BDPA achieves new milestone with 45-year Anniversary and Virtual Youth Tech Camp

ST. LOUIS, MO (BDPA St. Louis)BDPA2020 is a wrap! This weekend, National BDPA’s High School Computer Competition (HSCC) finalists out of the Midwest Regional bracket from BDPA’s St. Louis Chapter successfully re-captured their national coding and app development championship title. The awards were virtually announced live Saturday, August 22, 2020 by the association’s Board Members and Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) Program Directors.

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Winning two titles in the last three years, BDPA St. Louis achieved this feat with support, coaching, and passionate mentorship during COVID-19. This year’s challenges also included remote access for many communities to attend a “virtual” BDPACON20 during the Association’s annual Coding Combine and BDPA2020’s Youth Technology Camp (YTC).

Throughout the year, local chapters conduct SITES training programs for youth in their respective communities. SITES programs include, but are not limited to, HSCC, Mobile App Showcase, IT Showcase, YTC, and Tablets for Teens. Next school year (SY20-21), local SITES programs expand to include participating middle and high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) units. These programs are designed to expose young adults to computing and technical concepts while sharing with them expertise to develop mobile and web applications. Some chapters will participate in regional competitions throughout the country to further prepare their students. Each BDPA chapter is able to send teams of 3 to 5 students to the association’s annual regional and national technology conferences to compete against teams from other chapters all over the country.

National BDPA’s High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program was launched in 1986 by Dr. Jesse L. Bemley, of Washington, D.C. What started as a two-team event between the Chapter cities of Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Ga. has grown to over 20 teams of various high school students from chapters throughout the nation. HSCC is designed to immediately introduce our youth to emerging fields of Information Technology and Cyber while encouraging them to seek higher levels of education, and groom many of them to become our next generation of IT professionals.

More coding and cyber teams for 2021 are forming in direct support of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with additional tech-inclusion programs for JROTC, Sea Cadets, and Civil Air Patrol cadets. Local sponsors and regional impact investments are welcomed.

Email JROTC@bdpa.dc for additional details. bt

National IT Showcase Winners Announced

ATLANTA (bdpatoday) —National BDPA just wrapped up #BDPAConnect16, the national information technology organization’s 38th Annual National BDPA Technology Conference and Career Fair in Atlanta, Georgia.  During the annual National Awards Gala, six college and high school students were honored by Industry and Academia for their itsc16-skyperesearch,  white paper publications, and oral presentations. International IT Showcase participants Ms. Kerich Ivy and Mr. Isaac Kiunga (left) from Kenyatta University were able to participate via Skype from Nairobi Kenya with assistance from Bryan Bemley (far left). Mr. Bemley is an IT Showcase alumnus with a Computer Science degree from Bowie State University.

  • 2016 Collegiate Undergraduate IT Showcase Winner
    • 1st PlaceMs. Briana Young,
      Central Michigan University

    • 2nd PlaceMs. Adrienne Nelson,
      Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University (FAMU)

    • 3rd PlaceMr.Darren Young,
      Purdue University

  • 2016 High School IT Showcase Winners
    • 1st PlaceMr. Maurice Jackson,
      Cornerstone School of Washington, D.C.

    • 2nd PlaceMs. Amaria Jones,
      Cornerstone School of Washington, D.C.
    • 3rd PlaceMs. Angela Queen,
      Cornerstone School of Washington, D.C.

National IT Showcase Backgrounder

The 2016 National BDPA IT Showcase was powered by Eli Lilly & Company and Johnson & Johnson.  Launched during the 2003 annual National BDPA Technology Conference in Philadelphia, annual regional and national IT Showcase events allow student presenters from educational institutions across the globe, to present and demonstrate their research. The presentations represent advanced computing and technical topics presented by college and high school students to an audience of corporate representatives, IT professionals, and students.

Students participate in this 2-day event held during the annual National BDPA Technology Conference and Career Fair. The focus of this event includes, but is not limited to, intelligent technologies (i.e., smart toys, machine learning, and genetic algorithms, etc.), wearable computing technologies, autonomous vehicles, mobile technologies, parallel computing technologies, cybersecurity, computing curricula, and  business intelligence.

Student presentations and research projects are reviewed by a panel of industry judges in two primary categories—college and high school. Awards are made in each category for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. National awards are presented during the annual Awards Presentation at the end of the National IT Showcase session. Each participant is professionally recognized by National BDPA with his or her Certificate of Appreciation.

—BDPA photos by Charlie Perkins

National BDPA Celebrates 30-Year High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Milestone

ATLANTA—The National High School Computer Competition (HSCC), powered by BDPA, was founded in 1986 by Dr. Jesse L. Bemley (inset), a National BDPA Life Member from jesse-conf08-GalaWashington, D.C. What started as a two-team event between Washington, D.C. (BDPA-DC) and Atlanta, GA (BDPA Atlanta) HSCC Teams has grown to over 20 teams of various high school students from chapters throughout the nation. It was all designed to introduce students to the field of data processing (now, Information Technology) to encourage them to seek higher levels of education, and groom many of them to become our next generation of IT leaders and professionals.

BDPA, formerly known as Black Data Processing Associates, was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1975 to promote professional growth and technical development in underserved communities for those in or entering information and communications technology (ICT) oriented fields of interest and related industries.

See this month’s cover story in the August 2016 edition of bdpatoday.

Message from National BDPA President

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Message from National BDPA President

mike-a-williams2Good morning BDPA members. As my first official post as your National President, I just wanted to tell you how excited I am about BDPA and what’s to come in 2016 and beyond.

Over the weekend the National Board of Directors engaged in some very productive discussions about our strategy, our finances, brand rejuvenation, and our upcoming conference in Atlanta. We also welcomed our new regional leaders and board members (Ashton Clark, Hayward West, Curtis Jenkins and William Smith) and Andreana Dunbar as our new secretary.

As we discussed our conference, we all agreed that our conference theme should be about connecting. During our conferences we connect generations of professionals, professionals with employers, vendors with companies, and people with each other. Lastly, in this digital world we live in, everything is connected in one way or the other. So, we thought it was fitting that the theme of our conference for 2016 be ‘BDPA CONNECT‘.

We also talked about leading from the top. What that means is that at the national level we want to support and enable chapters at the local level by providing tools they can use for member orientation, sponsorship pitches, and general information about BDPA that can then be re-purposed and used at your discretion. Soon we will be forwarding a presentation and brochures that every chapter can use to enable you to achieve your chapter objectives.

We have a lot ahead in 2016. Our collective goal at every level should be “to do better and be better” than we were last year. That is not to say that last year was not a successful one; in fact, it was very successful by all accounts, however, we must continue to raise the bar and our own expectations of ourselves. My challenge for myself and to all of you is that we raise the bar and our expectations. Let’s hold ourselves and each other accountable in 2016.

Fear is something you can overcome, doubt is just giving up before you even tried. Change can cause fear but fear never prevents you from stepping forward. Let’s step forward.

We are already the champions, we just need to go pick up our trophy. Let’s go!

Mike Williams, President
National BDPA

Join BDPA for the Annual BDPA Student & Alumni Brunch

WASHINGTON – Join BDPA and participating industry executives Saturday morning, December 19, 2015 8:30 AM at IHOP Restaurant in Washington, D.C.

Power Networking. Door Prizes. Internships. Entry-Level TECH Announcements for 2016. Select here to learn more…

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