Tuesday, August 13, 2013

National BDPA Conference History (1979-2013)

We want to have an interactive blog. Here is a list of the past 35 national BDPA technology conferences. Take a look at the themes and locations. Let your memories roam on the networking, education and fun that you had as a participant at one or more of these annual conferences. How many of these did you attend?

  • 2013 - "Diverse Opportunities in the Age of Convergence" (Washington DC)
  • 2012 - "Transforming the IT Professional" (Baltimore, MD)
  • 2011 - "Ignite, Inspire & Empower: The GPS of Future Technologists" (Chicago, IL)
  • 2010 - "Access for All" (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2009 - "Challenges for Today, Strategies for Tomorrow" (Raleigh, NC)
  • 2008 - "Harnessing Emerging Technologies to Advance IT Careers" (Atlanta, GA)
  • 2007 - "Global Strategy for the IT Professional" (Washington DC)
  • 2006 - "Picturing the Future of Information Technology" (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2005 - "Driving Innovation, Bringing Value and Embracing Change" (Detroit, MI)
  • 2004 - "BDPA: Securing Our Future Through Technology" (Dallas, TX)
  • 2003 - "Information Technology: From the Classroom to the Boardroom" (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2002 - "Changing the Culture of IT: From Access to Ownership" (Orlando, FL)
  • 2001 - "Empowering the Nation Through Information" (Chicago, IL)
  • 2000 - "Taking IT to the Net: From High-Tops to High-Tech" (Washington, DC)
  • 1999 - "Closing the Gap in Information Technology" (Atlanta, GA)
  • 1998 - "Unveiling the Magic of Emerging Technologies" (Orlando, FL)
  • 1997 - "Looking at Tomorrow, Today"(Houston, TX)
  • 1996 - "Building World Class Skills for Information Technology" (Atlanta, GA)
  • 1995 - "Linking Business, Education and Technology" (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1994 - "Unleashing the Power of a Creative People" (Cleveland, OH)
  • 1993 - "Cultivating Tomorrow’s Leaders in the Heart of America" (Kansas City, MO)
  • 1992 - "Shaping the Information Technology Professional: Current and Future" (Detroit, MI)
  • 1991 - "BDPA Getting to the Core of Technology" (New York, NY)
  • 1990 - "Education and Technology Bonding for Excellence" (Washington, DC)
  • 1989 - "Ideas in the Making" (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1988 - "Growth and Success by Design" (Chicago, IL)
  • 1987 - "A Bridge to Success" (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1986 - "Securing Your Professional Future" (Atlanta, GA)
  • 1985 - "A Decade of Professional Growth" (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1984 - "Information Processing: A Vote for the Future" (Cleveland, OH)
  • 1983 - "Rise to the Challenge" (Newark, NJ)
  • 1982 - "Entrepreneurship: A Successful Attitude" (Detroit, MI)
  • 1981 - "Growth Through Professional Association" (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980 - "A New Era of Minority Involvement in Data Processing" (Washington, DC)
  • 1979 - "The Role of the Black Technical Organization" (Philadelphia, PA)
Which was your first national conference? Which was your favorite national conference? What is your best conference memory? C'mon, let's talk!


BlackLiterature said...

Since 2000 5 conferences:

First Conference
2000: Washington DC
Dwight Huggest gave a great java workshop.

2002: Orlando FL
Favorite memory: Meeting my future husband. ;-) Tied with moving from the bottom of the HSCC competition to 8th? Now I see the bigger BDPA picture.

2005: Detroit
Enjoyed some GREAT presentations from HS and college students at the IT showcase.

Best Conference year??: Still to come.... ;-)

Villager said...

Black Literature - Future husband! Now, that is a story that we need to ensure is placed in the BDPA History Book when somebody rights it. I just met a sister in Los Angeles who also credits a BDPA program meeting with being the meeting place for her future husband. That is some serious networking!

2000 is a conference that I remember because our HSCC team from Cincinnati came in 2nd place (highest place in chapter history).

2005 is a conference I remember because it was my last one as national president. We had a great time!

Thanx for sharing your memories with us Black Literature!

Villager said...

Any more conference memories to be shared with us? Also any thoughts on the THEME that should be chosen for 2008 conference?

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