Ulka Athale

Live from the Pan-European Quantum Internet Hackathon

Ulka Athale
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Our first ever distributed hackathon is underway simultaneously in Delft, Dublin, Geneva, Padova, Paris, and Sarajevo. Here's what's been happening.

Day One

The Quantum Internet is (almost) here! Teams in our six nodes are taking on the challenges of creating applications 

While there is no shortage of ideas, here are some projects that caused a stir:

  • The OpenSSL challenge is being tackled by two teams - one in Paris and one in Delft.
  • Quantum Cheques and LepreChoins? Paris and Dublin both talk quantum cash.. we'll have to wait till they're done to see if they've struck gold.
  • And then we have the gamers - a quantum version of Guitar Hero is taking shape in Padova, while a Paris team takes on the Magic Square game with a web interface.

Thank you Pierre Emmanuel Emeriau for this map showing all the connected nodes 

One of the more common challenges participants are facing is adapting Simulaqron to what their project needs. Another challenge is the task of moving a theoretically valid protocol from theory into practice. 

The teams at the nodes came together via a videolink once in the morning for a kick-off, and again in the afternoon to share their projects and experiences. While we're not giving out any prizes, (really)... the prize for most enthusiasm on the video link would go to Padova, and the prize for most people in yellow hackathon t-shirts would go to Paris. Although the video call wrapped up early, the chances are most of our participants will burn midnight oil to see who can make a quantum leap forward by the end of tomorrow.

And as the teams across locations roll up their sleeves and get down to work, there's an overall spirit of good cheer - the quantum puns are flying (yes it's possible from the same joke to be cool and lame at the same time). 

The Nodes at Work

At work in Delft


Dublin concentrates on quantum coins


Sarajevo gets Simulaqron running


Paris takes on a quantum challenge, powered by stroopwafels


The teams at The Port, Geneva get on the video link


Padova shares its enthusiasm and a great group photo! 


Some Acknowledgements

It's not easy to get teams from across countries to come together. The organising teams in each venue have worked hard to make this event come together, and all of it has been made possible thanks to the support from the Quantum Internet Alliance.*

*This project (QIA) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 820445.


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Ulka Athale Based in Amsterdam

Senior Marketing and Communications Officer at the RIPE NCC. I started working at the RIPE NCC in 2018, having previously worked in digital marketing, communications, magazine publishing and teaching.

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