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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BDPA St. Louis Captures National Coding Title

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NEW ORLEANS, LABDPACON18, the combined global tech conference co-hosted by National BDPA, National Society of Blacks in Computing (NSBC), and the Institute for African American Mentoring in Computer Sciences (iAAMCS) adjourned this past weekend in New Orleans with national student finalists and a coding team from St. Louis, Missouri emerging as 2018’s newly crowned National High School Computer Competition (HSCC) champions.

bd18fRounding out the Nation’s top five HSCC teams are:

  • BDPA Southern Minnesota
  • BDPA Cincinnati
  • BDPA New Jersey
  • BDPA Washington, D.C.

National High School Coding Competition finalists, IT Showcase finalists, and Youth Technology Camp (YTC) students who participated in BDPACON18 head back to school with their local BDPA chapters.

isum11BDPA, formerly known as Black Data Processing Associates, was founded in 1975 to promote professional growth and technical development across underserved communities for those in or entering information and communications technology (ICT) oriented fields of interest and related industries. Today, National BDPA has chapters in over 40 U.S. cities with a wide variety of technical, community,  and government relations outreach programs promoting workforce and economical development.

Sponsor local teams to attend BDPACON19 next year in Atlanta by visiting BDPA.org.

Source and photos: BDPA, bdpatoday, Getty Images, and Flux Media Productions

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National BDPA Hosts South Regional Technology Conference

NASHVILLE, TN — BDPA Chapter representatives from Atlanta, GA, Huntsville, AL, Memphis TN, and Middle Tennessee gathered at the David Lipscomb University’s Swang Business Center for the annual BDPA South Regional Conference held June 22nd and 23rd, 2018.

This year the event was hosted by National BDPA’s Middle Tennessee Chapter. The conference was informative and worthwhile. The primary goal of the conference was to bring together chapters in BDPA’s South Region to engage in learning and networking to increase regional collaboration with Industry and to achieve stronger camaraderie with BDPA in local communities and the workplace.

High School Computer Competition | #HSCC
Students from the BDPA Atlanta and BDPA Middle Tennessee chapters competed in this category. Each team had only three (3) hours to solve a finance problem and build a web-based application. Afterwards, each team presented their project to a team of judges. The winners were the BDPA Atlanta team who were presented with a gold medal.

Wilfred Powell, senior at Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School
Christopher Ballenger, senior at Dekalb Early College Academy
Saleem Saafir, sophomore at Georgia Connections Academy Charter School
Sarah Gichuhi, soon-to-be freshman at Georgia Institute of Technology

Youth Technology Camp | #YTC
Students in attendance got a wonderfully opportunity to participate in two (2) events – Raspberry Pi and mobile app simulation “What if there is an App for That?”. For Raspberry Pi students created a game and for the mobile app simulation they brainstormed and created blueprints for apps.

South Regional winners for 2018 were:

• 1st Place – Elyse Seats, grade 6, who proposed a social media app for hair enthusiasts. It is called “Hair it Out”. You can take a picture of your face and try different hair styles. Also it will connect you to different salons to achieve desire look.
• 2nd Place – Sunny Singha, grade 7, who proposed a whistle-blowing app
for children to alert their parents of their siblings’ wrongdoing.
• Special recognition went to a six-year who proposed an app called Jungle
Chase – a temple-run game where the main character escapes a hungry bear.

2018 BDPA South Regional Officers

Professional Development Workshop
Adults in attendance networked and participated in technical and professional development workshops.

Kareem DaSilva, BDPA Memphis President, conducted the technical workshop. He presented on the topic “Build Innovative Apps with React Native”. He shared with the audience how to use React Native to build iOS and Android applications natively using JavaScript and React

Raphael Villas, 2013 alumni of Presidential Innovation Fellows Program, who conducted the professional development workshop – “Highlights of IT Careers”. He shared his experience working with the federal government, his career as a web generalist, a software developer working with non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies such as Groupon and VeggieTales. He stressed the importance of having interpersonal skills as well as technical skills to better suit the needs of one’s user base. Using his career path as an example, he shared how diverse the opportunities of the technology industry are, and how rewarding the public sector can be.

PepperSpecial Guest – “Pepper” The Humanoid Robot
Thanks to corporate sponsor, Deloitte LLP, everyone in attendance got an opportunity to meet The Humanoid Robot, Pepper. The creators of Pepper shared with everyone the ins and outs of what it took to build and program Pepper. Then we watched with excitement how the developers used code to have Pepper speak and dance.

The conference concluded with an award ceremony for the students who competed. Special acknowledgement went to all volunteers from BDPA Members, Deloitte LLP employees and to sponsors David Lipscomb University’s Swang Business Center for making the BDPA South Regional Conference a great success. We look forward to seeing everyone during the upcoming 40th annual National BDPA Technology Conference scheduled from August 9th to August 11th in New Orleans, LA.

submitted by Jada Evonne Thomas, BDPA Memphis
Source and photos: Host Chapter, BDPA Middle Tennessee

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