BDPA Atlanta Captures Chapter of the Year Honors for 2022

ATLANTA—One of the nation’s leading technology inclusion conferences, BDPACON22, powered by BDPA adjourned Saturday, August 20, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia, with BDPA Atlanta, the association’s Host Chapter, capturing Chapter of the Year honors and top awards for 2022.

This year’s 44th annual BDPA Technology Conference (BDPACON22) and Career Expo theme was “Honoring our Legacy, Accelerating the Pace.” For BDPA, 2022 is a great year for community action refocusing on technological barriers, tech-inclusion challenges, and failed workforce policies facing underserved communities. BDPA continues to raise community awareness as the association explores better solutions with new opportunities from diverse and  innovative STEM perspectives.

BDPA Tech and Policy

National BDPA’s Atlanta Chapter President, Ms. Sheneeka Ward (center), receives a House Resolution from Georgia’s House of Representatives commending BDPA during Opening Ceremonies of BDPACON22. The association’s resolution was signed by Pedro Marin, Ranking Member of Georgia’s House Science and Technology Committee. His committee in Georgia’s General Assembly is responsible for legislation that promotes the appropriate and safe development and use of science and technological advances across the state. (L-R) Jose A. Marquez-Leon, National President and CEO of TechLatino: Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) and proclamation presenter; Sheneeka Ward, President, BDPA Atlanta; and Stephanie Gloster, BDPA Vice President, South Region. Photo © 2022 BDPA

Increasing STEM and cybersecurity engagements with local non-profits, small businesses, HBCUs, JROTC units, and media remain very high priorities for the association as planning for their 50th anniversary in 2025 and supporting sponsored events begin to unfold in FY23.

To review events or an agenda item from BDPACON22 or to plan for BDPACON23 next year in Atlanta, registrants and BDPA Members may visit https://conference.bdpa.org.

For media inquiries, requests may be made by emailing: info@bdpa.org or info@bdpatoday.org .

About BDPA

2016 HSCC World Coding Champions | BDPA Atlanta

Established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1975 as Black Data Processing Associates, BDPA is an international organization with a diverse membership of professionals and students in the fields of information technology, computer science, data science, and related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. BDPA Members and mission partners engage in serving local communities through professional outreach events, technology conferences, research and development (R&D) summits with youth STEM competitions, while advocating and charting the future direction of information and communications technology (ICT) industries. For corporate, professional, or student engagements, visit BDPA.org.


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A Leading Community Tech-Inclusion Conference Returns—BDPACON22 heads to Atlanta

ATLANTA—One of the nation’s leading technology inclusion conferences is back and in-person from Thursday, August 18, 2022, through Saturday, August 20, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia.

This year’s 44th annual BDPA Technology Conference (BDPACON22) and Career Expo theme is “Honoring our Legacy, Accelerating the Pace.” In special ceremonies throughout the year, BDPA continues to honor its co-founder, the late Earl A . Pace, Jr., who passed away in February.  For the association, 2022 marks another  special year for recovery, advocacy, and co-hosting local BDPA Chapter reunions while developing stronger partnerships with Industry.

For BDPA, 2022 is a great year for community action refocusing on technological barriers, challenges, and policies facing underserved communities. BDPA continues to raise community awareness as the association explores better solutions with new opportunities from diverse and  innovative perspectives. Increasing STEM and cybersecurity engagements with local non-profits, small businesses, HBCUs, JROTC units, and media remain very high priorities for the association as planning for their 50th anniversary in 2025 and sponsored events begin to unfold.

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Onsite registrations during BDPACON

BDPA’s annual career fair is free and open to the public. To attend BDPACON22, registrations are requested to participate in career fair engagements, workshops, or to receive special invitations from industry-sponsored events. Join BDPA at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, for a few days of signature events and powerful engagements with Industry by visiting https://conference.bdpa.org.

For media, an all-access Press Pass registration may be requested by emailing: info@bdpatoday.org .

