Byte Back staff are busy, not just with serving more than 500 students per year, but also as sought-after field experts and thought leaders. Our expertise is influencing tech diversity and the fight for digital inclusion and workforce development as permanent solutions to poverty.
Here are upcoming and recent engagements and awards:
November 8, 2019, Washington Business Journal 2019 Corporate Philanthropy Awards
Elizabeth Lindsey speaks on a panel at an event honoring the region’s philanthropic companies and nonprofits
October 30, 2019, Broadband Communities
- Leaders from industry, government, and nonprofit organizations, including Byte Back Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey, will discuss how to ensure broadband internet is accessible and affordable at this national conference and in the session “They’ve Bridged the Divide.”
October 18, 2019, RVATECH Women in Technology
- Elizabeth Lindsey presents a keynote address at one of Virginia’s premier technology conferences.
October 10, 2019, Nonprofit CFO of the Year Awards
- Byte Back Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey speaks to attendees prior to presentation of the award.
October 3, 2019, Washingtonian Tech Titans 2019
- For the third year in a row, Byte Back Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey was named one of “the most important and innovative people in Washington’s digital economy,” by the Washingtonian.
September 26, 2019, The Root 100
- Elizabeth Lindsey is featured among Stacey Abrams, Beyonce, LeBron James and others on this annual list of the most influential African Americans of the year.
September 19, 2019, Maryland Workforce Associations’ Raising the Bar Conference
- Education Manager Mark Rivera co-presents the session “Badging: A Virtual Solution with Real-Life Impact” at this conference for workforce development and education professionals.
September 18, 2019, DC Inno’s Inno Under 25
- Grant Compliance Specialsit Margot Nitschke was featured on this list of the DC tech sector’s most accomplished young members.
September 13, 2019, TECH2020: TECHWORK, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, 2019
- Director of Programs Derrick Washington and Student Services Coordinator Martika Futrell will share information about Byte Back’s classes and opportunities to get involved at this annual event.
September 11, 2019, DC Startup Week
- Elizabeth Lindsey speaks on the panel, “Why DC Is the Capital of Inclusive Innovation” with Thomas Sanchez of Social Driver, Joycelyn James of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Aaron Saunders of the Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3), and Delano Squires of Connect.DC.
July 18, 2019, Washington Business Journal 40 Under 40
- Elizabeth Lindsey named a Washington Business Journal 40 Under 40, the journal’s most competitive award
June 12, 2019, “Trek to Tech,” Out in Tech DC
- Elizabeth Lindsey, panelist for LGBTQ Pride Month panel exploring non-traditional pathways into tech, hosted by Out in Tech and Flatiron School
May 2019, Digital Inclusion Week 2019 National Planning Committee
- Yvette Scorse, communications director, selected as committee member for the 2019 national Digital Inclusion Week, October 7-11, 2019
- Byte Back – program host for this international academic conference. Elizabeth Lindsey speaks on Byte Back’s work in DC, and Education Manager Mark Rivera presents his work “Mind the Gap: Addressing the new Divide in IT Education for Adult Learners.”
May 10, 2019, Technology & Adult Ed Conference 2019, Philly Tech Week 2019
- Byte Back Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey presents the keynote at the 31st annual event on the theme of “Keep it Real: teaching Tech Skills for Work and Everyday.”
May 6, 2019, NASCIO 2019 Midyear
- Byte Back is the Give Back partner at this annual gathering of Chief Information Officers. Elizabeth Lindsey will also address the conference on Byte Back’s work.
April 25, 2019, UiPathTogether
- Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey discusses Byte Back’s work and partnership with UiPath, and Byte Back students will attend the conference as guests.
April 13, 2019, TEDxFoggy Bottom 2019: REACTION
- Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey presents on Byte Back’s work and impact in the DC area.
April 1-3, 2019, Net Inclusion 2019, Charlotte, NC
- A panel on digital inclusion funding through workforce development will include Elizabeth Lindsey.
