“My main concern was being able to find a job as a web developer once I got out of the program. In order to do Startup Institute, I had to quit my job, so it felt like a relatively high-risk venture.”
Annie Ingham’s career in tech began long before she joined the innovation sector.
After completing degrees in economics, German, and international studies, Ingham spent the next eight years working in finance, academic research, and small business management. Role after role, she dabbled in tech—satiating her innate curiosity by playing with different elements of computing, steadily building up a diverse collection of skills.
Working in operations for a Zambian legal aid office, Ingham liaised with network administrators to solve connectivity issues and performed internal software updates.
She learned to manage website content and update HTML source code as a research assistant at an open-source software company, sparking her interest in code. Subsequent roles designing and maintaining large databases demanded that she learn to address program bugs and filter for information in programming language Perl.
Ingham became a passionate coding hobbyist, and in the year prior to coming to Startup Institute, she studied web development independently through online courses, books, and tutorials. Eventually, it became clear that if she wanted to take her skills to the next level, she’d have to go all-in.