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The BDPA Insider - May 8, 2011


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Please share your opinion on my "Why Go Geek?" presentation for the 2011 National Conference.

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Hi All,

In light of the current economic climate, how do you see the job outlook for technology workers in 2012? What is the one thing that technology workers and job seekers must do in order to successfully advance their careers in 2012?

I’m presenting new developments for “Careers in IT” at the 2011 National BDPA Conference and I’m asking for your input to tailor my PowerPoint presentation.

It’s your opinion that matters. Please take this short 3-minute survey. Survey results will be published on Blacks Gone Geek website.


Milt Haynes, Founder
Blacks Gone Geek

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) has given out over 85 Jesse Bemley Scholarships valued at $154,000 since 1999 to talented high school students with a passion for science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) education. We are proud of all of these young men and women.  

Titus Thomas is our next Bemley Scholar.

He is a 3-time participant in the National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championships as a member of two chapters (Northern Virginia and Washington DC).  Titus will use his Bemley Scholarship to defray expenses for attending Bowie State University. He shared his thoughts on BDPA with us:

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Most of the people that we know are able to 'talk the talk'. Only a handful of folks are able to 'walk the walk'. Zack Garbow is a young man who has walked the walk for many years as the technical coordinator and HSCC instructor with BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter.

The students that he trained have won the national High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championship in five of the past six years ... and they won the silver medal in that other year! His students have matriculated with over $50,000 in Jesse Bemley Scholarships to educational institutions like Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, Marist College, Rice University, University of Minnesota and Washington University in St. Louis. Zack is truly a remarkable BDPA volunteer who has made a difference in the lives of dozens of our student members.

We asked Zack to share some of his thoughts on BDPA in our Take Five interview series.

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BDPA Cleveland chapter has a rich history. In the past few years the chapter has made a concerted effort to teach programming and web development skills to high school students. One of the star pupils has been Alex Tolbert. Alex represented the chapter in the national High School Student Competition (HSCC) championships held in Washington DC (2007), Atlanta (2008) and Raleigh (2009). His team finished as high as 6th place.

Alex shared his thoughts about BDPA with us:

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Posted by Ricardo Wilkins on 8 May 2011
I’ve often said that anyone who doesn’t understand what’s so cool about a tablet PC and a pen is probably someone who’s never used a tablet & pen with Microsoft OneNote.  OneNote lets me store all my handwritten notes in one searchable location, including screenshots, documents, and even audio & video recordings (imagine recording the meeting you’re sitting in, and having OneNote keep track of the point in the audio at which you write each of your notes).  Another way to think about – think Franklin Covey notebook without all the physical paper to keep track of. ; )

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Published on May 7th, 2011
Posted by Marty in LinkedInsocial media
If you’re new to LinkedIn and you’re wondering how to make connections after you’ve filled out your profile, let me suggest an easy approach.

The first thing you should do is join groups (the Groups link) of interest to you, be they professional, hobby or otherwise. Just make them fit your purpose. LinkedIn allows you to join 50 groups so take the time to max them out.

As you begin to add groups take some time to look through the membership listing of each for interesting profiles of people you might want to network with. When you find an interesting potential contact send them a connection request. You can use the common group you’re in as the basis for reaching out.

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by April Gillespie, Catalyst for Everlasting Change
and Founder/CEO of Starseed Consulting

In the 21st century, this age of information technology, we are surrounded by gadgets that allow us to stay connected. The question is how much connecting are we really doing?

With 2,000 friends on Facebook, 800 connections on LinkedIn and 4,000 followers on Twitter, how well are we really connecting with our fellow man?

The Great Debate has begun. How is technology affecting our relationships in our family life, businesses and with friends?

About a year ago, a mentor of mine by the name of Jeff Olson spoke on this topic – High Tech vs. High Touch - at a large self improvement conference in Chicago. Jeff Olson is world renown for his best-selling personal development book, The Slight Edge, but he is also a leadership expert, business philosopher, motivational speaker, billionaire entrepreneur and personal development coach to those like Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump and more. As a student of the personal development industry I quickly became fascinated by the struggle human beings are enduring today to balance technology and personal relationships.

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Please accept our invitation to join us in the City of the Big Shoulders by registering for the 33rd Annual National BDPA Conference, August 3-6, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago.

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