Qiskit Challenge India

1148 Registered Allowed team size: 1 - 5
1148 Registered Allowed team size: 1 - 5

This campaign is over.

Registration Phase
starts on:
Aug 25, 2020, 12:30 AM UTC (UTC)
ends on:
Sep 08, 2020, 08:29 PM UTC (UTC)
Participation Phase
starts on:
Sep 08, 2020, 02:30 PM UTC (UTC)
ends on:
Sep 15, 2020, 11:29 AM UTC (UTC)


  • This is a team participation hackathon. You can have at most 5 members in your team.

  • You can either invite your friends to form a team or you can request other teams to add you as a member.

  • It's an online hackathon, you can participate from anywhere.

  • You are expected to come up with new and innovative ideas, any idea that has been copied from somewhere will be disqualified.

  • The intellectual property of your code belongs only to your team.

  • By participating in the hackathon, you agree to the terms and conditions of HackerEarth.

Terms and Conditions





By registering for the Contest, you, as the “Participant” agree to be bound by the IBM Qiskit Challenge India Official Rules (these “Official Rules”) and all Contest related communications from the Sponsor (including its authorized representatives and organizers) in any and all media/medium, and the decisions of the Sponsor and Judges (including their authorized representatives) which are final and binding in all respects.

CONTEST, DEVELOPMENT AND JUDGING PERIODS: The Contest begins on or about 5:00 PM IST on September 1, 2020 and ends approximately 5:00 pm IST on September 15, 2020 (the “Contest Period”). It is anticipated but not guaranteed that the Contest will be held virtually for approximately 14 days. During the Contest, Participant(s) will create and work with his or her team on the team’s entry. Last call for submission of a team’s code must be received by the IBM Contest Administrator on or before 5:00 pm IST on September 15, 2020, or the Participant’s entire team entry may be disqualified.

All dates and times are subject to change in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Dates and times are approximations; times may be shortened or extended as necessary due to exigencies of the circumstances or as deemed necessary by Sponsor but shall apply uniformly to all participation/Participant(s). All times relating to the Contest are in IST. The Sponsor’s clock at the Contest shall be the official time keeping device for the Contest, unless otherwise stated.

SPONSOR: The Contest is sponsored by International Business Machines (“IBM” or “Sponsor”), with its research division located at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center at 1101 Kitchawan Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible Participant(s) in this Contest must be Contest attendees, 18 years of age or older and a registered IBM Quantum Experience User at time of registration, must not be ineligible (as provided herein) or under a conflicting contractual or legal restriction to enter.

This contest is being held for residents of India. All Participant(s) must be residents of India during the period they are participating in the contest.

The Contest is not open to (i) current employees, officers and directors of IBM; (ii) Contest and/or Contest organizers, including Contest Administrator (“HackerEarth”) (iii) any advertising and promotion agencies, and those individuals and entities involved in the preparation of materials for, administration and/or execution of this Contest and/or this Contest Program (all collectively the “Promotion Entities”); and (iv) the immediate family members (defined as parents, children, siblings and spouse, including step and foster relations) regardless of where they reside, and/or individuals living in the same household (whether or not related) of any of the persons or entities identified in (i)-(iv).

Government Owned Entities (defined below) may participate in this Contest Program and may be accorded public acknowledgement and recognition by Sponsor if confirmed as a winner but will NOT be eligible to receive and will not be awarded a prize of monetary value.

