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20NTC Session

20NTC Ignites


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

Executive Director

Byte Back

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.

Jude Shimer

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.