MAGIC! Inc. has continued to work towards creating a technology space in Carroll County. They want to realize the economic potential of the tech industry in the county and tap into the pool of driven students here. The 2nd Annual Carroll County Hackathon is their next exciting event on the weekend of February, 23rd.

What is the Hackathon?

The Carroll County Hackathon is an annual event in which students are able to create teams, work together, and, ultimately develop an application. The event is considered a beginner level app development competition. There is no experience necessary to participate. The only thing you need is a driven team of students!

Students spend the weekend deciding on a problem and creating a solution to that problem. The solution is then showcased in the format of an application. Over the weekend the students learn how to develop an app and apply that knowledge to the project they are working on. This app development is then paired with marketing and pitch skills in the final competition. The students then pitch their app to a panel of judges and get feedback on what they have done.

Who is MAGIC! Inc.?

MAGIC! Inc. stands for Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located here in Westminster, Maryland. Their goal is to promote the tech industry in Carroll County and provide students with the opportunity to learn, develop, and showcase their skills. Through this they can become more marketable to other tech companies and put Carroll County, McDaniel College, and Carroll Community College on the tech map.

MAGIC! Inc. has put the work into finding all the sponsors, volunteers, and the planning of the competition. The first year of the competition and it took countless hours of planning to create the successful event that they did! Along with that, they provide most of the volunteers and individuals who provide assistance to the teams. Great job MAGIC! Inc.

Last Years’ Event

The 1st Annual Carroll County Hackathon took place last year in 2017 and was a major success. There were 14 teams that participated. The teams started with nothing and by the end of the weekend had developed apps and created a pitch for the judges. Many of these teams went on with their idea and entered the Carroll County Biz Challenge, even producing a winner!

The event is truly MAGICal. They are working hard to promote the tech industry and tech start-ups, and it’s working! Students have sparked interest in the tech industry and are moving on to find jobs and careers in the field.

If you’re a student, take the time to register for and participate in the Carroll County Hackathon. It’s one weekend of fun, excitement, and competition. By the end of the weekend, your app development skills, marketing skills, and pitching skills will have grown immensely. Not only are these skills great for the future, but they are fun!