BDPA Seeks IT Showcase Presenters from Chicago Public Schools




JW Marriott Indianapolis

Indianapolis IN

Conference Dates: August 5-9, 2014

J, we are seeking talented high school and college students from Chicago Public Schools to participate in the 12th annual National BDPA Information Technology (IT) Showcase. The statistics are alarming — African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, however, they received just 7 percent of all science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) bachelor’s degrees, 4 percent of master’s degrees and 2 percent of PhDs in our nation.

We created the BDPA IT Showcase to impact on those disturbing statistics. The BDPA IT Showcase allows student presenters from educational institutions all over the United States to showcase their research papers and posters by presenting and demonstrating their research. This year’s showcase is co-sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company and Johnson & Johnson.

The presentations will represent STEM topics presented by highly motivated high school and college students to an audience of IT professionals and executives. College and high school students have the opportunity to participate in this 3-day event held in conjunction with the National BDPA Technology Conference held in Indianapolis, IN, August 6-9, 2014.

The Presentations and Research Projects will be judged in two divisions … high school and college … by a panel of judges. Three awards will be made in each category for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Each participant will be recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation at the end of the IT Showcase session. The awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, August 9, 2014.


BDPA is seeking scholarly papers/projects on leading edge technologies in STEM disciplines with a focus on, hardware and software methodologies, research proofs of concept encompassing, but not limited to, intelligent technologies (i.e., smart toys, machine learning, and genetic algorithms), wearable computing, web technologies, green IT technologies, virtual IT technologies, high performance computing (HPC), computing curricula, computational science (across the physical and life sciences), green energy technologies, climate change or global warming.


J, these are the requirements for students who wish to participate in the 12th annual BDPA IT Showcase. The IT Showcase is an event that is a part of the National BDPA Technology Conference. Participants are expected to follow this timeline:

  1. Research paper (8 page maximum) – due April 15, 2014
  2. PowerPoint presentation from the paper (10 min. for IT Showcase) – due June 6, 2014.
  3. Poster display (3ft by 4ft) graphically depicting research topic – due June 6, 2014
  4. Photo (B&W) and Bio – due April 15, 2014
  5. Trip Report – Due August 16, 2014.

The presentation and poster are driven by the paper. The PowerPoint presentation is given at the podium and poster presentations are given in the poster display area. Please give reply to this message or give us a call if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Dr. Jesse Bemley, coordinator
BDPA IT Showcase
(513) 584-3135



Attachment: 01-BDPA At A Glance.pdf
Attachment: 01-ITShowcase-CFP.pdf