We are excited to highlight one of our newest CTD employees, Anne Ezzell! Anne joins Code The Dream as our Project Manager. Read more about Anne’s work, her relationship to technology, and some of her favorite things.
Where are you from?
Enid, Oklahoma. It’s known as the wheat capital of Oklahoma. There are a ton of grain elevators.
What were you doing before you started at Code the Dream?
I was a project manager for a company working on custom development projects for the state and federal government.
How did you get into technology? Do you remember the first time you used a computer? What was that experience like?
I’ve always loved technology. My introduction to computers was playing MS-DOS games like Commander Keen. Later, I tied up the phone line with AOL. Before I had a cell phone, I had a PalmPilot. I spent my early teens burning CDs of music downloaded from Napster and learning to overshare through instant messenger on the family computer.
The first time anyone paid me to like technology was when I ran a website for an arts nonprofit, where I was the director of public relations. I guess a taste of WordPress was enough to convince me it was a good idea to change my career and start working in custom development.
What excites you the most about working at Code the Dream? What projects are you working on?
I’m most excited to work for Code the Dream because I get to combine my interest in technology with a mission that I support. If I’m spending such a large percentage of my life at work, I want to feel like the place I work is doing some good in the world. I think that’s true here.
I’m currently working on Vamos and Oye.
If you had all the money you needed for a project, what would you build?
I don’t know. I think the best projects 1. fill a need and 2. feel meaningful to the people working on them. So I’d start by asking what’s difficult about life right now, and can technology make it better. Then I’d build that.
The Shining. It’s art. And it makes you feel things. Not good things, but things.
I don’t have a favorite. But I like Kyoto by Phoebe Bridgers every time it comes on.
Favorite place you’ve visited?
This is not an exotic answer, but I went to a wedding in Austin, TX with old college friends. We went to a popular spot– Barton Springs. It’s this big outdoor swimming pool, where the floor is made up of unpredictable rocks covered in algae. I have a happy, perfect memory there, laughing and constantly trying not to slip into murky green water with friends. 10 out of 10.