This year the Ignite theme asks, “How have you used technology or the internet to make a change in your organization, the community, or the world?”
Ignites are fun, fast-paced, thought-provoking presentations delivered on the main stage. But, there’s a catch: Ignites are strictly limited to five minutes and 20 slides, which advance automatically every 15 seconds.
The NTC is a place where we talk about technology and how to use it in so many ways. These six Ignite presentations are talks about using technology for real change, inspiring others to think differently, plan boldly, and make an impact.
Elizabeth Lindsey is the Executive Director of Byte Back, a Washington, DC based nonprofit providing a pathway of inclusive tech training that leads to living-wage careers. Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s from Swarthmore College and master’s in public affairs and urban and regional planning from Princeton University.
Elizabeth was one of The Root 100 most influential African Americans of 2019 and was selected for the Washington Business Journal’s most competitive list – 40 Under 40. She was also named an Enterprising Woman by Tagg Magazine, a multi-year Tech Titan winner in the Washingtonian, and a top 100 leadership speaker in Inc.
Elizabeth serves on the Federal Communications Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment and is a member of the Washington, DC Mayor’s Innovation & Technology Inclusion Council. She is on the Board of Directors of The Workplace DC, the Goodwill Excel Center, The Engine Room, and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance.
Under Elizabeth’s leadership, Byte Back has earned national attention and expanded into Baltimore in 2019, helping even more people thrive in a digital society and change the face of the tech sector.
Associate Director of Client Operations
Jude Shimer (they/them) is an artist, musician, and certified Salesforce Admin/App Builder/Developer living in Brooklyn. Jude has worked at PatronManager, an all-in-one ticketing platform for performing arts nonprofits, for seven years. Jude’s dual role is to improve internal operations to create better staff and client experiences, and to help the product development team design self-service features to empower clients.
Aly Murray is a social entrepreneur, math nerd, and community activist. Aly grew up in a low-income, single-parent household in which going to college was never a guarantee. Six years after starting classes at a local community college, Aly graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Mathematics. This turn in her educational trajectory helped her secure a coveted job at J.P. Morgan and ultimately enabled her to start UPchieve: an ed-tech nonprofit that helps low-income students access free, live tutoring any time they need it. Aly’s personal struggle as a low-income student inspire her daily to work towards a world in which all students have an equal opportunity to achieve upward mobility.
Co-founder and CEO
Carmen launched Edmaker to help organizations bring online learning to their communities and to help individuals learn life-changing career skills. Her team helped Library Journal and School Library Journal build a national education program for thousands of librarians learning trends in technology, leadership, and literacy. And they’ve created dozens of little courses with big impact, like GOLD Comedy’s workshop to teach stand-up comedy to teen girls as a form of empowerment.
Director of Product Strategy
Software for Good
Liz Tupper is Director of Product Strategy at Software for Good, leading the strategy team’s efforts to uncover insights about users, envision the technology that best meets their needs, and create product roadmaps to help clients achieve their goals over time.
A self-proclaimed geek with two decades of technology experience, Liz is known for her leadership in the Minneapolis tech community. Since beginning her career as a front-end developer, she has worked in the social good, Internet of things (IoT), mobile app, web, and video game industries.
Liz is passionate about working towards a zero waste lifestyle, serving on the board of directors at Eureka Recycling, and about putting empathy first when designing and developing new products.
ISTE Future of Work Fellow
Chike Aguh (Chee-Kay Ah-goo) is an advisor for Digital US, a cross sector coalition and movement focused on the 21st Century moonshot of getting every American worker the digital skills that they need to succeed by 2030. Additionally, as a current term member at the Council of Foreign Relations, member of their Taskforce on the Future of the US Workforce, and the inaugural Future of Work Fellow at the International Society for Technology in Education, Chike writes and speaks on the future of work, particularly the impacts on and opportunities for underserved communities.
Previously, he worked as an education policy official under the Mayor of New York, a 2nd grade teacher and Teach For America corps member, a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, a Director of Corporate Strategy at the Advisory Board Company, and CEO of a national social enterprise which has helped connect 500,000 low-income Americans in 48 states to affordable internet and digital skills. He currently serves as s Senior Principal and Director of Strategy at the McChrystal Group.
Chike holds degrees from Tufts University (B.A.), the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M), the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA), and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (MBA). He is a 40 under 40 honoree for the Washington Business Journal, Prince George’s County and the Wharton School; and a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar. He serves/d as a board member for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Alumni Board, Tufts University Alumni Council, and Teach for America-DC Region. He has spoken at, written for and/or been featured by the White House, Harvard University, CNNMoney, Aspen Institute, Forbes, Wired Magazine, and Fast Company.