March 27, 2019, “2019 Enterprising Women”, Tagg Magazine
- Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey was one of just nine awardees at this annual event.
March 21, 2019, 40 Under 40: Queer Women of Washington
- Elizabeth Lindsey recognized by the Washington Blade, the DC Mayor’s Office on LGBTQ Affairs, and the Office of Women’s Policies and Initiatives.
March 19, 2019, “Economic Inequality on the Front Lines: Local Innovations for National Problems”, Hosted by CityLab
- A short presentation on the future of work by Elizabeth Lindsey.
January 9, 2019, WeWork Global Finals
- Elizabeth shares her experience as a WeWork Creator Award winner with the 2019 WeWork global finalists.
January 2019, DC Mayor’s Streetlight Advisory Panel
Amanda Young, recruitment and admissions manager, appointed as vice chair
December 1, 2018, WeWork Creator Camp
- Elizabeth delivers the opening talk of the 2018 Creator Camp in New York, speaking about being successful change-makers.
November 20, 2018, FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment Presentation
- Elizabeth Lindsey speaks on Byte Back’s work advancing diversity in tech
November 15, 2018, DC Inno’s 50 on Fire, Education & Nonprofit Inno Blazer
- Byte Back is recognized as one of 50 DC-area organizations with the biggest impact on the region’s innovation economy.
October 11, 2018, National Career Pathways Network Conference, “Career Pathways: Creating Connections, Building Futures”
- Director of Programs Derrick Washington will lead a session at this national conference in Louisville, KY.
October 6, 2018, She Roars: Celebrating Women at Princeton, “Tigresses in Nonprofits: Amplifying Our Impact”
- Elizabeth Lindsey and a panel of Princeton alumni women working in nonprofits share their experience.
October 2, 2018, WeWork & The Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, “Future of Work + Cities Fireside Chat”
- Elizabeth Lindsey, fireside chat panel
September 27, 2018, DC Startup Week, “Bias Breakers and Being an Ally”
- Programs Director Derrick Washington participates on a DC Startup Week panel.
September 27, 2018, The Grace Hopper Celebration, “Falling into Tech: the Non-Traditional Path”
- This Houston, TX conference, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, will feature a panel including Elizabeth Lindsey.
September 27, 2018, Catalogue for Philanthropy Community Conversations, “Adult Learning in the 21st Century”
- This panel, featuring Byte Back Education Manager Mark Rivera, will introduce Catalogue for Philanthropy donors, supporters, and community members to contemporary issues in adult education.
September 20, 2018, “Tech Titans 2018: Washington’s Top Tech Leaders,” awarded by the Washingtonian
- Elizabeth Lindsey named a Tech Titan, one of Washington, DC’s most influential tech leaders
September 19, 2018, Mayor Bowser’s Innovation & Technology Inclusion Council Induction
- Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey is sworn in as a new member of Mayor Bowser’s advisory council.
July 12, 2018, WeWork Apollo, “We the Creators: Nonprofits Changing the Game”
- Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey speaks on a panel with leaders of other innovative local nonprofits.
June 19, 2018, DCA Live, “Red Hot Nonprofits Awards”
- Byte Back is honored along with other local and national nonprofits that are growing, innovating, and furthering their missions.
June 2018, The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington, One of the Best Nonprofits, Class of 2018-19
The Catalogue for Philanthropy selected Byte Back in the distinguished group of the DC area’s best local nonprofits.
May 3, 2018, CEO Panel, ProInspire “Managing for Success” Training
- A group of DC-area nonprofit executives, including Elizabeth Lindsey, share management tips.
April 11-13, 2018, Net Inclusion 2018, “Framing Your Digital Inclusion Pitch/Proposals,” “Lightning Round: Access and Inclusion,” Plenary and Keynote
- Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey participates in a panel discussion and two plenary sessions at the NDIA’s annual conference in Cleveland, OH. See full video of the event here.
