The 44th annual

national bdpa conference 2022 recap 

On behalf of BDPA and the Atlanta BDPA Chapter, we are glad to introduce you to all that is in store for the 44th Annual BDPA National Conference! We are excited that you will join us in Atlanta, and we look forward to our time together in August.

Since our last in-person national convening in 2019 and our last virtual conference in 2021, we have been working hard to develop a fun-filled, robust program that will maximize your time in Atlanta. Consistent with the 2022 theme, Honoring Our Legacy, Celebrating Our Pace, this year’s conference will magnify Black voices in tech, celebrate Black excellence in STEM, champion diversity at the corporate level, and provide opportunities to network and build community with Black leaders, students, and organizations from across the country. During our time together, we will delve into a range of topics, including sharing lessons of leadership, exploring techniques to succeed in technology, highlighting the important models of talent development, as well as Black entrepreneurship in tech, to name a few.

Thank you for joining us in Atlanta and lending your voice to empower others. Together, we are expanding opportunities for Black tech professionals and students to raise their voices and harness their talents for positive change from the classroom to the boardroom.

We look forward to seeing you in August!
Tim Brown, National BDPA President & Conference Co-Chair
Timothy E. Butts, National Vice President of BDPA Operations & Conference Co-Chair


Earl A. Pace, Jr.

Entrepreneurial Excellence in Technology Award

Inaugural Winner

The Late Earl Pace Jr. 

(award accepted by Mr. Pace’s nephew Justin Jacobs)

PACESetter Awards Winners

Terry Morris

Terry Morris

Career Achievement Award Recipient

Eric Ejiofor

Eric Ejiofor

Community Service Award Recipient

BDPA Atlanta Chapter

BDPA Atlanta Chapter

Chapter of the Year Award Recipient

Data Science Academy (DSA) Datathon Winners

1st Place

(Ted) Nghia Dang

Nicole Middleton



2nd Place

Keeancha Hawkins

Jamelia Ancel

3rd Place

Cavana Epps

Sydney Evans

Melissa Baron

4th Place

Phalen Brown

Brittany Williams

Devin Martin

Mobile App Showcase Winners

1st Place

Fatimah Mustafa


2nd Place

Faith Warner

3rd Place

Deonna Owens

High School Coding Competition (HSCC) Winners

1st Place

BDPA St. Louis:

Tejus Krishnan

Ceferino Patino

Anirudh Simhadri

Andy Teh

*names are in alphabetical order


2nd Place

BDPA Southern Minnesota:

Gautam Sudarshan Anand Viruthagiri

Khushi Kancharla

Samuel Kaspar

King-Diorr Willsun 


*names are in alphabetical order

3rd Place

BDPA Washington D.C. :

Ronaldo Hart

Isaiah Isler

Anna Elizabeth Martinez-Graham

Landing Sane

Gregory Williams


*names are in alphabetical order

Information Technology Showcase Winners

High School

1st Place

Jonathan Bryant • BDPA Detroit
Utilizing 3D CAD To Design and Test Charging Adapters for Use In Charging Electric Vehicle

2nd Place

Sai Nirmal Sarva • BDPA Atlanta
Technology for People with Speech Development Issues

3rd Place

Javon Jennings • BDPA Huntsville
 The Use of International Writing Systems to Enhance Password Security


1st Place

Dallyn Reden • Prairie View A&M University • BDPA Houston
Securing Invasive Virtualization Attacks

2nd Place

Olaoluwa Adewoye • Bowie State University • BDPA Washington, D.C.
Cluster Array Configuration through interconnection of Raspbian Systems


“Entrepreneurship: From Idea To Launch” Pitch Competition

1st Place

Eri O’Diah, SIID Technologies

*pictured in black dress


2nd Place

Jordan Taylor, SynergyGrid

*pictured in orange shirt

BETF Corporate Sponsors

Cameron Davis • Bowie State University

*pictured in blue shirt

Oranekwu Obiora • Texas A&M University Central Texas

*pictured in red jacket

Beverley Herne • Stetson University 

Richard Orisaya • Towson University

Lauren Williams University of North Carloina Charlotte