Tech ‘Team Mom’ is 2019’s Member of the Year

2019 Member of The Year (BDPA-DC)

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The Real SV: From Somerville to Silicon Valley

WASHINGTON — Terry Brox, a native of Philadelphia PA, holds degrees in Computer Science from La Salle University, Information Security from Peirce College and a Masters Certificate in Instructional Design from George Mason University. Employed by KPMG, she is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA).

terry-broxAs a child, Terry always wanted to be a teacher and although she started her career teaching computer programming in Philadelphia, PA, the opportunity to work in Silicon Valley as a Computer Scientist was the best decision she ever made. She currently resides in Northern Virginia, is married with three children, and has two grandchildren.

More “hidden figures” with countless success stories continue to evolve from Philadelphia’s Germantown and West Oak Lane communities in spite of known challenges chronicled from the late 1960’s through the turn of the century.  Skirmishes between Brickyard, Clang, Dogtown, Haines Street, Somerville, and other turf rivalries across Philadelphia were emblematic of the struggles of inner-city youth that transcended Ms. Brox’ childhood communities.

Founded in 1975 by Earl A. Pace, Jr. not too far away in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia, BDPA (formerly known as Black Data Processing Associates) gives Ms. Brox an opportunity to give back to her communities while doing something which she dreamed of doing since childhood.

This year as a volunteer and sponsor, Ms. Brox served as a Coach, a Mentor, and “Team Mom” to 2019’s High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team from the National Capital Region. Training, coding, and application development sessions were conducted on weekends. BDPA-DC’s HSCC Student Member finalists successfully captured their third national HSCC coding championship in Atlanta, GA during BDPACon19.  Twelve other U.S. HSCC teams competed.

The trade association’s annual Tech and Media Reception and Community Technology Awards is Thursday evening, November 21, 2019, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Samsung Electronics Future Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

— Source:  BDPA of Greater Washington, D.C.

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BDPA Detroit wins National Chapter of the Year Honors

ATLANTA, GA — National BDPA’s Detroit Chapter was named 2019’s BDPA Chapter of the Year during the organization’s 41st annual National BDPA Technology Conference and Career Fair in Atlanta, Georgia.

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(Above) Loraine Stewart-David, President, BDPA Detroit, receives 2019’s Chapter of the Year award and honors from Terry Morris, National BDPA President (left) and Timothy Brown, BDPA Vice President of Strategy (right) during BDPACon19 awards and closing ceremonies.

Chartered in February of 1981, Michigan’s BDPA Detroit Chapter is an IRS non-profit 501(c) (3) technology organization comprised of professionals working in the IT industry or anyone having an interest in information technology. BDPA Detroit is a chartered member of a national technology organization with over 40 chartered BDPA Chapters nationwide.

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Several community programs co-hosted or co-sponsored by BDPA Detroit (above) include high school computer competition (HSCC) programs and local professional development events with other non-profits and STEM organizations. Membership is diverse and includes IT managers, executives, consultants, entrepreneurs, project managers, developers, network engineers, programmers, web developers, instructors, interns, and students.

To launch new local or college chapters with BDPA, visit BDPA.org. Publication templates and rate cards for media and outreach are available to BDPA Chapters and BDPA Members via bdpatoday.com.

— Source and photos: BDPA, BDPA Detroit, bdpatoday

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Atlanta to host 2019’s International Tech and Media Conferences in August

ATLANTA, GA — The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and National BDPA (founded in 1975 as Black Data Processing Associates) are hosting international conferences and tech career expositions in Atlanta, Georgia during the first week of August 2019. #AAJA19 launches this week beginning July 31, 2019 at Atlanta’s Loews Hotel in Midtown. #BDPACon19 convenes August 1, 2019 at Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

During #AAJA19, members will gather to train journalists of all career levels so they can return to their respective multimedia companies with the latest and emerging skills for Industry. Journalists and potential employers will build meaningful recruiting relationships both on-site and throughout each year. Visit aaja19.org for an agenda, registration, annual gala, and corporate hospitality venues.

Among #AAJA19’s presenters are (above L-R) Congressman John Lewis (D-GA 5th); Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline”, Juju Chang; and Elaine Quijano, anchor for CBSN, the CBS News 24-hour digital streaming network.

