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BDPA Detroit September 17, 2015 Info Exchange Meeting

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BDPA Detroit Chapter 

September 17, 2015

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Info Exchange Meeting

2015 BDPA National Conference Overvew and YTC Student Presentation


Join us this month at Trinity Health for a recap on the events at the BDPA 2015 National convention and a presentation from our Youth Technology Camp students.


Trinity Health

20555 Victor Parkway

Livonia, Michigan 48152

W-2200 Legacy Conference Room (Second Floor)

National BDPA Conference 2015

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National IT Conference Draws General Colin L. Powell

By Karen Hudson Samuels/Tell Us USA

WASHINGTON DC (Tell Us DC) - The largest and oldest organization dedicated to African Americans in Information Technology is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of its founding at a convention wrapping up this weekend in the nation’s capital.

Each year the BDPA conference attracts attendees from 45 chapters around the country who gather to network with colleagues, attend workshops and mentor aspiring information technology professionals.

The influence of BPDA, Black Data Processing Associates, was clearly evident with the appearance of four-star General Colin L. Powell as the Town Hall speaker for the 2015 Annual Technology Conference and Career Fair.

The connection between IT and a former Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Secretary of State, was a revelation to the capacity audience and one General Powell joked would surprise most people. “I am perhaps the only person in this room who can program in both Fortran and Cobol.”

So how did an advisor to Presidents get into computer programming languages? Powell delivered an inspirational story his IT journey that started after nine years in the Army and two tours in Vietnam, when he noticed his colleagues applying to Graduate school which seemed like a good idea.


Open Data Discotech on September 19,2015

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BDPA Detroit TAC Director, Cliff Samuels Jr., will be in attendance demoing wireless mesh technologies with the DDJC Digital Stewards.

2015 Information Exchange Calendar

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2015 Information Exchange Calendar

Tentative schedule- may change due to speaker availability

Meeting are the Third Thursday of the month unless noted



January – "Effective Networking" Panel Discussion – This panel will discuss successful techniques, Do’s and Don’ts, success stories, how to work a room

February – "IT Ballers" – How I made it. Panel discussion - This panel will share their career success from the classroom to the boardroom.

March – "M1 Rail Project Update and Entrepreneurship opportunities"

April -Technology Training For Autistic Youth

May –  People Before Business : Leader Behavior Drives Successful Organizations with Effective Employee Relationships

June - "The Internet of Things"

July - Affinity Group Picnic

August – NO MEETING--National Conference Washington DC

SeptemberNational Conference Overview and YTC Student Presentations

October - "Mobile Application Development" – native vs cross development

November – "IT Jobs Outlook 2016" Panel

December – Members Only Event

10 Organizations for Learning to Code

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10 Organizations for Learning to Code



Colleges no longer have a monopoly on education, and programming is no exception. These 10 organizations can teach you to program just the way you like it: free or paid, online or offline, hands-on or hands-off. Rather than threaten you with a bad grade, they entice passionate students with the promise of a new skill, a new community, and maybe some cute badges.


  • Codecademy: An online platform with free courses in JavaScript, HTML and CSS, and jQuery. Plus, anyone can create a course and share it with aspiring programmers. They also organized Code Year, an initiative to teach more people to code in 2012, and Code Summer+, which teaches programming to disadvantaged youth.
  • Code School: Online coding education for just $25/month. If you prefer to pick and choose, you can buy any of their grab-bag of courses individually. They also created Try Ruby, a basic tutorial that lets you play around with the language.
  • Treehouse: An online library with over 750 training videos. A lot of the content is free, but you can subscribe monthly to get access to their whole collection.
  • Google Code University: For a more self-directed experience, browse Google’s library of courses and videos – particularly tutorials and introductions for beginners. You can also check out the Python and C++ classes taught at Google itself.
  • MIT Open Courseware: The most popular course among all MIT’s free course materials is Introduction to Computer Science and Programming. You get handouts, homework, and quizzes – just like MIT, but without the big price tag.

In Person

  • Hacker School: A free, 3-month program in New York City with a few lectures and speakers, but mostly heads-down programming. It’s aimed at hackers who already love coding, who want to write free and open source software, and whose goal is to learn (not build a product or startup). The summer 2012 session of Hacker School is in full swing at Etsy, which provided $5,000 grants to female students.
  • Code Academy: Paid, 3-month classes in web development, user experience, or HTML and CSS. Code Academy is based in Chicago at the 1871 incubator. Applications for the fall program close on August 12.

For the Ladies

  • Girl Develop It: Technical workshops for female programmers held around the United States, as well as in Canada and Australia. They aim to create a supportive environment where women can join the discussion and show off their skills. Courses are also available online.
  • Hackbright Academy: A 10-week training program for women in San Francisco – half learning, half doing. Applications for the fall program are due in August, and it costs $6,000.
  • Girls Who Code: An 8-week summer class teaching programming to high school girls in New York City, which began this Monday. They will take trips to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare and work on a final project that tackles a challenge in their community, like recycling.

Programming isn’t for everyone, sure. But if it is for you, you’ll find tons of resources to help along the way.

Update: Also check out Dev Bootcamp (a 10-week program in San Francisco to learn Ruby on Rails) and Web Start Women (courses in web design and development for women in Boston).

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