Byte Back Competed at the Creator Awards Global Finals at Madison Square Garden
In March, WeWork saw something special in Byte Back – tech career training that started 20 years ago and brings economic opportunity to hundreds in the DC community today.
Byte Back won the biggest prize at WeWork’s DC Creator Awards – $360,000. Since then, the Creator Awards stopped in six more cities across the globe, and over 6,000 startups, nonprofits, and creators competed. Of the 152 winners, Byte Back was one of eight finalists to compete in the Creator Awards Global Finals January 17 at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. And we took home $360,000!
Last year, 60 graduates in DC were hired and started earning more than $24,000 more annually than before Byte Back courses. This award will expand opportunities further, moving beyond DC and even helping us explore possibilities of nationwide scaling.
“Hundreds more people who have been left behind will finally see that tech careers are for them, that they can earn living wages, that it is possible to truly transform their lives,” said Elizabeth Lindsey, Byte Back executive director.
The spirit that WeWork created this year with the Creator Awards is really unmatched, and as Adam Neumann, WeWork cofounder and CEO, said at the awards, “When you do something that comes from the heart, magic happens!” We felt that magic in the Creator Awards and we feel it every day as we help people transform their lives at Byte Back.
“It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life,” Lindsey said. For the organization, it was one of the most amazing experiences of our 20 years. We are so thankful for WeWork’s generosity, awarding Byte Back $720,000 over the last year, and we’re grateful to be a part of a community of creators, innovators, and passionate world-changers.
As a Bonus, We Rang the Nasdaq Opening Bell. And, Yes, That’s Our Executive Director on a big screen in Times Square!
The Excitement from Our Community Was Overwhelming …
— Connect.DC (@ConnectdotDC) January 19, 2018
— Jackie Kazil (@JackieKazil) January 18, 2018
— Penny Lee (@pennyleedc) January 20, 2018
Congratulations to all the #creatorawards global finalists. We can’t wait to see the magic you continue to create in the world ? @AndiamoHQ @ByteBackDC @cadus_org @EatOffbeat @EyeControl @re3Dprinting @TheBunkerLabs @gv2020_org pic.twitter.com/kpuH9YSxiB
— WeWork (@WeWork) January 18, 2018
In the Press
USA Today, “This kind of small-business thinking can lead to big changes (and big bucks)”
Technical.ly, “Byte Back wins $360K at WeWork Creator Awards Global Finals”
Nasdaq, Live with Two Creator Awards Finalists
Congrats to All the Winners
We were thrilled to be one of eight amazing finalists, some of the most impressive creators in the world. Congratulations to all of them!
- J. Kevin White of Global Vision 20/20
- Samantha Snabes of Re:3D
- Sebastian Jünemann of CADUS
- Naveed R. Parvez of Andiamo
- Or Retzkin of Eye Control
- Elizabeth Lindsey of Byte Back
- Manal Kahi of Eat Offbeat
- Becca Keaty of Bunker Labs