BDPA Connect 2016
National BDPA 38th Annual Conference

August 10 - 13, 2016 | The Westin Peachtree Plaza | Atlanta, GA


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About us

 

The technological world is consistently changing! To become an active participant and leader in this ever changing environment, you must develop a unique blend of technical know-how, leadership and collaboration skills. The BDPA Technology Conference 2016 is a great opportunity for you to learn these skills. Participants have over 50 sessions to connect with technology, learn the current and upcoming trends and interact with innovative digital thought leaders from around the country.

Download the BDPAConnect 2016 Conference Brochure for more information about the conference!

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Conference Agenda

BDPA Connect 2016 Conference Agenda

Effective Date - July 20, 2016

 

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

NEC Meeting

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NBOD Meeting

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

National Leadership Luncheon

1:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Chapter Leadership Meeting

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cyber Café Charging Station
Sponsored by HPE

Registration
Sponsored by McDonalds

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

7:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Registration
Sponsored by McDonalds

7:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Cyber Café Charging Station
Sponsored by HPE

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Student Opening Ceremony & Breakfast
Featuring Yvonne Harvey Williams

8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

High School Computer Competition (HSCC)
Powered by HPE

9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Youth Technology Camp Offsite Tour

9:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Professional Seminars

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Student Luncheon

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Professional Seminars

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Youth Technology Camp
Powered by HPE

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Student Mock Interview Session
Powered by Eli Lilly

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Corporate Executive Reception

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

High School Computer Competition (HSCC) 30th Anniversary Celebration

10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Hospitality Suite

Thursday, August 11, 2016

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Student Breakfast
Sponsored by US Air Force

7:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Registration
Sponsored by McDonalds

7:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Cyber Café Charging Station
Sponsored by HPE

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Morning Coffee Break

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

OPENING CEREMONY

10:30 AM - 5:15 PM

Youth Technology Camp
Powered by HPE

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

General Session
Featuring Valiesha Butterfield-Jones

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

IT Showcase Poster Presentation Judging (Closed to the Public)
Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Mobile Application Showcase
Sponsored by McDonalds & State Farm

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Student Luncheon

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Plenary Session
Featuring Rick M. Smith
Sponsored by HPE

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

IT Showcase Welcome & Presentations
Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson

1:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Professional Seminars

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Mobile Application Showcase
Sponsored by McDonalds & State Farm

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

BDPAConnect Panel & Networking
Featuring Stephanie Lampkin

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lilly College Symposium & Dinner (College Students Only)

8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

An Adults Only Game Night

10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Hospitality Suite

Friday, August 12, 2016

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Student Breakfast

7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration
Sponsored by McDonalds

7:30 AM - 9:00 PM

Cyber Café Charging Station
Sponsored by HPE

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Morning Coffee Break

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

IT Showcase Presentations
Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

General Session
Featuring David White

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Youth Technology Camp
Powered by HPE

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mobile Application Showcase
Sponsored by McDonalds & State Farm

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Career Fair & Technology Expo (Open to the Public)

12:30 PM - 6:00 PM

IT Showcase Public Viewing
Sponsored by Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

NEXTPRENUER Pitch Your Idea! New This Year Featuring Fabian Elliot

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Delegates Meeting II - Bylaws (Tentative)

1:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Professional Seminars

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Youth Technology Camp (YTC) Awards Presentation

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dignitaries Panel & Reception
Sponsored by MillerCoors (Invitation Only)

8:00 PM - 1:00 AM

BDPAConnect16 All White Party, (Register)
Hosted by BDPA Atlanta (Additional Cost, Offsite)

10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Hospitality Suite

Saturday, August 13, 2016

6:30 AM - 2:00 PM

BDPA IT Golf Classic, (Register)
Additional Cost, Offsite

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Registration
Sponsored by McDonalds

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Cyber Café Charging Station
Sponsored by HPE

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Scholarship Recognition Breakfast (New This Year)

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Career Fair & Technology Expo (Open to the Public)

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

BDPA & PinkTech Womens Leadership Luncheon, (Register)
Additional Cost

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Founders Reception - Lifetime Member Recognition
Sponsored by Deloitte

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

AWARDS GALA RECEPTION

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

AWARDS GALA

9:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Student Dance

9:00 PM - 2:00 AM

BDPA 2017 National Conference Kick-off Event - "Technology Meets the Queen City"

10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Hospitality Suite

Note: Preliminary Agenda, events, dates and/or times are subject to change.

Conference Workshops

Conference Workshops

Effective Date - July 20, 2016

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Review Local Bylaws and Parlimentary Procedures

EBC Committee


2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Chapter Management

NEC

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Strategies for Attracting the Right Tech Talent

Gene Waddy | CEO, Diversant


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Introduction to OpenStack

Tony Campbell | Director of Training and Certification, RackSpace

Going from Zero to Sixty in DevOps

Michael Lively | DevOps Technical Lead, Great American Insurance


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gamification and Its Impact on Business

Tinita Haley | Senior Manager of Technology Enablement and Planning, Deloitte

Ansible 101: Learn Ansible Basics

Walter Bentley | Cloud Solutions Architect, Rackspace


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Embracing Agile to Navigate the Digital Tech Age

Bianca Shelby | PM Preview, INc.