A “Government Owned Entity” (“GOE”) is defined as an organization/individual who meets any of the following criteria: Governmental bodies and employees - national, state, provincial, local, municipal government - and any department, agency, public enterprise or instrumentality of a government; State owned hospitals, schools, utilities; State owned enterprises (whether wholly or partly owned); Public international organizations; Private companies controlled fully or partly by or under common control with any of the above; or a political party or party official, or any candidate for political office. GOE also includes GOE customers who may consist of: public schools, utilities and organizations licensed to provide public services, public international organizations, such as the United Nations or World Health Organization; entities subject to public procurement laws and regulations; other entities, even those that are privately held and those that are publicly traded, if a government, a public international organization, an entity subject to public procurement laws and regulations; other entities, even those that are privately held and those that are publicly traded, if a government, a public international organization, an entity subject to public procurement laws or a government official, owns or has the ability to exercise control over such entity; and U.S. Federal entities or agencies, including: (i) executive, legislative and judicial branches of the U.S. Federal government; (ii) U.S. Government-affiliated corporations (e.g., Tennessee Valley Authority); (iii) quasi-governmental organizations (e.g., The Smithsonian Institution); and (iv) commercial business enterprises operating under a U.S. Federal government power of attorney, or with Management Operating Contractor (MOC) status.

You must meet the Eligibility criteria contained in this Participation Agreement. If you are ineligible or otherwise fail to comply with this Participation Agreement, you may be disqualified in Contest Administrator’s sole discretion. You are solely responsible for your own compliance with Eligibility criteria.

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT NOTICE: Participant(s) have the responsibility to review and understand their employer’s policies, laws, rules and/or regulations, tax implications, and any other limitations (collectively “policies and laws”) regarding eligibility to participate in promotions and/or receive prizes in connection therewith.  Furthermore, if a participant, including Participant, enters without obtaining the appropriate approvals, or if an individual is participating in violation of any such policies and laws, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify the participant and forfeit their prize, if applicable. Promotion Entities disclaim all responsibility and liability relating to the above; by entering Participant(s), including Participant, agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold them harmless in all respects thereto.

REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO PARTICIPATION: Prior to being allowed to participate in the Contest, eligible invitees will be required, among other things, to register for the Contest and agree to be bound to these Official Rules, establish an “IBM Quantum Experience Account”, execute and comply with required IBM Documentation (anticipated to include a Publicity Release and a Code of Conduct and any other specific instructions, directions and documentation that may be required by Sponsor) (“IBM Documentation”). The IBM Documentation will be made available prior to the Contest during registration. If Participant does not agree to all the terms and conditions of participation stated in the IBM Documentation, Participant must withdraw from the Contest by promptly contacting IBM. Participant will be required to sign an electronic copy of the applicable IBM Documentation when requested by IBM. The Contest, participation therein, and all Participant(s), entries and submissions, including code are --- in addition to the aforementioned IBM Documentation --- also subject to and governed by the IBM Privacy Policies (defined below in the PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY Section) and agreement to these Official Rules (references herein to the Official Rules include the IBM Privacy Policies).

TEAM MEMBERSHIP: Participant(s) may participate in the Contest individually or in teams up to five (5) people. Participant(s) may only work on one team. Participant affirmatively agrees to work on Participant’s team’s entry only and in a spirit of mutual collaboration and respect for all team members and their contributions. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify an individual team member, including Participant, without affect to the applicable entry or applicable team members, due to such individual’s failure or behavior. Sponsor may require each team to assign one team member (“Team Representative”) to be the primary point of contact for the team during the Contest. The same submission cannot be entered into this Contest more than one time, or by more than one Participant, and in such Contest, one or all Participant(s) and entries may be disqualified.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Limit one (1) entry per Participant/team. Participants enter by submitting a response (in python file format) to the Contest question posed; responses will be tested and winners selected based on accuracy of the responses submitted (“entry”). The entry must be in English. Participant(s) must make the entry available free of charge and without any restriction, for testing, evaluation, and use by IBM and Participant(s) as applicable. 

In whole or in part unsuccessful, exploitational, fraudulent, misleading, harmful, non-functioning, invalid, non-compliant, incomplete entries in whole or in part or those not deemed to be submitted in good faith may be disqualified. Proof that an entry is presented at the Contest is not proof or evidence that the entry and/or Participant is eligible for the Contest. Participant(s) must attend and complete the entire Contest in order to be eligible to win a prize in the Contest. Attendees who quit, are disqualified, ejected or otherwise fail to complete the Contest (including the Digital Pitch) will not be eligible to win a prize in the Contest.

