The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory’s (MAGIC) organized a recent hackathon that drew 35 college and high school students to Carroll Community College to spend their weekend building new technology.
Held from Feb. 21 to 23, the three-day Westminster event included an app design sprint and closed out with a pitch competition that drew 100 people, including a panel of six judges.
The hackathon is among events that MAGIC is undertaking to spur tech and entrepreneurial activity in the Carroll County city, where officials opted to build a municipal fiber network. It also organizes a capture the flag cybersecurity event, with another one coming up April 18, and recently held an entry-level game dev course.
Here’s a look at the winners:
High school students Alana Koh, Erin Nichols, Jon Allen and Isaiah Baptiste created an app to provide students an anonymous space to ask for help with an array of mental health issues. The app is designed to connect to school administrators, staff and counseling services.
Winner of the best technology prize, the trio of Chandler Honeycutt, Jake Farr and Devin Johns built an algorithm and tool to find apprenticeships. It has a way to search by type of apprenticeship, location and more.
The Carroll Community College team of James Heller and Cheyenne Tarr built an app that’s designed to help folks manage the food in their cupboard. It tracks e-receipts at the point-of-sale, allowing tracking of how much food is available, when it will expire and what they can do with it via recipes and food bank donate recommendations. It also has meal schedule, meal planning and budgeting. The app won best design.
Winning best idea, Brianna Ingram and Abbey Mandl built an app to track productivity on smartphones at work. The app would display analytics on how much time is spent on certain tasks, and where on the phone it is being used. Then, employers would be able to offer incentives to employees to be more productive.
McDaniel College’s Aaron Washington, Connor Strickland, Justin Chapin and Joshua Arruda created an app to connect students to a school’s activities and organizations. It’s designed as a social platform, and enables communication between students and organizers, as well as peer-to-peer payments and ticket sales. The team won best pitch.-30-
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