What we're about


For more than 40+ years, BDPA has enabled the upward mobility of African Americans and other minorities in the Information Technology (IT) and STEM fields. Through its 40+ local community chapters in major cities across the United States, BDPA has been at the forefront of promoting the minority agenda within the IT profession since 1975. BDPA has been a leader and pioneer in technology and STEM training for IT professionals and High School students since 1986. Our National High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program which is a hands-on training program, has introduced tens of thousands of high school students to coding and application development while also presenting opportunities for students to obtain college scholarships due to the generosity of our sponsors and partners. Because of BDPA’s focus on students and professional members alike, we continue to support and lead the upward success of our members “from the classroom to the boardroom”. OUR MISSION To build a pipeline of diverse professionals and aspiring students in the STEM and digital technology fields through innovative professional and technical development programs and activities. OUR VISION To be the leading and most recognized organization in enabling digital leadership preparedness for aspiring diverse professionals. WHAT WE BELIEVE o That our purpose is to serve and elevate others o That preparing students and young professionals today for leadership tomorrow is a necessity o That a talented and diverse group of people is the most creative and innovative workforce


Upcoming events (3)

Elgin/NW Illinois - DR Planning (Minimalstic-Group Discussion)

Let's meet up to discuss how to prepare and protect your house in the event of a "mini-disaster" ... no electricity for extended periods of time.... let's pick a date - should be a GREAT conversation! Vendors/contractors welcome to contact the meeting organizer.

BDPA NW Illinois - Tech Social
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Suggest a great place to meetup in the Elgin/Greater NW Illinois area and we're there!

BDPA Elgin Area - DaaS & Desktop Virtualization
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Anyone out there interested in consumer based DaaS - Desktop As A Service and Virtual Desktop deployment? Join this event and suggest a time to get together!

Past events (22)

BDPA 39th Annual National Technology Conference

Duke Energy Convention Center

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