Further, by entering this Contest, Participant(s) hereby represent, warrant and covenant (as applicable), and agree to produce written evidence of such if requested, that:

(i)              The entry, in whole and in part, is original work of Participant, is original to the Contest (i.e. was not developed in any substantive form/format prior to the Contest), does not violate or infringe upon any laws, rules, regulations, proprietary or intellectual property rights (including copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights), or any other laws, regulations, or rights whatsoever of any country, person and/or entity;

(ii)             The entry, in whole and in part, is submitted to the Contest by or with the permission of all persons (living or deceased), venues and/or entities who worked on, were engaged to work on, or contributed in any respect to the entry or any part thereof, who are depicted (directly or indirectly) in the entry by name, likeness, voice, image or any other information or indicia of persona, or who otherwise have any right, title and interest in and to the entry or any part thereof (including but not limited to rights arising from a work for hire relationship), and all such persons, venues, and/or entities have provided their written consent to submission of the entry and its use pursuant to these Official Rules; 

(iii)             Participant has all other rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to submit the entry and to grant all of the rights granted to the Promotion Entities in these Official Rules, and the exercise thereof by the Promotion Entities and/or the use by them of the rights granted by Participant, in whole or in part, does not and will not give rise to any alleged or actual claims, disputes, actions or liabilities, including but not limited to those for disputes or payment of any kind, including without limitation royalties, residuals, attribution, credit, dues, approval or consultation rights, or any rights of participation, attribution, or any other fees, costs, or expenses, arising out of the submission, use, exhibition and/or any other use or exploitation of the entry, in whole and in part, the use thereof by Sponsor, and the exercise by Promotion Entities of any of the rights granted in these Official Rules;

(iv)            The entry in whole or in part contains no malware, including viruses, trojans, worms, bugs, spyware or any other harmful software, code or other devices; and

(v)             The entry in whole or in part contains no pornographic, sexually explicit (including nudity), defamatory, offensive, violent, harmful, discriminatory, cruel, abusive, highly political, religious or sensitive content, or illegal content (including but not limited to technology or other content that is prohibited from export), content of an obscene or menacing character, and does not otherwise appear to condone such issues, or offend against reasonable standards of taste and decency.


In order to be eligible for this Contest, the submitted entry, in whole and in part (and its entrant(s)) must comply with all other terms stated in these Official Rules.

GENERAL ENTRY CONDITIONS:  Once committed, an entry may not be cancelled or deleted, enhanced, added to, or improved, and will not be returned, if applicable. The entry as a whole (which must include the Digital Pitch) will be considered and judged during the Judging Period, which may be extended due to exigencies of the circumstances. The entry may be displayed, viewed and used by the Promotion Entities in whole or in part, as provided herein and by others interested in, involved with, or administering the Contest, and by all other Participant(s) in the Contest. Participant(s) assume all risk of ineligible, damaged, lost, late, incomplete, invalid, incorrect, incompatible, non-functioning, or misdirected entries, in whole or in part, and such will not be eligible for a prize. SPONSOR MAKES NO WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN CONNECTION WITH ITS ABILITY TO IN ANY WAY ENABLE, DEVELOP, MARKET OR PROMOTE THE PARTICIPANT, THE ENTRY, NOR THE IDEAS OR TECHNOLOGY EMBODIED OR SET FORTH IN THE ENTRY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART.  

Without limitation, Sponsor reserves the right to immediately disqualify and/or remove at any time (before, during or after the Contest) any entry and/or participant for any reason in its absolute discretion. Without limiting the foregoing, if at any time a participant and/or winner is found to have breached, violated or failed to comply with these Official Rules (or any IBM Documentation or other agreement), in whole or in part, at any time, or is or found at any time to have been ineligible, they will be immediately disqualified and agree to immediate return in full any and all prizes to Sponsor (if applicable).

