Summer at OCTO: Meet Zach Greene

By Jessica Wynn | 2015 Summer Intern with OCTO

Zachary Greene is the youngest intern at the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) this summer, but don’t let his youth sway you. Zach, as most people call him, is 14 and is dedicated and excited about working with OCTO. He attends Woodrow Wilson Senior High School and hopes to study Computer Science or Systems Design at UCLA or UC Berkeley.

Aside from his love for technology, he also has a passion for baseball.

“I’ve been playing baseball since I was about 4,” Zach said. “So my dream would be to play in the MLB. My favorite team is the Nationals.”

Zach works with nine other interns on the MapStory project — a partnership between MapStory, the DC Library and OCTO. The project is a way to connect and document historical and current events on digitized maps.

The MapStory team is gathering data from iconic people during the Civil Rights Movement, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. So far, Zach said he believes that his time with MapStory has been great.

“For me, the work is really interesting because I’m learning all of this history about the Civil Rights Movement that I never knew about,” Zach said “It’s really nice to learn even more about the famous people from the movement.”

This is Zach’s first year working with Summer Youth Employment Program and he is happy he was placed with OCTO. Zachary believes that his work this summer opened his eyes about technology and history.

“People don’t really know where these major events happen,” Zach said. “The fact that we’re showing where these things happened is really important.”

To learn more about MapStory, visit MapStory.org.

About SYEP

The 2015 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a Washington, DC-funded initiative sponsored by the Department of Employee Services. SYEP provides DC youth, ages 14–24, with the opportunity to earn money, gain exposure and identify possible career pathways through constructive summer work experiences.

Jessica Wynn is an OCTO 2015 SYEP intern. The native Washingtonian and Nationals fan is a psychology major at the University of Southern California (USC). She’s been a tour guide for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and serves as Community Affairs Delegate for USC’s Undergraduate Student Government.

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