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 in Westminster, Maryland, and several remote locations around the world.  It was MAGIC’s largest CTF competition to date.

“We couldn’t be more pleased by the turn-out. MAGIC’s CTF competition is now one of the largest early entry cybersecurity challenges in the world,” said Graham Dodge, the new Executive Director of MAGIC. “If not the largest.”

Official Stats:

  • 308 registered participants
  • 88 registered teams
  • 20 locations worldwide:
    • 9 in Maryland, 4 in Northern Ireland, 3 in Estonia, 2 in Tennessee, 1 in Idaho, 1 in New Hampshire
  • 9,890 total available points to win

Winning teams:

Ist Place Team with 6,155 points: “CyberSpike 19” from TalTech University Location

Jan Hendrik Jõgi (Tallinna RealSchool) – basic school student

Artur Salumäe (Gustav Adolfi Gymnasium) – high school student 

Semjon Kravtšenko (Tartu University) – 1st year IT student 

Sander Paenurm (Gustav Adolfi Gymnasium) – high school student 










2nd Place Team with 5,739 points: “Viljandi Gymnasium and friends” – VIKK Technical School

Karl-Joan Alesma – high school student

Raul Tambre – high school student 

Mattias Märka – high school student 

Kristjan Variksoo – TalTech student/Military service










3rd Place Team with 5,730 points: “less is more” – Baltimore County Public Library, Owings Mills branch

Evan Guenterberg – Montgomery Blair High School

Simon Chervenak – Montgomery Blair High school

Loann  Daeninckx  – Montgomery Blair High School

Sam Felsenfeld  – Montgomery Blair High School










Each student on the Top 3 winning teams will receive gift cards in the amount of $100, $50 and $25 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places respectively.  In a close 4th place was University of Maryland’s Global Campus (UMGC) team with 5,105 points who competed from the main host location in Westminster, Maryland at the Community Media Center.


Complete coverage of the event can be found on Twitch:



About MAGIC: MAGIC (the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Westminster, MD. MAGIC’s mission is to build a tech ecosystem that creates and nurtures talent, entrepreneurship, and tech businesses, elevating the Westminster gigabit community to lead the Mid-Atlantic region. The City of Westminster provides key financial support to MAGIC. For additional information about MAGIC, visit