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Executives Honor BDPA Student Members at Howard University


Washington--The National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) awarded six (6) STEM scholarships to upperclassmen with strong GPAs. Up to $10,000 per student were awarded for 2014 based on personal needs assessments. Two local winners were honored Thursday evening, April 3, 2014, during Howard University's Annual COBIS Banquet. Discover more...


Howard University Business School Student Members Capture NNOA STEM Scholarships

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(L-R) Paul Martin, CIO, Baxter International; Ricardo Benlizar, 2014 NNOA Scholar; Jennifer Aneke, 2014 NNOA Scholar; and Dr. Rajni Goel, Associate Professor and Chair, Information Systems and BDPA Champion at Howard University.

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Founded in 1975, National BDPA (NBDPA) has partnered with industry and academia to support technical workforce requirements. NBDPA's Washington, D.C. Chapter was founded in 1978 by Norman Mays. It was the third NBDPA Chapter to receive its charter to help locally bridge digital divides and broaden opportunities for underserved communities in IT and related technical fields of interest.


Best Buy named Chapter Youth Programs Sponsor of the Year for 2013

Above, BDPA-DC Members and Student Members at Best Buy in Bowie, Maryland. Host Chapter Industry Days and Advance Program Briefing for Interns (APBi's) mark the kick-off for next year's Regional NBDPA Technology Conference co-hosted by BDPA's Washington, D.C. Chapter and Bowie State University.

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Our Next "BDPA" Thrust

Big Data & Predictive Analytics
Interns wanted for 2014!


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Washington, D.C. Team Places 4th at Nationals!

(L-R) Airrund Woolen, Michael Wood, Nnedimma Ugochukwu, Beleicia Bullock, Alex Li, Ms. Michelle Cooke (National HSCC Coordinator) and Mr. Ron Bell (National HSCC Chief Judge) at National BDPA's 35th Annual Awards Gala. NBDPA hosted National High School Computer Competition (HSCC) scholarship rounds during the National BDPA Technology Conference. BDPA's Southern Minnesota HSCC Team recaptured their seventh out of the last nine HSCC titles. Host Chapter's team from the "DMV" placed 4th out of the top 17 qualifying HSCC teams in the nation.

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Keith Scott named 2013 Member of the Year

Keith Scott (above right) receives top honors from chapter president Perry Carter. Mr. Scott is a Baltimore, Maryland native currently serving as the Federal Account Executive at FireEye, Inc. for Special Programs. Mr. Scott is an experienced technology professional with proven success in consultative and solution sales to Defense and Fortune 500 accounts with CA, Concord Communications, Getronics, and J.G. Van Dyke & Associates. Mr. Scott has attended and actively participated in several outreach events with BDPA Chapters and Chapter Interest Groups (CIGs) within our region from Annapolis, Baltimore, Central Maryland, District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia to address unique opportunities and unprecedented challenges in cybersecurity for IT and STEM professionals.

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TECH-Inclusion Regional Fundraisers for FY14

Internet Pioneer Emmit J. McHenry National BDPA's Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPA-DC) hosted a fundraiser and 35th Anniversary Gala at the Washington Navy Yard. Mr. Emmit J. McHenry (above) received the Chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Terry Halvorsen, CIO for the Department of the Navy, provided the Industry's Keynote address for the Chapter's 35th Anniversary.

In 2013, BDPA-DC student members received new notebook PCs, won scholarships, and received new internships valued over $17,500 from HP, Oracle, SiriusXM, BETF, and BDPA-DC with Chapter TECH-Inclusion Program support from Bowie State University and the Best Buy Children's Foundation. Northrop Grumman, Ross Technologies, Inc. (RTGX), and industry's HBCU/MI Project Office (HPO), were Diamond Sponsors for the 35th Anniversary BDPA-DC Awards Gala. The digital photo gallery is available via Facebook and Pinterest boards. Select here to read more or view last year's awardees.