Participant(s) understand, recognize and accept that, without fault of the Promotion Entities, other Participant(s) or persons may have provided one or more of the Promotion Entities, or others, or made public, or may in the future submit, or make public, materials that are the same or similar to Participant’s entry. Further, Participant(s) have independent access to, may create or have created apps, technologies, methods, materials and ideas which may be similar or identical in whole or in part to another entry in concept, code, theme, idea, format or other respects. In the Contest that an entry is identical or similar to the entry of another Participant, the Promotion Entities reserve the right to score one entry higher than the other, subject to the judging criteria set forth herein, in the discretion of Sponsor and Judges. Entries may not be acknowledged and will not be received or held “in confidence” or “in trust” and by submitting an entry it does not create a confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy between Participant and any of the Promotion Entities. Participant(s) will not now or in the future be entitled to any approval, rights of compensation, or any other payment; unless adjudged and verified a winner pursuant to these Official Rules, and in such Contest, only to the extent of the prize award. Further, Participant(s) and winners agree that by submitting an entry and/or receiving a prize in the Contest does NOT give rise to or in any way create, either express or implied, any employer/employee, joint or co-venture, principle/agent, or any other employment, fiduciary, or other relationship, between them and any one or more of the Promotion Entities, or any other person or entity. The Promotion Entities disclaim all responsibility and liability relating to all of the above; by entering Participant(s) agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold them harmless in all respects thereto.

JUDGING CRITERIA/JUDGED PRIZE WINNER SELECTION/ WINNER SELECTION: At the conclusion of the Contest Period, Participant, working with his/her team, will submit an answer to the Challenge Problem.

Eligible entries presented at the Contest will be judged using the following Judging Criteria (“Judged Winners”). Scores will not be made public at any time.

Accuracy of the model (minimum accuracy requirement of 50% or above). The top 4 teams closest to 100% accuracy will be the winners.


WINNER SELECTION:  Assuming sufficient eligible entries are received, it is anticipated that potential Judged Winners will be selected based on their highest combined score in accordance with the above Judging Criteria. Sponsor may, but without obligation, select more than the stated number of winners if found to be of exceptional quality in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.  Sponsor reserves the right to select fewer than the stated number of prize winners due to insufficient eligible and qualified entries/Participant(s). By way of example only, Sponsor reserves the absolute right in its sole discretion to disqualify as ineligible entries that do not provide (in Sponsor sole determination) a credible or feasible use of the Qiskit community projects and/or data, appear not to have been submitted honestly, in good faith, or are otherwise lacking or non-compliant. All prize awards are subject to Sponsor’s verification of entrant/entry’s eligibility and compliance.

In the case of a tie in Accuracy percentage, the tie will be broken by the entry with the lowest circuit cost. In the event that teams have the same accuracy and circuit cost, the tie will be broken by whichever entry was submitted first in time.

In the Contest any Participant is a potential winner but is disqualified, forfeits the opportunity to continue/receive a prize in the Contest, or is otherwise unable or unwilling to participate or accept a prize (as applicable), the entire team may be disqualified and an alternate entry and potential winner may be selected (in Sponsor’s sole discretion) and only if fair, and sufficient time exists.

PRIZES: Subject to receiving sufficient eligible entries, prize(s) available to be awarded are as follows:

First Prize (one team): The winning team will be awarded Qiskit swag (approximate value 7,500 INR per person) and a one (1) hour virtual session with a Contest Mentor.

Second Prize (one team): The winning team will be awarded Qiskit swag (approximately 5,600 INR per person) and a (1) hour virtual session with a Contest Mentor.

Third Prize (one team): The winning team will be awarded Qiskit swag (approximately 4,000 INR per person) and a (1) hour virtual session with a Contest Mentor.

Fourth Prize (one team): The winning team will be awarded Qiskit swag (approximately 4,000 INR per person) and a (1) hour virtual session with a Contest Mentor.

Limit one (1) Prize per team. All prize awards are contingent upon verification of potential winners and entry, confirmation of their eligibility to receive a prize, and compliance with these Official Rules. Winning teams are responsible for allocating prizes and gifts among team members.   All taxes and other expenses, costs or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of any prize are the sole responsibility of winners. Prizes cannot be transferred or substituted by winner.

