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BDPA Detroit Chapter Metro Detroit High School Coding Class Open House

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bdpa hscc2014

High School Computer Competition Open House

440 Burroughs
Detroit, MI 48202

Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)


The BDPA Detroit Chapter is having an open house to introduce local-area parents and students, teachers, school administrators, community organizers and all others to our High School Computer Competition (HSCC).  Here at the open house you will be able to have your high school student apply to be in the program as well.

The HSCC classes will be taught in Downtown Detroit on Saturdays and introduces high school students to the basics of modern web technologies. The students will take away real-world knowledge of these technologies that are in-demand and that will give them a great understanding into aspects of computer technology and engineering. The students that will be chosen to participate in the class will also learn project management skills and how to collaborate with each other in order to complete large projects.

The technologies and skills that we will be covering are:

  • HTML 5
  • CSS 3
  • JavaScript
  • SQL
  • PHP
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Cyber Security
  • Project Management
  • Collaboration

Students that participate in the HSCC competition are eligible to apply for scholarships from companies such as State Farm, HP, Oracle, Eli Lilly and others. In 2014, the national organization awarded almost $119,000 in scholarships to students.

Near the completion of the class, 3-5 students will be chosen to represent Detroit at the BDPA National Conference where they will be competing against 19 other teams from around the country to determine who can build the best web app.

We hope to see you at the open house so that you can learn more about the program, meet members of the BDPA Detroit Chapter and have your high school student apply to be in our 2015 HSCC Program.

If you have any questions before the open house, send us an email to:

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BDPA Calendar of Event for 2014

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BDPA Detroit

Calendar of events for 2014


September 18, 2014  Video of Info Exchange Meeting


 October 7, 2014

Technology and Automation Committee (TAC) meeting at Techtown at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Topic: Low cost computing using the Raspberry PI and other single board computing platforms.

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October 21, 2014 TUESDAY- Info Exchange Meeting at Techtown {DATE Changed}

HP Helion OpenStack Cloud Professional Services


November 20, 2014 Info Exchange Meeting at Techtown

Metro Detroit 2015 Jobs Outlook – Panel discussion  - GE, BCBSM, HP and others


December 2014 (TBD)

BDPA Detroit Chapter Holiday Mixer


January 15, 2015  Info Exchange Meeting at Techtown

Resumes, Interviewing  and negotiating the offer  -  entry level to executive – Panel discussion  

June 2014 Info Exchange meeting recording

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Below are the recordings of the June 19, 2014 Info Exchange Meeting



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).

New NBDPA Webinar series

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