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Traci’s Story / Byte Back

Traci Denise Barnes is a Washingtonian who is constantly innovating her life – finding a way to use new tech skills to enrich her and, at the same time, give back to her community. Barnes is a current student and graduate of Byte Back, a DC tech education nonprofit who has been training residents for […]


Chopp-a-Cake’s Story / BUILD Metro DC

BUILD Metro DC is a four year in-school and out-of-school time program that engages high school students from under-resourced communities through entrepreneurship training, and college and career readiness. In partnership with DCPS and charter schools, BUILD serves 300 students at seven high schools in the District of Columbia this school year. BUILD operates school-based business […]

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Antwain’s Story / DistrictCryo

Antwain Coward is the founder and CEO of DistrictCryo Rejuvenation and Recovery Lab. DistrictCryo is the first of its kind active recovery solution in Washington, D.C offering access to innovative and non-medical therapeutic technologies for both mind and body rejuvenation, including Whole Body Cryotherapy. Antwain discovered the niche of maintenance recovery from his own experiences […]

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Nya Byers’ Story / hunnybunny boutique

From making products in the kitchen and selling them at Farmers Markets, to having her very own brick and mortar store on Capitol Hill, Nya Byers has accomplished a lot in the past three years – especially since she is only eight years old! Owner of hunnybunny boutique, Byers immediately greets you when you walk […]

Aaron Saunders

Aaron’s Story / Inclusive Innovation In DC

Like most people in DC, Aaron Saunders started his career in government contracting, but later achieved his dreams of starting his own tech company. Over the past several years, he’s grown Clearly Innovative into a leading mobile development firm and is now entering the education space in partnership with the Office of the Mayor, Howard […]


Rakia’s Story / DC’s Tech Community

At the age of 19, Rakia Finley was studying database development and knew she wanted to help the community in some way. So, she started Surge Assembly which began as a digital consulting company for non-profits. Today, in addition to helping non-profits grow, Surge Assembly has extended their services to businesses and has worked with […]


Darius, Danny, & Troye’s Story / GOODProjects

Darius, Danny, and Troye did not have easy childhoods, struggling with homelessness, poverty, and crime growing up in D.C. After becoming friends at Georgetown University while playing football, they made it their life’s mission to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds, like themselves, get the education they need to accomplish their dreams. To realize this mission, […]

Monica Kang

Monica Kang’s Story / InnovatorsBox

Monica Kang is a creative educator and a passionate community builder. She founded InnovatorsBox to demystify society’s perception on creativity and has traveled to show how one can learn creativity regardless of what workplace or title you have. Since launch, InnovatorsBox has been recognized as the only creative education firm that is teaching creativity in a tangible, practical and […]


Alex’s Story / Living & Working In DC

Alex Wirth During the summer after his sophomore year at Harvard University, Alex worked on Capitol Hill and ran firsthand into a common problem of trying to find co-sponsors for a resolution. His college roommate, Jonathan Marks, who witnessed his struggle, was studying computational chemistry and the analytics of protein networks at the time. Together, […]