Alumni Highlight: Heryad Serkewt
Name: Heryad Serkewt
Age: 17 years old.
City: Erbil, Iraq
Job Title : CEO & Founder of @Plus__tech
Educational Background: Currently a student studying IT at the Royal Institute
Bootcamp Class, City and Year: Android Basics Nanodegree, Erbil, 2017-2018
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do
I started developing since I was 13 years old. Creating apps and websites had always been a dream of mine. Since I was a young boy, there were a lot of people telling me that I was pursuing the wrong profession. I would have many issues with my parents, relatives and the people around me, that would tell me that there’s no future in programming and that I was wasting my time. Luckily I didn’t give up. I went through each and every obstacle to get to my goals and make my dreams of the future a reality.
Share your Re:Coded journey with us!
I was scrolling through facebook one day and I suddenly saw Re:Coded’s post about an Android Development Bootcamp. So I signed up and a few days later they invited me for an interview. I was shocked and I couldn't believe that they would want me for an interview. So, I went there and successfully completed the interview. A few days later, I got an email about being accepted to join the bootcamp.
During the bootcamp, I was introduced to new friends, a new culture, and new people around me. The bootcamp started at the same time that school started. I was supposed to complete them both together, but I was not able to do so. I decided to leave school and focus on finishing the bootcamp. After 7 months, I successfully completed the bootcamp and earned my certificate.
The most valuable asset Re:Coded provided for me was working with clients from different countries and backgrounds. Learning how to communicate effectively and professionally with them, manage my own time and stress, how to lead a team, and how to make clients happy. I learned so much more from Re:Coded that would be too much to list!
The best part of your job?
The best part is having the ability to overcome challenges that may come up in my work. It's a skill I learned at Re:Coded. I can also easily find new clients everytime when I say that I'm a Re:Coded Alumni.
The hardest part of the bootcamp was being able to manage my time, because of being in school and the bootcamp at the same time, but I successfully finished the bootcamp.
Why do you think Re:Coded House is important for the creative and tech ecosystem in Iraq?
To be honest Re:Coded House is one of the most important places in Erbil and Iraq, because everyone can come together to share their different ideas. That key to making Iraq’s tech ecosystem much stronger.
Anything exciting you’ve got planned for the next couple of months that you want to share?
Sure! My food ordering app called FOOD+ is going to be published in next week! All the money we make from there we will be spending on making workshops and mini bootcamps to teach people and make Iraq's tech ecosystem stronger.
Quick and Random
Fave Social Media Channel? Jordinian (YouTube) | Nas Daily (Facebook)
Fave book or podcast? n/a
Fave show to binge-watch? Jimmy Kimmel LIVE
Fave food? Cheese Burger, Lasagna, Fettuccine