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Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

at Cutz Lounge/Cafe located at 19655 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan


BDPA Detroit Chapter High School Computer Competition Program (HSCC) Parent and Student Orientation and Open House is Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Cutz Lounge/Cafe located at 19655 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. Please come and learn more about our award winning training program for high school students.

Applications are available on our website and at the Orientation and Open House. Applications will be accepted through February 25, 2017. The actual HSCC Student Training will begin on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  Students in grades 9th through 12th who have a willingness to learn, attend our classes regularly; complete projects; homework, quizzes and exams on time; willing to work within a team and demonstrate appropriate behavior are encouraged to register for our training curriculum.  We will share more details at the Orientation and Open House.

Please share with anyone you know who may be interested in the program. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HSCC Instructor Karena Wilkes (404) 915-8467 or HSCC Coordinator, Steven Broaden (313) 444-9474.

For more information about BDPA Detroit and our National Organization please visit our website, or contact our Detroit BDPA Chapter President – Loraine Stewart-David; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it : (248) 229-1760.


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Deadline Extended till February 25, 2017

Picademy this summer!

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Join us for Picademy this summer!

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is happy to announce U.S. dates and locations for Picademy, its free professional development program. The 2017 program takes place entirely in the summertime in four different cities:

  • Providence, RI
  • Irvine, CA
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Boise, ID

Please click here to read all the details about Picademy and to apply. You may submit a single application for any of the dates and venues that work best for you.

Picademy is a free, in-person educator professional development program. Over the course of two days, educators get hands-on with digital making and discover the many ways that maker-friendly technology such as Raspberry Pi can be used in the classroom. At the end of the program, participants become Raspberry Pi Certified Educators and join an active global community of over 900 digital making enthusiasts.

Educators of all types, including classroom teachers, museum educators, librarians, educator coaches, and community educators can apply to Picademy.


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Self Conference

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Our call for speakers is officially open! We're looking for 45 minute long talks on both technical and people topics. This means anything from web, mobile, and back end concurrent systems to talks about accessibility, team communication, inclusivity, and diversity. If you need inspiration, check out last year's talks!

If you're ready, head over to and submit your talk today!

Submissions close February 13th at 11:59:59 pm and submitters will be notified of the panel's decision on or before March 6th.

Sponsorships are also available, so take a look at if you think that may be of interest to your company. If you have any questions about it, feel free to reach out to us!

Thank you!


10 Organizations for Learning to Code

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10 Organizations for Learning to Code



Colleges no longer have a monopoly on education, and programming is no exception. These 10 organizations can teach you to program just the way you like it: free or paid, online or offline, hands-on or hands-off. Rather than threaten you with a bad grade, they entice passionate students with the promise of a new skill, a new community, and maybe some cute badges.


  • Codecademy: An online platform with free courses in JavaScript, HTML and CSS, and jQuery. Plus, anyone can create a course and share it with aspiring programmers. They also organized Code Year, an initiative to teach more people to code in 2012, and Code Summer+, which teaches programming to disadvantaged youth.
  • Code School: Online coding education for just $25/month. If you prefer to pick and choose, you can buy any of their grab-bag of courses individually. They also created Try Ruby, a basic tutorial that lets you play around with the language.
  • Treehouse: An online library with over 750 training videos. A lot of the content is free, but you can subscribe monthly to get access to their whole collection.
  • Google Code University: For a more self-directed experience, browse Google’s library of courses and videos – particularly tutorials and introductions for beginners. You can also check out the Python and C++ classes taught at Google itself.
  • MIT Open Courseware: The most popular course among all MIT’s free course materials is Introduction to Computer Science and Programming. You get handouts, homework, and quizzes – just like MIT, but without the big price tag.

In Person

  • Hacker School: A free, 3-month program in New York City with a few lectures and speakers, but mostly heads-down programming. It’s aimed at hackers who already love coding, who want to write free and open source software, and whose goal is to learn (not build a product or startup). The summer 2012 session of Hacker School is in full swing at Etsy, which provided $5,000 grants to female students.
  • Code Academy: Paid, 3-month classes in web development, user experience, or HTML and CSS. Code Academy is based in Chicago at the 1871 incubator. Applications for the fall program close on August 12.

For the Ladies

  • Girl Develop It: Technical workshops for female programmers held around the United States, as well as in Canada and Australia. They aim to create a supportive environment where women can join the discussion and show off their skills. Courses are also available online.
  • Hackbright Academy: A 10-week training program for women in San Francisco – half learning, half doing. Applications for the fall program are due in August, and it costs $6,000.
  • Girls Who Code: An 8-week summer class teaching programming to high school girls in New York City, which began this Monday. They will take trips to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare and work on a final project that tackles a challenge in their community, like recycling.

Programming isn’t for everyone, sure. But if it is for you, you’ll find tons of resources to help along the way.

Update: Also check out Dev Bootcamp (a 10-week program in San Francisco to learn Ruby on Rails) and Web Start Women (courses in web design and development for women in Boston).

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