Press & Media

To Members of the Media:

The success of our students touches the hearts of Byte Back’s entire family – current students, alumni, staff, volunteers, and more. These stories of hope and the real-life benefits of digital inclusion must also be heard locally in the District and nationally.

Members of the media are welcomed to learn more about Byte Back, meet our inspiring students, and be connected with a digital inclusion and tech diversity expert, such as Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director. For more information, please contact Yvette Scorse, communications director, at or (202) 525-3150.

For stats and stories, see the 2016 Byte Back Annual Report: The Pathway Starts with YOU

Coverage Highlights

January 29, 2018: “WeWork Gives Millions to Visionary Startups for Creating ‘Their Life’s Work’,” VOA News

January 19, 2018: “Byte Back wins $360K at WeWork Creator Awards Global Finals,” DC

Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for WeWork

January 19, 2018: “This kind of small-business thinking can lead to big changes (and big bucks),” USA Today

January 18, 2018: “Austin’s Samantha Snabes of re:3D Wins WeWork’s $1 Million Creator Award,” Silicon Hills

January 17, 2018: “This DC nonprofit is competing for $1 million at the WeWork Creator Awards,” DC

January 16, 2018: “Behind the Bell: WeWork Awards,” Nasdaq

January 11, 2018: “The Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018,” Inc.

January 7, 2018: “2017: A Year in #DCTech News,” Medium

January 5, 2018: “Comcast Foundation awards $265,000 to 16 Washington, D.C. Metro Area nonprofits,” The Washington Sun

November 29, 2017: “This nonprofit is training shelter residents in the tech skills they need to keep up with the workforce,” Street Sense Media

November 28, 2017: #GivingTuesday: This DC nonprofit is raising $10K for tech training,” DC

November 15, 2017: “Stop focusing just on startups: Digitalization of U.S. workforce impacts every industry, report finds,” Curbed

November 2, 2017: “WeWork Gives $20 Million to Entrepreneurs,” Cheddar

October 24, 2017: “For Hope, Look to Community Activists, Not Ta-Nehisi Coates,” Next City

October 24, 2017: “Can You Nail A One Minute Pitch?” Huffington Post

October 23, 2017: “Are You Able To Fit Your Company’s Mission Into A 1 Minute Pitch? | Elizabeth Lindsey,” LEADx Podcast

October 23, 2017: “The 1 Mistake New Leaders Always Make (And How To Avoid It),” Inc.

October 19, 2017: “Don’t Bet Against The Baltimore-Washington Area in Amazon’s HQ2 Search,” Nextgov

October 12, 2017: “This exec is working to make tech jobs accessible for all,” Washington Business Journal

October 5, 2017: “Byte Back invited the community to its new office,” DC

September 26, 2017: “D.C. Council Considers Public Wi-Fi and Digital Literacy Bill,” The Hoya

September 22, 2017: “Office Envy: Inside Byte Back’s New NoMa Headquarters,” DC Inno

September 18, 2017:“For diversity and inclusion in tech, ‘This opportunity is too big to miss,'” DC

September 14, 2017: “The 19 Women Entrepeneurs Awarded Grants from BEACON DC’s Inaugural Program,” DC Inno

September 5, 2017:“Take a tour of Byte Back’s bigger tech training space,” DC

August 17, 2017: “These 2 Bills Would Help Bring Free Internet and Digital Skills Training to All D.C. Residents,” Street Sense

August 16, 2017:“Brightwood! Are You Being Left Behind In The Digital Age?” DC NorthStar

August 11, 2017:“These SXSW panel proposals include DC tech leaders,” DC

August 8, 2017:“Elizabeth Lindsey: School’s in Session” DC TechStories

August 3, 2017: Byte Back instructor Andrew Quilpa on “emPower Hour with DeShuna Spencer,” WPFW 89.3

August 2, 2017: “Lots Of People In Cities Still Can’t Afford Broadband,” FiveThirtyEight

July 30, 2017:“This Is How Long It Will Take To Achieve Equal Pay For Black Women In Every State,” Bustle

July 14, 2017: “Byte Back Solidifies Partnership to Expand Into Maryland,” DC Inno

July 13, 2017: “Byte Back’s Maryland expansion gets new boost,” DC

June 6, 2017: “MCON Panel Discusses Using Tech to Solve Community Issues,” NBC4 Washington

May 12, 2017: “WDCEP and Byte Back have launched a new tech inclusion scholarship,” DC

May 12, 2017: “Quicken Loans partnering with WeWork for Detroit’s Creator Awards,” MLive

May 10, 2017: “3 Tech Scholarships to Apply for Now,” Black Enterprise

May 9, 2017: “Tuesday: Learn how the rise of tech has impacted diverse communities,” DC

May 3, 2017: “Washington’s 100 Top Tech Leaders,” Washingtonian

April 19, 2017: Interview with Elizabeth Lindsey: Tech Training, Empire Radio Now

