2016 National BDPA Mobile Application Showcase
The National BDPA Mobile App Showcase, co-sponsored by McDonald's, State Farm Insurance and WWT, 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 2-day event in conjunction with the 2016 National BDPA Technology Conference held in Atlanta, GA. The focus of this event includes development on Android & iOS smartphone operating systems.
Each student's projects will be judged in two major categories and four 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 2016 National BDPA Technology Conference Banquet Ceremony. Each participant will be recognized with a Certificate of Participation for their effort.
In order to participate in the Mobile App Showcase, students must complete the requirements below. The mobile application trainers and mentors will work with each student to help them develop their project. 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. High school and college students are eligible to apply.
Must be a high school or full-time undergraduate college student (maximum age of 25)
Complete the online form at Mobile App Showcase Form stating your interest to participate in the program
Once contacted by mobile application team, submit project charter outlining the type of application they will build. (1 page single spaced)
Each participant must be sponsored by their local BDPA chapter in order to participate in the Mobile App Showcase, students must complete the requirements below. The mobile application trainers and mentors will work with each student to help them develop their project. 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. High school and college students are eligible to apply.
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
Mobile Application Showcase corporate sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highlights from the 2015 BDPA National Mobile Application Showcase
2015 State Farm Scholarships Awards
Mobile Application Showcase
1st place: Nicole Hoffler (Charlotte), Mount Holyoke College, $7,500
2nd place: Kareem DaSilva (Middle Tennessee), University of Memphis, $6,000
3rd place: Herchran Singh (Southern Minnesota), Gustavus Adolphus College, $3,500
4th place: Keshaun Williams (New York), New York City College of Technology, $2,000