My passion for technology led me to follow Apple’s developments and annual WWDC events. This journey introduced me to the Turkishkit team, formed by previous Apple WWDC Swift Student Challenge winners. In December 2019, I learned about free coding workshops held in İzmir for Swift and Xcode. The registration for these workshops was initially open only to high school and university students, while I was just 11 years old and in the 5th grade. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a try. I sent an email, shared my coding training and certificates, and asked if I could join the workshops. To my surprise, I received a very positive response, and they told me that age wouldn’t be a barrier, and they would approve my registration.

I was excited because it would be my first-time receiving education from people older than me. However, it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. I had a fantastic educational period with an extraordinary team. Emirhan, Sergen, Berkin, and Ataberk from the Turkishkit team not only welcomed me like a brother but also provided tremendous support for me to learn coding. I had a lot of fun, and I learned a lot. After this training, I also joined the Turkishkit Academy, which lasted for two months.

As a gesture of gratitude, I designed their logo using LEGO® bricks. This was the beginning of my Swift journey and my dream of attending WWDC

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