The zombies were closing in on fifteen high school students, this past Saturday, but they were not defeated, saving all of humanity with their will to win and mind to find “the cure”. Project e-Reboot is a high school tech challenge created by MAGIC (Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory) , sponsored and hosted by data destruction and electronics recycling company, e-End. The students were teams of 3 from across the state of Maryland, who formed to face the unknown challenge that laid ahead. Teams like, “Brogrammers”, “Detemmienaton” and “Free Pizza”, represented the best minds, from those with advanced tech knowledge to some who were simply full of interest in technology with little experience learning about computer technology.
The stage for Project e-Reboot was set in a post apocalyptic world. Teams of 2-3 students were tasked with establishing communication by using a pile of recycled computer parts to create a computer, access the internet and print the needed e-Reboot “rescue” instructions. “The Project e-Reboot Competition was different from other MAGIC events in that students did not have access to outside resources, such as personal cell phones or computers. They had to rely on the knowledge and problem solving skills of their team, rather than relying on the web,” said Amy Rupp, MAGIC’s executive director.
e-End staff were fully engaged and committed to the project. David Pumphrey, e-End’s Marketing Director, came fully equipped with zombie survival gear, including a meal plan of earthworms (pictured above).
The IT staff worked very hard to put together the computers and material needed for the event. They diligently built, tested, deconstructed and boxed the kits, also adding components that weren’t compatible, didn’t work or just added a little zombie flavor to the occasion. On the day of the event, e-End IT staffers, Luke LaPenotiere (pictured below) and Victor Segura, served as safeties to ensure the students were not endangering themselves, as electricity was in use. They also provided hints to the teams, which if a hint was requested, cost the team a 15-minute penalty.
Custom trophies were made from repurposed electronic components and presented to the top three place teams of the competition.
In the end, one team rose to first place…
CONGRATULATIONS, Team Detemmienation, the 1st place winners!
As well as, a warm applause and congratulations to the second and third place team.
Thank you to the high school participants, the MAGIC organization and volunteers, and to the e-End staff for making a huge contribution towards the bright future of these wonderful students.
Now enjoy more photos captured of the event…