Automation & Integration with Cloud Infrastructure

Michael Escobar | Solutions Architect, Deloitte Consulting LLP


2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Leadership & Creativity in the Digital Age

Marysharon Owens | Artistic Executive

Understanding DevOps Fundamentals

Richard Irvin | Architect, IBM


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

General Session

Thursday, August 11, 2016

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Opening Ceremony


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

A results oriented approach to deliver on Big Data

Stephen Harris | Senior VP Head of Enterprise Data Strategy, Wells Fargo

What is "Cloud" & "Virtualization" Technology?

Roy Hodge | Founder & CEO, REH Systems Solutions, LLC


11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Protecting Your Personal Image in Cyberspace

Reginal Byrant | Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Smart Homes: From the Field to Your Living Room

Jonathan Lee | Director of Access Control and Systems, Montclair State University


12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Plenary Luncheon | HPE


1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Building Data Lake on AWS

Gaurav Mittal | Principal Consultant, YASH Technologies

DevOps: Breaking down barriers or another hype?

Shiboo Varughese | Enterprise Architect & Practice Lead


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

BDPA Connect Panel & Networking

Friday, August 12, 2016

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

General Session

David White | Battelle, CIO


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Learn How To Not Just Survive "Corporate America"

Walter Bentley | Cloud Solutions Architect, Rackspace

(College Track)

ITSMF

ITSMF Presents


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Money Matters

Brenda Thompson | Sr Program/Project Manager, Independent Consultant

(College Track)

ITSMF

ITSMF Presents


12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Plenary Luncheon


1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Career Fair


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Resumes, Interviews & Offers

Portia Westbrooks | Human Capital Consultant, RGP

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

How to Effectively Connect and Communicate in a Millennial Workforce

Denise Thomas | Senior Business Process Partner, MillerCoors

Saturday, August 13, 2016

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Career Fair

Career Fair

Career Fair Expo

 

Details

Dates:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hours:

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 12:00PM

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Companies

Participating Companies (Sample)

ADT

Chick-Fil-A

Cox Automotive

Deloitte

Diversity In Action

DiversityComm

Eaton

Eli Lilly and Company

Excelsior College

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

GE - Aviation

General Motors

Georgia Tech Research Institute

Google

Hilton Worldwide

IBM

Johnson & Johnson

Mayo Clinic

Monsanto

Mortenson Construction

Mosaic Blueprint

National BDPA / BETF

National Security Agency

NextEra Energy

Southern Company

State Farm Insurance

Technology Expresso

Trinity Health

UPMC

US Air Force

Wells Fargo

Reserve Your Spot

Travel and Accommodations

Welcome To Atlanta!

 

Your Visit to Atlanta


Did you know that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world's busiest passenger airport offering a location that is just a 2-hour flight away from 83% of U.S. cities? How’s that for a centralized location? To help you plan your trip, here are some travel details.



Hotel


The hosting hotel for the BDPA Connect 2016 Technology Conference and Career Fair is Westin Peachtree Plaza. Please make your hotel room reservations online using the link posted.



Air Travel


The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (airport code ATL), is conveniently located 10 miles from the conference venue. The airport is serviced by 33 passenger airlines. We have negotiated discounted rates for conference attendees with the following airlines:

Delta Airlines

Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com. When booking online, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting code NMNFC in the box provided on the Search Flights page. You can also make reservations by calling Delta Meeting reservations Mon-Fri from 7am - 7pm CDT at 1-800-328-1111.

*Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above.

Southwest Airlines

Reservations and ticketing are available via www.swabiz.com. When booking online, click on Book Travel. Enter Company ID 99221415 in the box provided on the page.

*Please note that to receive the conference flight discount, your flight must be booked between May 15, 2016 – July 25, 2016 for travel dates between August 5, 2016 - August 16, 2016 to and from Atlanta (ATL).

United Airlines

Reservations and ticketing are available via www.united.com. When booking online, enter offer code ZWRU909613 when seraching for flights. If booking through a travel professional or United Reservations Meetings Desk at 1-800-426-1122, please provide the Z Code ZWRU and Agreement Code 909613.

*For all tickets issued through United Meetings Reservations Desk, there will be a booking service fee per ticket collected. This fee is subject to change without notice. Such service fee is nonrefundable and applies to all itineraries, one-way or round-trip.



Ground Transportation From Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

On-demand taxis: Uber have provided discount codes for BDPAConnect16 attendees who are first-time users. To get a free trip up to $20 on your first Uber ride, sign up at https://www.uber.com/invite/lathq,or download the mobile app, and enter the promo code LATHQ.

Shuttles: Our event hotels do NOT provide airport shuttle service; however, it is only a 10 mile drive. You may choose to reserve shuttle transportation via Supershuttle. Go to http://www.supershuttle.com and enter SUMRT for discounts for your pick up and drop off from Supershuttle.com

Our Sponsors

BDPA Connect 2016 Sponsors

Thanks to all our sponsors

 

Conference Sponsors

hpe logo millercoors logo Lilly logo
Johnson and Johnson logo McDonalds logo State Farm logo

Corporate Sponsors

BDPA Corporate Supports

Become a Sponsor

BDPA Connect 2016 Technology Conference and Career Fair is now taking limited sponsorship requests. For sponsorship details, please email corpsales@bdpa.org or call Wayne Hicks at (301) 584-3135 Ext.108