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Right now, you can get in touch with me for a few things:
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Polly Washburn

  • @codyssia
  • Love collaborating & brainstorming!
  • she/her
  • Houston, TX
Over the last two decades, I have designed and coded dozens of apps and websites; led film teams to create award-winning feature films; and told stories as a journalist, writer and editor. I love bringing these creative areas together to develop games and experiences to help organizations and individuals engage people. 
My current favorite things to build take people on digital adventures and improve their mental state and life.

I'm passionate about making the world a more equitable place by expanding who creates with and benefits from technology.

I also love to travel and experiencing the world as a digital nomad.
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Speaking engagements

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Things I’ve built

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Mar 16, 2022
Spoke at SXSW 2022 on the 2050 track.
Talk: "Jedi Tech: A Look Back From 2050"
[Audio of talk up on site, video coming soon]
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Feb 09, 2022
Gave a talk at the 2022 Laracon: "Digital Nomadding in the Time of COVID" (with Laravel jokes).
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Jan 24, 2022
Spent 6 weeks in Spain: Valencia, Cartagena, Málaga, Madrid, Bilbao, Tenerife. 
Highlights and tons of photos in these two travel blog posts:
"Spanish Holiday"
"Más España"

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Nov 09, 2021
Project: Time Machine!

From 2020-2021, I was the project manger and code support on a cool project called "Time Machine." The personal web app allows people to engage in “time travel therapy” by recording and listening to audio messages they leave for their past and future selves. We’ve gotten financial support from the forward-thinking Pioneers project at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We used a participant-focused co-design process, which means we set up our process with the intention of getting feedback from our participants and creating iterations of the app based on their notes and questions and ideas.

We published a paper in Frontiers in Psychology. The paper, on which I’m a co-author, is titled “Smartphone Time Machine: Tech-Supported Improvements in Time Perspective and Wellbeing Measures.” I tagged about 700 responses to our surveys to use as qualitative data in the paper.

You can read more about the process at my update and try the app out for yourself at TimeMachine.love.
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Jan 01, 2018
Created my software development company, Codyssia! 🎉
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Founder/Captain/Lead Developer, Codyssia