A big thank you to all the participants, speakers, judges, mentors, and volunteers that made QHACK 2019 such an incredible experience. And a special shout out to our industry partners Rigetti, IBM, and Microsoft.
Didn’t get a chance to attend? Not to worry! Here’s a summary of what went down over the 2 days of QHACKing.
To get the day started and the creativity flowing, the QHACKers heard from some incredible speakers on topics ranging from quantum game theory to quantum origami.
- Nathan Killoran (Xanadu) — Welcome to QHACK
- Seth Lloyd (MIT) — Quantum Machine Learning
- Maria Schuld (Xanadu) — Using Quantum Circuits as Machine Learning Models
- Gavin Crooks (X, The Moonshot Factory) — Quantum Gates and Gradients
- Will Zeng (Unitary Fund) — Quantum Game Theory
- Leonardo Banchi (University of Florence) — Quantum Optimization in NISQ Devices and Beyond
Our industry partners also introduced their platforms for quantum programming and quantum machine learning:
- Thomas Alexander (IBM) — IBM Quantum Experience and Qiskit: A Platform for your NISQ Needs
- Chris Granade (Microsoft) — Empowering QML Research with Q#
- Max Henderson (Rigetti) — Everything and the (Quantum) Kitchen Sink: Quantum Machine Learning at Rigetti
- Josh Izaac (Xanadu) — Quantum Machine Learning with PennyLane
The teams then split up to kick-off the hackathon. Bring on the friendly competition!
Of course, there were some fun breaks in between!
“I legitimately don’t think I’ve ever attended a better tech event/hackathon, thanks for the amazing experience!”
Everyone hacked away for the final stretch.
The teams shared their amazing work.
And then the big moment….the winners were announced. Congratulations to the teams!
- Most Q-reative: Awarded to the team with the most creative hackathon project
- Most Likely to Achieve Quantum Advantage: Awarded to the team whose hackathon project demonstrates the highest level of technical achievement
- Most Coherent: Awarded to the team with the best pitch/presentation of their hackathon project/idea
- Highest Fidelity: Awarded to the team whose hackathon project best matches the hackathon theme of Quantum Machine Learning