April 11-13, 2018, 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference, “Humanizing Digital Inclusion”
- Joined by other nonprofit tech educators from across the country, Elizabeth Lindsey presents a broadened, humanized vision of the digital divide including cultural, economic, and educational barriers.
March 23, 2018, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment
- Elizabeth Lindsey appointed to the committee.
March 22, 2018, Women in IT Awards, “Women in IT Awards – New York”
- Byte Back Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey finalist for Women in IT Awards e-Skills Initiative of the Year.
March 10, 2018, SXSW, “Reinventing Pathways to Tech Diversity”
- Elizabeth Lindsey leads a panel with nonprofit, public, and corporate entities who partnered to build a training pathway for left-out communities to enter careers in tech.
March 6, 2018, SXSW EDU, “Breaking Tech Teaching Norms”
- This 20-minute presentation by Elizabeth Lindsey reframes the challenge of tech education and inclusion by focusing on low- and no-tech communities.
February 28, 2018, Innova-Con 2018, “Diversity & Inclusion Panel”
- Elizabeth Lindsey, Janice Omadeke of the Mentor Method, and Kevin Morgan of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership offer solutions for strengthening an organization through inclusion and diversity in hiring.
February 6, 2018 Champion of Digital Equity Award, 9th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit
- Elizabeth Lindsey accepts the award for Byte Back’s work, from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)
February 1, Flatiron School Launch Party
- Panel including Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey discusses DC’s growing tech sector and the importance of tech skills in today’s job market.
January 3, 2018, NTEN’s Best of 2017
- Blog by Elizabeth Lindsey featured in top of 2017 at the national Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)
December 7, 2017, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, “Digitalization and the American Workforce.”
- Elizabeth Lindsey joins a panel to discuss the future of employment in increasingly digital workplaces.
November 18, 2017, BDPA of Washington, DC, Community & Technology Awards
- Elizabeth Lindsey was honored to receive the 2017 President’s Community Award from BDPA of DC.
November 14, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, “2017 Corporate Citizenship Conference: Innovation Blitz”
- This two-day conference features a series of conversations on how private sector partnerships can impact modern social issues. Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey is featured in the “Innovation Blitz” panel on the first day of the event.
November 1, DC Inno, 50 on Fire 2017
- Byte Back Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey was awarded one of DC Inno’s ’50 on Fire’ awards.
October 31, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s ConnectHome Summit, “Using ConnectHome as a Platform for 21st Century Employment!”
- A panel including Career Services Manager Derrick Washington on the possibilities for employment that can accompany improved home internet access provided by the ConnectHome program
October 19, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and CityLab, “What Amazon HQ2 Signals About the Future of Cities”
- Elizabeth Lindsey and other panelists address the implications of Amazon’s “HQ2” search and delve into what cities can learn from Amazon’s wish list concerning preparation for the disruptive nature of tech and retail, investment in local talent, quality infrastructure, and place-making.
October 17, DCA Live Trending 40, “The New Power Women of DC Tech”
- Elizabeth Lindsey receives an award as on of ‘The New Power Women of Tech’ for her leadership of Byte Back over the last three years.
September 28, Amazon Web Services Panel, “Underrepresented in Tech: Bridging the Racial Divide”
- A group of expert panelists, including Byte Back ED Elizabeth Lindsey, examines the challenges that may arise in tech for persons from Black or Latinx communities while discussing tactics and resources available to navigate barriers to career entry and growth
September 20, DC Startup Week panel, “The New Inclusion Movement: Creating Diversity in Tech”
- Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey joins other leading experts in discussion on culture awareness in the workplace
September 15, DC Startup Week panel, “Dialogue on Diversity Hispanic Heritage Month Reception”
- In the first of two DC Startup Week sessions for Byte Back, Chief Program Officer Monique Riviere speaks on a panel on diversity
September 7, Lesbians Who Tech + Allies New York Summit
- In a Ted Talk-style, Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey discusses how tech careers can help solve poverty for diverse populations
August 10, Tools For Local Solutions Technology roundtable, hosted by IREX Community Solutions Program
- Executive director Elizabeth Lindsey contributes to roundtable discussion
July 26, TechHire 2017 Grantee Convening panel: “IT Credentials: What Works for Learners and Employers?”
