We take on the Quantum Internet simultaneously in five nodes across Europe on 5-6 November 2019. Join us in Delft, Dublin, Padua, Paris or Sarajevo!
How this Hackathon Works
For the first time ever, we are holding the hackathon simultaneously in five connected locations or ‘nodes’ across Europe. Participants from across all five locations will form teams to take on challenges, and possibly even form cross-node teams. And of course, we will bring all our nodes together virtually to share projects, progress and feedback. Experts and jury members will also be at hand to guide participants.
The Hackathon Challenge
The goal of this hackathon is to develop some of the first applications that use quantum mechanics to secure their online communications. An example of such an application is a browser that can load a web page over an encrypted HTTPS connection using a secret key generated by a quantum key distribution (QKD) protocol. Similarly, many other applications that need to encrypt their online traffic, such as e-mail or online messaging, can be integrated with QKD. One could even extend OpenSSL to provide a QKD API to make it easier to integrate for future applications. Whilst a quantum network is not yet available, a simulated version that connects all the participating nodes will be provided. The simulated network will expose the same API that will be used in the first demonstration network in the Netherlands and so all applications developed at this hackathon will be runnable on real hardware as soon as it becomes available.
We’re Looking for You!
Curious about the Quantum Internet? Passionate about developing new technology? We’re looking for software developers, network operators and equipment vendors, as well as general web, privacy, and cryptography enthusiasts (students, researchers, industry professionals) who are interested in Quantum Internet technology to participate in this pan-European event. Each node can accept approximately 20 participants based on their capacity, which means we have roughly 100 places available in total across our five nodes.
If you’re interested, submit the application form before the deadline, and make sure to select the node of your choice.
Curious about the Quantum Internet?
Read about the Quantum Internet Hackathon held in Amsterdam last year.
More about the event can be found at https://labs.ripe.net/Members/ulka_athale_1/take-part-in-pan-european-quantum-internet-hackathon