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2014 State Farm Scholarships Awards
Mobile Application Showcase

1st place: Richard Watts III (Central Illinois),University High School, $6,500
2nd place: Itobore Odje (Cincinnati), University of Cincinnati, $5,500
3rd place: Bryan Bemley (Washington DC), Bowie State University, $4,000
4th place: Anthony Jones (Chicago), Sanford Brown College, $3,000


BDPA National Mobile Application Showcase 


The BDPA National Mobile Application Development Showcase allows student application developers the opportunity to participate in a competition that allows them to an opportunity to test their talents against others and develop a working, functional Mobile Application, at no cost to themselves. The applications being showcased will represent three different application categories (i.e. business, personal productivity, and gaming). Each category will have stringent requirements to be met in advance to the showcase. 
College and high school students have the opportunity to participate in this day-long event in conjunction with the 2014 National BDPA Technology Conference held in Indianapolis, IN. The focus of this event includes development on the Android smartphone operating systems. 
Each student's projects will be judged in two major categories and three sub-categories. The competition and showcase are open to high school and college students. Their projects will be assessed by a panel of judges prior to the conference. Monetary awards sponsored by State Farm will be given to the top high school and college participants. The awards will be presented at the awards presentation during the 2014 National BDPA Technology Conference Banquet Ceremony. Each participant will be recognized with a Certificate of Participation for their effort. 
Student Requirements 

In order to participate in the Mobile Application Showcase, students must complete the requirements below. The mobile application trainers and mentors will work with each student to help them develop their project. Students must first contact the Mobile Application Showcase team by email,, to show their interest in the program. This team will make the final recommendation on the student's participation after their application is completed; verification with their chapter and a brief project charter is submitted. A total of 15 students (a 
combination of high school and college) will be selected. 
  • Submit an email stating your interest to participate in the program to 
  • Once contacted by mobile application team member, submit project charter outlining the type of application they will build. (1 page single spaced) 
Benefits to Students 
  • Improve performance on Advanced Placement (AP) CS test (HS students) 
  • Increase the time students spend utilizing BDPA sponsored curriculum 
  • Improve programming and content learning experience 
  • Increase the opportunity to win a scholarship at the local and national level 
  • Increase student interest and commitment to pursue a career in the IT industry 
Benefits to Corporations 
  • Provides modern technology exposure with students that have hands on, real world experience 
  • Provide avenue for meeting diversity and community outreach commitments as well as employee development 
  • Provides an effective manner for experienced IT professionals to teach and mentor the students 
  • Provides an opportunity to reach a resource pool of potential future IT professionals for internships or full-time employment upon graduation 
If you have questions or wish to discuss further, please contact Showcase director Michael Tyson on (301) 584-3135
Mobile Application Showcase corporate sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting
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