TAXES: All winners are solely responsible for payment of local, state, country or any other taxes if applicable, compliance with (governmental/SARs) reporting, filing and documentation requirements, and for any other costs, expenses and fees connected with their acceptance and use of the prize in their respective jurisdictions. Prizes will be awarded to and in the name of the individual Participant or to a designated team member.

COMPLIANCE AND DISQUALIFICATION: In the event of disqualification for noncompliance, ineligibility, if a potential winner refuses or fails to complete and return release documents as directed on or within the time stated, or for any other reason arising after the Contest and attendees have departed, that prize will be forfeited in its entirety and Sponsor will not award that respective prize. Returned, undelivered, unclaimed, forfeited or un-awarded prizes will not be (re)awarded. Sponsor shall have the right, where necessary, to undertake all action and/or require further information as is reasonable to protect itself, or any of the Promotion Entities against fraudulent or invalid claims, potential public scandal, ridicule, or disrepute in awarding the prize to any Participant.


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: Each Participant represents and warrants that Participant(s) own the rights to a Submission to a Contest that you create using Technology (as defined below). Participant(s) may use open source software provided such usage complies to the respective open source software license terms. You and all Participant(s) grant to IBM a perpetual, fully paid up, irrevocable, nonexclusive, worldwide license to your/their Submissions, including the right to use, have used, execute, display, reproduce, make, have made, perform, disclose, prepare derivative works from, and distribute, sell, offer to sell, import, have imported and transmit their project and derivative works therefrom for any purpose, and the right to sublicense others to do any or all of the foregoing. You and your team will be disqualified if Contest Administrator or Sponsor have any reason to believe that your team has violated the terms of this paragraph. You and your teammates should consult with appropriate advisors or legal counsel if you or your teammates have any doubt as to whether you and all Participant(s) are meeting the requirements of this paragraph. You and your team may bring to a Contest in this Contest Program any pre-developed or licensed Technology that you plan to use in connection with your Submission, provided that such Technology meets the requirements of this paragraph.

"Technology" means, without limitation, content (including pictorial, audio and audio-visual content), code, specifications, technical information, algorithms, images, design, art, music, graphics, special effects, data, and any other information or materials protected by any intellectual property right.

Qiskit is a trademark of the IBM Corporation.


  1. Contest Administrator, Sponsor, and their affiliates and contractors, may, wherever they do business, store and otherwise process your personal identifiable information (“PII”), as detailed on the “IBM Q Privacy Page” identified below in the Privacy Policy Table in this “Privacy Policy” section, for the purposes and the duration set forth in the IBM Q Privacy Page (for IBM usage in this instance, please see the IBM Q Privacy Page topics “IBM Q Contest programs” and “IBM Q and Qiskit Contests”).

With respect to your PII processed by Contest Administrator, the Contest Administrator’s privacy policy (identified in the Privacy Policy Table below) provides additional details.

With respect to your PII processed by Sponsor, the IBM privacy policies (identified in the Privacy Policy Table below) provide additional details.

By accepting the Official Rules, you are giving Contest Administrator your consent to collect, access, store, and use the PII specified in this Privacy Policy section, and you authorize Contest Administrator to share your PII with Sponsor to do the same, all in accordance with this Participation Agreement and in accordance with the Contest Administrator and Sponsor’s respective privacy policies identified in the Privacy Policy Table below.

  1. With regard specifically to PII processed by Sponsor, you may withdraw consent at any time by notifying Sponsor, as detailed in the “Data Retention” portion of the IBM Q Privacy Page or, if you are an IBM Q Experience user, then via the IBM Q Experience’s user account details.

With regard to PII processed by Contest Administrator, you may withdraw consent at any time by emailing support@hackerearth.com.

  1. You represent and warrant that you will not provide Contest Administrator or Sponsor with any personally identifiable information that relates to or identifies an individual, other than the PII specified in this Privacy Policy Section of this Participation Agreement.

