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Super Saturday, powered by The H.O.P.E. Project DMV, will launch BDPA-XL in the District on January 24th. To pre-register, select "Events".

Washington--National BDPA (NBDPA) launches its fifth decade in 2015. National BDPA's 40th Anniversary events (BDPA-XL) celebrate advancing technical careeers from the Classroom to the Boardroom since 1975 across America.

Exciting 2015 Kick-off events with industry executives begin Saturday, January 24th at the HOPE DMV training faciltiy in Washington, D.C. NBDPA's Washington, D.C. Chapter (BDPA-DC), partners with The H.O.P.E. Project DMV, regional Governments, Industry, and Academia to support the advancement of careers in technology for residents in the National Captial Region. Discover more...

Mr. Mack Sigman, Chairman of the Federal and DoD SharePoint Users Group (FEDSPUG) presenting during a recent Super Saturday session.

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Super Saturday with The H.O.P.E. Project DMV had a full house with over 30 instructors, H.O.P.E. Alumni, new students, and new BDPA Members.

Best Buy Launches New Teen Tech Center in the District

Washington--Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly (foreground) is interviewed by students during the recent Grand Opening of the District's newest Teen Tech Center at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center officially opened its doors to FBRNation and the community to new technologies and applications now available inside TheARC.

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Mr. Hubert Joly, President and CEO of Best Buy presented keynote remarks during opening ceremonies of the District's newest Teen Tech Center at The FBR Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington at TheARC.

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2014 National HSCC Champions | BDPA-DC

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(L-R) Ms. Naomi Matthews, HSCC Coordinator and HSCC Alumna; Ms. Lauren Battle; Mr. Zion Emanuel; Mr. Johnathan "JC" Legrant; Mr. Alex Li; and Mr. Michael Wood, HSCC Chaperon and HSCC Alumnus. Not pictured, is Ms. Beleicia Bullock. Select here to view photo galleries and NBDPA Success Storyboards.

2014 BDPA-DC HSCC Team Sponsors


2014 National IT Showcase Champion | College Division

2014 National IT Showcase | First Place | College Division

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(Above) Ms. Ogochukwu Eburuoh is a Nigerian immigrant who arrived in America 16 years ago. She was the salutatorian for her high school and will graduate Magna Cum Laude next year from Bowie State University with her doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. She is a BDPA Student Member with National BDPA's Washington, D.C. Chapter who successfully captured first place in the 2014 IT Showcase (ITSC) College Division with her presentation and research on 'Clinical Quality Control: Leading Nigeria to a New Standard Through the Use of Open Source EHR Systems'.

2014 National IT Showcase Champion | High School Division

2014 National IT Showcase | First Place | High School Division

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(Above) Mr. Zinquarn Wright, a senior at McKinley Technology High School, Washington, D.C., is a BDPA Student Member with National BDPA's Washington, D.C. Chapter who successfully captured first place in the 2014 IT Showcase (ITSC) High School Division. His thesis and research paper covered gamification and the industry's gaming trends. Wright was one of four high school students and UPO POWER program participants who shared their STEM research papers they worked on for the annual National BDPA Information Technology Conference held in Indianapolis, IN last August. Students were mentored by Dr. Jesse L. Bemley, director of the District-based Joint Educational Facilities, Inc., (JEF). Participants delivered a poster and paper presentations during Regionals at Bowie State University in June, to qualify for National ITSC scholarship rounds.

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2014 Top-Coder Team From DC Captures National HSCC Title!

Indianapolis, IN--The nation's top five High School Computer Competition (HSCC) teams for 2014 are Washington (DC), Greater Columbia (SC), Southern Minnesota (MN), Atlanta (GA), and Cincinnati (OH). National HSCC Scholarship rounds include information and communication technology (ICT) question and answer sessions with industry trivia or current events, application design, application development, oral presentations, and technical demonstrations.

For the grand prize, this year's awards included $10,000 in total scholarship awards for the first place team and five (5) HP ENVY Notebook PCs for each student.

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BDPA15 | National HSCC
August 18-23, 2015
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20009
Photo credit | The White House

DC-Area Students Capture National Titles Across HSCC and IT Showcase Competitions

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A successful string of three wins or accomplishments.

Participating students examine "the code" of the top three winning applications. BDPA-DC captured third place in National BDPA's 2014 State Farm Mobile App Showcase.

Discover more. See State Farm in this year's Special BDPA Conference Edition of bdpatoday linked below.

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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
Supercomputers + Gaming
6:00-8:00 PM EST, Thursday evening November 20th @ 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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DC Teams Capture Top Seeds in Regional HSCC Brackets

Washington--From the 2014 BDPA North Regional High School Computer Competition (HSCC) qualifying rounds, top BDPA Student Members and top HSCC coders head to Indianapolis, IN August 5-9, 2014. HSCC Teams represent local BDPA Chapters in scholarship rounds during National BDPA Technology Conferences and Career Expos. Discover more ...

BDPA-DC's HSCC Team-1 (left) captured second place, BDPA-DC's Team-2 finished as the top seed.

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HSCC rounds include industry trivia, app development, coding, and oral presentations of products, services, or apps to industry.

DC Chamber of Commerce President Keynotes IT Showcase

Washington--As National BDPA prepares for 40th Anniversary events next fiscal year in Washington, Mr. Harry Wingo provided keynote remarks and shared his vision for "Urban Capital" during 2014's Regional IT Showcase and APBI at Bowie State University. Discover more ...

Mr. Harry Wingo, President and CEO, DC Chamber of Commerce, addresses BDPA Members, industry, and student teams during the Regional IT Showcase. Formerly, Mr. Wingo was a Government Relations executive with Google. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, has a law degree from Yale, and served our nation as a U.S. Navy SEAL. BDPA-DC photo | bdpatoday © 2014

Each spring, Bowie State University hosts a Regional Technology Summit and Advance Program Briefing to Industry (APBI) with BDPA.

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.

About Us

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 2015!

Student Membership

Game Design + AppDev Workshops with BDPA

BDPA-DC Launches Game Development Students from George Washington University recently joined BDPA-DC's Game Design and Application Development workshop and mixer at the Microsoft Store, Pentagon City.

Select here for upcoming professional development events, hack-a-thons, and training workshops with local BDPA Chapters in your region.

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.

Select here to view more photos from last year's 35th Anniversary Gala.

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.