For Immediate Release



Westminster, MD – MAGIC is pleased to report that 55 students participated in the 2019 Carroll County Hackathon. The Hackathon Workshop, led by Jon Allen from Advantage Internet Marketing and Chris Allport and Nick DeTello from Skayl, on Friday, February 22, 2019 taught students how to design, build, and pitch an app.  The following Saturday, February 23 through Sunday, February 24, 2019, teams of students gathered at McDaniel College to work on their projects. Tech and entrepreneur experts volunteered all weekend to help students take their app from idea to reality. The hackathon concluded on Sunday, February 24, 2019 with 11 teams pitching and demonstrating their applications to judges, parents, and community members in Decker Auditorium at McDaniel College.


The winning app for the 2019 Carroll County Hackathon was QRx.  QRx is an app that allows you to transfers your medical information to medical centers’ EMR systems by scanning a QR code. Team members included:

  • Zaaylea Alawode, Liberty High
  • Rachel Brown, Carroll Community College
  • Elias Jaffe, McDaniel College
  • Hannah Kedzierski, Carroll Community College
  • Sarah Wright, McDaniel College


Awards were also given for Best Design, Best Tech, Best Idea, and Best Pitch.   


Best Design went to Kind State, an app that makes getting regional/local goods easy through a subscription box service.  Team members included:

  • Ben Clarke, Manchester Valley High School  
  • Madellen College, Manchester Valley High School  
  • Ben Guest, Manchester Valley High School  
  • Stephan Tang, Manchester Valley High School
  • Julia Traynor, Manchester Valley High School   
  • Kevin Weinkauf, Manchester Valley High School


Best Tech went to WeatherWear, an app that suggests what to wear based on the weather and the clothes you own. Team members included:

  • Jon Allen, Manchester Valley High School
  • Ashlyn Cooper, Oakdale High School
  • Alana Koh, Oakdale High School
  • Erin Nichols, Oakdale High School  


Best Idea went to MedAux, an app that allows you to compare prices of medical procedures.  Team members included:

  • Brianna Ingram, Walkersville High School
  • Ashley Alt, Linganore High School
  • Sidhant Sawant, McDaniel College
  • Steven Herd, McDaniel College


Best Pitch went to iunGO, an app that democratically decides what songs should be played at social events.  Team members included:

  • Neelam Akula, Urbana High School
  • Nickholas Gutierrez, Urbana High School
  • Viktor Murray, Urbana High School
  • Phoung Tran, Urbana High School


The 2019 Carroll County Hackathon was made possible through generous sponsorships, as well as the support of numerous professionals working as volunteer mentors throughout the event. MAGIC would like to thank our event host and sponsor McDaniel College, as well as event sponsors, Carroll Community College, Advantage Internet and Marketing, Skayl, Bytelion and CampusWorks.  MAGIC is also supported by the City of Westminster and a grant from Hill Development Group, LLC.