Ulka Athale

Take part in Pan-European Quantum Internet Hackathon

Ulka Athale
Contributors: Vesna Manojlovic
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We take on the Quantum Internet simultaneously in six nodes across Europe on 5-6 November 2019. Join us in Delft, Dublin, Geneva, Padua, Paris or Sarajevo!

How this Hackathon Works

For the first time ever, we are holding the hackathon simultaneously in five six connected locations or 'nodes' across Europe.

Update: on 27 September we added a new 'node' : "The Port" hosted at CERN "IdeaSquare”, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Participants from across all five six locations will form teams to take on challenges, and possibly even form cross-node teams. And of course, we will bring all our nodes together virtually to share projects, progress and feedback. Experts and jury members will also be at hand to guide participants.

Apply now to take part in the Pan-European Quantum Internet Hackathon 2019

The Hackathon Challenge

The goal of this hackathon is to develop some of the first applications that use quantum mechanics to secure their online communications. An example of such an application is a browser that can load a web page over an encrypted HTTPS connection using a secret key generated by a quantum key distribution (QKD) protocol. Similarly, many other applications that need to encrypt their online traffic, such as e-mail or online messaging, can be integrated with QKD. One could even extend OpenSSL to provide a QKD API to make it easier to integrate for future applications.

Whilst a quantum network is not yet available, a simulated version that connects all the participating nodes will be provided. The simulated network will expose the same API that will be used in the first demonstration network in the Netherlands and so all applications developed at this hackathon will be runnable on real hardware as soon as it becomes available.


We're Looking for You!

Curious about the Quantum Internet? Passionate about developing new technology? We're looking for software developers, network operators and equipment vendors, as well as general web, privacy, and cryptography enthusiasts (students, researchers, industry professionals) who are interested in Quantum Internet technology to participate in this pan-European event. Each node can accept approximately 20 participants based on their capacity, which means we have roughly 120 places available in total across our five six nodes.

If you're interested, submit the application form before the deadline, and make sure to select the node of your choice.

Curious about the Quantum Internet?

Read about the Quantum Internet Hackathon held in Amsterdam last year. 

Hackathon Information

  • 12 August 2019: Applications open
  • 15 September 2019: First deadline for applications
  • 30 September 2019: Preliminary list of participants published
  • 20 October 2019: Extended deadline for applications 
  • 30 October 2019: Extended deadline for applications 
  • 30 October 2019: Final list of participants published
  • 31 October 2019: Final list of participants published
  • 1 November 2019: Introductory webinar for hackathon participants
  • 5-6 November 2019: Pan-European Quantum Internet Hackathon takes place simultaneously at all nodes

The hackathon takes place simultaneously in five six nodes across Europe. Make sure to select the node of your choice while filling in the application form. The precise locations for each node will be published closer to the actual event date.

The organisers will not be making any travel or accommodation arrangements for the participants. Food and drinks will be provided throughout the event on both days. Please make sure that you have clearly noted the venue for the node of your choice

The event is free of charge - there is no fee to pay.

Our hackathons are:

  • non-commercial; we are a not-for-profit organisation and have no monetary prizes
  • all resulting software and tools are released under non-commercial licenses
  • non-competitive; we prefer cooperation and teamwork

Before the event

Applicants can use the discussion mailing list, EtherPad and IRC to help plan collaborations. We will also organise an introductory webinar to the available tools and proposed projects, for the participants a week or two before the event.

To find out more about previous RIPE NCC Hackathons, you can check our repository of all relevant articles at labs.ripe.net/hackathons.

During the event

Participants will work in small teams, with each team focusing on a chosen project. All source code developed during the hackathon will be publicly licensed and available on GitHub, and accessible for the entire community to use. A variety of goodies will be provided for participating.

At the end of the Hackathon

Since we want to focus on collaboration and not on competition, there will be no single prize winner. We will showcase all achievements during the closing session.

  • CNRS, Paris
  • QuTech, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
  • The Port, at CERN's "IdeaSquare” in Geneva
  • University of Sarajevo
  • University of Padova
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • The Quantum Internet Alliance
  • Veriqloud
  • gluoNNet
  • Quantonation

Each of our previous hackathons has been supported by one or more sponsors. Sponsors help financially, logistically, and by demonstrating their support for Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) tools development. As a sponsor, you will be promoted during the event, and in all of our communications (announcements, blogs posts, social media); and you will have that warm, fuzzy glow of supporting a community effort!

We are looking for financial support ranging from € 2,000 to € 20,000. We will spend your funds on hiring the location, providing food and drinks to the participants, providing partial travel grants to encourage participant diversity, T-shirts, good coffee, and if possible, a dinner and drinks. We prefer to NOT give material or financial prizes to participants, since this event focuses on collaboration, and not competition.

Previous hackathon sponsors include Comcast, Facebook, Akamai, ISOC, Euro-IX, DENIC, Afilias, ThousandEyes, Farsight Security, Juniper Networks.


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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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