Youth Coding Competition Alumni credit professional networks and Tech Scholarship pipelines for their Success

WASHINGTON—The Howard University School of Business, Department of Information Systems presented their 3rd Annual #HUHacks Hackathon on Friday, March 24, 2017 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC.

#HUHacks Hackathon was an event coordinated by the Howard University School of Business (Department of Information Systems) with this year’s theme being “The Smart Life. ” This theme centered around allowing people to live and work in an easier, more efficient, and happy way. The Hackathon encouraged participants to develop applications and innovations that automate, alert, organize, encourage, and educate.

 “During my freshman year in high school, I participated in BDPA High School Computer Competition. This was my first experience with coding and it opened my eyes to new possibilities. My instructor challenged myself and my teammates to be greater. I will never forget his class nor his advice. Being a Student Member of BDPA has benefited me in high school, and continues to help me reach my goals in college. I am extremely grateful for this organization.”

The hackathon was an opportunity for students to come together and bring their innovative ideas to life. In less than 24 hours, students working either individually or in a team as large as four developed apps on whatever platform they desired during the all-nighter. One of this year’s participants was Alston Clark.

Alston is a BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) alumnus from Washington, D.C.

In 2016, BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) announced Zycron, Inc. had awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to five (5) BDPA Student Members. One of BDPA’s Zycron Scholars was Alston Clark of Howard University. During a break in the action, Alston’s testimonial credited BDPA’s youth coding competitions, and BDPA scholarships for his recent success.

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Zycron is a BDPA Corporate Sponsor and an international information technology services and solutions firm. BDPA, formerly known as Black Data Processing Associates, was founded in 1975 to introduce underrepresented and underserved communities to “data processing”, information technology, and new computer science fields.

— Sources: Howard University School of Business, BETF, and bdpatoday
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