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October 2013 BDPA Info Exchange Meeting

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BDPA Detroit Info Exchange Meeting

October 17, 2013

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


3rd Floor Meeting room

High School Computer Competition National Project


 1st row (L-R): Tonji Zimmerman (Coordinator/Trainer), Richard Session (Trainer), Cortez Christian, Bradley Wise, Elizabeth Ho, Desiree Taylor 2nd row (L-R): Anthony Garrett-Leverett (Coordinator/Trainer), Charles McIntosh II, Thomas Graves, Joseph Sigmon, Cameron Campbell Students not in photo: Cameron Hughes, Howard Smith

 1st row (L-R): Tonji Zimmerman (Coordinator/Trainer), Richard Session (Trainer),
Cortez Christian, Bradley Wise, Elizabeth Ho, Desiree Taylor
2nd row (L-R): Anthony Garrett-Leverett (Coordinator/Trainer),
Charles McIntosh II, Thomas Graves, Joseph Sigmon, Cameron Campbell
Students not in photo: Cameron Hughes, Howard Smith


We will share our competition team's solution for the 2013 HSCC National Competition.  The team had 7 hours to create their website solution and  present the site to a panel of judges.  Five students make up this team of fierce competitors: Charles McIntosh II, Cameron Hughes, Elizabeth Ho, Cortez Christian, and Bradley Wise. Tonji Zimmerman will introduce the team and give an overview of the HSCC program and the National competition the students competed in against over 20 chapter teams.
Also a talent
Also a talent recruiter from Blue Cross Blue Shield (BSBC) will be available at the meeting to discuss your career options 
Tonji Zimmerman is a Sr. Technical Consultant with Pearson Inc., a global leader in education, where she delivers innovative solutions for digital asset management, content migration, and learning management system integrations utilized by educational institutions around the world. 
With over 15 years of application development experience, Tonji has worked in a variety of industries, including health care, global shipping, and retail.  Over this time she has implemented world class systems to world class organizations, including a time critical system currently in use by the University of Michigan Health Systems Transplant Center.
Tonji holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Michigan State University, and volunteers her spare time as the Detroit Chapter's Coordinator and lead trainer for the High School Computer Camp (HSCC).

Detroit Blacks in Technology Event Windows 8.1

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 What’s New in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1

September 19,2013
6:30 pm - 8:30 PM
440 Burroughs
3rd Floor Conference room


   The next major Microsoft OS release is now available as free previews for Windows 8.1!  Attend this session to learn what’s new in Windows 8.1 around the newly enhanced User Interface capabilities, Windows store, cloud storage, and feature changes in the OS. Presented by: Keith Mayer, Senior Technical Evangelist @ Microsoft (


Please go to to register.



Career Recruiters from TEK Systems will be in attendace at the meeting to talk about IT career opportunities.


  Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
You can contact Keith online at


BDPA Detroit April 18, 2013 Info Exchange Meeting

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April Info Exchange Meeting

Tech Town
Detroit, Michigan 48202
  April 18, 2013

Our guest speaker is Ed Neubecker from IBM for our April 18th Information Exchange.  We will focus on how Agile is changing the way we develop applications software, the dynamic in the work place, and the tools used.  Whether you're an IT developer or a business manager, you will be impacted.  Are you ready?  There is no simple definition of Agile Software Development Framework's.   It is terminology which will become commonly used to describe delivering value in the work place.   We hope to explore some of these approaches while sharing an overview of IBM's  Agile Software Development Tool with the audience participants.


Register for meeting HERE



Ed Neubecker is a long time Michigander with deep roots downriver. He has a BSEE degree from UofM and a Master degree in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. During his 20+ yr career he has served various roles from QA, software development , system’s engineering, quality manager and process improvement to name a few. The past 8 years have been spent with IBM where he helps customer understand and adopt IBM Rational technology. IBM Rational is the leading ALM delivery platform supporting teams that includes development efforts around embedded systems, Distributed and Mainframe applications. Ed is also certified scrum master and loves to help customers understand how using IBM Rational Team Concert can accelerate delivery efforts by using an out of the box template for scrum.

BDPA Detroit March 21, 2013 Info Exchange Meeting

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Introduction to Database Technology

"What is all this Database stuff about"

by Stanley Bryant

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Databases are perceived as the boring, non-glamorous side of Information Technology yet database rule the internet. Without databases, the internet would come to a grinding halt.

Stanley Bryant, in his presentation will give you an overview on the history of databases and the various types of database systems in use. From small databases to the latest trend in mining BIG data, you will gain insight into the true power of databases being used in a variety of computing environments.



Register for meeting HERE Video on Hadoop for Big Data


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