- Derrick Washington, Career Services Manager, will participate in a panel discussion on the value of IT education
July 20, Connect.DC Ward 6 Tech Community Conversation
- Angela Wright, Outreach and Admissions Specialist, will lead conversations with community members on technology and digital inclusion
June 27, WeWork Creator Awards at Austin City Limits
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director, speaker
June 6, Tech Community Conversation, Hosted by Connect.DC, DC Public Library & Byte Back
- Staff members Angela Wright and Ellen Bredt, Tech Training conversation leaders
June 5, AFTRR meeting at Google Pittsburgh
- Monique Riviere, chief program officer, panelist at AFTRR (Alliance for Technology Refurbishing & Reuse)
June 5, MCON, Tech for Good Discussion sponsored by NBC
- Elizabeth Lindsey, panelist discussing how technology can advance impact and outcomes with beneficiaries. Watch >>
May 31, Digital Inclusion Workshop on Innovation, SHLB
- Elizabeth Lindsey, panelist, along with digital inclusion leaders from across the country at the SHLB (Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition) Annual Conference
May 17, ‘A Question of Justice: Digital Inclusion & Digital Equity,’ Net Inclusion 2017
- Elizabeth Lindsey, moderator/panelist and lightning round speaker at NDIA’s Net Inclusion conference
May 17, InnoMAYtion feature
- Byte Back student Traci Barnes featured as a community story of innovation. InnoMAYtion is a month-long Mayor Bowser initiative to feature DC innovation.
May 17, Jobs of Tomorrow Panel, Lever Fund
- Monique Riviere, chief program officer, panelist
May 9, Tech and Diversity panel, General Assembly
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director, panel discussion with four other thought leaders to explore new intersections between diversity and technology
May, 2017 Tech Titans, Washingtonian
- Elizabeth Lindsey, named a Top Tech Titan and Connector in the Washington, DC area
- Yvette Scorse, communications manager, presents to University of Arkansas students on how her bachelor’s degree in Spanish influenced her career and enriches her work at Byte Back
April, ‘200 Black Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter’
- Follow @elindse1, part of this amazing list!
April 18, Black Female Founders
- Elizabeth Lindsey, panelist, tips for female tech leaders on winning pitches
March 28, $360,000 Scale Winner, Creator Awards, WeWork
- Byte Back was one of 1,100 competitors for WeWork’s Creator Awards. Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director, delivered a pitch first by video and then live, which landed Byte Back the biggest award of the night: $360,000 to scale into Maryland and explore nationwide expansion.
March 25, “Tech Within Reach – Best Practices for Including No-Tech and Low-Tech Communities into our Work,” Nonprofit Technology Conference, NTEN
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director, Byte Back’s first time presenting on digital inclusion at the well-known nonprofit technology conference in the country. Notes from the session are here, thanks to NTEN.
March 24, Women in Tech Summit Keynote, Washington, DC
- Elizabeth Lindsey, keynote speaker: “Who Run the World? Girls – Growing as a Leader & Supporting Each Other on the Way Up”
March 9, Guest Blog for NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network
- “Three Steps to Include No-Tech and Low-Tech Folks in Your Work” blog by Elizabeth Lindsey
March 7, Guest Blog for Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)
- “When Women Have a Chance in Tech” by Elizabeth Lindsey
February 3, Frederick Douglass Center Grand Opening Event, District of Columbia Housing Authority
- Elizabeth Lindsey speaks about Byte Back’s involvement in bringing digital training to local residents
January 25, Internet Data Privacy Colloquium, Dialogue on Diversity
- Monique Riviere, chief program officer, presented at the colloquium, highlighting Byte Back’s on-the-ground work and results with digital inclusion and tech careers in Washington, DC
November 30, “Pathways to Inclusion Report,” District of Columbia Government
- Byte Back staff members Elizabeth Lindsey, Monique Riviere, and Bock Szymkowicz were interviewed for and acknowledged in this report, released by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. The report outlines the current climate of tech inclusion and goals to expand it.
