The MAGIC Halloween Hackathon has proved, yet again, that it’s the event where creatives and developers come to unlock new dimensions of innovation and creativity. With more than 180 participants from middle and high schools, and colleges from Miami and Florida, there was no lack of energy and enthusiasm when students were given the go ahead to begin the 24 hour tech marathon.
Project submissions were unprecedented, with more than 40 game projects, 15 animations and mixed realilty simulations.
The 5th edition of the annual event at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami, featured key sponsors including Stem Legacy, the Miami DDA, Microsoft, Gato.us, City of Miami and brought in industry pros Elbert Perez, Senior Partner Engineer at Unity, Denise Mendez, Principal Software Engineer @ Microsoft Mixed Reality as judges at the event . During the night long event, industry partners facilitated workshops and teams received mentorship and guidance during project development.
The winners were announced at the end of the 24 hours hackathon, and awarded prizes Steam Deck, Meta and Nintendo. Please join us in congratulating all of the winners of the 2023 MAGIC Halloween Hackathon.
1st Place Gaming Track – “Graveyard Dash”
2nd Place Gaming Track – “Hackathon Candy Crow”
Team – Pedro Sostre, Yeshaya Farmerand Roderick Cummings (MDC MAGIC)
1st Place Animation: “Holly Haunting”
2nd Place Animation: “And John’s Gone”
Team: Natalia cepero, Juliana betances, Secille fernandez and Mayte contreras (MDC MAGIC)
1st Place VR/AR Mixed Reality
2nd Place VR/AR Mixed Reality
Team: Angel Lorenzo, Van-Rod Lafortune, Joel Figueroa and Lewis Tamayo
Mauricio Ferrazza, Department Chairperson; Ana Cruz, Assistant to the Chairperson; Soraya Rojas, Academic Lab Manager; Nicole Garay, Secretary; Silvia Sayas, Assistant Professor Animation & Game Art; Dr. Mel Tomeo, Instructor Game Dev & Design; Adjunct Faculty: Rame Rampson, Hung-Chum Kao, Gabriel Ramirez, Romario Marshall, Jeffrey Schutte, and Sandra Andrade. Chris Argueta, Shona Rose and Daniel Ozuna, Academic Tutors.
Madeline Pumariega, Dr. Malou Harrison, Dr. Beatriz Gonzalez, Ana DeMahy, Manuel Perez, Sarah Tuskey, Viviam Lopez, Dacia Steiner, Christina Crespi, Arva Suzanne Gibson, The MDC Foundation, Stem Legacy Grant, the Miami DDA and the City of Miami. MDC Board of Trustees: Michael Bileca (Chair), Nicole Washington (Vice Chair), Dr. Anay Abraham, Roberto Alonso, Maria Bosque Blanco, Marcell Felipe and Ismare Monreal.