior Director of Technology.