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What is the Flash Tech Summit?

The Flash Tech Summit was created to provide a space for kids to come and learn about the diverse fields of work in Information Technology.  The career paths are endless and the Summit provides an opportunity for all to explore. 


So what does the summit consist of? 


Workshops focusing on various areas of technology to engage young minds

Lunch and Learn Panel

A panel of black professionals working in tech fields that share their knowledge with the kids, along with Q&A, and lunch! 

Registration is FREE

We want all kids to be exposed and have access to this experience so it's free! 

Check out the Tech Panel from the Past Tech Summits 


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Sharnikya Howard


Panel Moderator

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Sharnikya Howard has dedicated her career to the advancement of STEM. She has served as a Tech Director and is a certified Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist, leading software development enterprises, managing the full System Development Lifecycle (SDLC) from a lean-agile perspective.  A graduate of Bennett College for Women with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, she also holds an MS in Project Management, an MBA, and completed the Cornell University Women’s Entrepreneurship certificate program.  As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) she has provided stellar support to her clients. As a testament to her great work in the field, she was selected to join the Project Management Body of Knowledge Review Team for the most recently released “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) - 5th Edition”.  Committed to STEM, she chairs the Girls In Technology Sharing Our Success program and co-leads a program that teaches elementary and middle school aged children the full System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). 

Tierra Lathan

Program Manager

Tierra Lathan aka "The Corporate Point Guard", CEO of Lemonade Consulting, is a Greatness Advocate, currently serving the Dept of Defense as a Systems Engineering Consultant, with over 20 years of Systems Engineering, Business Development and IT Program Management Experience. To date she has managed programs collectively exceeding 100MIL value. 


She is a Jesus Lover, a former basketball player and proud wife to Wali Lathan, who is the CEO of WTL Transportation Service. Mrs. Lathan is a graduate of Bowie State University and a current student at the University of Maryland. In addition to her Systems Engineering, Business Development and IT Program Management Background; She has never let go of her rap career but now she uses words acapella to empower individuals, brands and families.


Panel Speaker


Deirra Footman


Panel Speaker


Senior Network Engineer

Deirra Footman is Senior Network Engineer and Blogger based in the DMV area. She has built her Networking and Security expertise in Cisco enterprise environments designing, implementing, and maintaining solutions. She currently holds her CCNA in Routing and Switching and is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Business and IT Management.

Deirra discovered her passion for Science and Technology at a young age growing up in Baltimore, Maryland. Deirra's love for computer technology and thirst for knowledge led her to enroll in the Cisco Network Academy in High School. Completing this program landed her an internship served as the launchpad for an exciting and challenging career in the Networking Field.

In 2016, Deirra published her blog CCIE By 30. Blogging has enabled her to share her Cisco Networking experience, technical resources, certification study tips, and career tips. Since its publishing, her work has helped establish Deirra as a leader and influencer in the tech community.  

Currently, Deirra is a Network Engineer focusing on Enterprise Networking & Network Security for a Healthcare Organization .

Michael Banks

Security Engineering Manager

Security Engineering Manager, AWS Security or AWS SOC for over 7 years, Michael Banks has been a noteworthy leader in the cybersecurity community. Michael is currently a Security Engineering Manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS) within the Security Operations Center (SOC). He has been with AWS for three and a half years. He leads a team of security engineers that investigates and manages security issues across the world. Michael is also a Cyber Operations Officer in the Army Reserves serving on a Cyber Protection Team. So far he has served in the Army Reserves for over 10 years. He holds over a dozen cybersecurity certifications and a Master’s Degree in Information Security Management from Augusta University. Michael is from Augusta, Ga and currently resides in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area.


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Ryan Smith


Panel Speaker

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Amazon Recruiter

Ryan Smith is a former Student-Athlete where he played football at Auburn University and with the Dallas Cowboys. He joined Amazon as an Operational Manager, with a Bachelors and MBA degree in Adult Education. In 2019 Ryan transitioned into Amazon Web Service as a technical recruiter for AWS Security. The purpose for this transition was to create more opportunities for underserved communities. Ryan has helped grow several Amazon programs to provide visibility and opportunities for diverse external candidate pipelines, primarily student athletes and engineering students. He founded the Student Athlete Career Knowledge Program (SACK) which partners with athletic programs across the country to provide visibility into professional careers.

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Workshop Facilitators

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Curtis Washington

Workshop Facilitator

Curtis Washington, Jr is the CEO of Cadence IT Consulting, L.L.C and the Senior IT Manager for a company called SoundExchange, which is responsible for managing the Rights and Publishing finances for musical artist. He has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of Information Technology. Mr. Washington is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in Web Application Development, Project and Program Management for Federal Government Agencies and Private Sector Corporations.

Curtis Washington, Jr was born and raised in the DMV. High school graduate of Potomac High School and received his Bachelor of Science from Johnson C. Smith University located in Charlotte, NC. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc

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Adrian McClanahan

Event Host & Workshop Facilitator

Adrian McClanahan is a mother, a wife, and a Network Control Center Engineer, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Network Information Systems and is CompTIA A+ certified. She's been in the IT field for over 14 years,  she's passionate about technology and seeing more Black people within the technology space.  Adrian also channels that passion for tech into her technology blog and website design business, ChicDivaGeek, LLC.  She also teaches introductory coding classes for kids at Prince George's County Recreation Centers.  The Flash Tech Summit was her brain child to expose youth regardless of resources to different career fields in technology. 

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Victor L. Terry

Workshop Facilitator

Victor L. Terry is Data Storage Engineer. He's actively been working in the Information Technology Field for 13 years supporting a number of Military & Federal Agencies. He's also passionate about sharing all the new technology he learns with youth so that they may consider a career in technology.  He's been working with youth in his community for 15 years. He has a non-profit called Fly By Nature, who's mission is to promote anti-bullying.  It has an Bullying Prevention Curriculum that it plans to make nationwide standard for schools to create a bully free, positive environment for kids so they can focus on achieving their academic success

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