About National IT SHOWCASE

The National BDPA Information Technology (IT) Showcase, collaborating with local chapters, allows college and high school students from educational institutions across the United States to present advanced computing and technical topics. Students demonstrate research knowledge to an audience of corporate representatives, IT professionals and fellow students.

Competition Details

Students join a 2-day event on intelligent and computing technologies during the National BDPA Technology Conference on August 17-19, 2023. Projects are presented and judged in college and high school categories, with scholarships awarded at the conference award ceremony for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. Participants receive a Certificate of Appreciation.


  • GPA Minimum: high school students currently in 9th-12th grade and college Freshmen—Seniors must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Contact the local chapter to express interest and support to participate in the program
  • Complete the online form including research topic by due date
  • Submit research paper (8 page minimum/maximum-single space) per due date
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation based on the paper (10-15 min. duration) per due date
  • Create a PowerPoint poster board presentation (3ftx4ft) per due date
  • Provide headshot photo of student per due date


  • Improve AP CS test performance (HS students)
  • Increase BDPA curriculum utilization
  • Enhance research skills
  • Develop oral presentation skills
  • Access corporate decision-makers and internships
  • Participate in the BDPA Career Fair
  • Increase opportunities for local and national BDPA scholarships
  • Foster interest and commitment to a career in information technology

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