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Washington, D.C. co-hosted BDPACON2015, a very successful 40th anniversary edition of the annual BDPA Technology Conference and Career Expo with National BDPA. Local teams finished second place in the International IT Showcase and National High School Computer Competitions.

BDPA-DC Members Dr. Jesse Bemley, Mr. Louis Shack, and Ms. Margaret Jennings were inducted into National BDPA's Honor Roll as Life Members. Discover more with bdpatoday and our popular social media channels!

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Regional TECH Summit 2015

Bowie State University--Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris, U.S. Navy, provided the Industry Day keynote during the 2015 Regional TECH Summit's annual Power Breakfast.

The Regional High School Computer Competition (HSCC) was conducted on campus at Bowie State University's Computer Science Building. Each year, regional top coders advance to the national scholarship round during National BDPA Technology Conferences.

The annual Regional IT Showcase featured new research and White Papers published by BDPA Student Members, high-performance computing (HPC) demonstrations, and new industry success stories from local communities.

The annual technology conference and career fair heads back to Washington, D.C. next month, August 17-22, 2015 at the Washington Hilton! Pre-register on or before July 30th, 2015. Sponsors, Judges, and Volunteers are cordially invited to partner with National BDPA and local BDPA chapters from across America for BDPA's 40th Anniversary, local celebrations, and special events. Select here to register.

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The United States Naval Academy Launches Ensign Parker!

Annapolis, Maryland--Ensign David Parker received his commission as a Navy Officer on Friday, May 22, 2015. Vice President Joseph Biden presented keynote remarks during graduation ceremonies to new Navy Ensigns and Marine Second Lieutenants at Navy Marine Corps Stadium.

Ensign David Parker, U.S. Navy, a Roosevelt High School alumnus (Greenbelt, MD) and former BDPA Student Member, is launching his new career in the Navy's 'Silent Service' -- submarines.

As a new full member of BDPA, Ensign Parker becomes the first BDPA Student Member to graduate from any U.S. service academy.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

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Annual Tech Summit on Technology Increases Youth Engagement

Bowie, Maryland--Patriots Technology Training Center (PTTC) hosted its 18th Annual Youth Summit on Technology at Bowie State University during Mother's Day weekend. Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD 5th District) provided keynote remarks to members and families interested in STEM careers. Some of the industry workshops, table top exhibits, displays, and team awards were provided by the Department of Defense (DoD), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Southwest Airlines, U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO).

Congressman Steny Hoyer (left) reviews FIRST Robotics and Lego static displays with area students during the 18th Annual Youth Summit on Technology.

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Super Saturday in DC with The H.O.P.E. Project DMV and Industry

Washington--BDPA donates a new Surface Pro tablet PC and full memberships to H.O.P.E. alumni on Super Saturday. 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 at Super Saturday.

photo by BDPA-DC | bdpatoday © 2014

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

▲ Photo credit | BDPA © 2014 Charlie Perkins

(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
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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
Advance Planning Briefing with Industry
6:00-8:00 PM EST, Thursday evening June 26th @ 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 last year, local BDPA Student Members and top HSCC coders qualified for National HSCC events held in Indianapolis, IN last August. HSCC Teams represented 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.

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

Program continues through 2015

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.