High School Coding Competition

The BDPA High School Coding Competition (HSCC) program is designed to give students the opportunity to be exposed to web development programming and project delivery. Students are trained at their local chapters and have the chance to compete at the National competition.

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BDPA Motto: “Advancing Careers From The Classroom To The Boardroom.”

Why get involved?

This program offers a one-of-a-kind chance to gain hands-on experience in programming, web development, and project delivery through local chapter-based classes. Improve your public speaking, collaborate with your teammates, and learn to build websites using: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, APIs, and SQL. At the National conference, teams have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in real-world scenario presentations, as well as compete for national recognition. In addition to advancing your programming skills and learning about working on project teams, you will also have the chance to network with industry professionals and potentially secure internship opportunities. Qualifying students will have the opportunity to compete for the Dr. Jesse Bemley Scholarship. Dr. Bemley is the founder of HSCC. Register today to be a part of the next generation of tech leaders.


  • Chapters can have teams of 3-5 students.
  • Students must be entering the 9th-12th grade during August or September, or the student will be graduating from high school the year of the competition.
  • Students must be a member of BDPA.
  • A local BDPA chapter must sponsor the student and team.

Competition details

At the annual conference, teams are given a real-world based scenario to design a web-based solution and then present it to a team of judges. Teams have up to 4 weeks to complete part 1of the problem and then 8 hours during the conference to complete part 2 of the problem. This allows students to learn to work as a team, task management, role definitions, troubleshooting and presentation skills. Judges score based on user web experience, presentation, and coding ability.

Teams also take a quiz based on basic common computer knowledge in areas such as hardware, software, number systems, graphical user interface, internet terminology, web design (HTML/ CSS), and BDPA general knowledge.

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Become A Sponsor

We are actively looking for sponsors for the High School Coding Competition. Becoming a sponsor will give your organization early access to our talented BDPA students and an avenue for your diversity and community outreach commitments. When you offer scholarship funds for our winners, we’ll give you a seat at the judging table and the opportunity to interview any of our high school for internship and full-time positions.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring the National High School Coding Competition, please contact hscc@bdpa.org

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