BDPA Chicago Chapter Student (IT) Symposium

The BDPA Chicago Chapter is hosting A Student Symposium on Saturday, October 18, 2014 for students interested in technology. There are many benefits to participation including, acquiring new or increasing existing programming skills, earning the right to demonstrate your skills on a national platform with fellow students in Washington DC, networking with Senior Executives from local and national companies, and the potential to earn college scholarships.

The location is TechNexus, 20 North Upper Wacker Drive Suite 1200, Chicago IL from 8:45 am to 11:30am.

The Symposium agenda is:

8:45 – 9:15: Continental Breakfast Meet and Greet

9:15 – 9:30: Program Overview

9:30 – 10:15: Maximize Learning with Mind Mapping

10:30 – 11:15: The Professional You!

11:30 – 12:15: Where can you find “I.T.”?

12:15 – 1:30: Box lunch and Networking

Students participating in the program will learn:


– Cascading Style Sheets

– JavaScript

– Web Page Design

– PHP and AJAX

– Database design & MySQL

– System analysis and solution design

– Mobile Technologies

– Computer Science

To participate in the program, students must meet the following qualifications:

– A student in the 6th through 12th grades.

– The ability to attend training sessions every Saturday from 9:00 am through 3:00 pm from December 2014 through August 2015.

– Attend the Midwest Regional Competition in early June.

– Access to a computer running Windows 7 or better

– Microsoft Word and Excel or compatible software running on their computer.

– A personal email account.

– Access to the internet.

– Consent of their parent or guardian.

To register for the informational session, go to and search for BDPA Chicago Chapter Student Symposium or click the following link:

Earl Pace and the late David Wimberly founded (Black Data Processing Associates) in May of 1975. BDPA is a non-profit organization of professionals working in or having an interest in the Computer Science and Information Technology fields.

BDPA was formed out of the founders’ concern that minorities were not adequately represented in the information technology industry. Currently, there are more than forty active chapters across the United States.

If you have questions about the High School Computer Competition Team program that were not answered by the information session or website, contact Audra Anderson at audra.anderson for more information.

Note: This opportunity is open to all students