NYU Qiskit Hackathon

120 Registered Allowed team size: 1 - 5

Winners are announced.

Ideating and Team Formation Phase
starts on:
Feb 12, 2021, 12:30 PM
ends on:
Feb 12, 2021, 02:55 PM
Building and Presenting Phase
starts on:
Feb 12, 2021, 03:00 PM
ends on:
Feb 13, 2021, 03:00 PM



The NYU-IBM Qiskit Hackathon is a digital hackathon sponsored by IBM and hosted by the ACM chapter at NYU! Come learn about Qiskit, meet new friends, and compete against others in your community for awesome swag packages and a trophy for the winning team!

Stay as cool as a qubit.

IBM Quantum is an industry leader in quantum computing, working everyday towards achieving quantum advantage. Qiskit is the open source framework enabling developers around the world to write code for quantum computers.

Check out the video below from a previous community summer jam in order to figure out how to register!

How to sign up for the NYU Qiskit Hackathon:

  • Register for the hackathon by clicking on 'Register Now'.
  • When you register, by default you are added as the team leader of your own team. You can either invite others to your team by clicking on “Build a Team” or join another team by clicking on “Join a team”.
  • Each team only can work on 1 project.
  • As a reminder, if you work for the government in any capacity, IBM Quantum cannot award you any prize money. See our Contest Terms for full details and restrictions.

Timeline of events

  • 12:00pm EST: Workshop by Eva Gurra from University of Connecticut. (Zoom link: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/96339428553) Eva works with Professor Javed Shabani and has extensive experience in quantum computing and will be hosting an “Intro to Quantum Computing Workshop”.
  • 12:45pm EST : Workshop from IBM on “How to use Qiskit to build your project” (Zoom link: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/96339428553)
  • 1:30pm EST : Project pitching on NYU-Qiskit-Hackathon-Slack channel!
  • 4:00pm EST - Last team registration + Hackathon begins
  • 4:00pm EST (Feb 13th) - Projects are due
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm EST: Project presentations + Final results

Some cool project ideas from a Qiskit advocate:

How to create or support a project idea:

  • In phase one, from Feb 11th - Feb 12th, you can form teams and propose project ideas, but you can not begin building any of those ideas.
  • Participants are free to join or leaves teams until a project idea is submitted.
  • All the teams who have submitted an idea proposal will move ahead to phase 2, which is the “building” phase from Feb 12th - Feb 13th. This is when you work together to actually build your project using Qiskit.

How to build your project:

  • All projects should be built on Github. You can use your own personal account
  • Submit your project on HackerEarth before 4pm on Saturday 13th!
  • HackerEarth acts as the organizer of this event, but Github and Slack are where the bulk of the work will happen.
  • Ensure all team members are actively involved in the project.

How to submit your project:

  • You may submit your project as many times as your like. Only the final submission will be judged.
  • All projects must contain the following in their submission
    • Project overview (3-4 sentences explaining what you built)
    • Link to the code on Github
    • A presentation (in the form of powerpoint or youtube video) of your project
      • Youtube – no longer than 4 minutes
      • PPT – no more than 12 slides

Judging Criteria:

All projects will be evaluated by a panel of judges using the following four categories:

  • Originality and Uniqueness (25%)
  • Usefulness and Complexity (25%)
  • Quantum Community Benefit (25%)
  • Digital Presentation (25%)


Quantum (Qiskit)

Use Qiskit to create a unique project. You can use it to explore gaming, algorithms, teleportation, or dozens of other quantum projects. For a list of sample project ideas, check here.


Main Prizes
1st Prize

Trophy + swag package

2nd Prize

Swag package

3rd Prize

Swag package

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