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Ryan Lane, a Barrett Honors College student majoring in software engineering, took his talents to Budapest, Hungary to attend a computer science school last year and ended up working for a worldwide presentation company.
Lane, a junior, traveled to Budapest as a Flinn Scholar in 2011 and continued to have an interest in the city.
“I had a really powerful month-long introduction to Budapest and had ties that didn’t disappear over time,” he said.
So, in the fall of 2012, Lane took a leave from Arizona State University, went to Budapest, moved into a friend’s apartment, and enrolled in the Aquicum Institute of Technology where he took computer science and Hungarian language classes.
Through his association with the institute, Lane was introduced to Prezi, a presentation software company base in Budapest, and interned there from January to July this year.
The company, which was founded in 2009, pioneered Prezi, zooming presentation software that uses an open canvas instead of traditional slides to create visual presentations. More than 30 million people from 190 countries use Prezi from their desktops, browsers, iPads or iPhones. In addition to Budapest, Prezi has offices in San Francisco, Calif.
As an intern, Lane worked on the company’s infrastructure team helping to improve systems reliability.
The job “gave me some context and helped me understand that what I’ve been studying fits into practical environments and a toolkit to function at a productive level in a professional setting,” he said.
Lane, who is conversational in Hungarian, hopes to return to Hungary and work for Prezi after graduation in 2015.
“It’s a wonderful place that’s underrated and not talked about in the conversations about living and working abroad. It’s a place I found to make another home in,” he said.