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 27 to May 1, 2023, as part of the incubation of the Open Quantum Institute of GESDA. Apply now!

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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: 27 April – 1 May 2023
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.


If you are currently a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD student at EPFL, have a strong background in quantum computing and an interest in applying your skills to bring the world closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, then you may be the right candidate to join the NYUAD Quantum Hackathon.

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 CV (one page)
  • your transcript of grades

Please combine all documents (application form with statement of motivation, short CV and transcript of grades) as a single PDF file and send it to [email protected]. The application deadline is February 12, 2023, 23:59. Only complete applications will be considered.

Information Event

The EPFL QSE Center, the Quantum Center at ETHZ and GESDA will hold an online information event where the initiative will be presented and open questions can be answered.

Date: Monday, Janaury 23, 2023
Time: 16:30 – 17:30

Zoom Meeting ID: 811 4136 2612 
Zoom Passcode: 220800
Recording: will be provided

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