Last year, UCD and IBM Research Europe in Ireland worked together to hold the Quantum Technologies Colloquium, and this year they hosted the 2020 Quantum Computing Hackathon together.
This virtual event had the use of the open source software network Qiskit as its main course. IBM developed Qiskit to write code for quantum computers, which have potential to spearhead major breakthroughs in many fields. These fields include chemistry, optimisation, AI, and the financial industry.
A two-phase event, the Hackathon began with team-forming and identifying which ideas to delve into. The second phase had registered teams of students, academics, and industry representatives work together in the ‘hacking phase’, using Qiskit to work on their respective ideas. All throughout the Hackathon, there were IBM Europe in Ireland and UCD quantum coding coaches available to assist when teams ran into problems or had questions.
Having a hackathon like this allowed the teams to experience first-hand what Qiskit could offer to both academia and industry through the exercise.
About IBM Research Europe
IBM Research Europe is one of IBM’s research locations. The first European location is Zurich while the United Kingdom and Ireland more recently had laboratories of their own. IBM Research seeks to push the boundaries of quantum computer technology.
University College Dublin is one of Europe’s most advanced institutions. It has an excellent community of researchers, including in the field of computer science. The research income at UCD is at 1.1 billion Euros since 2004.