MAGIC Incubation Project: Hacking Competition in the Ting MakerSpace

  • Freedom Broadband
  • MAGIC
WESTMINSTER, MD – The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC), a technology incubator in Westminster, Mary., is presenting its next Tech Incubation project in collaboration with Freedom Broadband and Ting Internet in downtown Westminster. Students from local high schools and McDaniel College will compete against each other solving a series of hacking challenges using the Kali Linux toolset. MAGIC Advisory Board member Joe Maurio, from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics lab, will lead the competitors through a “capture the flag” series of challenges. Competitors will accrue points as they solve problems in a two hour time period. The competition will be conducted on a temporary network configured by Tom Bethune from InfoPathways, also a MAGIC Advisor. The Packet Throwers, an informal group of friends from the Carroll Career and Tech Center have assembled two teams, as well as a team of McDaniel Computer Science majors. This is another in a calendar of projects to further develop the technology skills of local tech youth, create opportunities for innovation, and continue building a technology culture in Carroll County.


Freedom Broadband, a strong supporter of technology in the community and Carroll County’s leading provider of wireless broadband, has supported the Tech Incubation events from their inception. Ting Internet is hosting the event in their new MakerSpace on Main St. in Westminster. Chain Bridge Financial is supplying prizes and snacks on the day of the event. A number of other MAGIC Advisory board members are also supporting the event.

The city of Westminster is building the Westminster Fiber Network, a community-wide gigabit fiber network.

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