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. MIT iQuHACK 2024 will have an in-person hackathon where participants develop and test their code on real quantum hardware and a virtual hackathon for a larger outreach. Registration is now open, click the iQuHACK 2024 banner at the top of the page to register.
- iQuHACK Youtube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3wgeHwlaZxnM9LvM9jcZWxlM0SefysRT
- Twitch: twitch.tv/iquhack
- 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. By participating in the in-person hackathon, you will have the opportunity to develop your program and run it on real quantum hardware! This year, we are also offering the option to participate remotely on simulator-based challenges.
- What is the difference between remote and in person?
- The in-person hackathon will happen on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, MA. Participants will get access to real quantum hardware and develop and deploy their projects on the hardware. A remote hackathon will be run in parallel where participants can work on simulator-based challenges from anywhere around the world. All the lectures and workshops offered will be made available to both in-person and remote participants.
- When and where will MIT iQuHACK happen?
- MIT iQuHACK will be held February 2-4, 2024. This year, you can participate in one of two components: (1) an in-person hackathon working on real quantum hardware or (2) an online hackathon working on simulator-based challenges. The in-person hackathon will be hosted on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. All the iQuHACK related events will happen around MIT InnovationHQ (292 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142). The exact details of event locations will be announced to accepted participants. All workshops and talks will be broadcasted on Twitch where online participants can tune in. All active sessions will take place in Eastern time.
- I cannot travel to Boston for iQuHACK this year, can I still join?
- Yes! We have a remote component of the hackathon with their own simulator-based challenges. All the in-person talks and workshops will be broadcasted online.
- Does iQuHACK have scholarships for travel/lodging?
- We are offering a limited number of scholarships that are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We can try to arrange for housing in the MIT area if you need it, however, arranging for transportation is harder. Make sure to indicate this information on your application.
- Is iQuHACK online this year?
- While there is an online component, iQuHACK also has an in-person component.
- 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 the date indicated at the top of the page. No (virtual or in-person) 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.
- I don't have a team, can I still attend iQuHACK?
- Yes! If you haven't already formed a team prior to the hackathon, you will get the chance to do that during a designated time dedicated to team formation.
- Do I need teammates to apply to iQuHACK?
- No. Most participants find their teammates through team-forming events at iQuHACK.
- Do all of my teammates need to fill out an application?
- Yes. All applications are considered on an individual basis. As such, all prospective teammates must fill out an application.
- Can part of my team be remote if I want to participate in an in-person challenge?
- No. All teammates must be in-person if you are working on an in-person challenge.
- What are the challenges this year?
- The actual challenges will be announced on the first day of hacking. However, you can find the companies providing challenges under the sponsors section.
- What are the challenges/projects from past years?
- You can find examples of challenges and projects on our GitHub here.
- What do you mean by real quantum hardware?
- A lot of platforms offer some sort of simulation of their quantum computer. While you can use the simulators to develop your project, the in-person portion of the hackathon will be judged on your project's performance on an actual quantum computer. Our platform sponsors provide participants with priority access to the proprietary quantum hardware they are building.
- 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, February 2nd 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 2024. Before iQuHACK 2024 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.
- 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 email@example.com.
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