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The BDPA Insider - June 26, 2011

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, June 26, 2011

The BDPA Insider - June 26, 2011

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

In this issue:

National BDPA Call to Action!

BDPA iRadio Show - June 28, 2011

BDPA Names Five IT Heavyweights as Honorary Conference Chairs

BDPA Students Demonstrate STEM Skills at BDPA Southeast Regional High School Computer Competition

HSCC Testimonial: 2009 BDPA Chicago High School Competition Team (VIDEO)

Bemley Scholar Trene Long-Reed Heads to University of West Georgia

CIO Magazine: The 6 Hottest New Jobs in IT

LinkedIn For Co-eds

Game-changing tool for entrepreneurs coming soon

Get Inky With It

Temple University, 6/9/2011 (Howard James)

Technology & my international midnight presentation

2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

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National BDPA Call to Action!

CALL TO ACTION CALL TO ACTION CALL TO ACTION CALL TO ACTION

BDPA MEMBERS

At the 2010 National BDPA Technology Conference, member delegates endorsed the recommendation of the National Board of Directors (NBOD) to implement a regional organizational structure effective January 1, 2012.

This decision will usher in fresh, new leadership, collaboration and execution of National BDPA strategies and will require our members to "step up” and nominate or become candidates for the Regional Vice-President or Director roles.

At the May 2011 NBOD meeting, nominations for the eight (8) regional positions were reviewed and it was concluded that we only had one (1) nomination. Given this reality, the NBOD commissioned a team to create and execute a plan that would re-acquaint membership with the Regionalization plan. In doing so, the expectation is that we could increase the number of nominations by July 8, 2011.

During the week of June 27, several meetings will occur to increase awareness and inspire membership to consider how they can partner with and support National BDPA as we transition to our new organizational structure.

· Chapter President's Update: Monday, June 27, 2011, 8:00pm, CT

· Northeast Region Call: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 8:00pm, ET

· Midwest Region Call: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 8:00pm, CT

· South Regional Call: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 8:00pm, ET

· West Region Call: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 7:00pm, PT

For more information regarding the region your state is aligned to, please reference the information below:

· Northeast: CT, DC (Washington), DE, MD, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

· Midwest: IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI

· South: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

· West: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, MN, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY

The conference call information:

(866)365-4406 Access Code: 5381236

Thank you in advance for your participation on the calls and ongoing partnership with BDPA.

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE and LET FOLKS KNOW THEIR PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED!

Click here for more:

http://bdpa.site-ym.com/news/67420/BDPA-CALL-TO-ACTION.htm


BDPA iRadio Show - June 28, 2011

TheBDPA iRadio Showcreates a vibrant communications platform that speaks to all BDPA stakeholders.We have an exciting line-up for our show on June 28.

  1. Monique Berry- is the incoming National BDPA Preisdent. She will share information about the 2011 National BDPA Technology Conference as well as her vision for the future of BDPA.
  2. Renetta English-is the BDPA New York chapter president. She will share 'best practices' from her chapter.
  3. Raven Stevenson-is an HSCC alumni trained by BDPA Greater Columbia chapter. She currently attends Duke University on a 4-year scholarship (valued at $180,000) provided to her by the US Navy during the 2009 BDPA conference in Raleigh NC. She will share her unique BDPA story.
  4. April Gillespie-is CEO ofStarseed Consulting. She will share her thoughts on the issue of 'High Tech vs. High Touch'.

Our host for this show isFranne McNeal. The technical advisor isJohn Malonson.
The show is sponsored by theBDPA Education and Technology Foundation.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/06/bdpa-iradio-show-june-28-2011.html


BDPA Names Five IT Heavyweights as Honorary Conference Chairs

There are some heavy-hitters in the information technology industry who plan to serve in a leadership capacity for the upcoming BDPA Technology Conference. BDPA announced the following executives as Honorary Conference Chairs:

  1. LaVerne Council, Corporate Vice President and CIO, Johnson & Johnson
  2. Marc Di Francisco, President and CEO, Premier Event Management
  3. Brian Hedberg, Chief Information Officer, Health Care Service Corporation
  4. Trudy McKnight, Executive Director, Small Business Partnership Programs, U.S. Public Sector, HP
  5. David Weick, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer, McDonald's

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/06/bdpa-names-five-it-heavyweights-as.html


BDPA Students Demonstrate STEM Skills at BDPA Southeast Regional High School Computer Competition

The BDPA Southeastern Regional High School Computer Competition (HSCC) was held on Saturday, June 18th, at IT-oLogy, a local sponsor of the event. BDPA Greater Columbia chapter hosted the event with participants arriving in South Carolina from as far away as Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham. The regional HSCC championship is a warm-up for the national HSCC championship held August 3-6, 2011 at the National BDPA Technology Conference in Chicago.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/06/bdpa-students-demonstrate-stem-skills.html


HSCC Testimonial: 2009 BDPA Chicago High School Competition Team (VIDEO)

This is a remarkable video pulled together by BDPA Chicago education director Deborah De Vaughn. It provides some remarkable insights from the five young people that represented Chicago at the 2009 National BDPA High School Computer Competition Championship held in Raleigh NC.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/06/hscc-testimonial-2009-bdpa-chicago-high.html


Bemley Scholar Trene Long-Reed Heads to University of West Georgia

Trene Long-Reed earned a Dr. Jesse Bemley Scholarship because of her performance as a member of the BDPA Atlanta High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team that did so well at the 2008 national BDPA HSCC Championship. She is using her Bemley Scholarship to help defray her costs for attending the University of West Georgia where she plans to earn a 'pre-medicine' degree.

