Creating an app to assist your neighborhood through the pandemic with Gaston Saillen #IamaGDE

Posted by Alicja Heisig, Developer Relations Program Supervisor

Welcome to #IamaGDE – a sequence of spotlights presenting Google Developer Consultants (GDEs) from throughout the globe. Uncover their tales, passions, and highlights of their neighborhood work.

Gaston Saillen began coding for enjoyable, making apps for his mates. About seven years in the past, he started working full-time as an Android developer for startups. He constructed a bunch of apps—after which somebody gave him an thought for an app that has had a broad social impression in his area people. Now, he’s a senior Android developer at Distillery.

Meet Gaston Saillen, Google Developer Professional in Android and Firebase.

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Constructing the Uh-LaLa! app

After seven years of constructing apps for startups, Gaston visited an area meals supply truck to choose up dinner, and the server requested him, “Why don’t you do a meals supply app for the city, since you’re an Android developer? We don’t have any meals supply apps right here, however within the huge metropolis, there are tons of them.”

The meals truck proprietor added that he was new on the town and wanted a instrument to spice up his gross sales. Gaston was up for the problem and created an easy supply app for native Cordoba eating places he named Uh-Lala! Eating places configure the app themselves, and there’s no app payment. “My plan was to ship this service to this neighborhood and begin making some progress on the know-how that they use for supply,” says Gaston. “And after that, loads of different meals supply companies began utilizing the app.”

The bottom app is constructed equally to meals supply apps for greater corporations. Gaston constructed it for Cordoba eating places first, after a number of months of growth, and it’s nonetheless the one meals supply app on the town. When he launched the app, it instantly received traction, with folks inserting orders. His mates joined, and the app expanded. “I’ve made loads of apps as an Android engineer, however that is the primary time I’ve made one which had such an impression on my neighborhood.”

He had to determine ship real-time notifications that meals was prepared for supply. “That was just a little powerful at first, however then I received to know extra about all of the backend capabilities and all the things, and that opened up loads of new options.”

He additionally needed to educate two teams of customers: Restaurant house owners have to know enter their information into the app, and clients needed to change their behavior of utilizing their telephones for calls as a substitute of apps.

Gaston says seeing folks utilizing the app is rewarding as a result of he looks like he’s serving to his neighborhood. “Hastily, close by cities began utilizing Uh-LaLa!, and I did not count on it to develop that huge, and it helped these communities.”

In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, many eating places struggled to keep up their gross sales numbers. A neighborhood pub proprietor ran a promotion by Instagram to make use of the Uh-Lala! App for ten % off, and their gross sales returned to pre-COVID ranges. “That may be a success story. They have been actually glad in regards to the app.”

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Changing into a GDE

Gaston has been a GDE for seven years. When he was engaged on his final startup, he discovered himself recurrently answering questions on Android development and Firebase on StackOverflow and creating developer content material within the type of weblog posts and YouTube movies. When he discovered in regards to the GDE program, it appeared like an ideal strategy to proceed to contribute his Android growth data to an excellent broader developer neighborhood. As soon as he was chosen, he continued writing weblog posts and making movies—and now, they attain a broader viewers.

“I created a course on Udemy that I preserve up to date, and I’m nonetheless writing the weblog posts,” he says. “We additionally began the GDG right here in Cordoba, and we attempt to have a brand new speak each month.”

Gaston enjoys the GDE neighborhood and sharing his concepts about Firebase and Android with different builders. He and a number of other fellow Firebase builders began a WhatsApp group to talk about Firebase. “I get pleasure from being a Google Developer Professional as a result of I can meet members of the neighborhood that do the identical issues that I do. It’s a very nice strategy to preserve enhancing my abilities and meet different individuals who additionally contribute and make movies and blogs about what I like: Android.”

The Android platform offers builders with state-of-the artwork instruments to construct apps for consumer. Firebase permits builders to speed up and scale app growth with out managing infrastructure; launch apps and monitor their efficiency and stability; and enhance engagement with analytics, A/B testing, and messaging campaigns.

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Future plans

Gaston seems ahead to creating Uh-La-La additional and constructing extra apps, like a coworking house reservation app that will present customers the hours and areas of close by coworking areas and permit them to order an area at a sure time. He’s additionally busy as an Android developer with Distillery.

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Gaston’s recommendation to future builders

“Hold shifting ahead. Any adversity that you’ll be having in your profession can be a part of your studying, so the extra that you just discover issues and remedy them, the extra that you’ll be taught and progress in your profession.”

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