Thought Leadership

Byte Back staff are busy, not just with serving more than 700 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:

December 7, 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, BDPA of Washington, DC, Community & Technology Awards

  • Elizabeth Lindsey was honored to receive the 2017 President’s Community Award from BDPA of DC.

Photo by David Bohrer / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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.

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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

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  • Millennial Week DC looks at how the next generation is re-shaping activism. Executive Director Elizabeth Lindsey is a featured speaker

 

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

April 27, ‘So I Got a Degree in Spanish, Now What?’ Conversation with Alumni, University of Arkansas

  • 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


March 9, Guest Blog for NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network


March 7, Guest Blog for Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)


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

2016

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  creative community, with 17,800 members and growing.

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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”


August 22-24, National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) Annual Conference


Elizabeth Tech Social Change speaker cropAugust 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, Yvette Tech social change cropElizabeth 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.
    Mayors Annual Senior Symposium

    Photo courtesy of Connect.DC


May 18, Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Webinar


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.

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May 17, Gigabit City Summit, Kansas City

  • Elizabeth Lindsey, executive director – panelist “Developing New Localized Capacity for Digital Inclusion.” Watch here:


DID Twitter Town Hall 2016 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”


City Council Wifi 1 cropApril 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”


April 12, National Summit for Education Equity, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

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April 7 Brookland Bridge Blog, “Local Nonprofit Spotlight: Byte Back Executive Director”


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


Bock Human Rights LiaisonJanuary 28, DC Office of Human Rights

  • Bock Szymkowicz, career development specialist – official Human Rights Liaison