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June 2016 Info Exchange Meeting

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BDPA Detroit Chapter

Information Exchange Event

June 16, 2016

6:30 -8:30 pm


440 Burroughs Street

Detroit ,MI  48202

      The Future of Technology:

Drones, Virtual and Augmented Reality

Presented by Dr. Jay Harrison



The discussion of aerial drone technology is ubiquitous in the media today.
Whether its military drone strikes in foreign countries,
near misses with aircraft or potential snooping on neighbors drone; drones are in the news!

This month’s BDPA Detroit Chapter Information Exchange Meeting is meant to be a forum to discuss current
consumer and publicity known military aerial drone capabilities as well as some of the concerns associated with them.


Dr. Jay P. Harrison LHD

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BDPA Detroit - Becoming a developer --May 19 2016 Info Exchange Meeting

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BDPA Info Exchange Meeting

May 19, 2016

6:30 -8:30 pm

at Techtown

440 Burroughs Detroit ,MI  48202


      Everyone  Can Be a Developer -

Diversifying Detroit's Tech  Industry

by Ian Washington and Josh Sheppard


Come out and learn about how to boost you career in the tech industry at a special BDPA Info Exchange meeting.  Ian Washington and Josh Sheppard will inform you on the opportunities available at Grand Circus.



Grand Circus, we vet and train Detroiters in the skills businesses need to grow, and then we introduce them to companies needing talent. Our bootcamps are intensive learning experiences that emphasize workplace needs like teamwork, paired programming, and cutting-edge technical skills.




We’re passionate about training people for amazing careers and helping local businesses grow by hiring local tech superstars. Our bootcamps serve both purposes: we give people critical skills for tech jobs while introducing them to businesses looking for talent. More than that, we’re here for the broader Detroit community through co-workingclasses and events.



Finding amazing IT talent is hard. At Grand Circus, we vet and train Detroiters in the skills businesses need to grow, and then we introduce them to companies needing talent.



 Light Refreshments will be served


Josh Sheppard Josh Sheppard

Raised in New England, Josh came to the tech startup world from a background in retail and hospitality management. At Grand Circus, his primary role is forging partnerships with companies in Southeast Michigan to introduce them to newly minted developers right here in Detroit. Outside of work, he enjoys cooking, visiting museums and airshows, and spending time outdoors. 

Ian Washington Headshot  Ian Washington

Ian Washington was born and raised in downtown Detroit. He has been involved in various professional roles from banking to beverage sales and manufacturing. Joining the Grand Circus team in late 2014, Ian is responsible for the initial recruitment and admission of students into the coding bootcamp. He is integral to guiding future developers as they successfully transition into a bootcamp and ultimately into the tech industry.  In his off time he enjoys spending quality time with family, photography and reading.

Giving Your Small Business Big Business Tools and Visibility

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BDPA Detroit Info Exchange Meeting


  April 21, 2016


6:30 - 8:30 pm


440 Burroughs   Techtown



 Giving Your Small Business Big Business Tools and Visibility



BDPA business



This presentation for entrepreneurs and small business owners offers insight into how you can select affordable options for leveraging your marketing and communications strategy. A series of demonstrations will walk through the steps of maximizing your investment in technology tools and services, including Office 365 and business websites that you can update yourself without any programming experience.


Your Speakers:

Les Lance and Hermine Turner, of The Answer People, provide consulting, training and technology services to small business and organizations. Their clients include winners of small business awards and grants, and educational, community and non-profit organizations.


Les and Hermine


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