The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC) is pleased to announce the success of their sixth annual Hackathon – a tech-based pitch competition that took place this past Saturday, February 25 at Carroll Community College.
Dozens of high school and undergraduate students participated and teamed up to present the best app idea to a panel of industry judges from financial, graphic design, and tech backgrounds, including Rick Leimbach of Startup Portal, Lauren Samuelson of Dreamscape Marketing, Michele Wagner of Baltimore County Public Schools, and Julius Knapp of Dirigible Systems.
Students came from all backgrounds and education levels, from homeschooled high school freshmen to college seniors. Funding from the Rural Maryland Council also facilitated participation from rural satellite locations.
“The students stayed focused on their assigned tasks and supported each other to get each task done the best they could,” says Pamela Mitchell, professor of Information Technology and Cybersecurity at the College of Southern Maryland. “Determination, critical-thinking, and problem solvers are what the coaches and judges witnessed.”
Hackathon 6 was sponsored and supported by Penacity, the Carroll County Public Library, Carroll Community College. MAGIC awarded a total of $800 in prizes to the Best Overall team.
“The students came with a lot of great ideas this year,” says Kim Samuelson, Program Director at MAGIC. “It was great to see all of their visions come together, and each team did a fantastic job.”
Here are the 5 winners of Hackathon 6:
Best Overall: RosieRivets
Morgan Robbins – Winters Mill High School
Angel Crone – Carroll Community College
Aileen Wiswakarma – Carroll Community College
Corwin Ruppel – Frederick Community College
RosieRivets is an app to help college students affordably maintain their vehicles. It’s designed to diagnose common mechanical problems through pictures and sound. The app will either walk you through the problem and how to fix it yourself, or help you find a reputable mechanic to carry out repairs.
Best Tech: Cupboardly
Arianna Gaskins- College of Southern Maryland
I’mani Carroll – College of Southern Maryland
Tomi Aina – College of Southern Maryland
John Castillo – College of Southern Maryland
Clinton Walny – College of Southern Maryland
Cupboardly facilitates food pantry management, coordinating between organizations and schools. It takes care of inventory tracking, item requests, and donations so that students can stay up to date on food availability–keeping them full, healthy, and ready to learn.
Best Design: Rollout
Josh Hammond – Carroll Community College
Naomi Shi – Carroll Community College
David Globus – Carroll Community College
Adam Wroten – Carroll Community College
Rollout combines event planning and social media to help friends meet up and hang out. It’s a collaborative social calendar that lists events, shops, and activities in the community. Friends can indicate interest in and vote on activities to do as a group.
Best Idea: JustMod
Samantha Sniffen – Home school
Caleb Harvey – Home school
Tucker White – Home school
Aidan Somerville – Home school
Mark Copeland – Home school
JustMod is an app that makes it easy to mod your favorite mobile games. With its user-friendly template and moderation team for quality control, gamers can enjoy their favorite games without the usual ad clutter at an affordable rate.
Best Pitch: ReDorm
Ally Pickholtz – Carroll Community College
Drew Cignatta – Westminster High School
Ebube Chukwuka-Eze – Liberty High School
Javon Spencer – McDaniel College
ReDorm is a recycling program for college students, giving a second life to dorm furniture and textbooks for incoming students. This app bridges the gap between students who need items and those who don’t, preventing perfectly good items from going to waste.