From offstage to onstage, my expertise of turning into a Google Developer Professional


Written by Shuyu (Asher) Guo, Dart & Flutter GDE, China

On the finish of Could 2022, after greater than a month of Google Developer Professional interviews, I lastly turned the fourth Flutter & Dart GDE in China.

I imagine that the title of GDE ought to be very acquainted for Android or Machine Studying builders. For those who’re not acquainted, the Google Developer Specialists program is a world community of extremely skilled know-how specialists, influencers, and thought leaders who’ve experience in Google applied sciences, and are energetic leaders within the area and contribute to the broader developer and startup ecosystem.

My journey to turning into a GDE

In 2013, Android Bus was my first publicity to the Android group and it was on the ApkBus convention that I got here into contact with the primary GDE I’ve ever met. At that convention, I made Android developer pals and I additionally met some occasion organizers who invited me to talk at future occasions.

After the convention, I began my public talking journey and spoke about Flutter due to the alternatives that got here from networking and assembly the best individuals. By being extra energetic locally via talking, I acquired an invite to grow to be a GDE in 2020. Nevertheless, I discovered that the applying course of is performed in English and due to this, I in the end didn’t full the applying course of.

In 2021, whereas I used to be talking on the Google DevFest convention, a GDE good friend requested me once more if I used to be taken with turning into a GDE, and with the encouragement of a workforce member from Google, I lastly began making ready for the GDE utility.

Software course of

Through the utility course of, the Google workforce pays cautious consideration to 2 elements:

  1. Technical competence: your technical experience within the discipline you’re making use of for
  2. Technical affect: resembling output in areas resembling public talking, articles, and open supply

I used to be not assured in talking in English so I practiced earlier than my interviews and I additionally translated a few of my articles and posted them to Medium in English. Then I began my interview journey. The primary interviewer primarily targeted on the technical content material of Flutter and Dart and regardless of my little expertise with Flutter, my first group interview was accomplished.

The day after I accomplished the preliminary interview, I acquired a notification that I used to be assigned an interviewer for the product interview. The content material of the product interview primarily revolved round a few of my expertise with Flutter know-how. The interviewer was within the content material of the books I had written and a few awards I received that occurred to be within the bookcase behind me, proving to be a wonderful dialog starter. The following day, I acquired an electronic mail letting me know that I handed the interview – and after I signed the assorted agreements and phrases and circumstances, I had a remaining assembly with the workforce to grow to be a GDE! As soon as I formally acquired the affirmation electronic mail from the GDE program, I used to be pulled into varied teams, Slack, and initiatives. As a developer, I take into account conducting the feat of turning into a GDE a serious milestone.

Whether or not it’s the GDE group or a Googler conducting the interviews, everybody was very pleasant. I acquired lots of assist all through my journey to turning into a GDE and supply my assist to anybody taken with becoming a member of the group. Please be happy to attach with me at!


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