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Students participate in CC Hackathon

Pictured, from left, are Elias Jaffe, McDaniel College; Sarah Wright, McDaniel College; Rachel Brown, Carroll Community College; Zaaylea Alawode, Liberty High School; and Hannah Kedzierski, Carroll Community College. The team won the award for best app, QRx, at the Carroll County Hackathon.
Pictured, from left, are Elias Jaffe, McDaniel College; Sarah Wright, McDaniel College; Rachel Brown, Carroll Community College; Zaaylea Alawode, Liberty High School; and Hannah Kedzierski, Carroll Community College. The team won the award for best app, QRx, at the Carroll County Hackathon. (courtesy photo)

MAGIC, the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, based in Westminster, hosted the 2019 Carroll County Hackathon, with 55 students participating. The Feb. 22 Hackathon Workshop, led by Jon Allen from Advantage Internet Marketing, and Chris Allport and Nick DeTello from Skayl, taught students to design, build, and pitch an app. Teams of students gathered at McDaniel College Feb. 23 and 24 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 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, 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 School; Rachel Brown, Carroll Community College; Elias Jaffe, McDaniel College; Hannah Kedzierski, Carroll Community College; and Sarah Wright, McDaniel College.

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The award for 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, Madellen College, Ben Guest, Stephan Tang, Julia Traynor and Kevin Weinkauf, all from 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; and 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, Nickholas Gutierrez, Viktor Murray and Phoung Tran, all from Urbana High School.

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