BDPA’s Renowned Tech Competition Series enters its 37th Season


NEW YORK—BDPA announces seasonal kick-offs for I.T. showcases, coding, and mobile app development. The association’s 2023 SITES competitions are open and currently available for new and aspiring research analysts, social scientists, tech writers, systems engineers, and junior developers (JrDevs). SITES coordinators’ names and emails from participating BDPA Chapters must be provided to National BDPA no later than Friday, January 20, 2023.

This season’s virtual info-session for National BDPA’s SITES Program, new BDPA members, and the general public is scheduled for 9:00pm EST, Wednesday, January 25, 2023. (A QR code is provided in a community flyer posted below to pre-register, share, and invite new teams.)

High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Programs
National and Regional High School Computer Competition (HSCC) programs. Above, National BDPA’s HSCC finalists from Rochester, Minnesota (BDPA Southern Minnesota Chapter). Photo credit: BDPA

BDPA’s SITES Program

Launched in 1986 by Dr. Jesse Bemley, the association’s Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) program falls under the association’s STEM+ pillar. This program was created to expose our youth to the concepts of computers and give them the expertise to develop web, internet-of-things (IoT), edge computing, and mobile applications.

Above, HSCC students from Memphis, Tennessee (BDPA Memphis Chapter). Photo credit: BDPA

Throughout the year, local chapters conduct SITES training programs for the youth in their communities. There are currently four programs that fall under the SITES umbrella.

For BDPA Members and Students, the Exascale Era Already Arrived

Why should we set our SITES on society’s new Exascale Era? Connected devices are powered by software. Don’t miss this year’s SITES kick-off! Learn more, watch → Exascale Day SITES ’23 Remix.

Exascale computing refers to computing systems capable of calculating at least 1018 , or one quintillion, multiplications or additions per second. BDPA continues to source and develop tech talent by preparing students, young adults, and interns from underserved communities for this new era. New “supercomputing” performances must be embraced by today’s workforce. High performance computing (HPC) and exascale capabilities allow vastly improved scientific applications for industry, government, and academia. Better prediction accuracy in domains such as transportation (autonomous vehicles), AgriTech (farm technology), HealthIT (precision medicine),  weather forecasting, and climate modeling. BDPA’s SITES alumni will lead, manage, and fund these programs for generations to come.

BDPA Detroit SITES student member finalists receive new Samsung Galaxy TAB A tablets from bdpatoday for BDPACON20 I.T. Showcase and Mobile App Showcase awards. Photo credit: BDPA

BDPA’s renowned National High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program which is a hands-on software development program for high school students, has introduced tens of thousands of high school students to coding and application development while presenting opportunities for students to obtain technical college scholarships due to corporate leadership commitments of mission partners and local sponsors. Because of BDPA’s focus on students and professional members alike, BDPA continues to support and lead the upward success of its members “from the classroom to the boardroom”.

Source and photos: BDPA


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