Selçuk Cihan, Serverless Developer in Istanbul, Turkey
Selçuk Cihan

Serverless Developer in Istanbul, Turkey

Member since October 9, 2018
Selcuk is a polyglot technologist with a focus on scalable backend services in the web ecosystem. As an ex-Amazonian, he crafts solutions by putting the customer first and ensuring operational excellence. Comfortable taking on work in any tech stack - though Serverless, TypeScript, and Python have been a recurring theme in the past few years for him. Selcuk holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science.
Selçuk is now available for hire


  • Tellimer
    Python, Serverless, AWS Lambda, TypeScript, MemSQL, GraphQL...
  • Toptal client
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), AngularJS, Python, Serverless, AWS
  • Amazon
    Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, JavaScript, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL...



Istanbul, Turkey



Preferred Environment

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Serverless, AWS, Unix, Python, Node.js, TypeScript, Datadog, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL

The most amazing...

...project I've done is migrating from SQL to a managed NoSQL database without down time, involving three different services and over 20 different clients.


  • Senior Engineer | Python and GraphQL

    2020 - 2021
    • Created the QraphQL back end for, a machine learning SAAS offering.
    • Worked on migrating existing applications to be hosted as serverless applications (AWS Lambda).
    • Created a serverless application to source news from third-party providers.
    • Added payments on using stripe. This involved extending the existing GraphQL API.
    • Created serverless workflows using AWS Step Functions to integrate with external services.
    • Created GraphQL APIs with AppSync, connecting various data sources like DynamoDB & RDS.
    • Built a serverless app that periodically maintains the sitemap for various web apps.
    • Integrated with Stripe for SAAS subscriptions, to collect payments.
    • Architected an article recommender and an article summarizer for
    Technologies: Python, Serverless, AWS Lambda, TypeScript, MemSQL, GraphQL, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon Cognito, Amazon EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud), Amazon SQS, AWS, AWS Step Functions, Amazon DynamoDB, AWS AppSync, Datadog, Algolia, Stripe API, Python 3
  • Senior Software Developer

    2018 - 2019
    Toptal client
    • Created a public-facing web application with a serverless framework.
    • Created a serverless back end in Python on AWS Lambda and API Gateway.
    • Developed and maintained the front end, implemented with AngularJS.
    • Optimized the cost resulting in more than 50% saving on the AWS bill.
    • Mentored developers, involved in planning and reviewed pull requests.
    • Improved performance by reengineering caching on CloudFront/S3.
    • Created serverless workflows using AWS Step Functions to integrate with external services.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), AngularJS, Python, Serverless, AWS
  • Software Development Engineer

    2017 - 2018
    • Developed the orchestration platform that processes Amazon’s catalog. The platform is able to handle tens of thousands of TPS, enabling the finest and largest catalog on earth.
    • Added further functionality to a Node.js service which is a high TPS REST service for diff analysis.
    • Refactored an orchestration engine which consumes Kinesis and calls downstream services such that the application can be started without any dependencies, thus enabling performance testing of the core.
    • Supported the reconciliation engine (Java 8) that generates the retail catalog.
    • Carried out live migrations of several web services without downtime. Successfully deprecated multiple legacy services in an effort to simplify the overall architecture and enable catalog growth.
    Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, JavaScript, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, DevOps, Agile, Spring, Linux, Node.js, AWS, Perl, Java
  • Senior Software Engineer

    2013 - 2017
    • Supported the workflow engine (C#, Windows service) serving banking applications such as loans, customer complaints etc.
    • Set up elastic to index workflow engine documents, enabling powerful search mechanisms for the end user.
    • Designed and implemented a workforce management system that empowers the bank's operation center. This project got an award:
    Technologies: DevOps, JavaScript, Unit Testing, Agile, REST, Elasticsearch, Microsoft SQL Server, C#, .NET
  • Senior Software Engineer

    2011 - 2013
    Ziraat Teknoloji (formerly Fintek)
    • Designed and implemented workflow engine running on top of Oracle, serving over 100,000 workflow instances daily.
    • Served as scrum master and mentored junior developers.
    • Created a workflow designer & simulator for the workflow engine.
    Technologies: Oracle, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), WinForms, C#, .NET
  • Software Engineer

    2010 - 2011
    AirTies Wireless Networks
    • Implemented Teletext for the IPTV set-top box using C++.
    • Developed a subtitle parser in C, which was embedded in the IPTV set-top boxes.
    • Implemented a high-performance transport stream parser in C.
    Technologies: Perl, Python, IPTV, RTSP, Linux, BusyBox, C++, C
  • Software Engineer

    2009 - 2009
    CC Yazılım
    • Designed and implemented a cross-platform desktop client in C++ utilizing wxWidgets GUI toolkit. The client database is SQLite.
    • Designed and implemented the corresponding backup server in Java (J2SE). An application-level protocol is implemented for client-server communication, secured via SSL (OpenSSL). Stored files are encrypted (AES).
    • Designed (visual design excluded) and implemented a web portal for serving online backup users. Users can download/browse backed up files through the portal. MySQL, Apache web server, and django framework are utilized.
    Technologies: SQLite, Apache HTTP Server, MySQL, OpenSSL, wxPython, Django, Python, wxWidgets, C++, Java


  • (Machine Learning App)

    I implemented the serverless back end for Built it using AppSync, Lambda, and DynamoDB. Involved in all phases of the application development, from designing the API to setting up alarms and dashboards and handling operational work.

  • Sourcing financial news from external providers

    I created a serverless application using the serverless framework with TypeScript, involving S3, SQS, SNS, Lambda, and EventBridge. The application integrates third-party APIs to gather news feeds and categorizes them to present to customers.

  • Twitter Friends Map

    A side project that displays the locations of the people you follow on Twitter. The front end is written with React, the back end is serverless on AWS with Node.js runtime. It's a simple project to demonstrate how a fully serverless application can be built.

  • Tetris with React

    Simple Tetris game built with React. This is a toy project to show how ReactJS can be used. You can play the game on There is also a blog post (in Turkish) on about the development process.


  • Languages

    PHP, JavaScript, Java, SQL, Python 3, Python 2, C#, Perl, Python, C++, C, TypeScript, GraphQL
  • Libraries/APIs

    REST APIs, Node.js, React, Stripe API
  • Tools

    Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon SQS, Amazon Cognito, AWS IAM, AWS CloudFormation, AWS Step Functions, AWS AppSync, Pytest, Auth0
  • Paradigms

    Unit Testing, DevOps, Agile, Jamstack, REST
  • Platforms

    Amazon EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud), AWS Kinesis, Linux, Docker, AWS Lambda, Unix, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Algolia
  • Storage

    Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), NoSQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle SQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, Datadog
  • Frameworks

    Django, Spring, Serverless Framework, AngularJS, Jest
  • Other

    Amazon API Gateway, AWS, Serverless, Graph Theory, Distributed Systems, Wireless Networking, Computer Vision, Computer Science


  • Master's Degree in Computer Engineering
    2008 - 2010
    Bogazici University - İstanbul, Turkey
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering
    2003 - 2008
    Bogazici University - İstanbul, Turkey


  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional
    JUNE 2022 - JUNE 2025
    Amazon Web Services
  • AWS Certified Developer - Associate
    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate
    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    JUNE 2019 - JUNE 2022
    Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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