Westminster, MD – MAGIC, the new technology incubator in Westminster, MD presents the next Tech Incubation project in collaboration with Freedom Broadband and Ting Internet, on April 30th from noon to 3 p.m. in downtown Westminster. Students from local high schools and McDaniel College will compete against each other solving a series of hacking challenges using the Kali Linux tool kit. MAGIC Advisory Board member Joe Maurio, from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics lab, will lead the competitors through a “capture the flag” series of challenges. Competitors will accrue points as they solve problems in a two hour time period. The competition will be conducted on a temporary network configured by Tom Bethune from InfoPathways, also a MAGIC Advisor. The Packet Throwers, an informal group of friends from the Carroll Career and Tech Center have assembled two teams, as well as a team of McDaniel Computer Science majors. This is another in a calendar of projects to further develop the technology skills of local tech youth, create opportunities for innovation, and continue building a technology culture in Carroll County.

Freedom Broadband, a strong supporter of technology in the community and Carroll County’s leading provider of wireless broadband, has supported the Tech Incubation events from their inception. Ting Internet is hosting the event in their new MakerSpace on Main St. in Westminster. Chain Bridge Financial is supplying prizes and snacks on the day of the event. A number of other MAGIC Advisory board members are also supporting the event.

The City of Westminster is a supporter of MAGIC.

MAGIC (the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory) is a non-profit 501c(3) technology incubator in Westminster, MD with the mission of fostering economic development, creating technology jobs, and nurturing innovation and technology start-ups, leveraging the gigabit services enabled by the Westminster Fiber Network. For additional information about MAGIC, contact Robert Wack, 443-340-3227, or email rwack1@comcast.net.

Freedom Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of InfoPathways, Inc. InfoPathways is a locally owned and operated IT company based in downtown Westminster. Freedom Broadband provides last mile high speed internet with unlimited data to those who don’t have access to traditional internet service providers. For more information about InfoPathways and Freedom Broadband, call at 410-751-9929 or email info@infopathways.com.

Ting is a division of Tucows, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCX, TSX: TC) Tucows is a provider of network access, domain names and other internet services. Ting delivers mobile phone service and fixed internet access with outstanding customer support. Media contact: Jesse Sims, 1-844-275-1773, press@ting.com; Investor contact Lawrence Chamberlain, 416-848-1457, lchamberlain@national.ca

The City of Westminster is building the Westminster Fiber Network, the only community wide gigabit fiber network in the mid-Atlantic region. The City sponsors many other community events through the year. For additional information, please see the City web page (www.westgov.com) or call 410-848-9000.

Chain Bridge Financial Group provides goals based wealth management, insurance planning and employee benefits to families, entrepreneurs and small businesses. By taking the time to understand each client’s objectives and core values they are able to provide long term advice and strategy as their client’s lives and businesses evolve. For additional information, please see the web page at www.chainbridgefinancial.com.