BDPA-DC will once again co-host NBDPA's 40th Anniversary and 37th National BDPA Technology Conference in August of 2015. Select here to read more.

BDPA's Tablets for Teens

New Programs for FY14

Grand Door Prize Winner! - Google Chromebook

Anthony Lawson (above, left), one of last year's featured IT Showcase (ITSC) presenters, won a Google Chromebook door prize from his local BDPA Chapter at IHOP this summer after attending Father's Day Weekend workshops and the Chapter's annual Advance Program Briefing for Interns (APBi) co-hosted by regional BDPA Chapters and Bowie State University.

Industry and BDPA Members Attend Sea-Air-Space Expo


Washington--The Navy League hosted its annual Sea-Air-Space Expo (SAS2014) at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, near Washington, D.C. Sea-Air-Space is now the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and continues as an invaluable extension of maritime policy education and sea service support for mission partners. BDPA expands its support networks with industry stakeholders for BDPA Members during these events. Discover more...


HBCU/MI Project Office (HPO) and Host Chapter BDPA Members discuss internships and subcontracting opportunities with industry.

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(L-R) Charlie Williams, L-3 Communications; Hank Valentine, HPO; and Ben Skyles, PROSource360.

Executives Celebrate Women's History Month with BDPA


Washington--Every month, industry executives in the Washington, D.C. area share challenges and opportunities with BDPA Members, BDPA Student Members, and entrepreneuers. Discover more...


Executive briefings presented to small businesses

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Ms. Marjorie Forbes of RTGX (center), a local BDPA Chapter Diamond Sponsor, shares Women-owned Small Business (WoSB) success stories, leadership traits and capture plans with industry executives, small business owners, and BDPA Members. Other presenters included Microsoft and the U.S. Coast Guard's Cyber Command.

Local BDPA HSCC Teammates Demo Apps During Awards Gala


Washington--Every January, qualified BDPA Student Members in the Washington, D.C. area are selected to train and compete for local, regional and National High School Computer Competition (HSCC) teams. Discover more...


Finalists Present Apps to DONCIO

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(L-R) BDPA HSCC Student Members Beleicia Bullock, 2013 HSCC Co-Captain; Michael Wood; Mr. Lou Shack, BDPA-DC HSCC Program Director; Jonathan Legrant and Jerod Neal prepare apps for presentations. Seated (L-R) Mr. Keith Scott, FireEye, BDPA-DC 2013 Member of the Year and Mr. Terry Halvorsen, Navy CIO and 2013 Industry Keynote Presenter look on.

The U.S. Navy, NBDPA's Silver Sponsor, Wins Chapter Honors


Washington--National BDPA's Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPA-DC) honored several sponsors and supporters during the chapter's annual awards gala and 35th Anniversary Celebration recently held at the Washington Navy Yard. The United States Navy is BDPA-DC's 2013 Federal Sponsor of the Year. Discover more...


National BDPA Silver Sponsor: U.S. Navy

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Pictured (L-R) during annual Community Award ceremonies are Mr. Perry Carter, BDPA-DC; Captain Lourdes Neilan, USN; Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, USN; Captain Cynthia Macri, USN; Ms. Shirley Copeland, N134; and Mr. Terry Halvorsen, DONCIO.



BDPA-DC and BDPA NoVA Host Mixers at The Microsoft Store


Pentagon City--National BDPA's Washington DC Chapter (BDPA-DC) and Northern Virginia Chapter (BDPA NoVA) members plan monthly gatherings every fourth Thursday except during holidays and the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Members should check regional event calendars for upcoming dates, times, and topics.

Next Mixer | BDPA Networking Event
IT Supplier Diversity
6:00-8:00 PM EST, Thursday evening April 24th @ The Microsoft Store, Pentagon City.


Good Code. Good Friends. Good Food.
(Left) BDPA Members in the National Capital Region (NCR) attend monthly workshops or mixers co-hosted by BDPA and Microsoft. Discover more...

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