April 6, 2017: “How Byte Back is Helping Bridge the District’s Digital Divide,” DC Inno

April 5, 2017: “These local entrepreneurs scored big bucks from WeWork,” Washington Business Journal

March 31, 2017: “Innovators: DC Rises at WeWork’s Creator Awards,” Washington Life Magazine

March 30, 2017: “WeWork Makes A $1.5M Splash With Inaugural ‘Creator Awards’ Celebration,” Washingtonian

March 29, 2017: “WeWork Creator Awards recognizes creators who are leading the way for innovation!” Good Morning Washington, WJLA

March 29, 2017: “Byte Back wins big at the inaugural WeWork Creator Awards,” DC

March 29, 2017: “At Creator Awards, Women Entrepreneurs Take Home Top Prizes,” Creator, WeWork

March 29, 2017: “WeWork Gives $1.5M to Local Entrepreneurs and Doubles Down on D.C.,” DCInno

March 29, 2017: “WeWork Is Committing $20 Million to Innovators with Creator Awards,” Tech.Co

March 29, 2017: “WeWork Hands Out $1.5M To Small Businesses At Global Creator Awards Launch In DC,” Bisnow

February 21, 2017: “Byte Back Programs and Services,” Comcast Newsmakers

February 8, 2017:“Digital inclusion nonprofit Byte Back is getting a new home,” DC

February 1, 2017:“Washington, D.C., Wi-Fi bill gets new life,” StateScoop

November 30, 2016:“It’s time to vote for the winners of our first annual DC Innovation Awards,” DC

November 21, 2016: “13% of Americans don’t use the internet. Until a few months ago, I was one of them.” Vox

November 11, 2016: “DC’s female tech leaders react to Trump’s election,” DCInno

October 10, 2016: “These 3 local nonprofits snagged grants from the NCTA Foundation,” DC

October 5, 2016:“NCTA Foundation Seeds D.C. Groups With $325,000 in Grants,” Multichannel News

October 4, 2016: “D.C. non-profit offers computer training at no charge,” WJLA ABC 7


October 3, 2016: “Why technology alone can’t lift people out of poverty,” Deseret News

August 12, 2016: “3 things digital literacy nonprofit Byte Back learned from a recent data dive,” DC

May 31, 2016: “Inside Byte Back’s important digital inclusion work,” DC
“The nonprofit taught computer skills to almost 1,000 District residents in 2015. Its new executive director, Elizabeth Lindsey, has her sights on reaching even more.”

May 18, 2016:“Potomac United Methodist Church hosts fundraiser event,” Potomac Almanac

May 16, 2016:“American Graduate DC Champion – Byte Back,” WHUT Howard University Television

May 13, 2016:“D.C. nonprofit joins in national push to get governments thinking about digital inclusion,” StateScoop

April 27, 2016:“D.C. lawmakers weigh bill to create task force for citywide Wi-Fi network,” StateScoop

April 7, 2016:“Local Non-Profit Spotlight: Byte Back’s Executive Director,” The Brookland Bridge blog

February 25, 2016:“Data Society launches Kickstarter campaign, with a twist,” DC

October 2015: “The Digital Divide” with Elizabeth Lindsey, Byte Back executive director, on Comcast Newsmakers

June 2015: “Decreasing the Digital Divide in the District” – staff members Monique Riviere and Andrea Mack were guests on emPower Hour on 89.3 WPFW

February 2014:In The Capitol covered the new partnership between nclud and Byte Back.

October 2013:An informational video on Byte Back was included in The Giving Library.

June 2013:The Brookland Bridge blog featured an interview with our executive director, Kelley Ellsworth. 

May 2013:Elevation DC profiled Kenny Brown, a Byte Back student, graduation speaker, and participant in our Enterprise DC program.

June 18, 2012: Byte Back was featured on the front page of the health section of the Washington Post 

March 12, 2012: Kelley Ellsworth, Byte Back Executive Director, appeared on ABC Channel 7 News. She spoke on collaborating with FTC in providing a computer lab for Jubilee Housing after their laptops were stolen. Please note the approximate time mark of appearance, 1:31.

May 7, 2011: Byte Back instructor Kyle Johnson’s PC for Beginners course at the Anacostia Public Library was covered in The Washington Post‘s local page.

November 22, 2010: Chuck Bean from the Nonprofit Roundtable urges employers to hire Byte Back graduates in a Thanksgiving piece in the Washington Post.

September 20, 2010: NBC ran a feature story about Byte Back’s partnership with Back on My Feet.

January 26, 2010:El Pais, a  newspaper published in Spain, published a lengthy feature article about Byte Back and internet access in the United States in Spanish.

Byte Back won honorable mention for the 2010 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management for this video, by ReAct Media.