Privacy Policy Table

Contest Administrator: Hacker Earth Corporation



Sponsor: IBM Q Privacy Page


Sponsor: IBM Privacy Statement


Sponsor: IBM Online Privacy Statement



You may be filmed or photographed while you are participating in the Contest activities. Except where prohibited, by participating in the Contest, you agree that we may use your name, likeness, photographs, audio-visual footage, comments, and any other record of your participation in the Contest for promotional purposes at any time and in any media

RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION:  To the maximum extent permitted by law, Participant(s) and winners agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless (“Release”) Sponsor, Promotion Partners, and all other Promotion Entities, their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and divisions, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents (“Released Parties”) from and against any and all threatened or actual actions, liabilities, claims, demands, losses, settlements, fines, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) whether or not litigation is commenced (“dispute”) arising at any time from participation in the Contest, the entry (in whole or in part), Contest and/or prize-related activity or inability to participate in parts thereof, the delivery, acceptance, use, misuse of a prize or any failure with respect thereto, personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light (whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, delict (including negligence), warranty or other theory, any act, default, omission, non-compliance, and/or a violation or breach of any agreement, representation, warranty or covenant made herein, or any other agreements by/with Participant, the Promotion Entities, and/or any other party or entity.

Further, to the maximum extent permitted by law, and without limiting the foregoing, Participant(s) and winners agree to Release the Released Parties from and against any and all threatened or actual disputes arising at any time directly or indirectly  from  any dispute brought by any Participant, or other persons or entities (who may be other than a party to these Official Rules) arising from or related to an entry, participation and/or involvement in any other respect in the Contest, and/or the delivery, acceptance, use, misuse of a prize or any failure with respect thereto.  Participant(s) and winners covenant not to sue any Released Party or cause them to be sued regarding any matter released above; and further covenant not to disaffirm, limit or rescind these Releases to the fullest extent permitted by law. A waiver by one or more of the Promotion Entities of any term in these Official Rules does not constitute a waiver of any other provision. Sponsor shall have the right, where necessary, to undertake all action and/or require further information as is reasonable to protect itself, or any of the Promotion Entities against fraudulent or invalid claims, potential public scandal, ridicule, or disrepute in connection with the Contest.

If any item or provision contained in these Official Rules or any part thereof is declared or becomes unenforceable, invalid or illegal for any reason, all other terms and provisions of these Official Rules shall remain in full force and effect as if these Official Rules had been executed without the offending provision appearing therein. 


NETWORKS AND CANCELLATION: Promotion Entities are not responsible for typographical error; technical, network, computer, digital, telephone, cable, electronic, or hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, problems; incompatibility; unavailable, garbled, corrupt, or jumbled transmissions; service provider, Internet, web site, blog site, user net accessibility, availability or congestion; unauthorized human intervention or security breach; the unauthorized access to, alteration of entries in whole or in part, the incorrect or inaccurate capture or processing of entries, or other information, or the failure to process, collect or communicate any such information; electronic errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, and/or delays; or loss, theft or destruction of any entry, or other Contest related materials or information, in whole or in part.  If for any reason the Contest, or any part thereof, is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including (but not limited to) infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, artifice, fraud, cheating, technical failures, a force majeure event, or any other causes similar or dissimilar which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, or any element thereof, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest or any part thereof. Sponsor reserves the right to select only potential winners from eligible, non-suspect entries received (prior to the force majeure event or otherwise), but only if doing so is deemed commercially practicable/feasible, and equitable in Sponsor’s sole determination under the circumstances. Any attempt by a Participant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest, or any part thereof, is a violation of laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify Participant and seek damages from any such Participant to the fullest extent of the law.

CHOICE OF LAW, FORUM AND RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL PROCEDURES:  Participant(s) agree to the application of the laws of New York state, without regard to conflict of law principles. All disputes will be brought before and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the following courts of competent jurisdiction: the New York courts, United States.

Sponsor reserves the right, without notice or prior approval, to modify or supersede these Official Rules in its sole reasonable discretion and in such Contest will post revised Official Rules on the Website and at the Contest Location, which will continue to govern all aspects of the Contest.
















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