Founded in 1981, AAJA is a not-for-profit educational and professional organization with more than 1,500 members across the United States and Asia. Since its founding, AAJA has been at the forefront of change in the journalism industry. AAJA’s primary mission is to provide a means of association and support among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) journalists, and to advance AAPI journalists as news managers and media executives.

As a nonprofit educational organization with more than 1,500 members in 20 chapters across the U.S. and Asia, AAJA’s largest membership bases are generally concentrated in large metropolitan areas on the West Coast (Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle), East Coast (New York City and Washington, D.C.) and Midwest (Chicago.) Members are also organized in other areas throughout the U.S. (Arizona, Atlanta, Chicago, Florida, Hawai’i, Michigan, Minnesota, New England, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, Texas and San Diego).

Diversity #TechandMedia Mixer

AAJA, BDPA-DC, NAHJ, SAJA, and WABJ attend VOX Media Diversity media mixer in Washington, D.C.

Members of National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter communications teams, bdpatoday staffers, and Washington Association of Black Journalists (WABJ) recently attended a diversity media mixer (above) with AAJA, South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) co-hosted by digital media company Vox Media.

Later this week, technology companies including Cox Enterprises, Deloitte, Google, Microsoft, federal agencies including the United States Air Force and the National Security Agency (NSA),  are participating in National BDPA’s 41st Annual Technology Conference and Diversity Career Fair with HBCU/MIs and non-profit IT, Cyber, and STEM mission-partners.

Co-founded by Earl A. Pace, Jr. (above left), National BDPA and technology industry executives provide several professional development and technical workshops with the association’s mission-partners tailored for coders, junior developers (Jr. Devs), hackers, gamers, and interns to enhance technical, project management, and leadership skills while expanding professional networks and promoting new solutions, services, and brands. #BDPACon19 launches August 1-3, 2019. Visit bdpa2019.com for an agenda, registration, national awards gala, and corporate hospitality venues.

— Sources and photos courtesy AAJA, National BDPA, and BDPA-DC.
Top photo:  BDPA Atlanta’s High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Team captures 2016’s National HSCC Title.

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In Atlanta—BlackTech and entrepreneurs across the U.S. lead part of new migration South

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ATLANTA—Today, African-Americans are reversing their great migrations, abandoning false promises from U.S. technology hubs in the West, Northwest, and Northeast to reclaim cities in the South. In an article released this week from USA Today, Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, author of “Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America,” says Atlanta leads all other metropolitan areas in black migration, increasing more than five-fold from 1970 to 2017.

bdpa16_students-agendaLeading these migrations are younger, highly educated talent who demand quality of life without exorbitant price tags and excessive taxation. Demographer Joel Kotkin, executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, underscores the fact that Atlanta’s big draw for African-Americans is the large number of entrepreneurs. Direct access to tech start-ups, students, interns, and protégés from the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC) and leading technology schools make Atlanta extremely attractive. Moreover, as a strategic triad of academia and public-private partnerships, local HBCUs, Georgia State, and Georgia Tech actively are engaging governments, industry partners, and community technology organizations such as BDPA and LISTA to expand smart cities research while organically growing local talent.

National BDPA will convene its 41st annual technology conference in Atlanta, Georgia from August 1-3, 2019. Headquarters for BDPACON19, this year’s conference, will be the Hyatt Regency Atlanta with technology workshops and presentations at local mission partner facilities and participating colleges and universities.

2016 National HSCC Champions | BDPA AtlantaTop Coders and National HSCC Champions
Annual BDPA conferences feature technology career expos, National collegiate and high school IT Showcases, Mobile App Showcase, National High School Coding Competitions (HSCC) featuring top-coders from local BDPA Chapter cities and Jr. Devs from every BDPA region, and annual Youth Technology Camps (YTC). This year’s Host Chapter, BDPA Atlanta, will try to recapture their National HSCC championship (shown above) with another title in 2019. BDPA St. Louis is 2018’s defending HSCC World Champion.

— Industry sources: Urban Geekz and USA Today

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5G, Atlanta, BDPA, BDPACON19, entrepreneur, FINtech, HBCU, HSCC, IoT, LISTA, smart cities, start-ups

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