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National BDPA Mobile Application Showcase

The National BDPA Mobile App Showcase, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, 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 1-day event in conjunction with the 2018 National BDPA Technology Conference held in New Orleans, LA. 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 2018 National BDPA Technology Conference Gala. Each participant will be recognized with a Certificate of Participation for their effort.


Student Requirements

  • 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 be eligible to present at the national conference.


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


Highlights from the 2017 BDPA National Mobile Application Showcase

State Farm Scholarships Awards

1st place (College): Ashley Shorter (St. Louis), Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, $7,500
2nd place (College): Brandon Ellis (Memphis), University of Memphis, $6,000

1st place (HS): Saket Shirsath (Atlanta), Grayson High School, $3,500
2nd place (HS): Amon Ferrell (Triangle - NC), Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, $2,000



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