NYUAD to host MidEast’s 1st Quantum Computing Hackathon on March 30th

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) will host the Middle East’s first-ever Quantum Computing International Hackathon with a focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, and advanced industries, from 30th March to 1st April, at the NYUAD Conference Center. 

The three-day event will see renowned global computer science professors, founders of successful startups, technology professionals, and venture capitalists come together at NYUAD to lead teams of talented computer science students from all over the world, with the majority of students from the Arab world, to solve complex algorithms.

The teams will develop innovative applications relevant to diverse fields like health, education, film, music, business, and science for the benefit of social good in the Arab World and globally.

Prof Sana Odeh
Prof. Sana Odeh
Clinical Professor
Computer Science

“This year’s Hackathon for Social Good is an important event as we celebrate its tenth year, and it is also the region’s first quantum computing hackathon. We’re proud to bring experts from all over the world, from leading institutions including Yale, MIT, and Stanford, to provide participants with high-level quantum computing education, to mentor teams, and, along with the students, explore solutions to a wide range of challenging projects. Our aim is to empower a new generation of students with the necessary skills to make a positive impact on the future of our society.”

For this year’s event, more than 200 participants from over 30 countries are expected to convene at NYUAD and learn about quantum computing and quantum-based technologies using Amazon’s Braket SDK to access the newly made available Oxford Quantum Circuits quantum computer ‘Lucy’. 

Learning top practices in software development, students will get a rare opportunity to be mentored by leaders in both industry and academia. This event will provide valuable insight into the full cycle of creating a tech startup, and create prospects for future international project collaboration, launching startups, and undertaking academic research. The best applications will be eligible for prizes.

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