MAGIC's Tech Innovation Challenge #002

MAGIC presents another Tech Incubation project:  wireless network for the Westminster Flower & Jazz festival May 7th, 2016

MAGIC, the new technology incubator in Westminster, MD presents another Tech Incubation project in collaboration with Freedom Broadband and Ting Internet, on May 7th in downtown Westminster.  Students from local high schools and the Career &Tech Center have worked with Freedom Broadband over the last several weeks to design, build and operate a temporary wireless network for the annual Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival.  The students are an informal group of friends, calling themselves “The Packet Throwers”, who are technology enthusiasts.  This is another of a continuous 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.

Many of the Packet Throwers are graduates of the Carroll County Public Schools Cisco certification program offered by the Career and Tech Center.  They expressed an interest to MAGIC for more technology learning opportunities. MAGIC responded by developing the Tech Incubation projects.

Freedom Broadband, a strong supporter of technology in the community and Carroll County’s leading provider of wireless broadband, stepped up once again to supervise the wireless networking project.   Ting Internet is providing gigabit backhaul on the Westminster Fiber Network, which will give all festival goers an unprecedented amount of bandwidth for their wireless devices as they enjoy local musicians playing on a number of stages and walk around downtown Westminster checking out hundreds of vendors of crafts, food, and flowers.

The City of Westminster Parks and Recreation Department has counted on Freedom Wireless for several years to provide wireless access for City events.  Now with the gigabit services provided by Ting on the Westminster Fiber Network, even more broadband innovation is now possible in Westminster. The Flower and Jazz Festival is one of Westminster's premier events, featuring hundreds of craft, flower and food vendors, with live music up and down Main St.

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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 Jason Stambaugh at 301-514-3551 or emailJason.m.stambaugh@gmail.com
 

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, and is the sponsor of the Flower and Jazz Festival, held annually on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, in addition to many other community events throughout the year.  For additional information, please see the City web page (www.westgov.com) or call 410-848-9000.