Thought Leadership

Byte Back staff are busy, not just with serving more than 800 students per year, but also as sought-after field experts and thought leaders. Our expertise is influencing the fight for digital inclusion and workforce development as permanent solutions to poverty.

Here are upcoming and recent engagements:

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 is 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 Lightening 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.

SNAP Presenters May 2016


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