About BDPA

Established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1975 as Black Data Processing Associates, BDPA is an international organization with a diverse membership of professionals and students in the fields of information technology, computer science, data science, and related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. BDPA Members and mission partners engage in serving local communities through professional outreach events, technology conferences, research and development (R&D) summits with youth STEM competitions, while advocating and charting the future direction of information and communications technology (ICT) industries. For corporate, professional, or student engagements, visit BDPA.org.


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Google is proud to be supporting BDPA, its community, and the 44th annual Technology Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on August 18 – 20, 2022! 

Black Tech Week Announces 2022 Conference Calendar for Event in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OHBlack Tech Week, the inclusion focused tech ecosystem-building festival, announced the events schedule for its 2022 conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. The annual five-day event will run from July 18-22 and hold 60+ sessions—presenting 50+ tech influencers and minority innovation ecosystem builders as featured speakers.

Black Tech Week’s featured speakers include Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code, Arlan Hamilton, Founder of Hire Runner and Backstage Capital, Felecia Hatcher, CEO of Black Ambition, and Detavio Samuels, CEO of Revolt.

Black Tech Week’s events are presented with support from its committed sponsors including Amazon Web Services, The City of Cincinnati, Fifth Third Bank, Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, Ohio Third Frontier, Lincoln and Gilbert.

The completely re-branded, enhanced event creates meaningful opportunities for founders to connect with other founders, tech talent, educational programming and investors.

Lightship Foundation 

Black Tech Week’s keynotes, panels and sessions tap into the most relevant topics such as exits, IPOs and the current startup lifecycle, fundraising and navigating the venture landscape, and hiring for innovation amid the Great Resignation. Registrants can sign up for VC office hours with firms in attendance or participate in the pop-up Career Fair; through these offerings, Black Tech Week aims to serve as a real-time resource for organizations seeking to diversify their teams and for investors interested in cultivating more inclusive portfolios. Part of Black Tech Week’s programming will take place in the conference’s Activation Spaces—where Inc. Founder’s House, AWS, and Black@Genesis will run programming.

This year’s conference calendar is timed to coincide with the Cincinnati Music Festival, one of the oldest and largest in the country; the festival hosts 70,000+ visitors and generates 107 million dollars in economic impact.

Lightship Foundation, the Cincinnati-based economic development organization, acquired Black Tech Week with the vision of positioning Ohio as the most supportive state in the Midwest for minority innovation. Lightship Foundation, with Founder and CEO Candice Matthews Brackeen at its helm, is executing on its mission to leverage local corporate partners and community networks including the Cincinnati Innovation District (CID) to bring remarkable technology and venture leaders from all over the world to Ohio.

“For the last seven years, Black Tech Week has been hard at work, ecosystem-building for Black tech communities across the U.S.. Relocating to Cincinnati means expanding our national network of founders, talent, and investors.” said Candice Matthews Brackeen, Lightship Foundation Founder and CEO. “We’re so proud of our 2022 conference calendar—and the opportunity to bring this innovative session lineup to our community.”

“The city of Cincinnati is committed to becoming a place where Black entrepreneurs feel supported and seen,” says Aftab Pureval, Mayor of Cincinnati. “We are excited to host Black Tech Week and support Lightship in creating a hub for tech collaboration in the Midwest.”

To register for this year’s Black Tech Week in Cincinnati, to view the schedule and learn more about this year’s speakers, please click here.

About Lightship Foundation

Lightship Foundation is an impact-driven organization serving remarkable entrepreneurs & ecosystems. We leverage corporate partnerships, specialized programming, and capital investments to drive growth within the minority innovation economy. Since 2017, Lightship Foundation has guided over 200 companies led by women, FOC (Founders of Color), and those representing the LGBTIQ and disabled communities to more than $120M in venture funding across the US. Connect with Lightship Foundation via Linkedin or visit the Lightship Foundation website to learn more.

About Black Tech Week

Black Tech Week is an inclusion focused ecosystem-building festival that partners with founders, corporations and the community to create a valuable experience for investors, entrepreneurs, and techies of every kind. Connect with Black Tech Week on Facebook and Instagram, and visit the Black Tech Week website for more information.

Source and photos: Lightship Foundation


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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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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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