November 30, DC Innovation Awards nominee
- Byte Back nominated for the Tech Mission Org of the Year in the first annual DC Innovation Awards, hosted by Technical.ly DC
November 15, DC Tech Meetup
- Elizabeth Lindsey became an organizer for DC Tech Meetup, which convenes technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, & the broader
#DCTech creative community, with 17,800 members and growing.
November 7, Diversity in Computing Summit, hosted by the Maryland Center for Women in Computing
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director, session presenter on “Thinking Differently about Diversity: How to Recruit a Truly Diverse Workforce”
October 8, PyData DC 2016, hosted by Capital One
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director, keynote speaker, “Become a Data Superhero: How Data Can Change the World”
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August 22-24, National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) Annual Conference
- Presenter and featured charitable partner
August 11, Tech for Social Change, hosted by Community Solutions Program of IREX and the United States Department of State
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director – Featured innovator and Lightning Talk speaker on women and gender in technology
- Elizabeth and Yvette Scorse, communications manager, roundtable discussion hosts, discussing “Improving Technology Access to Underserved Communities”
August 5, Mayor’s 5th Annual Senior Symposium
- Presenter at “Senior Techies” session in Washington, DC.
May 18, Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Webinar
- Monique Riviere, chief program officer – webinar presenter “Tech Within Reach: Recycling Technology for Those in Need.” View recording here.
May 18, Mid-Atlantic Region Office Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Leadership and Partners
- Andrew Quilpa, certifications instructor, and Neil Rickard, manager of admissions & data – presenters at “SNAP State Partners Meeting” on the impact of the Food Stamp Employment & Training Program (FSET) on the success of Byte Back students.
May 17, Gigabit City Summit, Kansas City
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director – panelist “Developing New Localized Capacity for Digital Inclusion.” Watch here:
May 13, National Digital Inclusion Day, Coming Together to Empower Under-Connected Communities
- Byte Back is one of the organizers for the day, led by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)
- Yvette Scorse, communications manager – member of creative team involved in the day’s branding and Twitter town hall planning
- Twitter Town Hall features Byte Back student Jacqueline Campbell as a featured speaker
Featured in StateScoop: “D.C. nonprofit joins in national push to get governments thinking about digital inclusion”
April 27, WiFi Task Force Act of 2016 DC City Council Hearing
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director – witness to the DC City Council on the WiFi Task Force Act of 2016. Read more >>
April 20 Jubilee Jobs Job Friends Dinner
- Bock Szymkowicz, career development specialist – community organization speaker
April 19, “Innovators in Education” Roundtable, Your Part-Time Controller
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director – panelist at the annual training event of Your Part-Time Controller, nonprofit accounting specialists, in Philadelphia
April 13, Op-Ed “The Digital Divide Won’t Be Solved with Internet Access Alone”
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director, on the FCC’s Lifeline expansion and what else is needed
April 12, National Summit for Education Equity, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director – speaker “Digital Inclusion and the Realities of Program Design, Implementation, and Outcomes: a Practitioner’s Prospective“
April 7 Brookland Bridge Blog, “Local Nonprofit Spotlight: Byte Back Executive Director”
- Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director, shares her plans for Byte Back’s future in this Q&A profile
March 24, WHUT American Graduate Champion
- Byte Back honored by WHUT and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as an American Graduate Champion for our excellence as educators in Washington, DC
January 28, DC Office of Human Rights
- Bock Szymkowicz, career development specialist – official Human Rights Liaison