MAGIC BLOG

How to Get Started as a White Hat Hacker

If you’ve followed along with our social media posts this month, you probably already know that there are different types of hackers. Some do it for the good, and some do it for the bad. White hat hackers are the ethical kind of hacker, using network penetration tests to help…

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Ways to Support MAGIC

Ways to Support MAGIC

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, MAGIC's primary goal is not to profit, but rather to provide invaluable resources to the public and make a positive impact on our community. More specifically, we create the space for tech innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive. We rely on the support of our friends,…

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Hackathon 2020 Wrap-Up

Hackathon 2020 Wrap-Up

To see our Winners Announcement, click here!  The Hackathon is a weekend-long challenge where teams compete to create and develop an app to then pitch to a panel of judges. At least, that is the concept. Along the way, each of our participants also learn, grow, and share their passion…

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Hackathon Winners Announcement!

Hackathon Winners Announcement!

We finished our latest Hackathon this weekend and we're so proud of all of our amazing winners and participants. We'd like to thank everyone who was involved with the event from the students to the volunteers, and everyone in between.   We couldn't make this amazing event happen without you.…

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Is My Start-Up Right for a Tech Incubator?

Is My Start-Up Right for a Tech Incubator?

Entrepreneurs have a few options when it comes to choosing where to grow their startup company. Co-working spaces like our very own CoGarage.co in Westminster are a great place for creative professionals to work alongside others, instead of in isolation. Often times co-working spaces, whether private or public, will host…

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Two Venture Capitalists Join MAGIC’s Board of Directors

Two Venture Capitalists Join MAGIC’s Board of Directors

WESTMINSTER, MD - January 28th, 2020 - The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC) is pleased to announce that two veterans of venture capital have joined their Board of Directors: Christopher College of TCP Venture Capital, and C. Edward Spiva of Anthem Capital. “Chris and Ed will add tremendous value to…

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The Origins of CTF

The Origins of CTF

Cyber attacks are common in today's world, and therefore cybersecurity is becoming a bigger and bigger priority for businesses.  In response, students and professionals in the information security industry have been working hard to discover the ways these attackers can hack into companies' computer networks and acquire sensitive and private…

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MAGIC’s 8th Cybersecurity Competition Is Largest To Date

MAGIC’s 8th Cybersecurity Competition Is Largest To Date

The Capture The Flag (CTF) Event Reached Over 300 Students in 3 Countries   WESTMINSTER, MD - November 11th, 2019  The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC) is pleased to announce another successful Capture The Flag (CTF) event that took place this past Saturday, November 9th at the Community Media Center…

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Why Westminster is the Perfect Location for Your Start-Up 

Why Westminster is the Perfect Location for Your Start-Up 

    Starting a business is tough work. Whether you're getting started with a new app or you're looking to provide state-of-the-art technological solutions to your clients, founding a start-up is a big risk with the potential for great rewards.  Choosing the right people, the right product, and the right…

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How to Get a Job in Tech

How to Get a Job in Tech

It's no secret that the world of technology makes for a lucrative and attractive career. For some, the allure of active, daily problem-solving pulls them towards the field. For others, it is the promise of innovation and getting to be a part of the future that inspires them to apply.…

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MAGIC CONJURES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, The Tech Incubator Program Gains Exiting Startup CEO

MAGIC CONJURES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, The Tech Incubator Program Gains Exiting Startup CEO

MAGIC CONJURES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The tech incubator program gains exiting startup CEO WESTMINSTER, MD - September 5th, 2019 - The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC) is pleased to announce that their search for a new Executive Director has ended with the recruitment of serial entrepreneur and Maryland native, Graham…

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Skayl Reception and Ribbon Cutting

Skayl Reception and Ribbon Cutting

Carroll County doesn’t see as much technical innovation as big cities, which is what makes it so exciting when a new tech business joins our local economy. Most recently, Skayl opened their doors at a new office in the TownMall of Westminster. Together with the Battleground gaming lounge, the Sweet…

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MAGIC Executive Director Amy Rupp Resigns to Pursue Life Goals; Board of Directors Begins Search for New Executive Director

MAGIC Executive Director Amy Rupp Resigns to Pursue Life Goals; Board of Directors Begins Search for New Executive Director

Westminster, MD – The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, Inc. (MAGIC) Board of Directors seeks a new Executive Director. The Executive Director will oversee all operations, functions and activities, working in partnership with the board to position the organization for long-term success.  Current Executive Director, Amy Rupp is resigning effective September…

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Understanding the Internet of Things

Understanding the Internet of Things

There are many buzz words and technical phrases that we use within the tech ecosystem and one of them is “The Internet of Things”. The internet of things is a phrase that describes the web of smart devices that make up our daily lives and personal networks. Things like your…

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Get Rewarded by Google for Hacking!

Get Rewarded by Google for Hacking!

Though most people think of hackers as malicious types who break into computer networks for nefarious purposes, this is not always the case. White Hat hackers, as we discussed in our last blog post, are helpful computer masters who hack into secure networks to help make them stronger. If you're…

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