Press Release

MAGIC’s 7th Capture the Flag Cybersecurity Competition

Contact Information: Amy Rupp

For Immediate Release: 04/10/2019

Westminster- On Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 11am-4pm MAGIC will host its 7th Capture the Flag (CTF) competition. MAGIC’s CTF is an ethical hacking cybersecurity competition for entry-level participants students. No prior experience is required and the event is free for participants. The 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 event will have multiple host locations competing simultaneously across the globe, including:

  • Baltimore County Library, Catonsville Branch in Catonsville, MD  

  • Frederick County Public Library, C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick, MD

  • Paide High School in Paide, Estonia

  • Saint Dominic School in Quito, Ecuador

  • St. Mary’s County Library, Lexington Park Library in Lexington Park, MD

  • Tallinn University of Technology in Tallinn, Estonia

  • Ting Westminster in Westminster, MD

 

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 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.

 

MAGIC is working to close the gap of needed cybersecurity professionals by increasing students’ interest in cybersecurity.  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.

 

MAGIC’s CTF will connect communities around the world that have an interest in preparing our region’s workforce for future careers in technology and cybersecurity. Technology talent and high-speed broadband networks are among the two essential ingredients for innovation and growth. The fiber network of the City of Westminster, MD is a key point of leverage to attract talent and stimulate economic development.

 

MAGIC’s 7th CTF is sponsored by Carroll Community College, CTC Technology and Energy, Maryland Department of Commerce, Next Century City, University of Maryland University College, Carroll Hospital Center, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Westminster. MAGIC also partners with the Carroll County Public Library and System Source for this event. To register for the event, see MAGIC’S website, https://magicinc.org/our-events

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MAGIC (the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Westminster, MD with the mission of building a tech ecosystem that creates and nurtures talent, entrepreneurship, and tech businesses, elevating the Westminster Gigabit Community to lead the Mid-Atlantic region. MAGIC’s long term vision  is to make the Westminster Gigabit Community a premier technology hub in the Mid-Atlantic region. The City of Westminster provides key financial support to MAGIC. For additional information about MAGIC, contact Amy Rupp, 443-759-0480, arupp@magicinc.org. Learn more about MAGIC at https://magicinc.org/