Abu Dhabi: One of the most prominent world-class research universities in the region, NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has successfully concluded the region’s 1st ever Quantum Computing International Hackathon for Social Good.
The Initiative which was a collaboration with Tamkeen UAE declared Team Qudra as the 1st Prize winners of its QEnergy Project.
The Project attempted to resolve an environmental challenge by utilizing quantum technology to distribute renewable energy grids to enhance energy security and sustainability.
The 3-day event witnessed the participation of 160+ individuals from more than 20 countries across the globe. The event was also a platform for world-leading computer science professors, startup founders, technology professionals, and venture capitalists such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), G42 Cloud, SandboxAQ, qBraid, Technology Innovation Institute (TII), IonQ, MIT, Yale, Stanford, The Microsoft Garage, and many more to associate as mentors, judges, and speakers to offer participants insights, support, and guidance.
The success of this year’s initiative validates NYUAD’s central role in creating a hub for quantum computing education locally, regionally, and globally for young talent among top-tier institutions and experts in the field.
The NYUAD hackathon is designed to empower a new generation of computer scientists with the necessary collaborative, cross-border skills to advance quantum computing capabilities here in Abu Dhabi and ultimately make a positive impact on our society.
2ND PRIZE WINNERS
The second prize at the hackathon was shared by Teams qVerified and QSPirates. While, qVerified bagged the second prize for developing an automated solution to verify the accuracy of algorithms that saves quantum developers time and effort, Team QSPirates earned their 2nd Prize for their project QvsPy, a quantum virus sensor stimulator detector for viruses such as COVID-19.
3RD PRIZE WINNERS
Team Jumjuma and Team 22 shared the third prize at the hackathon. Team Jumjuma own their price for their project MedQure, which uses blind quantum computing to allow healthcare clients with limited computational ability to securely classify sensitive medical data on an untrusted cloud-based quantum computer.
Meanwhile, Team22’s Project mediQal, a web app focused on optimising the routing of mobile medical services won the third prize for them.