Monday, September 12, 2011

The BDPA Insider - September 11, 2011

The BDPA Insider - September 11, 2011

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

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Bring your tough job search questions to the meeting.

--Good News
--Upcoming events

--Volunteer Opportunities

Date: Monday, September 12, 2011

Start Time: 07:30 PM Central Daylight Time, 8:30 PM Eastern

End Time: 08:25 PM Central Daylight Time, 9:25 PM Eastern

Dial-in Number: 1-213-289-0500 (Los Angeles)

Participant Access Code: 671366

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September 6th, 2011
By Ricardo Wilkins
As IT Professionals, we spend many years developing our crafts and investing in our careers. Along the way, we have all been fortunate enough to get help from many sources, including colleagues and mentors who decided to take the time to share their knowledge and experience with us.

As a result, we grow in our profession. Most of us inevitably ask the question - what can I do to give back and make the same investment in others someone made in me? Fortunately, there are many ways in which we can 'return the favor' in the IT Community while making a positive impact on our industry.

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BDPA iRadio Show host Franne McNeal hosted a Special Edition of the Internet radio show that featured student participants in the 2011 BDPA Youth Technology Camp (YTC) held last month in Chicago. This annual event provides interactive, hands-on workshops, seminars, and activities for students seeking to gain valuable exposure in leading edge technology topics. This event gives students the opportunity to network with young entrepreneurs and other youth from around the country who are pursuing academic and professional futures in the computer technology industry.

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L-R: William Morgan, Samuel Gonzalez, Brian Stempin (trainer), Norman Morrison, Hayward West (chapter president) and Pedro Soto

The Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program hosted by our BDPA Philadelphia chapter covers a variety of topics in the world of information technology. Instruction is provided in creating databases using MySQL, programming, Java, Linux and web development. The training not only prepares students to compete in regional and national competitions, but also provides them with skills in team building that can be valuable as they enter into the workforce.

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Article by Kai Dupé, Cross-posted from Atlanta Post
There are over 425,000 mobile apps available on Apple's App Store for the iPhone. The Android Marketplace now has well over 30,000 apps for their devices. According to the website TechCrunch, there has been more than 1 Billion downloads from the App Store as of April 2009. Here is a question? How many of these apps are produced by African Americans?

I would venture to guess we are producing very little. Mobile phones are the most ubiquitous way people communicate and interact with information. With more than 5 billions users communicating and interacting on these devices, the lack of African Americans producing mobile apps has to change.

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Soulclap to the folks at Black Web 2.0 for letting us know that the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will dedicate some time in their annual conference to talk about a topic that is increasingly popular by the day, technology. Technology entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, along with members of the African American tech community will take part in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

During the Annual Legislative Conference, held on September 23rd from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) will host an issue forum, entitled 'African Americans Joining the Leading Edge of the High Tech Boom'.

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Interviews can be daunting, but you can rock them with a little preparation and practice! Not sure how to make a great impression in an interview? Impress your future employer with these interview tips:

  1. Prepare for the interview
  2. Dress well
  3. Arrive on time
  4. Act confident
  5. Ask intelligent questions
  6. Say "Thanks"

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