BDPA Member Types
  1. Full Adult Member - 1 year term or 5-year term
  2. Student Member - 1 year for students at the K-12 level
  3. College Student Member - college students who are currently enrolled full time in an accredited educational institution of higher learning.
  4. Corporate Member - individuals whose membership is paid by his/her employer or by a corporate supporter/sponsor. This membership type is assigned w Join now!

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  5. Lifetime Member – A lifetime member of BDPA secures a full membership-in-good-standing status for his/her natural life and receives all the privileges of full membership plus special recognition as a dedicated member-supporter of BDPA.
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Why join?

The National BDPA Information Technology (IT) Showcase allows student presenters from educational institutions across the United States, to present and demonstrate their research. The presentations represent advanced computing and technical topics presented by college and high school students to an audience of corporate representatives and IT professionals.

Students participate in this 2-day event held during the annual National BDPA Technology Conference. The focus of this event includes, but is not limited to, intelligent technologies (i.e., smart toys, machine learning, and genetic algorithms, etc.), wearable computing technologies, web technologies, parallel computing technologies, computing curricula, business intelligence, etc.

The student presentations/research projects are judged by a panel of 3 judges in two categories; college and high school. Awards are made in each category for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The awards are presented at the Awards Presentation at the end of the IT Showcase session. Each participant will be recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation.

The 2013 IT Showcase is co-sponsored by Eli Lilly & Company, GEICO and Johnson & Johnson

Click here to view: 2011 IT Showcase Proceedings

Student Requirements:
In order to participate in the IT Showcase, students must complete the requirements below. Dr. Bemley will work with each student to help them develop their research project. Students must first contact the local event coordinator to show their interest in the program. Dr. Bemley will make the final recommendation on the student’s participation after the research paper is completed.

Complete the online form at stating your interest to participate in the program. Once contacted by event coordinator, submit research topic for consideration Submit research paper (10 page minimum-single space) Create a (3×4) feet 3-panel Poster Board display (i.e., science fair) or electronic all-in-one (3×5) feet Poster depicting research topic Provide 2 PowerPoint presentations from the paper (15 min. duration and 45 min duration) Provide Photo(s) (B&W) of student
Event Benefits to Students

Below summarizes a list of benefits that we expect to realize when this request is filled:

  • Improve performance on Advanced Placement (AP) CS test (HS students)
  • Increase the time students spend utilizing NBDPA sponsored curriculum
  • Improved research skills
  • Improved oral presentation skills
  • Access to corporate decision makers and internship opportunities
  • Access to the NBDPA Career Fair
  • Increased the opportunities to win local and national NBDPA scholarships
  • Increased interest and commitment to a career in information technology
  • Opportunities to support the NBDPA mission and vision

Sponsorship Benefits to Corporations
Early access to a talent pool of potential future IT professionals for internships or full-time employment upon graduation Meet corporate diversity and community outreach goals Employee mentoring opportunities The NBDPA Corporate Sponsorship Program offers corporations an opportunity to partner with NBDPA to meet corporate goals and objectives for recruiting, employee development, and philanthropic endeavors. Please click here for more information on IT Showcase corporate sponsorship opportunities.