With the role of Software Engineer on Hiya’s Gateway Team, Ayberk Yilmaz helps design and implement servers that control and enable the flow between our backend data and clients (in layman’s terms he makes sure our users get the most out of the data the Hiya app provides.)
Ayberk runs into daily challenges which include designing flexible and easy to maintain APIs, building scalable and low latency systems to provide the best experience for our users and securing these systems. But when he’s not working on making sure the Hiya app is on point, here’s how Ayberk enjoys his time outside of the office:
Where is your hometown?
I’m from Antalya, Turkey. However, I spent most of my time in Istanbul before coming to the states.
Before working at Hiya, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I worked at a hotel back in my high school years. I got to meet a lot of different people from different cultures, which was an eye-opening experience.
What are 3 words to describe Hiya?
Smart, fun, challenging.
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
Making an impact and getting to use the newest technologies. We have millions of users per engineer here at Hiya, which provides a lot of room for making an impact and growing professionally. In addition to that, we’re not afraid of trying new technologies (as long as you make a good case for it), so it never gets boring!
What is your favorite thing to do in the wonderful city of Seattle?
Complaining about the weather 🙂 Apart from that, I really like going to the bookstores and spending time browsing/exploring there, too.
What have been the most important innovations you have witnessed in your lifetime?
While there are more interesting things happening, I have to say smart phones have been the most influential so far.
Any favorite line from a movie?
“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.”
-Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
What four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?
Richard Feynman, Bertrand Russell, Arthur Schopenhauer and Jimmy Page.
Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?
I think my favorite so far has been Amsterdam. I was blown away by the planning of the city. It’s not only beautiful, but also an example of perfect urban planning. Also, I went there with a great group of friends, so it was an incredibly fun trip!
What is your personal philosophy?
I’ll take this question too literal and say I try to practice stoicism as much as possible, although it has proven to be difficult at times 🙂