NYUAD Quantum Hackathon

The QSE Center will select one participant to cover their travel expenses to the NYUAD Quantum Hackathon in Abu Dhabi from April 25-28, 2024, as part of the incubation of the Open Quantum Institute of GESDA. Apply by March 15. 

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The NYUAD Quantum Hackathon

For the upcoming NYUAD Quantum Hackathon, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) has been selected as the partner for the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator Foundation (GESDA) Open Quantum Institute to bring together students from all over the world.

When: 25-28 April, 2024
Where: NYUAD, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

As an academic partner, EPFL’s QSE Center has been asked by GESDA to nominate and cover the travel expenses of one EPFL student to attend the NYUAD Quantum Hackathon in Abu Dhabi.


We are searching for a current Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD student at EPFL with a strong background in quantum computing, specifically with direct experience in quantum algorithms (thesis work hackathons, Qiskit training, open source SDK for working with actual quantum computers, etc.) with an interest in applying their skills to bring the world closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Please apply by filling in the application and providing:

  • a 500 word statement of motivation on
    “How will quantum computing impact one of the SDGs in 5, 10 or 25 years, and what are the non-​technological conditions necessary to realize the impact on the ground?” 
    GESDA’s Breakthrough Radar for the anticipation of the status of the technology in these time horizons as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) may be helpful. 
  • A short paragraph on your technical background with designing quantum algorithms.
  • A short CV (one page)
  • your transcript of grades

Please combine all documents (application form with statement of motivation, paragraph on quantum algorithms, short CV and transcript of grades) as a single PDF file and send it to [email protected]. The application deadline is March 15, 2024, 23:59. Only complete applications will be considered.

For questions, please contact [email protected]

Due to the short turnaround time between the application and hackathon, we ask that you please check the visa requirements for your country of origin to ensure you will be able to attend the hackathon before applying. 

The central aim of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator Foundation is to bring together the global academic community and the Geneva international ecosystem to anticipate and accelerate joint future developments by translating them across science and diplomacy.

To achieve this goal GESDA created a Breakthrough Radar mapping scientific topics emerging at 5, 10 and 25 years to identify and implement solution ideas, unfolding the best possible positive impact for the benefit of people, society, and planet.

The Open Quantum Institute is a project of GESDA in the field of quantum computing and pursues the following targets:

  • Facilitate the development of use cases geared toward accelerating the achievement of the UN Sustainable Goals other beneficial applications for humanity
  • Ensure global, inclusive and equitable access to quantum computing
  • Anticipate the readiness of all stakeholders to be informed, embrace and use the full power of quantum technologies once at maturity