Take part in Pan-European Quantum Internet Hackathon

Take part in Pan-European Quantum Internet Hackathon

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.

Before the event

Applicants can use the discussion mailing list, EtherPad and IRC to help plan collaborations. We will also organise an introductory webinar to the available tools and proposed projects, for the participants a week or two before the event.

During the event

Participants will work in small teams, with each team focusing on a chosen project. All source code developed during the hackathon will be publicly licensed and available on GitHub, and accessible for the entire community to use. A variety of goodies will be provided for participating.

At the end of the Hackathon

Since we want to focus on collaboration and not on competition, there will be no single prize winner. We will showcase all achievements during the closing session.

Participating Organisations

  • CNRS, Paris
  • QuTech, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
  • University of Sarajevo
  • University of Padova
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • The Quantum Internet Alliance
  • Veriqloud

Looking for Additional Sponsors

Each of our previous hackathons has been supported by one or more sponsors. Sponsors help financially, logistically, and by demonstrating their support for Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) tools development. As a sponsor, you will be promoted during the event, and in all of our communications (announcements, blogs posts, social media); and you will have that warm, fuzzy glow of supporting a community effort!

We are looking for financial support ranging from € 2,000 to € 20,000. We will spend your funds on hiring the location, providing food and drinks to the participants, providing partial travel grants to encourage participant diversity, T-shirts, good coffee, and if possible, a dinner and drinks. We prefer to NOT give material or financial prizes to participants, since this event focuses on collaboration, and not competition.

Previous hackathon sponsors include Comcast, Facebook, Akamai, ISOC, Euro-IX, DENIC, Afilias, ThousandEyes, Farsight Security, Juniper Networks.

Where to apply?




Nov 05 - 06 2019


All Day
BitLab laboratory


BitLab laboratory
Department of Telecommunications, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, Zmaja od Bosne bb, Kampus Univerziteta u Sarajevu, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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