BDPA New York to Recognize Black History Month by Hosting Events for Black Family Technology Awareness Week (BFTAW)

New York, NY, January 18, 2013 --( The New York Chapter of BDPA announced today that it will host a day of events recognizing 2013 Black Family Technology Awareness Week. Black Family Technology Awareness Week, or BFTAW, is a national public awareness campaign designed to encourage more African Americans to incorporate technology into their daily lives. By showcasing science and technology in a fun and interactive way, BDPA New York endeavors to motivate more minority students to pursue careers in these fields. It will also be an exciting time for students and families as they spend a full day immersed in a variety of workshops.

The BDPA New York Chapter BFTAW event schedule is as follows.

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Crown Heights Public Library, 560 New York Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
3:30 AM to 6:00PM


*Inspiring Digital Kids with Game Design
Discussion Item: Game Design - Creating Video Games and entering the Gaming Industry
Presenter: Sean R. Scott, Founder & Managing Director, GameDevMasters

*Information Technology Careers
Presenter: Bryan Tomlinson, Technology Specialist in Graphics & Web Technologies,

*BDPA New York - Student Programs High School Computer Camp & Information Technology Showcase
Presenter: Denise Hamilton, BDPA New York Director of Education and Community Outreach

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Crown Heights Public Library, 560 New York Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
11:00 AM to 3:00PM


*Finding an Information Technology Career in a Challenging Economy
Discussion Items: Preparing Resume and Cover Letter, Finding Hidden Jobs and Internships, PerScholas – Free Training
Presenter: Elias Naser, Career Developer at PerScholas

*Cyber Health / Identity Theft / Cybercrime Prevention
Discussion Items: Understanding Identity Theft, Preventing Identity Theft

*BDPA New York – Information Technology Student Showcase
Discussion Items: Students will be presenting scholarly papers/projects on leading edge technologies in STEM disciplines with a focus on, hardware and software methodologies
Presenter: Students in BDPA IT Showcase Program

For additional information, please visit their website at­­/bftaw.htm or call 212-802-5341.

About National BDPA
BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl A. Pace, Jr. and the late David Wimberley after the two met in Philadelphia to discuss their concerns about minorities in the data processing field. There was a lack of minorities in middle and upper management, low recruitment and poor preparation of minorities for these positions, and an overall lack of career mobility. Today, with more than 50 chapters, BDPA is a global member focused organization that serves the professional well-being of its stakeholders. BDPA remains committed to excellence and providing a wide spectrum of resources to members, corporate sponsors, businesses, educational institutions and the community. The organization is a catalyst for professional growth and technical development for those in the IT industry. To learn more about National BDPA, visit

About Black Family Technology Awareness Week
Black Family Technology Awareness Week was founded by Career Communications Group and is sponsored by the IBM Corporation. Career Communications Group (CCG) is also the founder of the annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference, National Women of Color Technology Awards Conference, and Science Spectrum Magazine Conference on Minorities in Research Science. In addition to US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, CCG publishes Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine, and Women of Color magazines. CCG also produced the nationally syndicated television program “Success through Education” and is founder of the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC).
BDPA New York
Terence Hall
(212) 802-5341