Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC)
Amy Rupp, Executive Director
For Immediate Release
Westminster- On Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 11am-4pm MAGIC will host its 4th Capture the Flag (CTF 004) competition. MAGIC’s CTF 004 is an ethical hacking cybersecurity competition for entry-level participants at the high school and college level. No prior experience is required. The entire event will be live streamed from the main arena located at the Community Media Center of Carroll County in Westminster, MD. In addition to the main arena, this 4th event will have multiple satellite locations throughout Maryland utilizing the Maryland library system, as well as, a satellite location in Wilson, NC.
MAGIC provides hands-on technology and entrepreneurial education experiences for entry-level participants to enrich their understanding and interest in technology, as well contribute to tech workforce development. MAGIC’s CTF 004 will feature teams of 2-4 students working their way through a series of cybersecurity puzzles set up in a “jeopardy” style format to find hidden flags to earn points.
As cyber attacks increase in frequency, the demand for trained professionals to defend against such attacks is expected to grow much faster than other occupations. MAGIC’s CTF events focus on cyber workforce development- skill acquisition, skill development, and eventually job placement. MAGIC has specifically focused its CTF events for entry level participants in an effort to bring new and young individuals into the technology and cybersecurity workforce pipeline.
The expansion of MAGIC’s CTF events to libraries across Maryland and to the Imagination Station in Wilson, NC, is part of MAGIC’s efforts to further establish the Mid-Atlantic region as a hub of tech innovation and entrepreneurship. National trends indicate that availability of both technology talent and high-speed broadband networks are among the two essential ingredients for innovation and growth. The fiber network of both the City of Westminster, MD and Wilson, NC are key points of leverage to attract talent and stimulate economic development.
MAGIC’s CTF 004 is sponsored by CTC Technology and Energy, Carroll Community College, Google Fiber, Carroll Hospital Center, Point3 and Barnes Bollinger Insurance. CTF 004 would not be possible without the support from the Carroll County Public Library, the Community Media Center of Carroll County, the City of Westminster, Hill Development Group, LLC., and Infopathways/Freedom Broadband.
To register for the event, see MAGIC’S website, http://www.magicinc.org/events
MAGIC (the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Westminster, MD with the mission of leveraging its community’s broadband infrastructure to foster economic development. MAGIC’s long term vision is to make its community a hub of tech innovation and entrepreneurship. The City of Westminster provides key financial support to MAGIC. For additional information about MAGIC, contact Amy Rupp, 443-759-0480, [email protected]. Learn more about MAGIC at http://www.magicinc.org/.
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