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Techweek Detroit 2015

April 13-19, 2015

BDPA-Detroit Chapter

Painting with a Twist

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All tickets must be purchased online,

No at the Door Ticket Sales


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Members use Promotional Code BDPA-MEMBER for 50% off ticket price.

BDPA National Mobile Application Showcase

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BDPA National Mobile Application Showcase
The BDPA National Mobile App Showcase allows student application developers the opportunity to participate in a competition that allows them to an opportunity to test their talents against others and develop a working, functional mobile application, at no cost to themselves. The applications being showcased will represent three different application categories (i.e. business, personal productivity, and gaming). Each category will have stringent requirements to be met in advance to the showcase.
College and high school students have the opportunity to participate in this 2-day event in conjunction with the 2015 National BDPA Technology Conference held in Washington, DC. The focus of this event includes development on Android  & iOS smartphone operating systems.
Each student's projects will be judged in two major categories and four sub-categories. The competition and showcase are open to high school and college students. Their projects will be assessed by a panel of judges prior to the conference. Monetary awards sponsored by State Farm will be given to the top high school and college participants. The awards will be presented at the awards presentation during the 2015 National BDPA Technology Conference Banquet Ceremony. Each participant will be recognized with a Certificate of Participation for their effort.
Student Requirements
In order to participate in the Mobile App Showcase, students must complete the requirements below. The mobile application trainers and mentors will work with each student to help them develop their project. This team will make the final recommendation on the student's participation after their application is completed; verification with their chapter and a brief project charter is submitted. A total of 20 students (a
combination of high school and college) will be selected.
  • Complete the online form at Mobile App Showcase Form stating your interest to participate in the program
  • Once contacted by mobile application team, submit project charter outlining the type of application they will build. (1 page single spaced)
Benefits to Students
  • Improve performance on Advanced Placement (AP) CS test (HS students)
  • Increase the time students spend utilizing BDPA sponsored curriculum
  • Improve programming and content learning experience
  • Increase the opportunity to win a scholarship at the local and national level
  • Increase student interest and commitment to pursue a career in the IT industry
Benefits to Corporations
  • Provides modern technology exposure with students that have hands on, real world experience
  • Provide avenue for meeting diversity and community outreach commitments as well as employee development
  • Provides an effective manner for experienced IT professionals to teach and mentor the students
  • Provides an opportunity to reach a resource pool of potential future IT professionals for internships or full-time employment upon graduation
Mobile Application Showcase corporate sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2015 Information Exchange Calendar

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2015 Information Exchange Calendar

Tentative schedule- may change due to speaker availability



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 - "3D Printing here and now"

May – "How to add Cloud Computing enterprise to Your Resume"

June - :The Internet of Things"

July - Affinity Group Picnic

August – National Conference Washington DC

September – HSCC Presentation from the Conference

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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