iQuHACK 2022

In light of recent developments, we are shifting to a fully remote model for iQuHACK 2022 to ensure the safety of our participants, mentors and staff.

iQuHACK (interdisciplinary Quantum HACKathon) is MIT's annual quantum hackathon. We aim to bring students (high school through early-career professionals) from a diverse set of backgrounds to explore improvements and applications of near-term quantum devices. If you have additional questions not answered by our FAQ, please email iquhack@mit.edu.

Time: January 28 - January 30
Location: Fully Remote

We will contact you after registration closes to let you know if your application is selected.
Your personal information will be used as specified in our Code of Conduct and Data Release.

Updated: Dec 26, 2021

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This year, qBraid has generously developed an iQuHACK environment containing all of the packages and dependencies necessary to develop projects. Thanks, qBraid!


FAQ

Will MIT iQuHACK 2022 be fully remote?

Yes! In light of recent developments, we are shifting to a fully remote model for iQuHACK 2022 to ensure the safety of our participants, mentors and staff.

What is MIT iQuHACK?

A hackathon is a focused, multi-day event where participants work collaboratively to create code-based projects. MIT iQuHACK is a hackathon focused on learning what quantum computers are and how to use them.

We are offering two platform divisions in 2022: one based on superconductors and another based on trapped ions. If selected for a platform challenge, you will have the opportunity to run your programs on real quantum hardware!

Beyond platform challenges, we will also offer simulator-based quantum computing challenges!

When and where will MIT iQuHACK happen?

MIT iQuHACK will be held January 29-30, 2022. We are planning for a full-remote event with live-streamed talks, networking events, and challenges. There will be optional workshops offered on Friday, January 28, 2021. All active sessions will take place in Eastern time.

I cannot travel to Boston for iQuHACK this year, can I still join?

Yes! iQuHACK 2022 will be fully remote!

Who can participate in iQuHACK?

iQuHACK is open to all students (high school, undergraduate, graduate), non-faculty university affiliates (e.g. post-doc) and professionals that registered and were confirmed (via email) for the event. Registration will close on January 21st, 2022. No (virtual) walk-ins will be permitted.

Do I have to pay to participate at MIT iQuHACK?

No, participation in iQuHACK is free! Snacks, drinks, and some meals will be provided for all registrants during the hackathon.

How do I sign up for MIT iQuHACK?

You can sign up at the link above.

What do I get for participating at MIT iQuHACK?

MIT iQuHACK's goal is to extend your quantum computing knowledge and give you experience using the world's most advanced quantum computers. You'll get the opportunity to learn from experts and network with other individuals interested in quantum computing. Last but not least, you'll have a shot at winning some cool quantum swag items.

How can I prepare for MIT iQuHACK?

An optional workshop will be offered on Friday, January 28th to provide you with a basic introduction to quantum processing and how to interface with quantum hardware. Optional resources and tutorials will also be offered and advertised to provide you with a basic introduction to the Quantum SDKs needed to compete in MIT iQuHACK. Additionally, if you are an MIT student, you can enroll in 6.s089, which is offered over IAP 2022.

Before iQuHACK 2022 begins, you should prepare an electronic device that will allow you to write code (e.g. laptop). We would also highly recommend that you install and test the Quantum SDKs you wish to use, ahead of time.

You can also prepare on your own using online resources; but remember, in the interest of fairness, you can't start working on your project for the hackathon before it begins!

What programming languages are allowed?

For both in-person challenges, we will be using Python. More information about in-person and remote challenges will be announced later.

How will the teams be formed?

Teams must have at least 3 members and no more than 5 members. Participants are welcome to form teams on their own prior to the event; however, there will be a period at the beginning of the event for official team formation.

Who is hosting MIT iQuHACK?

iQuHACK is hosted by MIT's Interdisciplinary Quantum Information Science and Engineering (iQuISE) program, a student led organization of graduate students and post-docs with research interests in experimental and theoretical quantum information science, computation, and communication. For more information about iQuISE send an email to iquise-exec@mit.edu or visit www.iquise.mit.edu.

How can my company be involved in iQuHACK?

If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor for iQuHACK, please reach out to our planning team at iquhack@mit.edu.

More questions? If you have a question not answered by the FAQs or the introduction above, feel free to send an email to iquhack@mit.edu.

iQuHACK Organizing Committee

Shantanu Jha, Shoumik Chowdhury, Carlos Errando Herranz, Jawaher Almutlaq, Maddie Sutula, Eric Bersin

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