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IT Showcase

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, IT professionals, and students.

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, mobile technologies, parallel computing technologies, cybersecurity, computing curricula, business intelligence, etc.

The student presentations/research projects are judged by a panel of 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 2016 IT Showcase is co-sponsored by Eli Lilly & Company and Johnson & Johnson

Student Requirements

In order to participate in the IT Showcase, students must complete the requirements below. The IT Showcase Manager (ITSM) 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. The ITSM will make the final recommendation on the student's participation after the research paper is completed.

  • Complete the online form stating your interest to participate in the program
  • Once contacted by event coordinator, submit research topic for consideration
  • Submit research paper (8 page maximum-single space)
  • Create a 3ft by4ft poster which graphically depicts the paper contents. 3-panel science fair boards are not allowed.
  • Provide a PowerPoint presentations based on the paper (10-15 min. duration)
  • Provide Photo(s) (B&W) of student


Event Benefits to Students

Below are potential benefits that students can expect from participation:

  • 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

IT Showcase Student

The BDPA Corporate Sponsorship Program offers corporations an opportunity to partner with BDPA to meet corporate goals and objectives for recruiting, employee development, and philanthropic endeavors.

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