We asked Trene to share her thoughts on BDPA:

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2011/06/bemley-scholar-trene-long-reed-heads-to.html


The 6 Hottest New Jobs in IT

By Robert Strohmeyer – CIO Magazine

IT job seekers have real reason to hope. No fewer than 10,000 IT jobs were added to payrolls in May alone, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics, reflecting a steady month-over-month increase since January. And in a June survey by the IT jobs site Dice.com, 65 percent of hiring managers and recruiters said they will hire more tech professionals in the second half of 2011 than in the previous six months.

But which jobs have the greatest growth potential -- and stand the best chance of withstanding outsourcing or another economic downturn?

To find those hottest of hot jobs, we've scoured listings on IT hiring sites like Dice and Modis and talked with IT execs about the skills they're looking for in the year to come. Our sources point to a cluster of new job titles created to make IT more agile, more social -- and more tightly intertwined with business.

Our results are not scientific. The six job titles you see here have actually been listed, but we didn't choose them based on frequency of appearance or random sample polling. Instead, we picked them because we think they answer the real needs of businesses that want to prepare for the future.

1. Business architect

2. Data scientist

3. Social media architect

4. Mobile technology expert

5. Enterprise mobile developer

6. Cloud architect

Click here for more:

http://www.cio.com/article/684344/The_6_Hottest_New_Jobs_in_IT


LinkedIn For Co-eds

Posted by Martin Lindsey

Hi there college students. Welcome home for summer break. Hope your semesters/quarters/trimesters were fruitful and that you learned a lot. So what are you doing with yourselves until next fall? Hanging out? Traveling? Looking for work?

Now is the perfect time tocreate your professional online persona on LinkedIn. More than just an online resume it is the first place recruiters go to search for talent. Human resource departments are using paper resumes less and less every day. You can keep it updated for those that still request a traditional resume but definitely transfer it to this online portal. This is important because there's always a chance that an employer will find you online first during a time when they're not visiting your campus for interviews. So who knows? Its possible that you could even bypass your campus' career development department for an opportunity.

Click here for more:

http://www.martyblogs.com/2011/06/20/business/linkedin-for-co-eds/


Game-changing tool for entrepreneurs coming soon

Posted by Ricardo Wilkins on 25 Jun 2011

I recently had an article published at IT Martini where I discuss the upcoming release of Office 365, Microsoft's latest cloud-based services offering, and the value that the SharePoint component of that offering has for entrepreneurs and businesses trying to make use of SharePoint for collaboration.

While my focus in the article was on SharePoint specifically, entrepreneurs and small businesses should also be very excited at the opportunities and cost-savings that this offering could present to them. I spoke recently with a local non-profit organization, and helped them to see potential value in the following areas:

Click here for more:

http://www.rixbits.com/2011/06/game-changing-tool-for-entrepreneurs.html


Get Inky With It

by Kai Dupe

Inky-Apps is one of Americas first webstores dedicated to the promotion, advertisement and development of mobile applications for the undeveloped and undiscovered mobile markets. The site was created by Richard Fields, a true African American technology pioneer.

If you are unfamiliar with Richard's story and his mission I interviewed him recently on two separate occasions on my BlogTalkRadio Show. You can find those on-demand episodes here. Inky-Apps is looking for college interns with experience in Android programming.

Click here for more:

http://whereareblacksintechnology.blogspot.com/2011/06/become-inky-app-intern.html


Temple University, 6/9/2011 (Howard James)

Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Tea Attracts a New Audience With Local Shop. Assistant vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is a far cry from running a small business focused on organic tea. Howard James, the owner and operator of Tea Country, saw an opportunity to make the leap from corporate America to small business proprietor. After an MBA project at Eastern University steered him in the direction of fine loose-leaf teas, his passion grew for the product. Although information technology is vastly different from brewing green tea, Howard's love for his work in both fields has contributed to his success.

Click here for more:

http://sct.temple.edu/blogs/murl/2011/06/09/oak-lane-tea-attracts-a-new-audience-with-local-tea-shop/


Technology & my international midnight presentation

Posted by Ricardo Wilkins on 25 Jun 2011

I just finished giving a presentation via Live Meeting for an event based out of India. Start time: 3:30AM EST. I'm so glad that someone invented coffee :)

I think it's very kool, tho, to have lived long enough to see a world where people all over the planet

can have a community event with people from other countries, and do so effectively with relatively little effort, thanx to technology. Live Meeting did a great job of easily letting people from India, Australia, and South Africa join my presentation by simply clicking a web link. Once in the meeting, they were able to see my slides in real-time, streamed from the desk in my home office. The organizer in Australia was able to send me a text message to my phone to remind me that my presentation time was approaching. And of course, the party continued in the social media space, as we all used tools like Twitter (some right from their phones) to communicate with each other using the #SPSIndia hashtag.

Although I'm pretty sleepy {as I yawn one more time}, I'm glad I was able to participate – great experience.

Click here for more:

http://www.rixbits.com/2011/06/technology-my-international-midnight.html


2011 National BDPA Conference Registration Now Open

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Click here to register for the 2011 National BDPA Conference today!

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